Elk­ton should fol­low Walk­ersville’s model

Elks must em­u­late Lions squad that re­turned—and won—state cham­pi­onship

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JORDAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

— Quar­ter­back Jack­son Ar­goe led a pa­rade of his fel­low se­niors down the length of the side­line to shake the hands of ev­ery un­der­class­man on the Elk­ton foot­ball team fol­low­ing Saturday’s painful loss to Walk­ersville in the 2A state cham­pi­onship game at Navy-Marine Corps Memo­rial Sta­dium.

An an­nual tra­di­tion for the Golden Elks’ foot­ball pro­gram, the endof-the-sea­son in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the soon-to-grad­u­ate play­ers and those who will likely re­turn to play an­other year held a somber tone in the wake of the Ce­cil squad’s lop­sided 33-6 de­feat.

“I think we will [look back on this sea­son with pride],’ but it will def­i­nitely take a while,” Ar­goe said. “This one will still hurt a lot next week.”

As Elk­ton be­gins its prepa­ra­tion for a re­turn trip to the state cham­pi­onship, the school should look

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no fur­ther than the team it shared the field with on Saturday for a suc­cess­ful road map back to the big game.

Top-ranked Walk­ersville tri­umphed in the state fi­nal just one year af­ter it suf­fered a heart­break­ing loss in the same game. The Lions (14-0), who set out this fall to avenge last sea­son’s 21-20 de­feat to Patux­ent in the 2015 2A state cham­pi­onship, earned redemption on Saturday by us­ing four sec­ond-half touch­downs to roll to a con­vinc­ing vic­tory in front of a spir­ited crowd.

“I said all along that one of the X-fac­tors would be that this team has been here be­fore, they have the ex­pe­ri­ence, the stage wasn’t too big. I can’t say the same thing for my guys tonight. Some of my guys, they folded,” Elk­ton head coach Matt Feeney said. “We had some real, real dumb penal­ties. Out of char­ac­ter for some of our guys. It was the stage and we’re go­ing to use it to build on that for next year.

“We in­tend to be back and we’ll be ready.”

Walk­ersville se­nior run­ning back Chad Glea­son, who fin­ished Saturday with 23 car­ries for 104 yards and three touch­downs, ad­mit­ted that he found him­self right back in the weight room the next day fol­low­ing the Lions’ loss in the 2015 state fi­nal game.

“The fol­low­ing day of the state cham­pi­onship game, I guess it was a Sunday, I was in the gym,” Glea­son re­mem­bered. “I was fo­cused and I was work­ing on get­ting here. I wasn’t go­ing to let any­thing stop me.

“We were sad at first, that first month [af­ter los­ing to Patux­ent], but then we got back to work,” he added. “We got the team to­gether and we told each other that we’re not go­ing to let each other down. Ev­ery­one is go­ing to do their job ev­ery game and we’re just go­ing to get it done.”

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Elk­ton se­nior guard Kyle Karnes watches op­pos­ing Walk­ersville cel­e­brate a vic­tory in Saturday’s 2A state cham­pi­onship at Navy–Marine Corps Memo­rial Sta­dium in An­napo­lis.

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