Eldon Football found little success in their homecoming contest against the Blair Oaks Falcons Friday night. Though they were able to avoid a shutout, much of the game saw the team struggle on both sides of the ball.

Eldon Football found little success in their homecoming contest against the Blair Oaks Falcons Friday night. Though they were able to avoid a shutout, much of the game saw the team struggle on both sides of the ball.

The game opened with a play that would set the tone for much of the night, as Eldon appeared to attempt an onside kick that would fail to travel 10 yards. This resulted in excellent starting field position for the Falcons, who would easily run through Eldon defenses to their first score. Eldon would go on to play a three and out, giving the ball back over to the Falcons and ending in another touchdown.

Moving forward with a 14-0 deficit, it looked as though Eldon may have caught some momentum as the Falcons mishandled an Eldon punt and ended up turning it back over to Eldon at midfield. However, the Mustangs would be stopped short of any score and any momentum involved in the set would fade away. The Falcons would move the ball once more for a touchdown and ended the first quarter with a 21-0 lead.

The second quarter consisted of much of the same issues, with the Falcons moving the ball at will while the Mustangs struggled to find even a first down. However, it was apparent that the Mustang defense was failing in its coverage, as the Falcons scored multiple times throughout the night on plays that were over 40 yards. Eldon would limp into halftime with a score of 42-0.

As the clock ran in the second half, it was clear that Eldon would not be able to make any headroom against the state-ranked Blair Oaks team. Even so, the team was able to make one score in the fourth quarter on a run play and broke the goose egg. They would fail to convert the two point conversion, and the only score they would be able to muster would be a single touchdown. After the quick second half had concluded, Eldon would lose by a final score of 49-6.

After the match, coach Chad Hult was understandably upset with the loss, though couldn’t deny the outright talent shown by Blair Oaks. He says the team is an extremely well coached and well staffed bunch that sit at the top of the conference for a reason. He said it felt like they were able to hit Eldon in the mouth early and get on top, making it hard to fight back throughout the remainder of the contest.

Hult says the multiple large plays made by the Falcons were a result of blown coverages. He says the defense was trying a new look that wasn’t grasped well by the team, even though he says they had plenty of work with the coverages throughout the week.

“When you get out here, it was hard to match their speed,” Hult said. “They got behind us quite a bit.”

Even with the loss, Hult says that being able to put a scoring drive together at the end of the game was positive for the team.

“Our guys kept playing hard throughout the game, and that’s what you want to see,” Hult said.

Eldon moved to 3-2 with the loss and will head into next week looking at a matchup against Booneville on the road.