By Peter Gobeille
Sophomore Elijah Jeffries has made his impact felt as one of the most dangerous and shifty players on the field, seemingly finding a way to make a big play game in and game out.
Jeffries has not only made his impact as a wide out, but has been even more dangerous as a kickoff and punt return player. Despite being one of the younger players and not exactly the biggest, Jeffries has been one of the more explosive players on the football team that features a number of big play players.
We were able to get our first glimpse of dynamic talent on Sep.9 when the raiders took on Herndon in their second game of the season. Jeffries had 53 yards on 3 rushed, including a 29 yard Touchdown run to open up scoring for the raiders, combined with 45 receiving yards on 6 receptions. This would was only the beginning of a dual threat player that can run and catch the ball.
Jeffries had his next big play against Lee, when he was able to break away on a 55 yard rush, and despite the raiders losing, Jeffries was able to show off how dangerous he is on the offensive side of the ball. When asked about his mindset coming into every game, Jeffries said “I just remember that no one on the field can check me”.
In the next game, Jeffries was able to do his best Devin Hester impression in a truly unique performance. Not only was Jeffries able to return a kickoff return 65 yards to the house, he later had a 55 yard punt return. The incredible special teams performance added to a 42-6 Raider win.
To add on the kickoff success, Jeffries took the opening kickoff for a touchdown next week against Wakefield. This added to another successful performance in which he had 76 yards and a touchdown, helping the raiders ruin another homecoming. Jeffries earned high praise from senior teammate Michael Kluesner who said, “This guy is really good. He’s going to be great. He’s going to be All-Met. This kid is special”.