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story.lead_photo.caption Senior Trevor Shumate rarely leaves the field for Elkins, playing receiver, running back and linebacker. He also handles all the kicking duties for the Elks.
(Special to the NWA Democrat-Gazette/Brent Soule)

ELKINS -- Trevor Shumate doesn't have the eye-popping statistics that attract college recruiters, but he does have talent and an attitude every coach covets.

"I don't ever come off the field, and I love it," Shumate said. "I don't want breaks."

Shumate appears all over the field as a receiver, running back, linebacker and the player who handles all the kicking for Elkins (7-2), which finished third in the 4A-1 Conference behind Shiloh Christian and Prairie Grove. Elkins will host a first-round playoff game Nov. 20 against the winner of Friday'sgame between Green Forest and Bald Knob.

Shumate is an all-around athlete who also plays baseball and competes in track and field, where he won the 60-meter hurdles at the state indoor track meet in Fayetteville last year. He's put together a standout senior season in football with 26 catches for 609 yards receiving; 265 yards rushing on 38 carries; and 45 tackles with 4 interceptions on defense.

"[Shumate] is definitely a very dynamic athlete," Gentry Coach Justin Bigham said. "You have to know where he is on every play."

Elkins opened the season with six consecutive wins before losing 49-28 to Shiloh Christian, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A. Elkins controlled the first half before the Saints unleashed their running game to pull away for the win.

Elkins fought hard against Prairie Grove last week, but fell 28-20 in the battle for second place in the conference. Shumate caught a 35-yard pass from Kain Johnson for a touchdown. He also made 11 tackles, including a sack, and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

"[Shumate] is one heck of a football player," Elkins Coach Bryan Hutson said. "Running back, receiver, on defense at linebacker or safety, he does it all for us. We were out here the other day at practice when it was so windy, and Trevor literally kicked a 65-yard field goal."

While recruiters have been slow to take notice of Shumate, he turned some heads during a playoff game last season at Warren -- a small-school power that's sent plenty of players onto the Division I level. Elkins lost the game 34-19 but Warren Coach Bo Hembree and others were complimentary of Shumate, who ran for 82 yards and caught 7 passes for 104 yards.

"The Warren coaches came up to me afterward and said, 'That guy can play,' " Hutson said. "They loved the fact he plays so hard."

Shumate was focused on the game, but he did notice a former Warren and current University of Arkansas star watching nearby.

"Treylon Burks was actually on the sidelines for that game," Shumate said. "It was pretty fun to get to play in front of those guys from Warren. I gave it my all."

Shumate will have an opportunity to display his talent more in this year's playoffs. He's hopeful Elkins can go far, and he's thankful for the opportunity to play his senior year when so much was in doubt because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"For a while there, I didn't think we were going to play at all," Shumate said. "I'm just happy we made it this far to where we get to be in the playoffs."

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Playoff schedule

All games begin at 7 p.m.

CLASS 7A

FIRST ROUND

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Rogers Heritage at Bryant

FS Northside at Springdale Har-Ber

LR Central at Fayetteville

Springdale at Conway

Rogers at Cabot

FS Southside at North Little Rock

LR Catholic at Bentonville West

FIRST-ROUND BYE Bentonville

CLASS 6A

FIRST ROUND

FRIDAY’S GAMES

West Memphis at Greenwood

Mountain Home at Pine Bluff

Van Buren at Jonesboro

Marion at Benton

Russellville at Sylvan Hills

Searcy at LR Parkview

Sheridan at Lake Hamilton

Siloam Springs at El Dorado

FIRST-ROUND BYES None

CLASS 5A

PLAY-IN ROUND

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Farmington at Valley View

Pea Ridge at Magnolia

Brookland at Greenbrier

Nettleton at Maumelle

Hope at Morrilton

Alma at Texarkana

Beebe at Camden Fairview

Jacsonville at Batesville

Hot Springs at White Hall

Watson Chapel at Vilonia

Clarksville at Greene Co. Tech

FIRST ROUND

FRIDAY, NOV. 20

Farmington-Valley View winner at Pulaski Academy

Pea Ridge-Magnolia winner vs. Brookland-Greenbrier winner, site TBD

Nettleton-Maumelle winner at Wynne

Hope-Morrilton winner vs. Alma-Texarkana winner, site TBD

Beebe-Camden Fairview winner at Harrison

Jacksonville-Batesville winner vs. Hot Springs-White Hall winner, site TBD

Watson Chapel-Vilonia winner at Hot Springs Lakeside

Clarksville-Greene Co. Tech winner at Little Rock Christian

CLASS 4A

PLAY-IN ROUND

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Heber Springs at Trumann

Bauxite at Huntsville

Jonesboro WS at Hamburg

Gravette at Mills

Green Forest at Bald Knob

Star City at Arkadelphia

Fountain Lake at Pottsville

Clinton at Blytheville

FIRST ROUND

FRIDAY, NOV. 20

DeWitt at Shiloh Christian

Heber Springs-Trumann winner at Malvern

Bauxite-Huntsville winner at Dumas

Gosnell at Dardanelle

Jonesboro WS-Hamburg winner at Stuttgart

Gravette-Mills winner at Joe T. Robinson

Ashdown at Ozark

Lamar at Pocahontas

Waldron at Nashville

Green Forest-Bald Knob winner at Elkins

Star City-Arkadelphia winner at Mena

Lonoke at Warren

Fountain Lake-Pottsville winner at Rivercrest

Clinton-Blytheville winner at Prairie Grove

Gentry at Monticello

Crossett at Central Arkansas Christian

CLASS 3A

PLAY-IN ROUND

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Hackett at Mountain View

Walnut Ridge at Lake Village

Baptist Prep at Corning

FIRST ROUND

FRIDAY, NOV. 20

Smackover at Harding Academy

Harrisburg at Jessieville

Hackett-Mountain View winner at Booneville

Osceola at Pine Bluff Dollarway

Mayflower at Charleston

West Fork at Glen Rose

Centerpoint at Rison

Camden HG at Piggott

Drew Central at Prescott

Cedarville at Melbourne

Bismarck at McGehee

Lincoln at Atkins

Walnut Ridge-Lake Village winner at Hoxie

Baptist Prep-Corning winner at Newport

Salem at Paris

Perryville at Greenland

CLASS 2A

FIRST ROUND

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Bearden at Mount Ida

Winner to play Des Arc in second round

England at Bigelow

Hampton at Cross County

Mountainburg at Dierks

Cedar Ridge at Poyen

Magnet Cove at McCrory

Marked Tree at Junction City

Mineral Springs at Carlisle

Winner to play Gurdon in second round

Johnson Co. WS at E. Poinsett Co.

Murfreesboro at Quitman

Earle at Fordyce

Parkers Chapel at Clarendon

Hazen at Magazine

Hector at Foreman

FIRST-ROUND BYES Des Arc, Gurdon

Rick Fires can be reached at rfires@nwadg.com or on Twitter @NWARick.

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