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SESSER — The Red Devils showed a strong start at their first home game of the year, recovering the opening kickoff away from Eldorado. Sesser-Valier-Waltonville was able to take advantage quickly, scoring their first touchdown less than 2 minutes into the game. After starting in Eldorado territory, Jaden Lance rushed in the opening score from 15 yards out. After a failed 2-point conversion, SVW quickly led 6-0.

Eldorado did not back down from the initial SVW strike. The Eagles were able to find pay dirt on their first drive as well. Eldorado saw Jacob Etienne run in a 13-yard touchdown to tie, and then Lydayyea Shewmaker pushed in the 2-point conversation to give Eldorado an early lead, 8-6.

Both teams spent much of the rest of the first half struggling to hold on to the ball. After both teams scored on their opening drive, Eldorado lost 2 fumbles and SVW lost a fumble. The

Red Devils did find success in the air in the second quarter, when quarterback Peyton Bates found tight end Garrett Gunter up the middle for a 23-yard touchdown. Lance punched in the 2-point conversion to take a 14-6 lead, which would hold till halftime.

The Red Devils started the second half just as strong as they started the first. After receiving the kickoff, Lance was able to outrun the Eldorado defense for a 56-yard touchdown, his second score of the night. Eldorado was unable to answer in the third quarter. SVW tacked on another touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Bates punched in a 1-yard quarterback keeper. That would put SVW up 3 scores and would face Eldorado with a near insurmountable lead with about 10 minutes to go.

The following drive, Eldorado ran out of downs, but then forced a Red Devil punt. With over 6 minutes left, the Eagles tried to rally a comeback. Less than a minute after the punt, Aiden Whitlock found Etienne for a 20-yard touchdown, with Whitlock keeping the ball and pushing in the 2-point conversion.

The Eagle defense then intercepted Bates, raising Eldorado’s hopes at rallying back with less than 5 minutes to go. But Eldorado had a quick turnover on downs, and SVW then dashed all hopes for Eldorado’s undefeated season, when Tanner Eubanks found the endzone with less than 2 minutes to go. With the touchdown, the Red Devils took a 20-point lead. Eldorado tried to drive down the field for one last score, but the Red Devil defense stopped the Eagles inside the 10-yard line right before the buzzer rang.

The Red Devils improve to 3-1 on the year, and will play at home again next week, hosting Christopher-Ziegler-Royalton. Eldorado hits the road again next week, travelling to Hamilton County.

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