The El Dorado Wildcats fell to the Clearwater Indians in their inaugural game at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex 26-6.
"We didn't execute and not just the players they just out coached us and out played us in key situations and we are going to make adjustments by going to work and get better next week," said El Dorado head coach Dustin Dooley.
The Indians drew first blood on their first possession a 29 yard strike from Chad Reibenspies to grab and early 7-0 lead on the Wildcats.
El Dorado on the the following possession had a bad snap on a punt and the Indians took over on the Wildcats five yard line.
The Wildcats defense held however and forced a field goal try that was blocked by Zach Burhenn and recovered by the Wildcats.
El Dorado had many drives in the first half that moved into Indian territory but each were thwarted by Clearwater interceptions.
The Wildcats went into half-time only one play away from a brand new game with the score 7-0.
Errors plagued the Wildcats again with the start of the second half as a bad snap forced Wildcats deep in their own territory and turned the ball over to the Indians on their own twelve yard-line.
"We felt like in the second half that we were fighting the clock, they just did things defensively that made us out of sync on offense, they game planned us really well and put us in some bad spots and we were not able to run the ball, and did different things that we saw on film and out coached us," said Dooley.
The Indians doubled their advantage on a 6-yard run by John Becker to take a 14-0 lead in the third quarter.
After a big return on the following kickoff by Caleb Wallsmith, El Dorado turned over the ball again on Travis House's third interception on the night.
El Dorado forced a turnover of their own on the following play when Zac Ruff recovered a fumble on the Clearwater 27-yard line.
After a House to Kyle Macy connection to the three yard line, Tyson Jones took the ball in for El Dorado touchdown to draw the game within a score at 14-6 after a failed PAT.
The Wildcats defense force a three and out on the next Indian possession and El Dorado had a chance to tie the game but turned over the ball on downs on a 4th and two coming up inches short.
The Indians Reibenspies did not relent on the next chance and took the ball for 21-yards to extend the Clearwater lead to 20-6. Reibenspies added another touchdown in the fourth to seal the game for Clearwater making a final 26-6.
"We have some injury issues on the offensive line we have to get cleared up and we have to get better at practice this week and move forward," said Dooley.