Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Football: El Dorado wins high-scoring affair

From page A6 | September 16, 2013 | Leave Comment

104 combined points; Culp, Delfino three touchdowns, Kirby 208 yards

STOCKTON — El Dorado High football coach Joe Volek felt there would be a point in his team’s nonleague game against defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI champion Brookside Christian where they’d need an extra touchdown — if the Cougars were ahead.

The Cougars did just that and then some.

Hanging onto a 37-32 lead in a see-saw game, Cougar defensive back Colby Harrington picked off a pass and raced 45 yards for a touchdown to increase their lead to 44-32. El Dorado (2-1) went on to post a 64-40 win over Brookside Christian (0-2) at Lincoln High.

“If we can do that, that would be the breaking point,” Volek said about the need to keep scoring.

Harrington stepped in front of pass thrown by Knights’ quarterback Austin Calderon and raced into the end zone with 6:08 left in the third quarter. The extra-point kick was good to cushion the Cougars’ lead to 44-32.

“I kept in the flat and I picked him (Calderon) up,” said Harrington of his pick returned for the score. “I was just doing my job, but the team helped out a lot.”

Brookside Christian trimmed El Dorado’s lead to 44-40 at the start of the final quarter when Calderon completed a 14-yard strike Edrico Oliver Jr. with 11:08 left on the clock. The Knights went for the 2-point conversion, as Calderon tossed to Blake Smallie.

On the ensuing drive, El Dorado rebuilt its lead to 51-40 when running back Derek Delfino scored on an 11 yard run with 9:54 left.

Cougars defensive back Talen Vancleave picked off a Calderon pass at the Knights’ 30 yard line that set up El Dorado’s next touchdown. After two running plays from Logan Kirby (23 carries, 208 yards), the Cougars increased their lead when Delfino scored on a 5-yard run with 8:26 left. Brandon Eldridge’s extra-point boot was good to make it 58-40.

The Knights went three and out and punted, leading to the Cougars’ final touchdown. Starting at Brookside Christian’s 47 yard line, El Dorado took seven plays to cross the plane when Kirby scored on a 3-yard run with 4:23 left.

“It’s nice to get one of those wins against a team that wins a section championship,” Volek said.

El Dorado led 29-26 at halftime, but Brookside Christian took the second half opening kickoff, established a long 14-play drive that ended when Oliver Jr. was at the end of another Calderon scoring pass of 2 yards with 9:02 left in the third quarter to take a 32-29 lead.

The resilient Cougars scored the go ahead touchdown to take a 37-32 lead when quarterback Nick Bonniksen found Zach Culp on a 25-yard toss with 7:10 left.

Brookside Christian led 12-8 after the first quarter. El Dorado’s first touchdown in the quarter was a 6-yard run from Bonniksen with 6:30 left. Bradley Schmidt hit Kirby on the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. The Knights scored two touchdowns on a 55-yard fumble recovery and a 6-yard pass from Calderon to Cameron Chew.

The Cougars and Knights traded leads in the second quarter. El Dorado took the lead again at 14-12 at the start of the second quarter when Bonniksen hit Culp from 21 yards. The lead exchanged hands again as the Knights took an 18-14 lead when Calderon hit Zachery Cooper on a 13-yard pass.

El Dorado made it 21-18 when Delfino scored on a 2-yard run. The Knights went up 26-21 on a 7-yard pass from Calderon to Oliver Jr., but the Cougars took the lead before halftime when Bonniksen again found Culp in the end zone on a 9-yard scoring pass.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or 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

Discussion | No comments



Motorcycle fatality in Greenwood

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

Greenwood School being restored

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Cal Fire increasing staffing, hiring

By Cal Fire | From Page: B1

EID restricts watering days

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A1, 13 Comments

Lover’s Leap fall injures man

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A1

EDH Fire Dept. annexing Latrobe

By Noel Stack | From Page: A1, 7 Comments

Tea Party meeting April 17

By Tea Party Patriots Of El Dorado Hills | From Page: A3, 62 Comments

Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking May 1

By El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition | From Page: A6

Floating body not a body

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A7

Old mill a goner

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A11, 18 Comments | Gallery



A great big thanks

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Murder? Suicide?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 8 Comments

‘Drive Clean’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 4 Comments

Middle class getting poorer?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 53 Comments

Real estate lies

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 14 Comments



Outside with Charlie: Switch gear

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A8

Ponderosa volleyball is a family affair

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Aussie team makes visit

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A8

Griz have challenging day

By Mike Bush | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Roundup: April 15, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery



Men to walk a mile in her shoes

By Center For Violence-Free Relationships | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Runners stampede for Sugarloaf scholarships

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Take aim on fun

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

Team works to fight disease

By Placerville Kiwanis | From Page: B3

COOL School is accepting applications

By Rescue Union | From Page: B4

Band of Miwoks fund mission

By Shingle Springs Band Of Miwok Indians | From Page: B12



Crime Log: March 25-27

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Weather stats 4-15-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2



Numa Edward “Ed” Roberts

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Ronald Russell Rohrer

By Contributor | From Page: A2, 2 Comments


Real Estate




By Contributor | From Page: A10

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A10


By Contributor | From Page: A10


By Contributor | From Page: A10

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A10


By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A10