Estep’s first half pow­ers Elks to blowout win over Co­bras

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

Af­ter an­swer­ing the Co­bras’ fum­ble re­turn for a score with a 60-yard touch­down run that tied the game, 6-6, af­ter the first quar­ter, Estep made Har­ford Tech pay for a pair of its own fum­bles, find­ing the end zone on runs of 12 and 20 yards, re­spec­tively, to put the Elks (5-1 over­all, 3-0 di­vi­sion) in con­trol, 20-8.

The ju­nior cred­ited his of­fen­sive line for his suc­cess.

“It’s get­ting nor­mal now,” Estep said. “I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing they do, they are the rea­son I get as many yards and touch­downs as I do.”

Fol­low­ing a 37yard touch­down re­cep­tion by Har­ford Tech’s Jalen Danger­field that pulled the host squad within five points, Estep set him­self up for his next touch­down run when he caught a 66-yard pass from quar­ter­back Jack­son Ar­goe and re­turned it down the left side­line to the 12. Then, af­ter an off-sides, he took the next carry the rest of the way for a 7-yard score.

The run­ning back then capped a highly-pro­duc­tive first half when he re­turned a punt 65 yards for a touch­down that gave the Elks a 34-15 half­time lead.

“I just try to help as much as I can to get a win,” Estep said of his ver­sa­til­ity. “It’s not all about me. They put me in the right spots and I just do my best.”

In ad­di­tion to his elec­tric spe­cial teams play, Estep ended the first half hav­ing to­taled 207 yards and four rush­ing scores on 11 car­ries and one catch.

“Ho-hum, thats Ray,” Feeney said. “You know what, it was a great ef­fort [all-around] though. You get the line play, but then you’ve got re­ceivers work­ing their tails off to block down­field. Ray makes things hap­pen. He’s run­ning through arms, but at the end of the day those long runs are a team thing, and he’ll be the first one to tell you [that] he gives all the credit to the guys around him.

“That’s just an­other night’ and we’ll take it.”

While their run­ning back de­liv­ered the points, the Elks de­fense once again stood tall Fri­day night, hold­ing the Co­bras (2-4, 0-3) to one of­fen­sive score and forc­ing the op­po­si­tion to rely on two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies for touch­downs and a safety for the ma­jor­ity of their scor­ing.

The Elks forced six turnovers on the evening, led by de­fen­sive backs J’Quan Ben­son and D’onte Leigh, who both pro­duced key in­ter­cep­tions deep in Elks ter­ri­tory.

“I’ll take that ef­fort,” Feeney said of the de­fense. “That’s what those guys do. They show up and they come to play. I don’t ex­pect any­thing less. If we get that ef­fort ev­ery week I give us a chance and I think we’re in it.”

Ar­goe’s arm gave the Elks all the points they needed in the sec­ond half as the team ben­e­fited from touch­down passes to Ben­son (71 yards) and Leigh (26 yards) to give the team a 48-21 lead to start the fourth quar­ter.

Fol­low­ing a CJ Sewell in­ter­cep­tion with 5:08 re­main­ing in the game, Elk­ton fresh­man Tashawn Wat­ters Jr. de­liv­ered Feeney a glimpse of the fu­ture when he drove the Elks for a late score. The fresh­man rushed for 80 yards on just six car­ries and found the end zone on a 1-yard rush that capped the scor­ing and ran the clock down to the fi­nal minute. ‘Ray

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