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Senior Night, Homecoming, the final game of the regular season and the opportunity to claim a spot in the Sac Joaquin Division III playoffs was all wrapped into one for El Dorado with a 64-0 win over Galt Friday night.
Once the seniors were recognized, the Cougars wasted little time in taking a 7-0 lead as Nick Bonniksen found Bradley Schmidt on a seam route for a 42-yard touchdown pass. It was 29-0 by the start of the second quarter as El Dorado rolled to a convincing and satisfying 64-0 Sierra Valley Conference triumph over Galt.
After Schmidt’s scoring play, the Cougar defense stifled the Warriors and quickly handed the ball back to the offense. Two plays later, Bonniksen (152 yards, four touchdowns) hit Zach Culp for the first of three touchdowns to give the Cougars a 13-0 advantage. El Dorado then caught Galt off guard as Louis Merlo added a 2-point conversion on a pass from Bonniksen to take the score to 15-0.
That was the scenario the entire evening as El Dorado dominated every aspect of the game. The lead grew to 22-0 as Tyler Clanin (115 yards, two touchdowns) rumbled 29 yards to the end zone. The advantage continued to grow through the second quarter as Bonniksen rushed for two touchdowns and connected with Culp once again as the Cougars took a 43-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, El Dorado controlled the game with its rushing attack and suffocating defense. By the end the Cougars had added three more touchdowns with scores from Clanin, Culp and Grayson Santiago.
El Dorado, back in the postseason after a 30-year absence, plays at No. 1 seed American Canyon in the first round of the D-III playoffs this Friday.