Ce­cil County Foot­ball Cap­sules

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL SPORTS - WHIG STAFF RE­PORT

When: 7 tonight Last Meet­ing: Sept. 30, 2016 – Elk­ton won 27-20

Out­look: A year ago, the Ris­ing Sun foot­ball team came within one score of snap­ping Elk­ton’s lengthy win­ning streak against Susque­hanna Divi­sion op­po­nents and hand­ing its Ce­cil County ri­val a po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing de­feat in a heated race for one of four 2A East Re­gion play­off spots.

The Tigers (0-2) will now have a shot at pick­ing up their first win of the sea­son and hand­ing the Elks (2-0) their first loss of the year when the two teams tan­gle tonight in non-di­vi­sional ac­tion.

Se­nior quar­ter­back Ray John­son and se­nior run­ning back Raiquon Esetp com­bined to score five rush­ing touch­downs for Elk­ton last week in a 32-14 win over North East. Mean­while, the Tigers will cel­e­brate their home opener one week af­ter a 21-6 loss to Fall­ston.

It will mark the sec­ond game in a row in which the Elks will be the “guest of honor” for a team’s home opener. Ex­pect their wel­com­ing gift to be a heavy dose of Estep, who rushed for three touch­downs against the Tigers last year. Ad­di­tion­ally, Elk­ton will look to start a sea­son 3-0 for the first time un­der fourth-year head coach Matt Feeney.

Ris­ing Sun, which tran­si­tioned to a run-heavy of­fense to be­gin the year, will look to fi­nally get its ground game go­ing be­fore its home crowd. Joe Jones, the team’s start­ing run­ning back, scored twice against Elk­ton a year ago, al­beit on de­fense; fully ex­pect the Elks to be aware of where he’s lin­ing up at all times. When: 7 tonight Last Meet­ing: Sept. 12, 2011 – Aberdeen won, 50-12

Out­look: It’s been six years since Ce­cil County’s Ea­gles shared the field with Har­ford County’s Ea­gles. The two pro­grams will re­new their ri­valry tonight in Ch­e­sa­peake City when Bo Manor cel­e­brates its home opener.

Bo Manor (0-2) re­turns to friendly con­fines af­ter two tough losses to open the year. The win col­umn will be its des­ti­na­tion when it faces fifth-ranked Aberdeen (2-0), a team with an un­beaten record.

An­tic­i­pate the Ce­cil County Ea­gles try­ing to es­tab­lish the run early as they look to rekin­dle an of­fense that strug­gled to find the end zone a week ago in a 7-6 non-con­fer­ence loss to Win­ters Mill. With start­ing quar­ter­back Ryan Con­nol­ley likely gone for a while with in­jury, ex­pect All-County Bo Manor run­ning back Bobby McLen­nan to have a ma­jor im­pact on the con­test. His suc­cess will likely dic­tate whether Bo Manor will snap its los­ing streak or open the year 0-3 for the first time since 2014. When: 7 tonight Last Meet­ing: Aug. 31, 2012 – Fall­ston won, 33-12

Out­look: Be­lieve there’s mo­men­tum East.

De­spite a 25-game los­ing streak dat­ing back to 2014, the In­di­ans will take the field tonight fol­low­ing a close game against Elk­ton, which ad­vanced to last year’s 2A state cham­pi­onship.

North East scored a long touch­down through the air and an even longer one on the ground, and trailed by only 12 points in the fourth quar­ter, in an even­tual 32-14 loss. The In­di­ans will now at­tempt to turn that strong play into their first win in nearly three years when they face Fall­ston, an un­beaten team that has strug­gled against a pair of Susque­hanna Divi­sion op­po­nents.

Look for phys­i­cal se­nior quar­ter­back Chase Hol­lis­ter to move the pile on the ground and keep the de­fense hon­est as the In­di­ans look to spring the big play with a pair of speedy run­ning backs— Jalen Giles and Tay­lor Danglade. it or not, in North

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SCOTT SERIO

Elk­ton’s Mike Matthews car­ries the foot­ball last week against North East. The Golden Elks will look to start the sea­son 3-0 for the first time un­der head coach Matt Feeney when they face Ris­ing Sun tonight.

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