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Cocalico’s Steven Flinton runs the ball against Conestoga Valley at Cocalico High School on Friday, October 9, 2020.

Cocalico left no doubt on Friday night in Denver, taking advantage of several miscues by Elizabethtown to coast to a 52-0 Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two victory on the Eagles' homecoming night.

Elizabethtown (0-4 L-L, 1-4 overall) made some noise early on by forcing a fumble on the second play from scrimmage, which Justin Black recovered. However, the Bears immediately turned the ball over on downs.

Cocalico (3-1, 4-1) did the same after a long drive, though the Eagles forced a three-and-out.

A nice punt return by Brycen Flinton set Cocalico up in Elizabethtown territory, where his brother, Steven, scored on a 25-yard TD run. The Bears’ offense began to come to life late in the first half, but a fumble on a handoff gave possession back to the Eagles, who would eventually score on a 15-yard reverse by Steven Flinton during a fourth-down try.

Flinton notched his third TD of the game late in the first half on a wide-open 25-yard pass from Carson Nash. The Bears had a chance to capitalize on another turnover following a muffed punt by Brycen Flinton was recovered by Billy McNitt, but they again went four-and-out.

The Eagles quickly scored on a three-play drive ending in a 7-yard TD keeper by Nash. They immediately pinned Elizabethtown deep in its own territory on the ensuing kickoff, forcing another punt and adding a 30-yard field goal from kicker Alex Mellinger as time expired in the first half, set up by a 22-yard pass from Nash to Steven Flinton.

An interception by Casey Bernhard late in the third set up a 17-yard TD run for Micah Ulysse. The Eagles’ backups also got a 15-yard TD run from Jacob Kohl and a 60-yard TD run by Gavin Glass late in the game, the latter after a forced fumble on a kick return.

Up next

Cocalico will face Warwick next week; a win could force a three-way tie for the Section Two title with Solanco in the mix as well. Elizabethtown will host Manheim Central.