Last week ELCO fought hard against perennial state powerhouse Wyomissing, eventually coming up short 28-14. Fast forward six days and the Raiders would face on Homecoming yet another section juggernaut in the Cocalico Eagles.

The Raiders and Eagles are about to butt heads. (Travis Boyd)

The Raiders offense would go three and out on their first drive and punt it over to Cocalico. The run heavy Eagles veer and triple option attack would jump on the Raiders defense early. Quarterback Josh Myer would take the first snap on the night for Cocalico and race 28 yards for a touchdown taking a 7-0 lead.

ELCO’s Justin Smucker (2) receives the opening kickoff. (Travis Boyd)

“They’re just an incredibly well executing team and they have some weapons, the size of them upfront,” said ELCO head coach Robert Miller. “If we get one guy out of place and give them a crease they’re going to find it and really make you pay for it.”

ELCO head coach Robert Miller gives Bryce Haislip (88) the next play. (Travis Boyd)

The Raiders second drive would start on their own 27-yard line. Running back Jake Williams would be held in check by a swarming Cocalico defense. Facing third down, quarterback Steven Rosado would try running for a first down, but the Eagles would force a fumble and recover the ball on the ELCO 34.

“You look at the first half as a learning experience, honest mistakes like those mistakes are how we learn,” said Miller.

ELCO head coach Robert Miller goes over the tape with QB Steven Rosado (3). (Travis Boyd)

On a short field the Eagles would methodically move the ball down the field and score on a 2-yard run by Sam Steffy, pushing the score to 14-0.

The Raiders would start their third series at their own 35-yard line. ELCO would try to move the ball on the ground with Williams, but the defensive line for the Eagles did not allow Williams any running room. Williams would be held to 42 yards in the first half.

Jake Williams (22) is tackled for a loss by Tim Porter (33). (Travis Boyd)

With the running game struggling to get going the Raiders took to the air, but Rosado would be picked off by Aaryn Longenecker who weaved his way 52 yards for the touchdown bringing the score with the extra point to 21-0 Eagles with 3:44 in the 1st Q.

On the next series ELCO would try to set up a screen pass, but Rosado would be picked off. The Eagles would drive down the field and Steffy would score his second touchdown on an 11-yard run.

“We had some guys in the first half try to make plays on their own and not follow through on discipline and it’s all heart that’s that effort and achievement you want to see out of your kids,” said Miller.

QB Steven Rosado (3) calls the next play in the Raiders offensive huddle. (Travis Boyd)

Despite the turnovers the Raiders kept battling, which their coach praised.

“I’m proud of our guys for their effort but now we just have to clean it up on our discipline and be in the place where their supposed to be,” said Miller.

Cocalico would score on each offensive drive it had in the first half to take a commanding 42-0 lead into halftime.

The Raiders would continue to fight in the second half as Ellis Gensamer would run 8 yards to get the Raiders on the board in the fourth quarter. While the Raiders would come out on the losing end 56-7, Coach Miller said his team did not quit.

Mitchell Frederick (24) finds some running room outside of the Eagles defense. (Travis Boyd)

“I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and the second half is actually who we are, so you are who you are the next play, people are going to judge you on the next play, so we’re going to have to respond and move forward,” said Miller.

ELCO will travel to Octorara Area on Oct. 6.

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Head Coach: Robert Miller

Assistant Coaches: John Carley, Robert Williams, Wyatt Hall, Earl Thomas, John Wetzel

Jersey NumberNameGradePosition
1Jordan HartzJr.WR/DB
2Justin SmuckerJr.WR/DB
3Steven RosadoJr.QB/DB
4Shane BoyerJr.WR/LB
5Jackson ConnersSr.WR/DB
6Gavin BicherJr.QB/LB
7Phillip HorstJr.TE/DE
8Austin YeskoJr.RB/DB
9Ira GensamerSr.RB/DB
10Elliott KreiderSr.RB/LB
11Dom HerzogSr.WR/DB
14Ethan BusserJr.WR/LB
15Dante JamesSr.WR/DB
16Sara MillerSr.WR/DB
17Josh BlairJr.QB/LB
19James ProsserSr.WR/DB
20Jude WeaverSr.WR/DB
21Jonathan FisherJr.WR/DB
22Jake WilliamsSr.RB/LB
23Zane TrostleJr.RB/DB
24Mitchell FrederickJr.RB/LB
25Lee TobiasSr.RB/DB
26Landon GoodisonJr.K/P
28Butch SavichSo.WR/DB
29Issac HarmsSr.WR/DB
30Griffin KreiderFr.QB/DB
32Ellis GensamerSo.RB/LB
33Brady StoopsJr.RB/DL
34Victor FelicianoSr.WR/DB
35Dom ShaakJr.RB/DB
38Isaiah AngleySr.RB/DL
40Rhyce FaustJr.WR/DB
41Hunter MehaffeySo.WR/DB
42Elejandro WeisterSo.WR/DB
44Connor ShowalterSo.WR/DB
45J.C. DejesusJr.RB/DL
50Luke BaileySo.OL/DL
51Paul WilliamsSo.OL/DL
52Avery KurtzJr.OL/DL
53Alex Muniz CruzSr.OL/DL
54Robert LubinJr.OL/DL
55Brayden MalloyJr.OL/DL
57Mason SipeSo.OL/DL
58Carter KemperSr.OL/LB
59Tupac Vasquez-DislaJr.OL/DL
60Lukas MorascoJr.OL/DL
62Griffin FisherSr.OL/DL
63Asher GrierSo.OL/DL
64Dominick LattaruloJr.OL/DL
65Riley McDonaldSo.RB/LB
66Chris BatemanJr.OL/DL
67Ty LandisSo.RB/LB
68Jason ArnoldSr.WR/DB
71James KuhneSo.WR/DB
72Dawson OckerSr.OL/DL
74Cole HaagSo.OL/DL
75Bryce MaizeJr.OL/DL
76Josie Lebron-MatosSo.WR/DB
77Tyler ShaakSo.OL/DL
78Dylan ReddingerSr.WR/DB
79Ethan BretziusSo.OL/DL
80Tyce FiddnerJr.TE/DE
81Michael BooksJr.WR/DB
82Bryant AukerSr.WR/DB
84Noah BurgessJr.WR/DB
85Landon LeonardJr.TE/DE
87Chase HessJr.TE/DE
88Bryce HaislipSr.WR/DB
89Dalton PyzkaSo.TE/DE
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Troy Martin was born and raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon County. As a young boy, he was drawn to broadcasting. In his teens Troy would get his shot working on radio at WADV, WLBR, and WQIC Radio. After graduating from Millersville University with a broadcasting degree he jumped into television working...


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