Cecil County Football Capsules
No. 3 Elkton at Joppatowne When: 7 tonight Last Meeting: Sept. 25, 2015 – Elkton won 45-0
Outlook: The Elkton football team will face a much different test this weekend than its been accustomed to playing.
After opening the season against three non- divisional foes with a combined 19 wins last season, the third- ranked Golden Elks is preparing to face a team tonight that won only two in 2015.
While a mismatch on paper, the Golden Elks ( 2- 1) must avoid letting down their guard against the host Mariners ( 0- 3) or risk suffering a potential upset.
Look for the Cecil Squad to give junior running back Raiquon Estep early carries as he attempts to repeat last week’s performance when he rushed for four touchdowns in a one- score win over Delaware’s Caravel. Establishing an early ground game and scoring often will allow Elkton to set the tone and run away with the final score.
The Elks shut out Joppatowne last year to begin Susquehanna Division play and there’s no reason not to assume a similar outcome this go- around.
Perryville at Harford Tech When: 7 tonight Last Meeting: Sept. 25, 2015 – Perryville won 32-18
Outlook: A year ago, the Perryville football team responded to an 0-3 start with a lopsided win over visiting Harford Tech to kick off Susquehanna Division competition. One season later, the Panthers (03) find themselves in a similar situation and primed for another Week 4 showdown with the Cobras (2-1).
While their records may suggest a mismatch on paper, Perryville opened eyes last weekend when it nearly upset fourth-ranked Havre de Grace on the road. Anticipate the team trying to keep that momentum rolling into this weekend
Senior running back Zac Zacerous will likely pave the way for the Panthers after rushing for a pair of touchdowns in Week 3, while his athletic quarterback, Dominic Gugliotta, will attempt to follow up on a week in which he also added a runing score.
There’s no way to tell which way this matchup will fall, but if last year’s contest between the two squads is any indication, Perryville will be tough to take down.
Patterson Mill at North East When: 7 tonight Last Meeting: Sept. 25, 2015 – Patterson Mill won 17-7
Outlook: Both the North East and Patterson Mill football teams have had their share of difficulties through the first three weeks of the regular season, with both teams recording zero wins while being outscored by a combined 252-35.
Desperation not to begin the season 0-4 will make this game compelling as both teams take the gridiron hoping to find the win column for the first time this year.
Led by first-year coach Chris Schleich, the Indians hope to snap a 16-game losing streak. Their scenario is eerily similar to their county rival, Rising Sun, which ended their own 16-game losing streak in the same week last year.