There was a brief but exciting appearance by Sara Miller on center stage. And great promise shown by other members of the supporting cast like Steven Rosado and Austin Yesko.

Not to mention a fleeting moment of brilliance from a member of a rival production, Anthony Montijo.

But for the second week in a row, the performance of the ELCO football team looked more like the Jake Williams Show, starring Jake Williams.

Well, it did.

ELCO’s Jake Williams looks for running room during the Raiders’ 49-7 rout of Annville-Cleona on Thursday. Williams piled up 320 rushing yards on 22 attempts and scored five touchdowns, all in the second quarter, to lead ELCO. (Will Trostel)

That’s not to say that the Raiders decked Annville-Cleona 49-7 in Myerstown Thursday night (in what was the final meeting of these two longtime Lebanon County rivals) solely because senior running back Williams was again playing the lead role expertly.

The above mentioned players also contributed to ELCO’s second straight smashing success on stage.

But no one had a prayer of taking the starring role away from Williams, who outshined his own 2023 debut performance last Friday, when he romped for 234 yards on just 8 carries and scored four touchdowns while also adding a 90-yard kickoff return score to the opening night festivities in a win at West York.

Thursday, Williams surpassed his own lofty standards by rumbling for 320 yards on 21 carries and five touchdowns, with all five TD runs coming in the second quarter, to help ELCO open up a 35-7 halftime lead.

“He is a humble player for such a talent,” ELCO coach Bob Miller said of his star player. “He runs with awesome speed, physicality and vision. But he gives credit to his teammates and the glory to God.”

Williams’ first two scores came on runs of 26 and 47 yards that staked the Raiders to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Montijo provided A-C with a brief burst of momentum with a 61-yard dash to paydirt midway through the period, cutting the deficit to 14-7, only to see Williams cross the goal line three more times before intermission would mercifully arrive.

Annville-Cleona’s Jonathan Shay takes the hand off from QB Cameron Connelly during A-C’s 49-7 loss at ELCO Thursday night. (Will Trostel)

“Jake Williams is very talented and physical,” A-C coach Matt Gingrich said. “Kudos to their team. Congrats to the better team. Their coaches and players were better prepared and I take that responsibility squarely on my shoulders”.

In addition to Williams’ many heroics, ELCO also got strong play from the lines, and solid play from fullbacks Elliott Kreider and Mitchell Frederick, as well as second half scoring runs from QB Steven Rosado and Yesko.

ELCO QB Gavin Bicher hands off to Elliott Kreider during first half action in Myerstown Thursday night. (Will Trostel)

Miller’s daughter, senior wide receiver Sara Miller, also got in on the act by coming up with her second career reception, a 20-yard grab of a Rosado aerial in the fourth quarter.

“I’m so proud of our kids,” Miller said. “Our line played incredible on both sides of the ball and the blocking of Elliott Kreider and Mitchell Frederick and the receivers helped pave the way.”

And as noted above, the contest served as the final chapter- at least for the foreseeable future- of a long and storied football rivalry between ELCO and A-C. There are no hard feelings that led to the decision and it was made in each program’s interest going forward, given their respective enrollments. ELCO will pick up another longtime county rival in Northern Lebanon to replace A-C.

“We are sad to see the game with Annville end but we are excited to pick up another county rival with Northern Lebanon,” Miller said.

Annville-Cleona Dutchmen

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Head Coach: Matt Gingrich

Assistant Coaches: Joe Heckard, Greg Keener, Joe Shay, Jon Bopp, Drew Speraw, Cody Dodson, Jonathan Lum, Mike Miller

Jersey NumberNameGradePosition
1Miles Riehl11WR/DB
2Cash Watson12WR/DB
3Carson Grow12WR/DB
4Cael Harter12RB/DB
6Noah Riehl10WR/DB
7Wyatt Mase10QB/DB
8Liam Pulaski12WR/DB
9Gavin Martens10WR/DB
10Jonas Cupak11WR/DB
11Bryce Keller11RB/DB
13Ryan Barrientos11RB/LB
14Jonathan Moran10RB/LB
16Cameron Connelly12QB/DB
17Kaeli Pennington11WR/DB
19Yamaliel Navarro9RB/DB
21Mina Elzek12K
22Aidan Blauch11WR/DB
24Hudson Sellers10RB/LB
31Dominic Casciotti11WR/DB
33Luke Wentling10RB/LB
35Jack Getty11WR/DB
36Ivan Kreider11TE/LB
41Jonathon Shay11RB/DL
44Levi Heckard10TE/DL
50Dan Bright-Walck10OL/DL
51Alex Hemperly11OL/LB
52Damien Miller12OL/DL
53Anthony Gardner12OL/DL
54Malacai Victa11OL/DL
55Travis Wilk10OL/DL
59Jordan Nickens10OL/DL
64Armani Santos10OL/DL
68Nathanael Sanchez10OL/DL
70Blake Meyer10OL/DL
72Alec Tetzlaff12OL/DL
75Carter Smith12OL/DL
76Preston Bomgardner11OL/DL
77Jaxon Speece9OL/DL
87Darrian Holloway12TE/LB
89Timothy Montijo12RB/DL

ELCO Raiders

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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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Pat Huggins covered local sports for the Lebanon Daily News for almost 25 years, beginning in January of 1999. Pat was born and raised in Lebanon County and is a 1987 graduate of Lebanon High School and a 1991 alum of Elizabethtown College. A huge Phillies and 76ers fan, Pat spends his spare time on...


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