The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: Running Wild

  • Eagles rack up 344 yards on the ground, five first half touchdowns in win
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  • For Brandon Hampton, it was a "good win in a tough week."
    The Eldorado High School football coach admitted there could have been the natural let down for the Eagles coming off a rival win against Carmi-White County last week.
    But it didn't take long for Christoper-Zeigler-Royalton to get the Eagles' full attention.
    Eldorado scored on all six of its first half possessions Friday night to earn a 48-6 road win at Spann Field to improve to 3-0 in the Black Diamond Conference.
    Derek Mitchell led the Eldorado offense with 10 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while Tyler Deaton picked up 85 yards on eight carries and a pair of scores for the Eagles who racked up 344 yards of offense on the ground.
    "You really try to avoid the let down one team might have, like we could have had after playing Carmi last week, but our kids came out and we're ready to play," Hampton said.
    Primairly known for being a North-South type running team, Eldorado employed an East-West style on offense Friday night, throwing another wrinkle into Hampton's already high powered offense.
    "We've got some weapons and teams are going to line up to take away the fullback," Hampton said. "As we develop as an offense, we have to threaten the perimeter and be able to throw the football. We've got guys that can do that. I thought tonight, it was good to give them another look. We have some formations, but it really came down to our ability to hang onto the football and move the chains."
    Dylan Roberts, who finished with 64 yards on 12 carries, started the Eldorado scoring with a 3-yard run in the first quarter. The drive was highlighted by a 55-yard yard scramper by Mitchell.
    After forcing CZR to three-and-out, Eldorado used an eight play drive when Colton Edwards found the endzone from five yards out.
    The Bearcats' Jacob Towers was then picked off by Deaton on the ensuing drive, which Deaton turned into a 17-yard touchdown run with 2:58 to play in the first quarter.
    Towers was picked off again - on the next drive - this time by Drew Woolcott, who went nearly half the field, down to the CZR 25 yard line.
    From there, Mitchell scored his second TD of the game, finding paydirt from two yards out with 10:07 to play in the second quarter.
    The Bearcats finally got on the board in the second quarter when Towers hit Trevon Brown from 19 yards out with 7:29 to play.
    It was the first touchdown Eldorado had given up in nine quarters and the first this season.
    Eldorado capped off the first half with a Roberts six-yard touchdown run wtih 3:14 to play in the second quarter.
    Page 2 of 2 - While CZR didn't have much success offensivley in the first half, the success they did have didn't sit well with Hampton's players at halftime.
    "They had moved the ball a little bit and had scored," he said. "Our kids were ticked off about it. We worked on getting it fixed. We had an injury to Kaleb Williams that hurt us defensivley, but give Christoper some credit. They had a good plan and moved the ball a little bit. We continued to pressure the passer, but I really credit our offense tonight because I don't think our offense ever got stopped. The offensive line really opened some holes, our running backs ran hard."
    Eldorado returns to Boz Adams Field Friday night to take on Elverado-Trico at 7 p.m. A win against the Falcons would mean the Eagles would need just one more win to be playoff eligible.
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