Elkton hosted Jewell last Friday for the first round of six-man playoffs and came up just short of the victory as the Elks fell 27-19 to the Blue Jays.
“They (Jewell) definitely did a good job of sealing the edge so we didn’t really run outside,” said Elkton coach Jeremy Lockhart. “So our running game got completely shut down by Jewell in the second half, so that's really what put us behind the eight ball.”
After being up 19-13 at halftime for Elkton, Jewell’s offense started to get rolling as the Blue Jays scored two touchdowns and a safety in the second half.
The future is still very bright for Elkton as they only lose two seniors and should be returning all of their key contributors.
“We just didn't know what to really expect but this year was definitely a success,” said Lockhart. “I think this ceiling is pretty high for us next year,” Lockhart added. “The expectations for us next year are going to be a lot different than this year.”
Following the conclusion of the weekend games, coaches voted for all league players and Elkton had players named to each team.
Running Back/Linebacker - Nathan Rausch
Center/Kicker - Jamal Lawton
Defensive Back - Christian Halstead
Punter - Anthony Alimenti
Quarterback - Conner Anderson
Wide Receiver - Christian Halstead
Defensive End - Conner Anderson
Defensive Back - Anthony Alimenti
Stat Leaders for the Elks vs Jewell
Conner Anderson 16/33, 183 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INT
Nathan Rausch 13 carries, 35 yards, 1 TD
Christian Halstead 6 receptions, 106 yards, 1 TD
Anthony Alimenti 5 receptions, 39 yards, 1 TD