West Stokes football alumnus Lucas Elliott paced the Virginia Sliverbacks, a semi-pro football team out of Harrisonburg, Virginia to the UEAFL Championship with a late interception and a 12-0 win over the Virginia Chargers last month.
“I was away from contact football for two years and when I heard about the Silverbacks, I didn’t think twice about playing,” Elliott said. “There is nothing like the sport. There’s plenty of rushes and highs in life, but nothing like playing full contact football. This was a big year for us. Last year the team went 3-6 and had never made it past the first round of the playoffs. This season we went 8-2 and beat the three time defending champions.”
The Silverbacks took an early 6-0 advantage over the Chargers in the first half, and stiffened the home team’s red zone opportunities at the Grizzly’s Sports Complex in Nokesville, Virginia. Elliott intercepted his eighth league leading pass with less than three minutes left in the game as the Chargers were knocking on the door of the end zone. Elliott’s return set up the final margin of victory for the Silverbacks.
As a team captain who made the defensive coverage calls this season, Elliott forced two fumbles, had 18 pass breakups, and one defensive touchdown.
The athlete graduated from West Stokes in 2011 before playing collegiate football at Bridgewater College. He finished his college career in the spring of 2015 Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Applied Physics and a minor in Math.
During his time with the Eagles he earned the nickname, “Christian trash talker” for his aggressive style of defensive play.
“I do play the game with a good bit of passion and I have gotten my fair share of taunting and personal fouls.”
Elliott resides in Palmyra, Virginia, a small town outside of Charlottesville, and works as a consultant structural engineer for Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman and Vaughan. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the spring of 2017.
“There are a number of life lesson that carry over from football into your everyday routine,” said Elliott. “Good things come to those who work hard and shortcuts don’t breed success in the long run. The ability to work with other people and accomplish a goal is instrumental in my career today. “
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