ELDORADO — At Boz Adams Field in Eldorado, the talk heading to the bleachers was the clash of styles on the field; the talk leaving was Eldorado history.
An Eldorado program that has seen a number of firsts and records broken in recent years now adds the first back-to-back Sweet 16s in school history, with a 38-13 victory over Red Bud.
The first quarter started with scores from both sides, with Eldorado striking first on a Jace Jenkins 38 yard touchdown scamper, with Dawson Metten punching in the two-point conversion.
The Musketeers answered back less than two minutes later with Rob Oliver’s first of two touchdown catches, but couldn’t get the 2-point conversion.
The opening quarter ended with fireworks, as Eldorado’s Braden Attebury swatted Red Bud quarterback Griffin Ziebold’s pass out of midair, with Kale Oglesby catching the ricochet and returning nearly 50 yards to paydirt.
Red Bud tried to muster a response, as Ziebold to Oliver produced another score for the Musketeers, but Eldorado closed the half with Metten punching in a touchdown.
Eldorado did all their first half scoring on the ground, but went to the air to score in the second half. Oglesby finished with 2 passing touchdowns, both to Attebury, to add to his defensive touchdown.
For the Eagle offense, Oglesby completed 6 of his 7 passes with two touchdowns thrown and 161 yards. On the receiving end, both of Attebury’s catches went for touchdowns, totaling 55 yards. Joe Mayberry caught a pair of passes for another 80 yards.
Saluki commit Jacob Traxler led the rushers for the Eagles with 111 yards. Jenkins finished with 61 yards and a touchdown, while Metten finshed with 60 yards and a score. Wayne Roberts chipped in another seven yards and Connor Watt rushed for eight yards.
The Red Bud Musketeers close their year with a 6-4 record after making their second straight playoff appearance.
The win for Eldorado sets up déjà vu for Eagles fans, as Eldorado will face Maroa-Forsyth for the second year in a row in the second round of the playoffs. The two teams trade places from last year; this time around, the 4-seed Maroa-Forsyth hosts the 5-seed Eldorado.
As Eldorado head coach Joe Clark mentioned after the game, this will be the first road playoff game for an overwhelming majority of his kids. The last time the Eagles played a road playoff game, the seniors of this team were freshman.
Before Clark and the Eagles found out their next opponent, he did note that, while the program doesn’t have a lot of experience with such long road trips, they would “piece it together, and be ready to play when the ball is kicked off.”