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Prep football: Mayfield rallies from 3-TD deficit to beat Eldorado

LAS CRUCES — Saturday’s tale of two halves had an unhappy ending for the Eldorado Eagles.

Mayfield quarterback Torry Locklin absolutely went off after halftime, leading the Trojans to a stunning 42-28 victory over the Eagles at the Field of Dreams. Locklin rushed for 238 of his 248 yards and scored four touchdowns in the final two quarters as the Trojans erased a pair of 21-point deficits.

At one point Locklin scored on three straight carries, reaching the end zone on 68-, 75- and 8-yard runs. Mayfield scored all 42 of its points in the second half after trailing 21-0.

Senior running back Isaac Vance missed the game with an injury for the Trojans, but Locklin said Vance still played a strong supporting role.

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“Isaac Vance told us at halftime to just keep fighting no matter what the score was,” Locklin said.

“That’s what we did. We started pretty slow today but we finished fast.”

A number of things went right for Mayfield (2-1), including a fumble that fell right into defensive back Dominic Hovey’s arms after Eldorado converted a fake punt for an apparent first down. Hovey returned it 33 yards to the Eagles’ 8, setting up a touchdown that trimmed Eldorado’s lead to 28-21.

Mayfield also got the benefit of a crucial and controversial call. With Eldorado leading 28-21 and the Trojans facing second-and-goal at the EHS 1, the Eagles appeared to recover a fumbled snap and were leaving the field in celebration. But officials ruled that the Trojans had recovered the snap and gave them the ball at the 5-yard line.

The Trojans scored two plays later to tie the score and never looked back.

Eagles coach Charlie Dotson shook his head when asked about the fumble, but placed more emphasis on his team’s myriad mistakes than the questionable call.

“We dropped passes, missed tackles and gave up 42 points in the second half,” Dotson said. “Credit (the Trojans) for one heck of a comeback. That quarterback is a Division I athlete.”

Some of Eldorado’s wounds were indeed self-inflicted. The Eagles dropped five passes in the game, one a sure touchdown and two others that would have resulted in long gains.

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Quarterback Matt Denis finished 21-of-36 passing for 271 yards and a touchdown despite the drops. Eldorado outgained Mayfield 473 yards to 397, but the Trojans racked up 333 yards after halftime to Eldorado’s 230.

It was the second time this season the Eagles watched a big lead get away in the second half, the first time came in a loss to Las Cruces.

“That’s on the coaches,” Dotson said. “We have to be better and we will be.”

MAYFIELD 42, ELDORADO 28

Eldorado        14    7    7    0—28

Mayfield          0    0  21  21—42

Scoring: E, Matt Denis 7 run (Andrew Shelley kick); E, Denis 23 run (Shelley kick); E, Dominic Sandoval 19 pass from Denis (Shelley kick); M, Torry Locklin 68 run (Caleb Conaway kick); E, Darren Serna 1 run (Shelley kick); M, Locklin 75 run (Conaway kick); M, Locklin 8 run (Conaway kick); M, Nasiem Al-Abayad 1 run (Conaway kick); M, Savion Russell 11 run (Conaway kick); M, Locklin 7 run (Conaway kick). 1st Downs: M 12, E 23. Rushing: M 31-328, E 54-202. Passing: M 6-12-1—69; E 21-36-0—271. Total Off.: M 397, E 473. Fumbles-Lost: M 3-2, E 3-2. Punts-Avg.: M 49.0, E 1-26. Penalties-Yds.: M 10-79, E 10-85. Rec.: M 2-1, E 1-2.


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