GREENWOOD – El Dorado led 21-14 in the second quarter, but Greenwood would outscore the Wildcats 38-3 the rest of the way and pulled away to a 52-24 victory in 6A-West action Friday night.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-0, 2-0 while the Wildcats slipped to 1-4, 0-2.
Greenwood totaled 482 yards of offense with Jace Presley completing 33-of-48 for 371 yards and four touchdowns.
El Dorado’s Eli Shepherd completed 19-of-40 passes for 289 yards and two scores. Devunte Kidd had nine receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats had 358 yards in total offense.
“It got out of hand at the end as far as the score goes because we continued to try to attack. We felt like we were still in the game right there at the end of the third quarter,” El Dorado coach Steven Jones said in a radio interview after the game. “Our guys never gave up. They kept fighting. We found ways to get better this week.”
El Dorado had three turnovers, including a fumble returned for a 70-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats converted just 3-of-16 on third downs.
El Dorado led 21-14 after a 4-yard touchdown run by Alex Hicks with 8:05 left in the second quarter. Greysen Hubbard booted the extra point.
The Bulldogs answered with a 1-yard TD run by Hunter Wilkinson. The key play, however, came a play earlier when Greenwood converted a fourth-and-22 with a long pass. Jackson Stewart added the PAT, tying the game with 4:23 left in the half.
A penalty would pen the Wildcats deep and the Bulldogs returned the punt into El Dorado territory. Jacoby Hankton stopped Wilkinson on the 1-yard line, forcing a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the half for a 24-21 lead.
El Dorado took the ball to start the third but couldn’t move it. The Bulldogs drove the field and scored on Wilkinson’s 1-yard run with 10:12 left in the third, pushing the lead to 31-21. The Wildcats answered with a drive, culminating in Hubbard’s 31-yard field goal.
El Dorado’s defense got a stop, but the Wildcats’ couldn’t do any damage on offense. On a fourth-and-10 play from Greenwood’s 30, Shepherd was sacked and fumbled with the Bulldogs taking the turnover 70 yards for the touchdown and a 38-24 lead with 11:48 left in the fourth.
Treyton Dawson and Caden Brown would haul in touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin.
Greenwood opened the scoring with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Presley to Dawson. Stewart kicked the PAT with 9:27 left in the first.
El Dorado answered with an 82-yard drive, capped by Shepherd’s 12-yard TD pass to Jarmel Love. Hubbard’s kick tied the game with 6:22 left in the first.
The Bulldogs came right back with an immediate response when Peyton Carter hauled in Presley’s 31-yard touchdown pass with 4:48 left in the first.
The Wildcats continued the track meet when Shepherd threw a quick hitch to Kidd, who made a defender miss and then raced 77 yards to the end zone. Hubbard’s PAT tied the game at 14-14 with 4:29 left, still in the opening quarter.