With time running out on the first half of Friday’s El Dorado-River City Sierra Valley Conference football matchup, the Cougars marched down to the Raider 3 yard line where, on four attempts to find the goal line, they were denied.
With momentum squarely in the hands of River City at halftime, El Dorado struggled to gain any control in the second half and went down to defeat, 40-14.
For the first two quarters of the game, the Cougars did limit the offensive attack of the Raiders. The defense of Colby Harrington, Zach Culp, Logan Kirby, Derek Delfino, Kyle Nalley, Brandon Ollar, Bryce Buford, Juan Vargas, Daniel Rivera and Donovan Mayer limited River City to a pair of touchdowns over the first two quarters while keeping the score close.
The Raiders extended their lead to 21-0 midway through the third quarter before El Dorado’s offense got on the board. With the rushing of Kirby (114 yards), the home town team from Placerville appeared to change the tide when Nick Bonniksen snuck into the end zone from the 1 yard line. With the extra point from Bradley Schmidt the Cougars narrowed the deficit to 21-7.
Unfortunately, River City answered with three touchdowns to take a 40-7 advantage midway through the fourth.
El Dorado showed some resiliency and continued to play hard all the way to the whistle. Its offense put together one final drive down the field that culminated in a touchdown. Once again Bonniksen found the end zone from the 1 to close out the scoring.