High school football / East 47, Ellet 0: Dragons fly past Orangemen
10/24/2019 9:46 PM

East scored two touchdowns less than six minutes into its City Series game against Ellet Friday night at InfoCision Stadium.

It took senior running back Romeo Felton 16 minutes and seven carries to eclipse 100 yards.

It took senior receiver Deshawn Jones two catches and 11 minutes to eclipse 100 yards.

The two Dragons also combined for four first-half touchdowns to power East to a 47-0 win over the Orangemen.

Felton’s combination of speed, power and vision helped him average more than 18 yards per carry.

“Romeo plays with a chip on his shoulder because of that stigma because he’s short,” East coach Marques Hayes said. “He’s a short-stature guy, but he’s a thick guy. He’s a strong runner, and he’s very elusive.”

East (5-3, 3-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead after blocking a punt at the end of Ellet’s first drive. The Dragons took over on the Ellet 32-yard line, and Felton carried the ball on all five plays, finishing the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. He added a 73-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter and a 45-yard touchdown at the beginning of the third quarter that extended the lead to 33-0.

“The agility and balance that he has is second to none,” Hayes said. “He runs that hard every day in practice so there’s a comfort level to it by Friday night.”

Jones’ three touchdowns came on three touches. He added a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter to extend East’s lead to 47-0.

“Those are big-time plays that you expect from a big-time player like him,” Hayes said. “Each game we have different guys who come out and make plays, but tonight was his night.”

Ellet relied heavily on the run, specifically to the left side of the line, but East limited the Orangemen to less than 150 yards rushing. Their longest run was a a 33-yarder by senior fullback Blake Miletti in the first quarter. The Dragons limited senior running back Ethan Jones to less than 4 yards per carry on 20-plus attempts.

“They have a nice-sized [offensive] line,” Hayes said. “So we just had to scheme it the right way so we had our guys in the right position to be able to play off of each other.”

East also stopped the Orangemen four times in the red zone.

“We gave up some plays that I felt like we shouldn’t have,” Hayes said. “We bent a little bit, but I’m just glad we didn’t break and give up any scores.”

Ellet benefited from several first-half penalties on the Dragons, who finished the first half with 65 penalty yards.

“When you have guys gang-tackling to the ball, we got called for a couple of facemask calls,” Hayes said. “We can’t have that. We’ll get that fixed up.”

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