By Joshua Potratz
The excitement in the stadium was electric as the El Camino Eagles ran onto their home field for the first time since 2019. The pep band was playing in full swing, the screamin’ eagles were leading chants, and the crowd cheered on as they watched the Eagles defeat the Cordova Lancers by a score of 50-12.
The Eagles got off to a good start, scoring on their opening drive. Luke Coleman (‘22) handed off to Gesyrus Scott (‘22) who carried it in for a touchdown.
One of the highlights of the game was when defensive end Frank Lopez Jr. (‘23) recovered a fumble and ran it 50 yards back for a touchdown.
A highlight according to Coach Dolliver was Robert Scott (‘22) receiving a 53 yard touchdown pass which was the longest of the game. Dolliver said that this one was special because the class of 2022 was his first freshman class that he’s brought all the way up to senior year, watching the players grow and develop.
Defense was a huge factor in the game, with the Eagles holding their opponents to just 12 points. This allowed the offense to flourish.
Coleman threw for 112 yards with five completions on nine attempts with four TD’s. This outstanding performance earned Coleman the Sacramento Bee player of the week Jackson Ponder (‘22) also kicked six extra points with seven attempts.
“I feel like all of our hard work from practice really paid off,” said Coleman.
J.C. Gill (‘22) had himself a game with 55 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Gesyrus Scott was almost untouchable holding the ball as he rushed for 91 yards with a touchdown and also received a six yard pass for another touchdown. Rashid Tanko (‘23) also rushed for 51 yards with a touchdown.
Leading 50-6 at halftime, Coach Dolliver made the decision to take out the starters.
“Because of the score, we were able able to get a lot of different people into the game”
This allowed many players who normally don’t get a chance to play the ability to prove themselves worthy of a starting spot.
The eagles as of right now are 3-4 on the season and are playing away at Christian Brothers this week. Playoff chances are now slim due to the loss last week at home against Sacramento High School which ended in a score of 25-27.