The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: One Last Stand

  • Eagles look to close out 2013 campaign with road win at Vienna-Goreville
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  • Refocus, rinse and repeat.
    Eldorado head football coach Brandon Hampton first order of business for his Eagles is to forget about last week's loss to Chester.
    "I know our guys probably have a bad taste in their mouth still, and they should, but the best thing we can do right now is refocus and turn our attention to Vienna-Goreville."
    Eldorado will play their second Saturday game in the past three weeks when they travel to Johnson County Saturday in a 1 p.m. in Vienna.
    Vienna-Goreville has secured a playoff berth under Hall of Fame coach Mike Rude with a 5-3 record, but Hampton knows the Eagles will be looking to cash in on this year's success with star power coming from fullback Conner Seavers, who rushed for over 1,000 yards a year ago and All-Conference linebacker Dallas Mallot.
    "They have a couple of really talented players," Hampton said. They're another playoff team, so it will be a good challenge for us. It's another Saturday game that should help us prepare for the postseason with our preparation."
    Hampton added the two teams have similarities in style, but knows as Mike Rude-coached team will not beat themselves.
    "It's going to be Senior Day for them, so they have a little more to play for, but for our guys, we can't have the hangover from last Friday. It would be easy to make excuses and push the blame, but it's important for us to accept responsibility and learn from our mistakes and move forward."
    Hampton added that the notion of losing is never good and anyone who said it is has never coached.
    "When you put as much energy and time into it and are as passionate as we are about it, losing can never be looked at as a positive thing.
    The reality of the situation is we didn't play well enough to win. It came down to execution and we didn't execute the way we needed too. That starts with me, getting the kids to execute. We all have to look at ourselves in the mirror here, look at the mistakes that were made on film and move forward."
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