TOWERING THREAT -- Eldorado Eagles linebacker Sam Griffin swoops in to harass  Broncos quarterback Jaime Buitron during the Warbirds’ 48-26 victory over Sonora on Friday, September 17th, as Eldorado fans packed Larry Mitchel Stadium to celebrate Homecoming. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
TOWERING THREAT -- Eldorado Eagles linebacker Sam Griffin swoops in to harass Broncos quarterback Jaime Buitron during the Warbirds’ 48-26 victory over Sonora on Friday, September 17th, as Eldorado fans packed Larry Mitchel Stadium to celebrate Homecoming. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

 

Eldorado will put its undefeated streak on the line against a Bulldog team that struggled in the early part of the season. Miles notched a 55-12 win over the Munday Moguls in the second week of the season but lost to Cross Plains 37-12, Roscoe 43-12, Coahoma Bulldogs 54-0, and Coleman 24-0.

The Bulldogs head football coach is Jayson Wilhelm, who spent a few years here as an assistant coach before taking the head job in Menard. This is his second season as head coach of the Bulldogs.

Friday night’s game marks the beginning of loop play in District 14-2A. That same evening, the Christoval Cougars will travel to Rocksprings to take on the Angoras, while the Menard Yellowjackets will face the Junction Eagles in Junction.

Eagles Head Coach Jon Long said he expects the Bulldogs will try to slow the game down and take time off the clock.

“Their defense has improved since the season began,” Long said of the Bulldogs. “We just have to play smart and win first downs on both sides of the ball.”

The Eagles are focused and ready to face their district rivals, according to Long.

“We had our best Monday practice of the year,” Long said. “We just have to get out there and execute our game plan and win in all three phases of the game. If we do that, we can play with anybody.”

Everyone is encouraged to travel to Miles and support the Eagles. However, if you find yourself unable to make the trip, it will be streamed live online by Eldorado High School at: https://bit.ly/3lbEKbp

Looking Back at the First Four Games

The high-flying Eagles enjoyed a bye week following their 48-26 homecoming win over the Sonora Broncos on Friday, September 17th at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado.

Eagles quarterback Korbin Covarrubiaz has thrown for 1,056 yards and 15 touchdowns, an amazing accomplishment when you consider it came in only four games.

The Eagles second week showdown with Winters was canceled after a COVID-19 outbreak was reported in Winters and the schools there were closed for a week. Still, the team managed a 4-0 record in the non-district portion of the season with impressive wins over San Saba (42-20), Coahoma (56-29), Wink (72-38) and Sonora (48-26).

Eldorado enters district play ranked #8 in Texas 2-A Division II by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. Meanwhile, the Harris Poll has the Eagles at #7 and its standings and the MaxPreps online computerized rankings list Eldorado at #5 statewide.

The Eagles haven’t relied solely on their aerial attack for offense this year. The team gained 892 yards on the ground while scoring 13 TDs. Covarrubiaz accounted for 419 of those yards and 10 touchdowns. James Kimble rushed for 307 yards and three TDs while Santiago Hernandez gained 121 yards on 16 carries.

Cooper Meador leads all Eagles receivers with six touchdowns on nine catches for 239 yards. Jason Covarrubiaz scored four touchdowns on eight catches for 215 yards. Meanwhile Damian Romo hauled in nine passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns while Kaden Gonzalez caught two passes for 84 yards and two TDs.

Defensively, the Eagles tallied 93 solo tackles through their first four games. Korbin Covarrubiaz accounted for 21 of those tackles while Santiago Hernandez had 10. Other leading tacklers included Damian Romo (9), Marcos Morin (8), Sam Griffin (7), Nino Tambuga (7), and Omar Barajas (6).

The Eagles took the ball away 11 times in the first four games, nine times on pass interceptions and twice on fumble recoveries. James Kimble tallied four takeaways, including three interceptions, including one for a touchdown against San Saba, and a fumble. Damian Romo tallied three interceptions, including one for a touchdown versus Wink. Nino Tambunga managed an interception and a fumble recovery. Santiago Hernandez and Cooper Meador each snagged an interception for the Warbirds. Meanwhile, Korbin Covarrubiaz and Kaden Gonzalez are each credited with forcing a fumble.

By comparison, the Eagles lost only two fumbles and have not given up an interception this season.