When the conference's top offense bangs heads with the top defense, something has to give.
It was a fight to the finish, but Chester's O got the better of the Eagles' stingy defense in a 34-18 loss Friday night at Boz Adams Field.
The loss is the first for the Eagles, who now stand at 7-1, while Chester ultimately takes home the Silver Football trophy as the Yellow Jackets remain undefeated at 8-0.
Eldorado will close out the regular season at Vienna next Saturday as Chester closes out the 2013 campaign at home against Fairfield.
Despite the 16-point loss, Hampton takes solace in the fact that his guys fought to the final horn.
"I really hate it for our kids. They've worked so hard to put themselves in this position, but we just didn't execute as well as we needed too and we couldn't overcome some costly penalties. It wasn't for a lack of effort or want-too, we just didn't get many breaks. I hate it for our players, but we still have a lot to play for and have done some great things. It's important we stick together and go from there."
Eldorado took a 12-7 lead coming out of the locker room, converting on an onside kick won by the Eagles and finished when Tyler Deaton scored from seven yards out with 10:54 to play in the third.
Chester countered however and got a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jake Lochhead to Brad Asselmeier with 7:43 in third to make it a 13-12 ballgame.
With momentum at a standstill, the mood quickly shifted to the Yellow Jackets after Eldorado went 3-and-out on its next series.
For Chester, they would go on to score three more touchdowns, two by Asselmeier, who finished with four in the ballgame.
"In the second half it got away from us in a hurry," Hampton said. "We get the kickoff and go down and score and feel like we have momentum. We give up a score, go three-and-out and give up a quick score. Give Chester credit, they played really well. They shut us down hurt us running the ball on the perimeter. They are a good football team for a reason.
"I told our guys afterwards, we play them again and I like our chances. Tonight, however, they were the better team and sometimes that happens. Where we go from here is the deciding factor on how this thing finishes out."
While Eldorado rushed for 451 yards and threw for 228, the glaring stat is the 134 yards of penalities the Eagles racked up against Chester. In Hampton's opinion it was by far the determining factor Friday.
"We couldn't get any momentum and get into any kind of rhythm," he said. "With our offense, when you pick up 15, 20 yards and then it comes back and its 10 or 15 the other way, there's not a whole lot of options for our coaches in those kind of situations. We have to work to overcome those, watch film and go from here."
Page 2 of 2 - Deaton, who was one of 12 seniors honored before the game, led the Eagles with 290 yards of total offense. Deaton rushed 15 times for 126 yards and caught two passes for 164 yards.
Two other seniors, Dylan Roberts (10-46) and Derek Mitchell (13-46) had the other rushing statistics.
Chester 07 00 13 14 - 34
Eldorado 06 00 06 06 - 18
CHE - Asselmeier 72 pass from Lochhead (Redeker kick), 8:14
ELD - Deaton 72 pass from Burnett (kick failed), 5:38
ELD - Deaton 7 run (run failed), 10:54
CHE - Asselmeier 16 pass from Lochhead (pass failed), 7:43
CHE - Asselmeier 32 run (Redeker kick), 5:59
CHE - K. Eggemeyer 3 run (Redeker kick), 8:41
CHE - Asselmeier 40 run (Redeker kick), 3:13
ELD - Deaton 92 pass from Burnett (run failed), 2:16
First Downs 18 16
Rushes-Yards 37-167 39-223
Comp-Att-Int 8-19-1 6-16-1
Passing 158 228
Total Yards 325 451
Penalities-Yards 9-80 17-134
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
RUSHING - CHE: Clendenin 22-77, Asselmeier 9-92. ELD: Deaton 15-126, Roberts 10-46, Mitchell 13-46.
PASSING - CHE: Lochhead 8-19-1 158. ELD: Burnett 6-16-1 228.
RECEIVING - CHE: Asselmeier 4-116, Alms 2-13, Golding 2-19. ELD: Deaton 2-164, Mitchell 1-20.