Elk­ton vs. Calvert

Cecil Whig - - & - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ


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.

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