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EL DORADO'S Derek Delfino, pictured earlier this season, ran for over 100 yards Thursday against McClatchy. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Sports

Cougars run past Lions

By From page A6 | September 23, 2013

528 yards on ground

SACRAMENTO — Logan Kirby led a trio of 100-yard rushers with 227 yards and three touchdowns as the El Dorado High football team broke the 60-point barrier for the second straight game after last Thursday’s 61-28 victory over McClatchy at Hughes Stadium Thursday.

The Cougars left the Sacramento City College campus with a 3-1 record. the first time El Dorado has ended its pre-season with a winning record since 1998. Overall, El Dorado racked up 528 yards rushing.

“We have worked very hard for our three wins,” Kirby said. “We plan on many more if we continue to work hard every day.”

Aside from Kirby, Derek Delfino (12-for-116) and Bradley Schmidt (7-for-108) also broke the century mark. El Dorado finished with 663 total offensive yards.

After McClatchy scored on its opening drive in the first quarter on Kijafa Burgie’s 10-yard run, the Cougars responded as Delfino scored on a 6-yard off-tackle play and Gabe Hurwitt added the extra point for a 7-6 lead.

El Dorado scored two more touchdowns in the quarter: quarterback Nick Bonniksen hit Cody Miller on a 7-yard reception and Kirby scored his first touchdown on an 11-yard run.

“Logan (Kirby) did a great job running,” said El Dorado head coach Joe Volek. “I thought the offensive line took the punch to them (McClatchy). We took the wind out of their sails.”

Kirby added, “They blocked great and played 100 percent, whistle to whistle.”

McClatchy cut El Dorado’s lead to 20-12 when Burgie scored on an end-around that covered 61 yards with 1:54 left in the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Cougars scored three times to end the half with a 35-12 advantage. Kirby scored on a 25-yard run and 15-yard scamper and the final points came as Hurwitt booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired.

The scoring continued for El Dorado in the third quarter when Miller scored on a 13-yard run with 9:37 left to make it 41-12. Delfino scored his second touchdown in the game, this time on a 3-yard off-tackle run with 5:44 left to make it 47-12.

The Lions scored on their last possession in the quarter at 2:09 when Burgie scored a second time on a 2-yard run for a 47-20 score.

El Dorado upped its lead to 54-20 with 6;12 left in the game when Bonniksen (13 of 24, 138 yards) hit tight end Sam Osterhout on a 3-yard pass. McClatchy continued to battle and answered on as Stephon Jackson scored on a 75-yard run with 5:17 left for a 54-28 score.

The Cougars scored their final touchdown in the quarter with 3:16 left when running back/back-up quarterback Bradley Schmidt scored on an 11-yard run. Hurwitt’s extra-point kick was good.

El Dorado beat McClatchy, 30-8 in the junior varsity game. The JV Cougars are 2-2.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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