CARMI — For two teams accustomed to close games, it was just another Friday night. Carmi-White County and Eldorado have been no strangers to games being decided by one score this season, and this week was no different as the Eagles came out on top of the Bulldogs, 16-14
It was a quiet first half until late in the second quarter. That’s when Carmi-White County put the first points on the board, when Austin Wheeler finished a Bulldog drive with a 1-yard dive for the first score.
But Eldorado did not bow out of the half, instead opting to drive the field before halftime. In less than 40 seconds, Eldorado scored as sophomore quarterback Aiden Whitlock led the drive, alternating throws from left hashmark to right sideline and then right hashmark to left sideline to push the Eagles upfield. Eldorado was then able to take advantage of the stretched defense, when Dawson Metten finished the drive with a 14-yard touchdown with under 10 seconds left. Metten also punched in the two-point conversation to give Eldorado the lead.
The Eagles added another score to their lead late in the second half, when Whitlock found Joe Mayberry for a 24-yard touchdown. Eldorado would again push in the two-point conversation, with Clayton Dennis pushing over the line this time.
Eldorado would hold on to a two score lead for much of the fourth quarter. But Carmi quarterback William Pugsley showed more than one quarterback on the field could sling the ball around. Pugsley led a Carmi drive, topping it with a touchdown pass to Adam Phelps, and then following with the two-point conversation to Phelps as well.
But that still left Carmi two points short. The Bulldogs could not convert an onside kick, but they did force a turnover on downs, getting the ball back for one more chance at the game with 21.5 seconds left. But one incomplete pass and an interception forced by the Eldorado defense would seal the game for the Eagles.
Eldorado improves to 3-1 in the Black Diamond and now prepares for its homecoming game next Saturday against Hamilton County. Carmi falls to 1-3 and will play conference leader Fairfield next week.