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El Dorado comes up big late against El Modena
PLACENTIA - El Dorado came from behind in the final minutes and then hung on to defeat El Modena, 42-39, in a Century League game Friday at Valencia High.
Getting the victory was crucial for the Golden Hawks (4-3, 3-0), who are looking to keep pace with Century League front-runners Villa Park and Foothill. The Hawks face the Spartans and Knights the next two weeks.
Friday’s contest featured plenty of big plays by both teams, but the one that mattered most came with less than four minutes in the game with El Modena leading 39-35.
El Dorado faced third-and-7 from their 45 when quarterback Cory Wildhagen threw a perfectly executed screen pass to a wide open Mark Parsons, who raced down the right side of the field for what wound up being the winning touchdown.
The play highlighted a stellar performance by Wildhagen, who completed 8 of 9 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns.
Hayden Dunn finished with four receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Golden Hawks
Quarterback James Richardson was equally impressive for the Vanguards (2-5, 0-3), completing 10 of 19 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 43 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries.
“They gave us some fits,” El Dorado coach Shawn Racobs said of the Vanguards. “We were so concerned with stuffing the run that we had a hard time stuffing the pass … We’ve got some things to work on.”
Trailing 7-0 after the first quarter, El Dorado came back with three consecutive touchdowns in a second quarter in which the teams combined for 41 points.
Wildhagen scored on a 21-yard run and then threw touchdown passes of 5 and 87 yards to Dunn.
The 87-yard score appeared to be a broken play when Wildhagen bobbled the snap.But the junior kept his composure and threw a deep pass to Dunn, who had to turn the other way to make the catch. Dunn then broke a tackle along the sideline and managed to stay inbounds on his way to the end zone.
In the fourth quarter, Dunn injured his left knee and sat out for at least nine plays.
He appeared to be limping slightly when he returned and was applying ice at the end of the game.
Racobs said the key offensive player will be ready to go next week.