A trio of third quarter touchdowns was all Eldorado needed to overcome a six-point halftime deficit and snap a two-game losing streak to beat Carmi-White County 28-20 Friday at Boz Adams Field.
The Eagles (4-2) trailed 14-8 at halftime as Carmi-White County's (3-3) Davyn Aud (six-yard run) and Ethan Mahon (nine-yard run) helped give the Bulldogs a six-point lead as Eldorado's only score came from Jacob Etienne from one-yard out.
But to kick off the third quarter, Eldorado did so in a statement making manner when Ladayyea Shewmaker took the ball on the first play from scrimmage and sprinted 63-yards down the EHS sideline to knot the score at 14-all.
A little later, the Eagles went with the big play again as senior QB Aiden Whitlock hooked up with Aidan Kuhn on a 56-yard pass play in the middle of the field to give Eldorado a 20-14 lead and with 21.1 seconds to go, Etienne capped off the big third quarter for Eldorado as he found pay dirt from three yards out, while Shewmaker put in the two-point conversion and a lead the Eagles would not relinquish.
"We did some good things in the first half and the second half we just came out and just out wailed them," Eldorado's Joe Clark said. "We lived every play. We didn't win them all but we won most of them. We put in enough to try and figure out how to get it done. I'm overwhelmed by the win, it's one of the biggest in our program in history considering the circumstances. We put so much courage and guts into this win."
The circumstances being a decimated lineup for Clark that has been ravaged by injury and sickness this season.
"The offensive line is makeshift," Clark admitted. "Aiden Clark, Wyatt Carlisle, Austin Hopkins -- they all did a great job coming in and filling in for some guys that are banged up. I'm having a hard time finding words."
Eldorado outran Carmi-White County 301-109 on the ground and had 388 yards of total offense to just 183 by the Bulldogs.
Though the air, Whitlock was 2-for-6 for 87 yards and a TD, while Mahon went 7-for-11 for 74 yards.
Shewmaker led the ground game for EHS, picking up 186 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown, while Etienne went 72 yards on 14 carries and had two TDs. Kuhn had seven carries for 36 yards.
Mahon had 65 yards on 19 carries for CWC and Aud had eight carries for 42 yards.
The win was the third straight over CWC for Eldorado, as the Bulldogs now lead EHS 12-6 since 2003.
"(Carmi-White County) is a good ball club. We are too," Clark said. "We just try to figure out ways to win as you move through the season. The reality is that every week is a rival. The Hamilton County situation just has its history of things that don't even really involve the game. Just people having a genuine dislike for each other. The rivalries that we have have been back and forth. Carmi has got us a bunch and we have got them a few times. Vice versa. That's kind of how those rivalries happen so we're just fortunate tonight"
Eldorado travels to Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton this week, while Carmi-White County plays host to Johnston City.
Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois Local Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.