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Eldorado plays the role of spoiler, keeps Rancho out of playoffs

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The Eldorado High football team held host Rancho scoreless in the second half Thursday, closing the game with 27 unanswered points, in a 35-22 victory to keep Rancho out of the playoffs.

Rancho needed a win to finish in a three-way tie with Valley and Desert Pines for the final two playoff spots from the Northeast, but came up short in its goal to reach the postseason.

Justin Brown had two touchdowns for Eldorado (4-5 overall), icing the game in the second half with a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Also, quarterback Nick Blackmon passed for more than 300 yards.

Eldorado, which battled injuries most of the year, finished with season with consecutive wins.

“This game gives us some confidence (for next year),” Eldorado coach Vernon Brown said. “We are just going to have to build on it.”

Rancho led 16-0 after the first quarter, but Javen Nihipali hauled in a long touchdown pass from Blackmon to spark the comeback.

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