El Dorado squared off with arguably the best 1-2 team in Mulvane and the Wildcats from the South got to .500 with a big win over the visiting Wildcats 46-17.
"They really had some big plays. I believe they only had a few third downs the entire first half and they have a real good back (Michael Mason) and there is not many people who can bring him down on their own and hats off to them. They are a really good team," said El Dorado head coach Jared Anderson.
Mason got Mulvane in front early on 4th and 4 from the El Dorado 5 yard line, scoring on a sweep. A fake PAT failed giving Mulvane a 6-0 lead with 7:32 in first quarter. El Dorado could not answer and was forced to punt on its next possession. Mulvane quarterback RJ Regier connected with Collin Dempsey for a 26-yard touchdown pass and Mulvane led 13-0 with 3 minutes left in first quarter.
El Dorado looked to answer on its next offensive drive, taking the ball down to the Mulvane 25 yard line before the Wildcats failed to convert a short fourth down.
Mason got his second touchdown of the night on a 72-yard dash to pay dirt, putting Mulvane up 20-0.
"Their quarterback-running back combination is lethal and we found that out tonight," said Anderson.
El Dorado kept making mistakes and Mulvane kept capitalizing on them.
The Wildcats fumbled on their next drive, giving Mulvane a start on its own 37. Backup quarterback Trevor Wayman drove Mulvane inside the El Dorado 5 and scored on a two-yard keeper to go up 26-0 on the Wildcats.
The Wildcats finally got on the board in the first half when Travis House hit wide receiver Wes Haines on the outside and Haines broke a tackle and ran for 36 yards to the end zone, cutting the Mulvane lead to 27-7.
That would be as close as the game would be the remainder of the contest.
Mulvane answered with a Wayman 12-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Evans going up 33-7 at the 2:30 mark. Then Regier returned to find Austin Bell for a four-yard touchdown pass and Mulvane led 40-7 at halftime. Mistakes again plagued the Wildcats and their first possession in the second half ended with another turnover fumble.
Mulvane struck again as Regier scored on a short drive on a nine-yard run.
El Dorado scored late in the fourth when Ridge Towner recovered a fumble and Travis House was able to convert on a 27-yard field goal. Gage Armstrong recovered a fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown late to close out the game at 46-17.
El Dorado takes on undefeated Buhler next week who beat McPherson 35-7 last night.
"We are trying to change our culture obviously in competing and the way we want to play football and it does not always happen on Friday nights but it happens in practice and we have to change the mentality of how we play the game, we are going to go in a push this week like any other week and prepare hard," said Anderson.