Eldorado overcomes 14-point deficit, shocks Boulder City

Christophe De Vargas

Members of the Eldorado High School football team are pictured during Las Vegas Sun Media Day at Red Rock Resort High School on August 3, 2021. They include, left to right, Misael Pelayo, Matthew Gallegos and Emilio Quiroga.

Eldorado’s football team were downed by two touchdowns late in the first quarter tonight against visiting Boulder City.

Worse yet: Boulder City was on the Eldorado 1-yard line with a first down play seeking to build on the lead. But Eldorado’s defense held their own as they kept Boulder City out of the end zone for four straight games, giving the ball to the Sundevils offense to start the comeback.

Matthew Gallegos ended up scoring on two short runs, and Eldorado shocked Boulder City with a 15-14 victory in a Class 3A Championship game.

Eldorado missed the snap on the point after the kick after the second score, but Gallegos recovered the loose ball and connected with Marcus Reynolds for the 2 point conversion for the winning points.

“The defense got stronger and won the game for us,” Eldorado coach BJ Jackson said.

So was the offensive line, which was vital in a 16-game fourth quarter practice that ran out of time. Boulder City have never touched the ball in the past 12 minutes, Jackson said.

“Kids are starting to realize they have what it takes. They understand that we have to fight to the end.

Xavier Delgado received a 70-yard reception from Gallegos to bring the ball to the Boulder City 1-yard line during Eldorado’s initial touchdown.

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