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