What a difference a week made for El Dorado’s offense, which showed little in a season-opening loss to Camden Fairview. The Wildcats totaled 484 yards in Friday’s 41-23 loss to Cabot at Memorial Stadium.
It was actually the first true sign of life for El Dorado’s offense, which hit a big play for a touchdown against North Little Rock in the benefit game but struggled the rest of the way.
The Wildcats accumulated 199 yards on the ground, led by Branden Moore’s 106 on 21 carries. Eli Shepherd rushed for 84 while also passing for 285 on 30-of-44 attempts.
One offensive adjustment that might’ve gone unnoticed was Jarmel Love, who was moved from receiver to fullback. Love lined up in the backfield or sometimes at a tight end. He had two receptions for 27 yards and helped provide a physical presence at the line of scrimmage.
“Jarmel Love was huge tonight for us,” El Dorado coach Steven Jones said. “Doing something new, that was first time Jarmel has lined up at fullback. Using that was a change of pace for us but we really felt like we had our best personnel on the field with that package.”
Cabot coach Scott Reed left his old stomping grounds impressed with the Wildcats’ offensive unit.
“I thought Eli did a good job tonight. He made some plays with his feet. They all did,” said Reed. “They really frustrated our defense. They’ve got Deandra (Burns) and Jackie (Washington) out there and then you’ve got Jarmel (Love) as kind of an H-back and you’ve Sharmon (Rester) back there with Eli, they’ve got a lot of weapons. They really hurt us on the short passing game. Their guys just went and made plays in space. We had a hard time tackling them.”
Defensively, PJ Denkins led El Dorado with seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Patrick Sixbey and Jyrin Steward had six tackles each and Javin Steward had five stops and an interception.
The Wildcats travel to Magnolia on Friday.