The class 6A No. 1 team in the state, the El Dorado Wildcats, wasted little time in dispatching the Sheridan Yellowjackets 38-7 at Yellowjackets Stadium on Friday night.
“We got outplayed and out-coached,” Sheridan Coach Louis Campbell said. “It wasn’t even a ballgame. Their bus driver beat our bus driver.”
The Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 6A South) scored 21 points in the first quarter and was up 35-0 at half time, invoking the mercy rule, where the clock stops for timeouts and injuries only.
El Dorado used a 10-play, 73-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead with 8:19 left in the first quarter when quarterback Lucas Reed threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Wendall Thompson.
The Yellowjackets (3-3, 1-2 6A South) punted on their first series and on the Wildcats’ second play of their possession, junior running back Marque Burris ran 70 yards for a TD to put El Dorado up 14-0 with 5:14 left in the first.
Burris ran 13 times for 135 yards and three TDs and Thompson caught four balls for 115 yards and a TD.
“If there were any positives, I didn’t see any,” Campbell said. “The defense couldn’t cover and couldn’t tackle.”
Sheridan’s next series saw sophomore running back Braden Lunday carry it two times for eight yards, and on his third carry in a row, he fumbled it at the Yellowjackets’ 30-yard line for prime field position for the Wildcats.
El Dorado needed four plays for Reed to hook up with Toney for a 15-yard TD pass to give the Wildcats a 21-point lead with 2:00 to play in the opening quarter.
Reed was 7 of 11 for 149 yards and two TDs for the Wildcats.
The second quarter wasn’t much better for the Yellowjackets as Reed completed a 56-yarder to Thompson to Sheridan’s 8-yard line and Burris followed with his second TD of the game to make it 28-0.
Sheridan avoided the shutout when Lunday scored on a 5-yard TD run with 7:45 remaining in the game. Senior Jake Smith completed the Yellowjackets second reception of the game to senior receiver Josh Miller for 36 yards to the Wildcats 5-yard line to set up Lunday’s TD.
Lunday finished with 80 yards on 22 carries and Miller had the Yellowjackets only two catches for 42 yards. Smith was 1 for 1 for 36 yards and ran three times for 13 yards. Junior quarterback Dylan Flores was 1 for 5 for 6 yards and ran five times for 13 yards.
The Wildcats out-gained the Yellowjackets 347 to 131 in total yards, including 191 to 89 in rushing yardage.
“It was never even a contest,” Campbell said. “It was a scrimmage.”
Sheridan travels to Benton to take on the Panthers Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.