Elkton vs. Calvert
What Elkton needs to do to win: More of the same. Elkton appeared flawless in the first half against North Caroline last week, as running back Raiquon Estep rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns, quarterback Jackson Argoe threw for the opening score and the defense pitched a shutout. While Calvert presents yet another tough defense for the Golden Elks to face, feeding the ball to the athletes should eventually produce big plays and points.
Defensively, the run-heavy Cavaliers are playing into the hands of Elkton, which has thrived all season on stopping the run. As long as the Elks shut down the edges and stuff the middle, Calvert will be forced into third-andlongs, a position of weakness for a team with little passing experience this season (just 84 attempts for 698 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions).
What Calvert needs to do to win: The Cavaliers punched their ticket to the state semifinals on the strength of their defense, which enters allowing 11.6 points per game. While not an easy task by any means, Calvert must find a way to control the Elkton run game if it hopes to advance to the state final. Last week, Estep totaled nearly 300 yards rushing as the Cecil squad’s offensive line dominated the trenches. Calvert’s disciplined defensive line needs to flip the script and control the line of scrimmage or find itself playing catch-up.
Offensively, the Cavaliers run a ball-control offense that eats up clock and puts points on the board. A well-disciplined offensive line, trio of ball carriers and multiple offensive looks can create headaches for Elkton, which may be running into its toughest test yet.
What to expect: With a pair of strong defenses, this game has the potential be lowscoring, but the ever present danger of an Estep home run coupled with the Elks’ aboveaverage passing game should prove to be the difference as both teams battle for a chance to go to the state final.