Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 | 11:46 p.m.
This Eldorado High football team may be different.
The Sundevils surrendered a 14-point lead today at Chaparral in the fourth quarter of the “Cleat Game,” but immediately responded by driving the length of the field to score the winning touchdown in a 28-21 victory.
Last year, Eldorado lost at the end of the rivalry game. That wasn’t the case in 2014, giving Eldorado plenty of momentum for the rest of the season.
Tyler Spivey got a 23-yard touchdown pass from Deven Dabbs for the winning touchdown with 1:30 remaining.
“We didn’t panic. We stayed the course,” Eldorado coach Vernon Brown said.
Joshua Brown had a pair of touchdown runs for Eldorado, returning the opening kick about 90 yards for a touchdown and scoring on a 1-yard quarterback keeper. Ray’Shaun Gamble added 65 yards rushing and a touchdown.
The stadium was full on both sides for the rivalry game that dates back to the 1970s. Students were encouraged all week during school to attend the game to support the teams, creating a great game-day environment, Vernon Brown said.
“We represented well. There was great support on both sides,” the coach said.
Players celebrated wildly with the bronzed cleat after the game ended, erasing memories from last year and getting a reward for their work in the offseason. Now, they have to continue the good play starting next week against Sunrise Mountain.
“The kids need to realize this was only one week,” Brown said. “But it was definitely a momentum builder.”