VIENNA — Eldorado dominated on both sides of the ball in Vienna to build a big lead on their way to another Black Diamond Conference victory.
In the first half, Eldorado worked with a short field on every drive, as neither team would snap the ball in Eldorado territory until midway through the second quarter. That was one of just 3 snaps on the Eldorado side in the first half.
Eldorado’s offense got off to a quick start, scoring 3 touchdowns in the opening quarter. The opening drive for Eldorado was topped off by a 5-yard touchdown from Aiden Kuhn. That was followed by a Jacob Etienne 11-yard touchdown. Eldorado then added a third touchdown less than 3 minutes later, when Aiden Whitlock found Ezra Burtis for a 23-yard score.
That was just the start of Whitlock’s dominant day. Whitlock added another touchdown through the air late in the second quarter. In between throwing touchdowns, Whitlock intercepted 2 passes from Vienna-Goreville’s D.J. Homan, running one of those interceptions into the end zone for a third touchdown on the day for the Eldorado junior.
After Whitlock’s first interception, Eldorado came just short off adding another touchdown with a turnover on downs at the Vienna-Goreville 3-yard line. Then with no room for error for Vienna-Goreville, Eldorado forced a safety on the second play of the drive. The next Vienna-Goreville drive was stopped by Kaleb Cullison scooping up the fumble, and then Whitlock’s pick six marked the fourth straight stand that Eldorado ended with a takeaway.
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While the Eldorado defense forced the safety and the touchdown in the second quarter, Eldorado’s offense chipped in two more scores. Etienne punched in a second touchdown on the day, topping a drive with the 4-yard score. Whitlock’s second throwing touchdown came on a 45-yard bomb to Kuhn.
Eldorado’s kicking game did not leave any points on the board for the Eagles. Caleb Lindsey was a perfect 6-for-6 kicking extra points. Lindsay then started the second half making his name on defense, with the third interception on the day for Eldorado.
Vienna-Goreville’s offense was able to find more success in the second half. Micah Harris ended the shutout in the fourth quarter with a 6-yard touchdown, with Thomas Craig pushing in the 2-point conversation. That would be the only score of the day. Harris almost broke lose for another score as the buzzer rang, but the Eldorado defense was able to force Harris out of bounds at the pylon to prevent the last-second touchdown.
Eldorado continues their undefeated season with the 44-8 win over Vienna-Goreville. Eldorado is now tied at the top of the Black Diamond Conference with Fairfield. Eldorado will prepare to play at Sesser-Valier-Waltonville on Friday night. Vienna-Goreville falls to 0-3, and will look for their first win next Saturday when they host Johnston City.