No. 13 Elks pound 2A state champ Oakdale in playoff rematch

Elkton running back Tayshawn Watters breaks through for several yards during Friday’s non-league football contest against Oakdale. Watters made his mark on defense with three sacks as No. 13 Elks routed the defending Class 2A state champs from Frederick, 31-14, in Cecil County.

Elkton High’s football team long had Friday’s match with Frederick County’s Oakdale circled on the calendar. The Elks’ 2018 campaign ended at Oakdale with a sobering loss in the Class 2A state semifinals.

On a day it said a final goodbye to a member of its family, Elkton put together an inspired and dominating performance under the lights in Cecil County. The 13th-ranked Elks defeated Oakdale, 31-14, in a non-league contest.

Elkton (5-0 overall) ran off 24 unanswered points, handing the reigning 2A state champs, ranked 18th in the state media poll, a second straight loss after 17 consecutive victories. Oakdale (3-2) defeated the Elks, 38-0, last season in the 2A semifinals, before defeating Glenelg for its first state title.

The Elks announced themselves as a serious contender for the 2019 crown in the rematch, hours after the funeral of Elkton assistant coach Ed Brown. Brown, whose son Ian, is a sophomore running back/linebacker for the Elks, died suddenly last week.

Elkton, which saw Oakdale put up a running clock in the third quarter last year, stuck early Friday. The Elks went 90 yards with Gregg Triplett’s 7-yard touchdown run, completing the drive. Oakdale answered with Cameron Dorner’s 52-yard touchdown catch-and-run from quarterback Ethan Reifer.

From there, it was all Elkton. Trevin Ewing returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown, and Jacob Bosler’s 31-yard field goal put the Elks up, 17-7, at halftime.

Late in the third quarter, Nolan Null threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Mike Vass, extending the lead to 24-7. It was 31-7 in the fourth after Jakeem Jackson returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown.

The Elks produced four interceptions Friday and Tayshawn Watters and Ronan DePaul each had three sacks. Elkton had eight sacks total Friday.

The Elks have won 10 straight regular season decisions, dating back to last season. Elkton plays at North East in a UCBAC non-divisional match next weekend.