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Eldorado wins Double OT Thriller over Chester

  • Eldorado's Clayton Dennis takes this hand off from Aiden Whitlock in Friday night's double overtime Black Diamond Conference thriller at Chester.

    Eldorado's Clayton Dennis takes this hand off from Aiden Whitlock in Friday night's double overtime Black Diamond Conference thriller at Chester.
    DOUG SEAGRAVES | For The Register

 
Staff Report
updated: 8/27/2018 10:47 AM

In two short years as head football coach at Eldorado, Joe Clark got what he called his biggest win last year when the Eagles knocked off Red Bud in the first round of the IHSA Class 2A playoffs.

Clark now calls Friday night's gutsy 34-26 double overtime win at Chester as his best win.

The two teams traded blows throughout the first half as Eldorado went into the locker room trailing 14-12.

Chester (0-1) held a 20-12 lead in the third quarter after Nick Meyer connected on a seven-yard touchdown pass. After that, Eldorado worked against the clock to mount the comeback.

It was also a pivotal point in the game for Clark, considering what transpired on Chester's extra point attempt.

Metten blocked the extra point, preventing the Yellow Jackets from going up 21-12 and changed the momentum to Eldorado's favor.

"After that, I just felt we were going to win that game," Clark said. "I didn't know how, but I just felt like we had that edge. We wanted to be tested and we knew Chester was a good ballclub. Our defense did a great job against Meyer, who is a good player that can run and throw.

The pivotal point was preventing them from going up 20-12. Metten blocked the kick and that would have obviously made it a different game. From that point on it was a big momentum shift for us. We had our backs against the wall and was able to get over the hump.

Metten tied the game at 20-all on a five-yard touchdown run in the fourth to send the game into overtime.

To start the first OT, Meyer hooked up with Keith Kinner in the end zone to give the Yellow Jackets a 26-20 advantage.

Eldorado (1-0) responded with a Jace Jenkins eight-yard run to tie the game at 26.

The Eagles got the ball first in the second OT and Metten, this time, punched one in from two-yards out and tacked on the two-point conversion for a 34-26 lead and Chester failed to answer on their next possession.

"The bottom line is we just continued to play the game," Clark said. "Overall, I told the kids this as well, we didn't play that well, which I think is common Week 1. There is a learning curve with forming your squad, but we competed each play, the kids played hard. Gutsy is a great word and our kids never flinched.

Metten led the Eldorado rushing attack, which racked up 197 yards on the ground. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior finished with 102 yards on 22 carries, scored three touchdowns and his longest run was 17 yards.

Jenkins gathered 50 yards on six carries, while Dennis Clayton had 43 yards on seven carries and Aiden Whitlock had two yards on five carries.

Whitlock was under center for the first time, replacing two-year starter Kale Oglesby at quarterback. Whitlock was 5-for-13 for 50 yards.

Four of his cases were caught by Jenkins for a total of 36 yards. Metten caught the other pass for 14 yards.

Eldorado racked up 247 yards of total offense, while Chester finished with 271, 146 of which came on the ground.

Eldorado returns to home Friday to play host to Vienna-Goreville, who knocked off Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton Saturday 44-12.