For a long time now, Eldorado head coach Brandon Hampton has talked about what will separate his Eagles from other Black Diamond Conference ball clubs.
Among those list of things, at the top is winning home games and doing so against top-tier competition.
Hampton and Eldorado did both of those things Friday night.
The Eldorado Eagles proved who the better team was in what was called by many a game of the week, defeating Carmi-White County 18-0 Friday at Boz Adams Field.
"Our goal has always been to compete for a conference championship," Hampton said. "We took on one of the top programs in the conference and used this game as a measuring stick. I'm really proud of how our kids played. This was two of the top three teams in the conference going at it and for us, defense dominated."
It was the second straight week that the Eagles did not allow a point to the opposition.
Offensively, the Eagles were led by a 24 carry, 202-yard outing by Dylan Roberts and a strong game by Tyler Deaton, who caught two touchdown passes and an interception.
The Eagles and Bulldogs went back and forth on the field, with Eldorado punching the ball in on a three-yard run by Derek Mitchell with 4:14 left in the first quarter.
The six points were the only points scored in the first quarter. Eldorado scored once again in the second quarter.
Deaton took advantage of a coverage mistake by the Bulldogs.
Deaton hauled his first catch in and took off for a 62-yard score with 7:52 left in the first half.
Hampton credited his defensive secondary for being in the right position and shutting down a potent Carmi-White County offense.
"Historically, Carmi-White County has a very high powered offense, but credit our defense for putting pressure on Chase Sailor, coming up with seven sacks and hitting him half a dozen other times. The defense dictated the tempo of the game."
The third quarter kicked off with a little bit of the same from the first half.
Deaton scored his second touchdown on a 37-yard reception from quarterback Nathan Burnett with 8:59 left in the third.
"This game came down to three or four big plays. We won all of them," Hampton said. "I think by the end of the game, you could see how we were in better shape," Hampton said. "These are the kind of games where you can separate yourself from other teams in the conference and make a name for yourself. I think we did that."
Eldorado (2-0, 2-0) will travel to face the CZR Bearcats next Friday night.