BI-DISTRICT CHAMPS -- The Eldorado Eagles defeated the Haskell Indians on Friday, November 15th at San Angelo Stadium to claim the Bi-District Championship. The win makes this year's Eagles only the third football team in Eldorado history to compile a 10-win season. They join the ranks of the 1937 and 1950 Eagles teams which also accomplished the feat -- COURTESY PHOTO | LUANN SHIPMAN
BI-DISTRICT CHAMPS -- The Eldorado Eagles defeated the Haskell Indians on Friday, November 15th at San Angelo Stadium to claim the Bi-District Championship. The win makes this year's Eagles only the third football team in Eldorado history to compile a 10-win season. They join the ranks of the 1937 and 1950 Eagles teams which also accomplished the feat -- COURTESY PHOTO | LUANN SHIPMAN

The Eldorado Eagles win over Haskell last Friday night placed this year’s team in the history books, alongside those from 1937 and 1950. The three teams are the only ones in the 97-year history of the Eldorado Eagles football program to win 10 games in a single season. Each of the three seasons was remarkable, but for different reasons.

1937 Eagles Outscore Their Opponents 422-8

The 1937 Eagles were undefeated. They outscored their opponents 422-8 and would have managed an 11-win total except for a 0-0 tie with Coleman in the second game of the season.

The team outscored Menard 102-0. They beat San Angelo Lake View 56-0, and Ozona 66-0. The only teams to score on the Eagles in 1937 were Bronte, who managed a defensive safety for two-points, and San Antonio Sidney Lanier, the team that the Eagles defeated 50-6 in the Bi-District playoff game.

Like the 1950 team that followed them, the 1937 Eagles were a Class B school and, as such, could not advance beyond the Regional Championship. They defeated the Hondo Owls 27-0 in Hondo to claim the Regional title.

A Menard Forfeit and a Bi-District Bidding War in 1950

The 1950 Eagles, some of whom still call Eldorado home, also posted a 10-win season and claimed a Regional Championship. En route to the Regional title, the team defeated the San Angelo Central junior varsity team, nicknamed the Kittens, by a score of 20-6. Since that win came over a sub-varsity team, it did not count toward the Eagles 10-win total.

What did count, however, was a victory that was awarded to the Eagles after a Menard player was declared to have been ineligible. The Menard Yellowjackets actually defeated Eldorado 13-7 on October 6, 1950 in Menard, but their victory was later forfeited to Eldorado.

Jimmy Doyle, who was a freshman on the 1950 Eagles squad, said that players in that day sometimes were disqualified because it was determined they had won money at a roping or a rodeo and had lost their amateur status. Or, it might have been the player was too old to have been playing high school football.

Eldorado defeated Del Rio 27-7 to begin the season then beat Mason 34-6. Following the game with Menard, the Eagles defeated Sonora 39-13 and Iraan 39-20. The team enjoyed a bye week then defeated Ozona 27-6 and Big Lake 32-7. That set up a showdown with undefeated Junction here in Eldorado where the Eagles claimed a 14-12 victory and the District 10-B Championship.

The Eagles then turned their attention to the Marfa Shorthorns, but not before the setting of the Bi-District game was decided. The Eldorado Success reported in its November 23, 1950 edition:

“Final arrangements for the game were made Monday when officials from Marfa and Eldorado met at McCamey and came to an agreement. Since both teams prefer to play on their home grounds, the conference Monday was in the nature of a bidding contest, and Eldorado received the game by offering the Shorthorns a guarantee of $2,150 to come to this city.

“This guarantee had been quickly underwritten Monday morning when a committee went out among local football fans and brought in over 100 checks for $25 each.”

As a point of reference, the $2,150 guarantee offered to the Marfa team would be equivalent to $22,958.25 in 2019 dollars, according to the U.S. Inflation Calculator.

The Eagles defeated Marfa 28-0 to claim the Bi-District title. They then traveled to Eden where they defeated the Bulldogs 27-14 for the Regional Championship.

2019 Eagles Keep on Winning

The 2019 edition of the Eldorado Eagles got nine of their 10 wins in the regular season. Their only loss, a 26-20 decision, came at the hands of the Winters Blizzards in Winters on September 6th. Interestingly, the Eagles returned to Blizzard Stadium on October 3rd to defeat the Haskell Indians 35-14 and avenge a Bi-District loss to the Indians just last year.

The Eagles posted some impressive wins during the regular season, defeating TLCA 47-6, McCamey 62-32, Miles 70-0 and Rocksprings 42-0 and Menard 61-0 before dispatching the Christoval Cougars 14-7 in the District Championship game on Friday, November 8th at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado.
The Eagles defeated the Haskell Indians a second time on Friday, November 15th at San Angelo Stadium by a score of 30-14 to capture the Bi-District trophy.

No Eagle team in the modern era has advance beyond the Area Round of the State 2A playoffs, something the 2019 Eagles now have the opportunity to do. By defeating the Wheeler Mustangs on Friday, November 22nd, the team will become the first-ever Eldorado team to win 11 games. A win would also mean they advance to play the winner of the Hamlin-Quanah game in the Regional semi-final game.