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El Dorado earned its first victory of the season, 44-13 over Sheridan Friday night at Memorial Stadium. The Wildcats, who improved to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in conference, got a big push from their defense.

El Dorado surrendered a pair of big plays by Sheridan quarterback Konnor Canterbury – a 61-yard TD run in the second quarter and a 49-yard touchdown in the fourth with the game already in the mercy rule stage.

Other than that, the Wildcats held firm against the Yellowjackets’ run-oriented attack.

“Proud of our defense backing up the great game they played against Magnolia with another excellent showing 21 days later,” said El Dorado defensive coordinator Trey Outlaw. “(Defensive) line played great and selfless. Even though they did not put up big numbers, they did what we asked them to do to allow our linebackers and safeties to play free and run to the ball.”

Safety Hollis McCuien led El Dorado with eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. Patrick Sixbey had seven tackles and a pass breakup. Javin Steward had six tackles and a sack. Marquez Waller had five tackles. PJ Denkins had four tackles and broke up a pass. Cameron Margis had four tackles, with a tackle for loss. Ahmayus Young had four tackles. Whalen Snowden had an interception.

“Marquez Waller, PJ Denkins, and Hollis McCuien showed they can play both the run and pass from our safety position. We asked them to be more active in the run game this week and they were excellent,” said Outlaw. “KD Dismuke and Mario Ganter were really good last night. They allowed very little in the passing game for Sheridan, which allowed us to put more in the box. Patrick Sixbey, Jyrin Steward and Javin Steward took full advantage of having played a team who likes to run the ball. All three were dominant from the linebacker position.

“Nick Wilson was really fun to watch last night as a sophomore. He has a motor as a noseguard you can’t teach. He made a couple of tackles last night that he had no business even being close to. He has a special motor. Cameron Margis, Demarion Rester and Ahmayus Young showed great leadership last night. The great off-season these three had really showed with their ability to occupy five offensive linemen with just them three.”

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