El Camino Football Bounces Back

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG)  |  By Keith Jouganatos

Eagles Take Flight Over Bella Vista

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - After a disappointing week 1 loss that saw their team lose 45-0 to the hands of Oakmont, the El Camino Eagles were looking to finally take flight during the 2018 campaign. They did just that in their 42-20 victory against Bella Vista Friday night.

An offense that could not score any points in week 1 soared behind backup Quarterback Dez Ortega’s first start. Ortega came up big, throwing for over 200 yards and controlled the pace of the game from start to finish. Kentrell Williams ran for a pair of touchdowns, including a sneaky misdirection that saw him truck through the entire Bella Vista defense right up the gut in the first quarter. Wide Receiver Jasani Harris navigated his way through the Bronco’s defense with shifty moves that kept them on their toes all night.

After the game Head Coach JP Dolliver said his Eagles knew they were going to have to rise to the occasion this week after everyone felt the sting of week 1’s defeat.

“Our guys knew that we suffered a lot of injuries in week 1 and so they were going to have to be ready to step up and rise to the challenge and be prepared to play hard.”

The same Eagles team that had scored no points in week 1 got out to a red hot start with the ball in week 2.

It began in the first half with the misdirection Williams took to the house, and listed at 220 lbs., it was safe to say no one wanted any part of him coming downhill as he barrel rolled into the end zone for a touchdown.

“They think they can take me down with one guy,” Williams said after the game.

“I’m like, you can try.”

Then there was the other big play. With the Eagles up 7-6 and in possession of the ball around the Bella Vista 40 in the second quarter, Ortega hit Harris on what looked to be a slant route on the left side of the field in the flats. Harris juked and then cut back into the middle of the field with a burst of speed and looked to be engulfed by defenders but proceeded to pop up out of the pile and take off towards the opposite side of the field and scamper into the end zone.

“I just saw open field and I knew I had to get there,” said Harris about his spectacular dash.

For Harris and the Eagles this win was a remarkable feeling after the disappointment they felt in week 1; a total turnaround in a two week process.

“We just knew 45-0 that wasn’t us,” said Harris.

“We know that we are the type of team that’s capable of playing much better and tonight we came out and executed the way we knew we were capable of.”

El Camino will look to keep their season on the rise when they take on Woodcreek at home this Friday at 7:30 pm.