Eldon homecoming marred by tough loss to Blair Oaks

Mitch Prentice
Lake Sun Leader

It was a rough night for the Eldon Mustangs as Blair Oaks came to town and dominated in all four quarters. Even so, Eldon made sure to enjoy their homecoming celebrations nonetheless.

The tone was set right from the start as Eldon received the ball and opened the game. Just a few plays into the first drive, Eldon freshman quarterback Hunter Hees would throw a pick to Blair Oaks defenders, who would turn around and march down the field quickly for their first score. Falcons sophomore quarterback Dylan Hair would rush the ball 34-yards and put the team ahead 7-0. The onslaught of scoring would continue throughout the remainder of the night, as Blair Oaks, again and again, found ways to pile on the points.

Following the opening touchdown, Hair would find senior Jake Closser for a 33-yard passing touchdown on the next drive. The Falcons would find paydirt once more before the end of the first quarter on a rushing touchdown by senior Jaden Purdy. At the end of the first quarter, Blair Oaks led big 21-0.

Things only got worse for Eldon from here. The team continued to have little success on offense, with Hees having trouble making any big plays through the air downfield. Blair Oaks would force a fumble in the opening minute of quarter two and senior Cade Stockman would scoop and score for another 7 points. In yet another scoring method, the Falcons would later in the quarter block a punt that would be picked up and ran into the endzone by senior Nico Canale.

The Falcons would find the endzone two more times in the first half. The first would come on a 25-yard pass play to Purdy, and the last touchdown of the half would be by Purdy once again on a 56-yard rush straight down the field on a missed defensive assignment by Eldon. The Mustangs would not score in the first half and would go into the locker room down 49-0.

Eldon was able to enjoy a nice homecoming celebration at halftime with the marching band performing and Cassidy Prater being named Homecoming Queen, but things would come back to reality quickly as the Falcons took the opening kickoff of the second half back to the endzone for a score by senior Levi Haney. Purdy would find the endzone once more on a passing play in the third quarter and Eldon would trail big heading into the final quarter 63-0.

Through sheer determination, the Mustangs would be able to find the endzone at the start of the fourth quarter after a slow and steady drive. Sophomore Krystopher Shephard would rush the ball in for the only Mustang score of the game, making it 63-6 after a missed PAT. The Falcons would make one final trip to the endzone before time expired, with a missed PAT of their own making it 69-6 after the score by junior Cadon Garber. Time would finally expire and the final score would be 69-6.

Eldon coach Chad Hult was understandably frustrated with the loss. Even so, he was proud of the boys for making a push to score in the final quarter and says that he still saw positive moments to pull out of the game and bolster moving forward.

“Our guys really kept fighting to the end, and that’s all we can ask for,” Hult said.

Eldon’s record moves to 1-4 after the loss. The team will work towards their second win in a matchup with 5-1 California next Friday.