End of conference winning streak reminds us how dominant Elks have been
ELKTON — Prior to Friday’s 39-14 loss to undefeated Havre de Grace, it had been nearly three full seasons since the Elkton football team last suffered a defeat against a conference opponent.
The streak featured backto-back unbeaten runs through the Susquehanna Division, multiple victories against Chesapeake Division teams and, more importantly, consecutive trips to the 2A postseason, including an appearance in last year’s state championship game.
Under the direction of head coach Matt Feeney, the Golden Elks had strung together 24 wins in a row against the conference dating back to Oct. 24, 2014— the UCBAC’S longest win streak against conference opponents since Perryville had its own 24-game winning streak snapped against C.M. Wright on Oct. 11, 2013.
Similar to the Panthers that season, the Elks (5-1) remain fully in control of their playoff destiny despite their setback against Havre de Grace. In the locker room Friday, following his team’s first regular-season loss since last September’s 27-0 defeat to East Region rival Kent Island, Feeney quickly put the streak behind him.
“It was a great run for what it is, but we’re not concerned with that,” Feeney said about the streak. “We want to get to the playoffs, we want to win our region. That’s our goal. Anything that gets in the way of that we’ll try to overcome. We just have one focus right now and that’s just to bounce back this week.”
The Elks suffered Week 2 losses to Kent Island each of the past two regular seasons and responded by winning their next eight games to punch their ticket to the playoffs and generate deep postseason runs. Feeney expects a similar reaction to Friday’s loss as the team prepares to play its final four games, starting this weekend against another region team in North Harford.
“If this team has any kind of identity, it’s a team that bounces back when they have to bounce back,” Feeney said. “That’s been our M.O. for the last two years. I have no doubts that they’ll bounce back, even with the adversity we’re facing. I have full faith that we’ll be alright.”
Senior Myles Sewell contributed on a defensive line last season that helped guide the Elks to the state title game. On Friday, he trooped into the locker room with a similar message as his head coach.
“We just have to come back Monday and work harder, just tighten up some things,” Sewell said. “We just have to play harder.”
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Elkton senior Raiquon Estep blocks a kick from fellow consensus All-State player Clay Harris during a 39-14 loss to Havre de Grace on Friday. The defeat snapped the Golden Elks’ 24-game winning streak against UCBAC opponents.