The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: Eagles' unbeaten streak snapped

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  • All good things must come to an end. Even if it means the end of what was an unbeaten streak.
    Eldorado suffered its first football loss of the season Friday, falling 30-28 to Fairfield during Week 4 of Black Diamond Conference Play.
    The Eagles and Chester entered the week as the Diamond's two unbeaten teams. Now Chester remains the league's only undefeated team, while four others have at least one loss.
    This particular loss may be a bitter pill for Eagle faithful to swallow as they saw EHS jump out to a very quick 14-0 lead
    Eldorado took the opening drive 60 yards in 10 plays when Dylan Roberts found the end zone from one yard out for a quick 7-0 lead.
    The Eagles went for the gusto on the ensuing kickoff, squibbing the kick, while Colton Edwards fell on the football, giving Eldorado another scoring chance.
    The Eagles took full advantage of the opportunity and watched as Tanner Smith broke the goal line on the quarterback keeper from one yard out and had a two score lead before Fairfield ever touched the pigskin.
    However Fairfield did not go quietly into the night.
    Despite being stunned in the second half last week against Vienna and getting behind the eight ball quickly against Eldorado, the Mules hitched their wagon Dyllan Bailey as he finished with 21 carries for 129 yards and two scores in the come from behind victory.
    Bailey had a three yard run with 2:27 to play in the first quarter to get Faifield on the scoreboard and added a score before halftime with 4:04 to play to make it 20-16 at halftime.
    The second half was a much different scenario for both teams.
    Eldorado, who played virtually penalty free against Elverado last week, found themselves on the unfortunate end of some costly flags at the Train Yard.
    Roberts, who finished with 32 carries for 172 yards and three scores, punched his third of the game with 6:44 in the third quarter to give EHS a 28-16 lead.
    EHS head coach Brandon Hampton admitted that his squad let Fairfield off the hook in the third, especially after Roberts' score put the Eagles up by 12 points.
    "We tried to make a few adjustments on defense and it helped us early, but when they captured the momentum we were just unable to stop them. I felt like we were good in the kicking game, we ran the ball back well, but we let them off the hook there in the third quarter when we got up 10 or 12 points and just couldn't put them away."
    From there, Fairfield rattled off two more scores, one including a four yard plunge by Skylar Esmon from four yards and got the game winning score from Derek Greifzu from two yards out with 9:13 to play in the fourth quarter.
    Page 2 of 2 - We didn't play well enough on defense to win," said head coach Brandon Hampton. "I thought like our kids, offensively, did some good things and executed down the stretch. Fairfield just made more plays down the end.
    "They hit us with some play action stuff early and kept grinding it out and staying in the game."
    In the game, Eldorado was penalized nine times for 67 yards, while Fairfield had just five penalties for 25 yards.
    "It's hard when your penalized 14-1," Hampton said of the discrepancies in flags thrown. "We'll use this to motivate us and go on."
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