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Eldorado stays perfect on season with road win against Vienna-Goreville

  • The Eldorado defense held Vienna-Goreville to 155 yards of total offense in a 44-8 Black Diamond Conference victory Saturday.

    The Eldorado defense held Vienna-Goreville to 155 yards of total offense in a 44-8 Black Diamond Conference victory Saturday.
    Spyder Dann | mdann@dailyregister.com

 
By Spyder Dann
updated: 9/15/2019 6:55 PM

A balanced offensive attack complimented a staunch defense in Eldorado's 44-8 victory over Vienna-Goreville Saturday in Black Diamond Conference action.

After three weeks, Eldorado (3-0) remains one of seven other southern Illinois teams that are still unbeaten, joining BDC partner Fairfield, along with SIRR schools West Frankfort, Benton, Nashville and Du Quoin, as well as, South Seven members Marion and Carbondale.

Eldorado's offense scored five first half touchdowns, while Aiden Whitlock returned an interception 45-yards for a score on defense.

Whitlock, the senior QB for the Eagles, threw for 114 and hooked up with Ezra Burtis and Aidan Kuhn for a pair of first half touchdowns, while the ground game amassed 98 yards as Jacob Etienne and Kuhn both punched in scores.

Kuhn had 45 yards on six carries, while Etienne had six touches for 29 yards.

Eldorado's defense, who also accounted for a safety in the game, didn't allow Vienna-Goreville past midfield bust just once in the first half -- which came just before halftime -- and the first team defense hasn't allowed any points all season.

"Our defense is just doing a great job," EHS head coach Joe Clark said. "We have a simple plan and we try to get the right people in the right spot. We can get better though."

The Eagles' defense gave up 155 yards, 125 of which came on the ground as Micah Harris had 86 yards on 18 carries and the only TD of the day for Vienna-Goreville.

Clark and company now prepare for Sesser-Valier-Waltonville Friday in what will be another road game for Eldorado. In what's been business as usual for Eldorado in its first three games, Clark doesn't expect to deviate much from the plan.

"Kind of like we have all year, we just came out and jumped on (Vienna-Goreville) early. We made a few mistakes but it's to be expected. Nobody is going to be perfect. I'm proud of our overall energy. We made some plays in the passing game early which was the plan to open up some things. Vienna has some kids that play hard and come forward and hit a little bit. We withstood a little adversity early but we jumped on them and just kind of rolled from there.

"Sesser is a good team, probably the best team that we may have faced to this point. Seeing how Chester was up a little bit. We're excited for the challenge but we'll enjoy it this weekend and go from there."

Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois Local Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.