MAROA — Maroa-Forsyth’s postseason dominance continued on Saturday against the Eldorado Eagles. The Trojans scored early and often behind senior tailback Deondre Gregory, winning 48-6.
Gregory led the Trojans to big play after big play in the first half, including touchdown runs of 49 and 21 yards.
The Eagles' hopes looked bleak late in the second quarter, trailing by four touchdowns when Joe Mayberry intercepted his first of two passes for the Eldorado defense.
Eldorado quickly took advantage, as Kale Oglesby found Jace Jenkins for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Eldorado then ended the half with another Mayberry interception as time expired, giving Eagles fans the glimmer of hope that their team had momentum going into halftime. But Maroa-Forsyth would quickly extinguish those hopes by scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter.
The Trojans were led by Gregory, who finished the day with 4 rushing touchdowns and 271 yards on 17 carries. That continues a run of dominance for the Trojan senior, who finished last week's playoff win over Illini West with 5 touchdowns.
Max Davenport contributed a one yard score in the victory over Eldorado. Maroa-Forsyth sophomore quarterback Ian Benner chipped in two more touchdowns through the air, a 10-yard strike to Aaron Inda and a 41-yard bomb to William Hosea.
Eldorado struggled on both sides of the ball, as the Trojan defense stifled the Eagle offense all afternoon. The 33-yard touchdown score was the only double-digit gain for Eldorado, which struggled for first downs all day. The Trojan defense seemingly filled every gap, allowing only 45 yards on the day for the usually dominant Eldorado running game.
Eldorado finishes the season with an 8-3 record in Joe Clark’s first season as head coach. Eldorado also advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second season in a row, the first such consecutive seasons in school history.
Maroa-Forsyth now gets ready for the next round of the playoffs as one of the last eight teams alive in 2A. The Trojans will hit the road in the next round to play West Hancock, a school based out of Hamilton, which beat Bismark-Henning, 28-12.