Parksides season ends at the hands of Elkton
ELKTON, Md.- After leading 16-13 headed to the second quarter, the Rams collapsed in the second half to fall to Elkton 55-25. The Rams finish the season with a 9-1 record and the teams first post season win under head coach Brendan Riley.
Things started out great for the Rams, forcing a three and out on the Elks opening drive. On the ensuing punt, the snap went over the punters head and thought the back of the end zone for the safety to give Parkside the early 2-0 lead. On the ensuing drive, the Rams made it a two score game. QB Anthony Sarbanes found Marcus Yarns under pressure and he would take it inside the twenty. A few plays later, the counter goes to Davian White and he outran the defense to the pylon for the score to make it a nine point game just four minutes into the game.
On the next Elks drive, the offense would get hot. Tashawn Watters carved up the defense on his way to the end zone to cut it to a two point Rams lead. The teams would trade punts but on the Elkton punt, the Rams would strike again. Travis Waters took the punt back 73 yards to the house to extend the Parkside lead back to nine, 16-7. As the quarter wound down, the Elks would cut it to just a three point game. A handoff off the left side to Gregg Triplett goes for six just before the end of the quarter. Extra point no good so the Rams carry the three point lead into the second.
In the second quarter, the Elk offense would explode, outscoring the Rams 21-0 in the second quarter to take a 34-16 lead at the half. Nolan Null began to get hot, throwing two touchdowns to Trevin Ewing and Mike Vass. Watters would get his second of the game.
In the second half, Marcus Yarns would return the opening kickoff to the Elkton 32 setting the offense up nicely. First play from scrimmage, Sarbanes would find Jabronte Mills and he’s stopped at the one leading to a one yard Alijah Bivens touchdown to cut the Elks lead to just 11, 34-23. The following Elkton drive, Marylands top ranked passing attack would come alive. Nolan Null would throw his third and fourth touchdowns of the game as Elkton shocks the Rams 55-25, knocking the out of the playoffs.
The Rams finished the season with the states top ranked 2A rushing attack, 3409 yards and 30 TDs.