Eldorado Football Moves to 2A

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By WSIL Sports

ELDORADO -- The Eldorado huddle has a new sense of urgency this season. Fifth-year head coach Brandon Hampton has transformed the Eagles, raising expectations after taking the team to the playoffs the last two seasons.

"We're excited about where we're taking this football program and the next step," Hampton said.

"A couple of years ago we had some upperclassmen that have really changed this program and we've just kept it going through," Eagles senior tight end Dakota Prather said.

"At first it was just believing, now we just know we're going to be good," Eagles junior linebacker Derek Mitchell added.

But the playoffs haven't been kind to Eldorado lately, the last time the Eagles won a game in the postseason was 1988. Last year, Anna-Jonesboro shutout the Eagles 36-0. All that could change this year, as Eldorado moves from class 3A to 2A after dropping Galatia from its co-op.

"There just wasn't a whole lot of interest and we had to make a decision on what was best for our program and right now that was to drop the co-op," said Hampton.

Three kids from Galatia were on last year's team that finished the season 6-4. All three were seniors. Without Galatia, Eldorado's football enrollment drops nearly 100 students.

"It's a lot easier to find 11 in a school of 550 than it is in 350, so it'll be something that will help us long term here and be able to give us some long term success," Hampton said.

While getting to the playoffs isn't guaranteed, Hampton believes his team is capable of making the postseason for the third straight season, something that hasn't been done in Eldorado in nearly two decades.

"Now it's our job to go out and give ourselves an opportunity to compete in a week 10 playoff game."
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