Luke Sellers is used to playing football at Wooster. He did it for four years as a football player there, then four more times as the coach at Elko.
Friday’s game will be a little different though. Sellers, in his seventh season coaching Elko, will be on the opposite sideline from his brother Bo, the first-year coach at Wooster.
Luke Sellers admitted that although it’s an unusual situation, the coaches will not decide the game.
“Everyone will make a big deal about the coaches, but it comes down to the players and how they execute,” Luke Sellers said. “It might be bigger if it was a playoff game or something. It’s only the second game of the year.”
He said the only conversations he’s had with Bo recently are about cars. Bo is the mechanic in the Sellers family.
Bo Sellers said all three of his brothers, the other two are Joe Mac and Jake, often ask him questions about mechanical matters.
“He usually calls and asks how does he fix something and I say, ‘You need to bring the thing up here so I can do it.’ They’re not very mechanically inclined, my three brothers,” Bo Sellers said. “Even when they were here, I was the one fixing their helmets.”
He said football talk is limited among the brothers.
“Now that we’re in a situation where we play each other, we choose our words wisely,” Bo Sellers said. “We don’t get into Xs and Os, like we have in the past.”
Elko is coming off a win over Dayton, while Wooster lost to Truckee last Friday.
The Indians have won at least seven games in all of Luke Sellers previous seasons as head coach except 2012, when they finished 4-5.
Bo Sellers hopes to get the Colts back to that level. Wooster won seven state championships under Joe Sellers, the brothers’ father.
“We’re looking at this game as a chance to get better and compete,” he said. “We want to be like Elko in the next five or six weeks.”
Luke Sellers echoed that sentiment, although his team is probably farther along along than Bo’s.
“We just want to be competitive,” Luke Sellers said. “If we can keep the games close, at the end we might have a chance.”
Bo Sellers said the Colts did not execute in their loss to Truckee last Friday and were lacking in three important aspects — blocking, tackling and hustling.
Joe Sellers coaches the freshman at Wooster. Luke was sure Joe would stand on the Wooster sideline Friday night. The field there is named after him. He was the head coach at Wooster from 1976-98
“It gives him something to do and gets him out of mom’s hair,” Luke Sellers said of Joe coaching the freshmen. “He’s real active, anyway. It might cut into his hunting and fishing a little bit, though.”
Bo agreed, but said their mom might be a little conflicted.
“My mother, I’m assuming she loves all her boys. She’ll be the first one to tell you all their faults and wrongdoings, but if anybody else does, she backs them 100 percent,” he said. “I’m sure she will be rooting for Luke, but maybe more for the hometown team, the one she has two people at.”
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