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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: Eagles Continue Flight For Perfection

  • Eldorado looking for 4-0 start Friday at Fairfield
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  • By MICHAEL DANN
    Gatehouse News Service
    ELDORADO — This much Brandon Hampton knows.
    When your defense can take away the ball and eliminate the big play, you give yourself the opportunity to have success.
    Case in point, Hampton's Eagles had five take aways in last week's 34-12 win at Elverado-Trico.
    On the flip side, the sixth-year head football coach at Eldorado, is preparing to take on a Fairfield team that was leading 26-14 in last week's contest against Vienna-Goreville, but coughed the ball up one too many times in the second half and lost 36-26.
    It was a signature win for the upstart Vienna-Goreville football program in the Black Diamond Conference, knocking off a Fairfield team that came into the game as one of three undefeated teams in the BDC.
    Now, it's just Eldorado and Chester, but Hampton is well aware that Fairfield will be looking to get the taste out of their mouth this week.
    "Fairfield is a tough place to play," Hampton said. "One of the toughest places in our conference. You have the train running by, you have their crowd. Our focus this week will be eliminating turnovers and penalties on offense."
    Part of this week's preparation will also be getting Tanner Smith more involved with the offense. Smith is replacing the injured starter, Nick Schimp in Week 4, while Schimp recovers from an ankle injury sustained last week against Elverado-Trico.
    "It's a short week with having to play on Saturday, you know. We just want to make sure we can accomplish as much as we can throughout this week."
    Hampton said Tuesday's practice was the best of the season so far.
    After the game Saturday, Hampton added that what impressed him coming away was the fact that you take stock in the fact that your team dealt with adversity, came together and played well."
    The Eagle defense especially, but it's a see-saw situation for Hampton, where sometimes the offense carries the defense.
    "You're going to have games like that where the offense picks up the defense," Hampton added.
    "With with the kind of offense we run, that's going to happen from time to time. There are times when we prepare for a look all week and because we are so unique offensively, we come out in something brand new and something we haven't even shown our kids and more times than not, that happens to us.
    "So it takes us a while to identify where we need to attack and I felt coach (Joe) Clark and the offensive coaches did that Saturday. We attacked some spots that Elverado-Trico was taking away and attacked them in some different areas."
    Michael Dann can be reached at hbgsports@dailyregister.com. Follow him on Twitter @spydieshooter.

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