By Joshua Prim
El Dorado Times
The Clearwater Indians earned their second win of the season and sent the Wildcats to their second defeat of the season beating El Dorado 47-24 on Friday in Clearwater.
Mistakes plagued the Wildcats early and the Indians made them pay for it.
On the Wildcats’ first possession of the game they fumbled, losing it to the Indians inside their 10 yard line. One play later, Clearwater's Hunter Hall hit John Becker for a 10-yard touchdown.
On El Dorado's second possession of the game the Indians sacked quarterback Travis House, forcing a fumble that was returned to the El Dorado 12 yard line, then Hall found Jake Wright for a six-yard touchdown to put the Indians up 13-0 only minutes into the game.
"That's a good football team. They were real physical and came off the ball and whooped us a little bit up front and got to our backers and jumped on us pretty early and got us out of some of the things we were trying to do," said El Dorado head coach Jared Anderson.
Clearwater drove down to the El Dorado 1 yard line until the Wildcats stopped the Indians on 4th down to take over the football and take points off the board for the Indians.
El Dorado's ensuing drive from its 1 led to a 35-yard field goal make by Travis House to cut the lead to 13-3.
Hall needed only two plays from scrimmage on the next possession to find Becker for a 66-yard touchdown pass putting Clearwater up 20-3 going into halftime.
"Their o-line got after us and ours didn't and that is the name of the game," said Anderson.
Clearwater came out firing in the second half, as the Indians scored on a 66-yard run by Devin Roth on the first play from scrimmage to give Clearwater a 26-3 advantage after a blocked PAT. The Wildcats’ next drive looked promising until it was stopped inside the Clearwater 10 yard line on fourth down. Hall found Roth for his third touchdown pass of the game, three yarder to Roth to put the Indians up 33-3.
El Dorado got to the endzone on the next possession when House found Kody Melugin for a 64-yard touchdown catch and run. Clearwater answered with a Hall-to- Becker 33-yard touchdown, going up 40-10.
Tucker Sherman recovered an onside kick for the Wildcats, but El Dorado was unable to take advantage of the solid field position.
Garrett Howland had the longest play from scrimmage for the Wildcats taking a pitch 87 yards to pay dirt to close the game to 40-17.
El Dorado got a stop on defense and House and the offense took over and House scrambled and found open space and ran for a 29 yard touchdown making it 40-24 with under 5 mins remaining.
"I was proud of our guys fight in the second half, hats off to them they are a good team, we talked at halftime about doing the right thing and playing Wildcat football and they physically wanted it more then we did," said Anderson.
Clearwater removed all doubt when Becker ran for a 22 yard touchdown to close out El Dorado 47-24.
"We will get back in the film room and see what we can do and get after it we have another big week this week in homecoming, we need to have a good showing," said Anderson.