Elks stay un­beaten with win over Pan­thers

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ By KEVIN PHILLIPS

PER­RYVILLE

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

Two years ago, the Elk­ton and Ris­ing Sun foot­ball teams com­bined to fin­ish the 2014 sea­son with just four to­tal wins, in­clud­ing zero vic­to­ries against the other three schools in Ce­cil County.

But af­ter both pro­grams ex­pe­ri­enced break­out cam­paigns last fall, the Golden Elks and Tigers are no longer able to play the un­der­dog card. Last sea­son, Elk­ton rat­tled off eight-straight reg­u­lar-sea­son vic­to­ries, went un­de­feated in the Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion and earned a post­sea­son berth, while Ris­ing Sun emerged to win six games and place sec­ond in the lower di­vi­sion af­ter go­ing win­less the year be­fore.

“We’re not sneak­ing up on any­body,” Tigers coach Rich Opp said. “Our goals are a re­flec­tion [of how far we’ve come]. We don’t want to stay 6-4, we want to see an im­prove­ment in our record and make the play­offs. Two years ago it was: Let’s see if we can win a game or two or three games.”

Both teams face off tonight in a matchup be­tween the two best Ce­cil County teams from a year ago.

“Any­time it’s a county game the emo­tions are go­ing to run high. The last few years, ev­ery game against Ris­ing Sun has been one to keep your eye on,” Elk­ton coach Matt Feeney said. “It’s go­ing to be hard-hit­ting, it’s go­ing to be play­ing through the whis­tle and these kids are go­ing to go hard at each other.

“There’s not a per­son in the build­ing at Elk­ton High School that’s think­ing we’re go­ing to walk over Ris­ing Sun. It’s al­most go­ing to feel like a play­off game just be­cause they have im­proved so much.”

The third-ranked Elks (3-1 over­all, 1-0 Susque- Spe­cial to the Whig

— Af­ter be­ing held score­less for the first 20 min­utes of its Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion boys’ soc­cer bat­tle with host Per r y v i l l e , Elk­ton took ad­van­tage of a strong scor­ing chance when Jonathan Er­reguin put a Philip hanna) en­ter hav­ing won three of four to be­gin the sea­son, while the Tigers (1-3, 1-0) se­cured their first win of the year a week ago when they tri­umphed over Bohemia Manor.

Both teams won in dif­fer­ent fash­ions last Fri­day. Elk­ton de­feated Jop­pa­towne 35-14 af­ter hold­ing a 28-0 half­time lead, while Ris­ing Sun erased a onescore deficit at the break and shut out the Ea­gles over the fi­nal two quar­ters to win 33-21.

“We know what it feels like to win and we know what it takes to win now and what it takes to fin­ish,” Opp said. “I think that was in­dica­tive last Fri­day when we were 0-3, los­ing 21-14 at half­time and we came out and scored 19 [unan­swered points] in­stead of go­ing belly up. Two or three years ago we would have said ‘Here we go again,’ and gone belly up and not been able to fin­ish.”

Mean­while, the Golden Elks will be look­ing to Glock­ner cross into the net for the go-ahead goal.

The Golden Elks’ were en­er­gized by Er­reguin’s tally and played at a quicker pace the rest of the way, scor­ing three more times to roll to a 4-0 vic­tory over the Pan­thers Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon and re­main un­de­feated on the sea­son.

“It cer­tainly gives the boys con­fi­dence to play with the lead. I think we ran with it. We’ve been prac­tic­ing the speed of play all week, play­ing 2-3 touch,” Elk­ton head coach Josh Mar­ley said. “I think once we scored that first goal, we went to sus­tain mo­men­tum from be­gin­ning to end.

“I’m just ready to see a com­plete game. We pretty much played half a game against Jop­pa­towne, just to be hon­est. We dom­i­nated the first half and took our foot off the gas. Coaches can push, push, push but play­ers have to learn how to re­spond and fin­ish games,” Feeney said. “We didn’t do that last week and I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for a com­plete game, four quar­ters of foot­ball.”

Fol­low the 2016 UCBAC foot­ball sea­son on Twit­ter: @UCBACFoot­ball push the pace. The boys did a re­ally good job re­spond­ing to that.”

The open­ing goal was scored af­ter the Golden Elks (6-0 over­all, 2-0 di­vi­sion) won a 50-50 ball in Per­ryville’s half of the field. Glock­ner fol­lowed by cross­ing it to his right, be­fore Er­reguin pushed a shot past the goal­keeper in the 26th minute.

Elk­ton fol­lowed that up with an­other goal 11 min­utes later to dou­ble its ad­van­tage. Jake Bosler started the run to­wards the goal with a pass to Serebe Ka­jubi in the mid­field, who then touched the ball a cou­ple times be­fore rocket- ing a shot into the net.

“We just got our mo­men­tum up and we started to play our game,” Ka­jubi said. “It was eas­ier to score and get the ball to the feet.

Car­ry­ing over the con­fi­dence from the two late goals in the sec­ond half, the Golden Elks con­tin­ued to con­trol the ac­tion and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties. Bosler added to the lead in the 64th minute when his shot found the net to make it 3-0.

Justin Gu­tier­rez then capped the scor­ing for Elk­ton in the 79th minute when he scored on a header fol­low­ing a cross from Eas­ton Shel­ley that se­cured the vic­tory. With the win, the Golden Elks re­main un­beaten for the sea­son, but they know that they can­not look too far ahead.

“We’ve had a pretty suc­cess­ful start to the sea­son so far, but it’s one step, one game at a time,” Mar­ley said. “Mon­day is our next game, and we’re go­ing to take that chal­lenge and see where that takes us. Right now, it’s one game at a time.”

Trevor Prevost had 12 saves for the Pan­thers (2-5, 1-1).

Ja­cob Buskell had five saves for Elk­ton.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Third-ranked Elk­ton will host Ris­ing Sun tonight in Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion foot­ball ac­tion.

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