TAG TEAM TACKLE -- Eagles defenders Kaden Gonzalez (6) and Cooper Meador (3) corral Blizzards running back Malakye Kelly in the backfield during Eldorado’s 51-19 victory over Winters on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
TAG TEAM TACKLE -- Eagles defenders Kaden Gonzalez (6) and Cooper Meador (3) corral Blizzards running back Malakye Kelly in the backfield during Eldorado’s 51-19 victory over Winters on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Eldorado Eagles had plenty of weapons to choose from and they made use of all of them to defeat the Winters Blizzards 51-19 on Friday evening, September 4, 2020 at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado.

Coach Jon Long’s Warbirds unleashed a potent ground game, led by junior running back James Kimble, and a quick-strike aerial attack that saw quarterback Korbin Covarrubiaz connect with six receivers for 235 yards and five touchdowns.

Cooper Meador caught three of those TD passes, and he intercepted a pass on defense to thwart a Blizzard scoring threat.

Kimble carried the ball 14 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 34 yards and a TD.

Kimble appeared to have scored on a long run early in the game, but his left foot brushed the white stripe on the sideline and the side judge ruled him out of bounds just a few yards short of paydirt.

When the Eagles failed to score from there, Jonathan McGee entered the game and drove home a 25-yard field goal. Not only did he notch up Eldorado’s first points of the game, McGee also hit five of six extra-point attempts en route to an eight-point night.

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. “We did some really good things versus Winters on both sides of the ball,”

Coach Long said after the game. “We as a coaching staff are really happy with the guys’ effort. They were focused all week and came out and executed the game plan.”

Long went on to explain that the high-octane Eagles that were on display Friday night are a work in progress.

“We still have a long way to go and we are just scratching the surface of the offense and our potential on defense,” Long said.

The coach was pleased with all aspects of his team’s play, but he gave extra praise the defensive unit.

“Jose Contreras did a great job stepping in and doing his job on defense,” Long said. “And, Cooper Meador had a great day,especially with changing positions.”

Long also praised the play of David Barajas, Sam Griffin and Zach Luna on the defensive side of the ball.

Meador, Gonzalez and Nino Tambunga each intercepted a pass for the Warbirds while Zac Luna recovered a fumble to end a Winters drive.

Long went on to praise his offensive line for controlling things up front and credited quarterback Korbin Covarrubiaz with recognizing what the Winters’ secondary was doing.

“He made some plays with his feet and extended the play to allow our receivers to get open,” Long said of Covarrubiaz.

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.”

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.

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.

Meador hauled in four passes for 138 yards and three of the completions went for TDs. One of the touchdowns came early in the game with Meador having to come back for the ball in the shadow of the west end zone. Later, Meador had to go up and over a Blizzard defender to bring the catch down at the 2-yard-line before backing into the end zone.

Kaden Gonzalez recovered a muffed punt deep in Blizzards territory to give the Eagles their final scoring opportunity of the night.

Covarrubiaz connected with his cousin, freshman Jason Covarrubiaz on a quick slant pass for a touchdown with 3:45 left to play. McGee’s extra-point try was blocked and recovered by Winters, but James Kimble tackled the Blizzard player near mid-field to deny the extra-point they would have received if it had been returned to the opposite end zone. The score stood until the final buzzer with Eldorado taking the 51-19 win.

“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.”

The victory helped the Eagles climb in the statewide polls with Dave Cambell’s Texas Football moving the Eagles up six slots from 22 to 16 in 2A-Division II.

That’s where the Eagles started the season before their lopsided loss to San Saba two weeks ago.

The 2A-DII Eagles now set their sights on the Coahoma Bulldogs, their third 2A-DI opponent of the young season. Texasfootball.com favors the Bulldogs in the contest by 7 points. See story above for information about the Coahoma game.