Young Wild­cats get in on the act against Mag­no­lia

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports - By Tony Burns Sports Edi­tor

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."

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