Eagles upset Eldorado, advance to playoffs against Carterville
By Mike McGinnis
Last Saturday, the Vienna-Goreville football team celebrated senior day at Vienna by defeating Eldorado in a close contest, 14-13. With the win, V-G finished their regular season with a 6-3 record. The Eagles will now play at Carterville in the first round of the Class 3A play-offs this Saturday (Nov. 2) with kick-off set for 1 p.m.
After receiving the opening kick-off, Eldorado’s Dylan Roberts capped a 75 yard drive with a four yard touchdown run. The extra point kick made it 7-0. On V-G’s first possession, the Eagles moved down to the Eldorado 20 before a fumble gave the ball back to the visitors. V-G’s defense then stepped up as they forced an Eldorado punt. Kyefer Cavins fielded the kick at the V-G 43, headed for the right sideline, and outran the Eldorado defenders for a 57 yard touchdown, making his third punt return touchdown of the season. Austyn Frassato’s PAT kick tied it up at 7-7 with 11:40 left in the second quarter.
The Eagles appeared headed for another score when, after an Eldorado punt, they drove from their own 40 to the Eldorado 14, but the drive stalled. Eldorado then covered 86 yards in five plays to score the go-ahead touchdown on a four yard run.
The extra point kick was no good, which proved to be the difference in the final score. Eldorado got the ball back in V-G territory after they intercepted a pass with less than a minute left in the first half, but once again, the Eagles defense came up with a couple of big plays. On second down, a hard hit by Cavins on the Eldorado receiver knocked the ball loose for an incomplete pass.
On the next play, Jacob Hosier broke through the line and pressured Eldorado’s quarterback into a poor throw, resulting in another incomplete pass, to keep V-G within 13-7 at halftime.
The Eagles took the lead on their second possession of the third quarter after a short Eldorado punt gave V-G the ball near mid-field. Connor Seavers ran 13 yards for a first down, then on the next play, he broke loose for a 32 yard touchdown run. Frassato’s PAT kick put V-G ahead 14-13.
Eldorado scored a touchdown on a one yard run with 2:18 left in the game, but the play was called back by a holding penalty, pushing Eldorado back to the 11 yard line. A third down run gained two yards, then on fourth down, Cavins broke up a pass to end the threat. From there, the Eagles took over and ran out the clock for the 14-13 win.
On paper, Eldorado had a distinct size advantage, with 18 players 200 pounds or heavier (including five 300 pounders). But, as coach Rude said after the game, “the kids played their hearts out, they just found a way to do it.” He also pointed out that they had put in some different offensive plays and that “we ran some defenses we had not run all year.”
Connor Seavers led the Eagles in rushing with 183 yards and a touchdown, while Kyefer Cavins had 37 yards on the ground, and a punt return for touchdown.