SESSER - Although both Eldorado and Sesser-Valier/Waltonville/Woodlawn were unbeaten going into Friday's game, the 2-0 Eagles were clearly the favorite.
The Red Devils didn't read that memo.
They pulled off one of the shockers of the young season, defeating Black Diamond Conference powerhouse, Eldorado, 22-14. Coach John Shadowens' crew improves to 3-0 while the Eagles fall to 2-1.
Payton Rock got the Red Devils on the scoreboard first with a 1-yard run at the 5:20 mark of the opening quarter after both teams had committed a turnover. Eldorado's miscue - a fumble - set up Rock's score. Clayton Smith missed the extra-point kick for a 6-0 lead.
Midway through the second quarter, the Red Devil were again back in the scoring column as Lukas Gunter reached paydirt from 5 yards out on a pass reception from Smith. The two also hooked up for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.
The Eagles responded with a 23-yard scoring strike right before the half when Kyle Oglesby connected with SIU-bound Jacob Traxler. Oglesby then hit Joe Mayberry with the two-point conversion pass, cutting the deficit to six at 14-8.
SVWW extended its lead to 20-8 with 7:24 to play in the third period when Smith romped for a 42-yard score. The conversion run was good for a 22-8 advantage.
Eldorado cut into that lead early in the fourth quarter with a touchdown, but failed to convert the two-pointer, leaving the score 22-14. Penalties hindered the Eagles' chances of a comeback. Gunter sealed the win for the Red Devils with an interception in the last minute of the game.