The Eldorado Eagles found themselves on the road again for the second week in a row, but the travel didn’t seem to bother them as they notched up a 56-0 win over the Irion County Hornets.
The Eagles offense picked up where it left off a week earlier in Gorman despite a setback on its opening drive when Irion County stopped the Warbirds on a 4th down play, just 12 yards from the endzone.
That seemed to get the Eagles attention and, from that point forward, Eldorado’s offensive unit tallied 16 first downs and 422 yards as they posted eight touchdowns on the scoreboard.
The Eagles defense was on its toes all night, and so were the special teams. Lane Griffin broke through Irion County’s line to block a Tyler Hastings punt and give the Eagles the ball on the Hornet’s five-yard line.
Miles Mikeska converted the opportunity into points when he ran untouched into the endzone for the Eagles first touchdown. Hector Reyes added the first of his six PATs and Warbirds took a 7-0 lead with 7:32 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Eagles defense was overpowering and dominated the line of scrimmage all night. Irion County managed only seven first downs and 69 yards rushing. The Hornets completed six of 15 passes for another 48 yards and were forced to punt five times during the game.
Eldorado’s front five, consisting of J.R. Martinez, Briley Ledbetter, Johnathan Espinosa, Ben Wipff and Eric Estrada, opened gaping holes in Irion County’s defense all night. Eldorado’s running backs were quick to take advantage. Rudy Sanchez led the way for the Warbirds, gaining 127 yards on nine carries, and scoring two touchdowns.
Josh Jurecek counted for two more touchdowns as he gained 83 yards on two carries. Anthony Mata gained 71 yards on three carries and scored a TD.
Three other Eagles runners found paydirt during the contest, Ruben Vasquez (4 for 48,) Miles Mikeska (5 for 39,) and Allen Espinosa 92 for 14.)
Domingo Torres had six tackles and three assists to lead the Eagles defensive unit. , Ruben Vasquez had 4 tackles, 1 assist, and a fumble recovery. Allen Espinosa intercepted the ball, late in the contest, to negate an Irion County scoring threat from inside the red zone. And, Briley Ledbetter pounced on a loose ball to stop another Hornet scoring threat.
The Eagles were able to spread the wealth as everyone on the team saw playing time and contributed to the 56-0 victory.
Head Coach Danny Wilhelm commented after the game, “We controlled the ball on offense and gave up very few plays on defense. I like what the team did on both sides of the ball but we need to continue to strive for improvement in our specials teams and cutting down on penalties.”
The win moves the Eagles season mark to 2-0 and sets them up for their home opener and Homecoming game against TLC Academy of San Angelo this Friday night.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to come out and support the Eagles as they work to extend their unbeaten record.
Remember to Wear Your Green and BE LOUD!
Friday night’s game will be carried live on KLDE at 104.9 on the FM dial. Mason Vaughan and Kerry Joy will host the pregame show starting at 7 p.m.