Offense was on display and defense took a bye week on Thursday night, as El Dorado pummeled Eastlake 70-49 to kickoff the 2015 High School Football season.
The El Dorado Aztecs took a quick 9-0 lead before its offense ever touched the ball.], scoring two points on a safety – followed up by a 60+ yard kickoff return. Then came the trickery, as quarterback Austyn Hill hit wide receiver Jorge Hernandez on a lateral pass only to have Hernandez heap a 60-yard bomb to fellow receiver Tyquez Hampton.
“That was the plan…we just decided to come out and get some momentum going early,” Aztecs head coach James Althoff said.
Despite a late second-quarter score from Eastlake, the Aztecs managed to take a 42-21 lead into halftime and never looked back.
Six different players managed to score for the Aztecs, including six total touchdowns from Hill alone, who threw five and ran for another.
“We were up in the 40s in the second quarter,” Hill said. “That’s when I started noticing that our offense is really something else. It’s a great feeling when you can put up that many points.”
Eastlake was looking to avenge their 2014 loss to the Aztecs, but the task proved to be too tall.
Down by 35 points in the third quarter, Eastlake managed to get within three touchdowns, but the comeback attempt was stalled late in the game when the Aztecs intercepted a tipped pass to seal the victory.
Scoring 70 points was a bright spot for the Aztecs, but Althoff wasn’t too pleased the team gave up 49 points.
“At halftime I thought we were going to be okay,” Althoff said. “That third quarter when we just couldn’t slow them down, it was a concern, it is a concern as we go back and watch film.”
The Aztecs will now prepare to face Frenship in rematch of 2014, a game El Dorado won 49-42. Fixing the defense will be priority number one for the Aztecs if they look to remain undefeated.
“It’s not easy to put 70 up and we’re going to have to build on that,” Althoff said. “At the same time we have to get in the film room and figure out what the heck is going on with that defense.”
Players are aware of the challenge that will come from facing Frenship and know one way to improve is by helping each other on the practice field.
“They’re always a tough team, they always help us out in the long run,” Hill said. “The main thing is helping out our defense, they shouldn’t be letting teams score that many points, but I believe in them, we need them.”