STOP RIGHT THERE -- Eagles defender David Barajas brings down a Winters running back behind the line of scrimmage during Friday night's win over the Blizzards at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
STOP RIGHT THERE -- Eagles defender David Barajas brings down a Winters running back behind the line of scrimmage during Friday night's win over the Blizzards at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

Cooper Meador caught three TD passes from Korbin Covarrubiaz and snagged an interception on defense while James Kimble added two rushing touchdowns and receiving TD to pace the Eldorado Eagles to a 51-19 victory over the Winters Blizzards on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Larry Mitchel Stadium. Covarrubiaz connected with his cousin Jason Covarrubiaz for another TD late in the game and Jonathan McGee added a field goal and converted five of six extra-point attempts to round out the scoring for the Warbirds.

The 51-19 victory came in Eldorado’s home opener and the first game played in Larry Mitchel Stadium under the UIL’s COVID-19 pandemic guidelines. Face masks and social distancing procedures were the rule of the day as EHS Principal Perry Graves circulated throughout the stadium reminding spectators of the rules.

The win was the first for Eagles Head Coach Jon Long who took the helm of the Eagles in the off season when Michael Johnson departed for Henrietta.

“It was great,” Long said, “but I really didn’t expect to get doused with the water bucket when it was over.”

The Eagles celebrated Long’s first win and their first of the young season as they look ahead to the Coahoma Bulldogs next Friday in Coahoma.

Eldorado tallied a total of 499 yards of offense compared to 306 for Winters.

Covarrubiaz completed 14 of 25 passes for 235 yards and five touchdowns.

James Kimble was Eldorado’s leading rusher with 200 yards and two TDs on 14 carries. His longest run was a 75 yarder for a TD on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Kimble also scored on a swing pass from Covarrubiaz that went 32 yards for a TD late in the third quarter.

Cooper Meador hauled in four passes for 138 yards. Three of the completions went for TDs. One early in the game on a come-backer near the west end zone, and another, late in the second quarter, that required him to go up and over the back of a Winters defender at the 2-yard-line, before backing into the end zone.

Defensively, David Barajas, Cooper Meador, Sam Griffin, Korbin Covarrubiaz and Kaden Gonzalez lead the charge for the Eagles.
Meador, Gonzalez and Nino Tambunga each intercepted a pass for the Warbirds while Zac Luna recovered a fumble to end a Winters drive.

“It was a good win,” Coach Long said after the game. “We still have some things we need to fix, but we’re already looking at video of the game and working on those things.”