Young Wildcats get in on the act against Magnolia
El Dorado's 51-28 win over Magnolia on Friday could end up being a wonderful teaching tool going forward. Twenty-five Wildcats recorded at least one defensive statistic in the game. Defensive coordinator Justin Wylie estimated between 35 and 40 different players got into the game defensively.
"It was a great opportunity for us to give guys work that hadn't got it," Wylie said. "We talked to them at halftime about creating depth, not only for this year but beyond. We're rolling into conference this week and we're going to need depth at every position. We've got some guys on film and we can grade 'em and show them, 'this is what we need to correct here or there.' We feel really good on that end of it. Our guys seem to learn it better when they see themselves on film."
Calab Scott had five tackles, including two tackles for loss. Wylie said the junior strong safety answered the bell for the Wildcats.
"I thought he played a better game than he did last week," said Wylie. "We challenged him this week to step up a little bit. After watching the film one time, I believe he did."
Zac Donahue had seven tackles, including four solos. Marcus Cole had seven tackles, including three solos. Clinton Frazier had five tackles, including one tackle for loss. Mon-Trae Marshall had five tackles. Jerric Jefferson had four tackles and one sack. Jakobe Hankerton had four takcles and recovered a fumble. Jalen Reynolds had a sack. Camerious Rucks forced a fumble and Martavious Green recovered a fumble. Donavan Walter had two tackles, including a tackle for loss.
El Dorado led 37-7 at the half and held Magnolia to 68 total yards with 44 of those coming on one pass play. The bulk of the Panthers' 242 total yards came against the reserves in the second half. In the first half, the Wildcats held the flexbone offense to just 24 yards on 17 attempts.
"We did what we needed to do. Anytime you go against the option, you have to maintain discipline and make sure you have everything covered. For the most part, we did do that," said Wylie. "They hit us with the big, long pass play. It was a third-and-13 situation. We have to be smarter there. We had a couple guys out of position - one guy playing run and it was pass all the way. We were disappointed to see that particular play. But, everything else, as far as the first half, we felt like we played it pretty could."