The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: Bullseye On Their Back

  • Eldorado goes from hunter to hunted
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  • It's safe to say that when opening the season against two teams that qualified for last year's playoffs, Eldorado went into those games as the hunter.
    Now, after back-to-back wins to start the season, the Eagles are very well aware they are now the hunted.
    For Eldorado head coach Brandon Hampton, he's okay with the proverbial target being on the back of his ballclub. It's also the realization that his team has to get better.
    Eldorado will put its unbeaten streak on the line when they invade Spann Field Friday night in the second road game of the year for the Eagles.
    "Our challenge this week could be worrying about Christoper-Zeigler-Royalton, but instead, we want to take care of us and do what we need to do to get better," Hampton said.
    Eldorado is one of three other teams in the Black Diamond Conference to start the season 2-0. Also out to perfect starts are Vienna-Goreville, Fairfield and Chester.
    The Yellow Jackets ranked as the No. 6 ballclub in this week's Associated Press Top 10 Class 2A prep football poll.
    Hampton accepts the great accomplishment that has been set by his ballclub, but reminds his team this is no time to rest on their laurels.
    "This week, our message to them is Christoper-Zeigler-Royalton is the most important game on our schedule. We need to play a certain way to keep getting better.
    "The challenge for our team is how good do you want to be? The target now goes on your back now and with our defense playing shut out football, teams are looking to score on your now to say they were 'that team.'"
    The Bearcats got their first win of the season beating Elverado-Trico 49-6. C-Z-R is led by senior quarterback Jacob Towers, who started a few games for the Bearcats a year ago.
    Hampton got a first hand look at the Bearcats during some 7-on-7 drills this past summer and was impressed with what he saw.
    "They were able to throw it around. They are primarily a Wing-T type team and they do get into some pistol formation. It's really unique for southern Illinois and the Black Diamond Conference in terms of scheme. It's a lot like the Wing-T, but it's something different to prepare for."
    Plenty challenges await Eldorado, not just this week, but in weeks to come. For Hampton, his primary challenge for his team is getting better week by week.
    "We want to make sure we are getting better and that's what was so key for us last week. We improved from Week 1 to Week 2 in some areas that we needed too, like in the secondary and that will be our challenge this week as well."
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