Cecil County Football Capsules
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
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.