It was a struggle, but El Dorado finally won its first Empire League game Thursday night, downing Cypress, 15-0, in front of 125 rain-drenched fans in Handel Stadium at Anaheim.
Once, there were high expectations for the Golden Hawks as they entered the six-team league with a 5-0 record and a No. 5 ranking in the Orange County Sportswriters' Assn. poll. Among the five victories was an impressive 10-6 win over Valencia.
But there have been nothing but hard times in league play as El Dorado (6-2-1, 1-2-1) lost to Los Alamitos and Loara and was tied by Katella, a school that has experienced 17 consecutive losing seasons.
The handful of fans who braved the bad weather saw El Dorado open a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and then the Golden Hawks seemed to lose interest in the remainder of the game.