Eric Reyes used a stiff arm to ward off Haskell defender Zander Garcia during the Bi-District Championship game played Friday, November 16,th at San Angelo Stadium. Reyes rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries and he scored a 2-point conversion as the Eagles came up short, losing 26-22 to end their 2018 season.  --  RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
Eric Reyes used a stiff arm to ward off Haskell defender Zander Garcia during the Bi-District Championship game played Friday, November 16,th at San Angelo Stadium. Reyes rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries and he scored a 2-point conversion as the Eagles came up short, losing 26-22 to end their 2018 season. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Eldorado Eagles found themselves behind early as the Haskell Indians jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Friday, November 16th at San Angelo Stadium where the two teams met in the opening round of the State 2A Playoffs.

Haskell leveraged a series interceptions to carve out a two touchdown lead before the Eagles found pay dirt in the second quarter.

The Indians first score came on an reverse pass midway through the first quarter that went 40 yards. They scored again in the second stanza when quarterback Cutter Medford hit Manuel Acosta with a dart that he took 90 yards to the end zone.

Korbin Covarrubiaz threw a 20-yard TD pass to Cesar Garcia to get the Eagles on the board in the second quarter. Jaakan Jurecek hauled in a pass for a 2-point conversion to pull the Eagles to within six of the Indians at 14-8.

That’s where the score stayed through the intermission and into the third stanza when Eric Muniz pounded the ball across the goal from two yards out. Eric Reyes ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Eagles a 16-14 lead with at the 7:41 mark in the third quarter.

The Eagles tallied another score before the quarter ended, this time when Covarrubiaz tucked the ball and raced five yards to the end zone. Eldorado’s 2-point try failed, making the score 22-14 in favor of the Eagles with 14 seconds remaining in the third.

That would be the high water mark for the Eagles as the Indians posted two TDs in the final quarter to take a 26-22 lead with 1:04 left in the game.

The Eagles had their chances throughout the game as the defense held the Indians and forced the ball over on downs a couple of times. Emiliano Hernandez forced a fumble that stalled another Haskell drive and Jurecek and Garcia each intercepted a pass to put the Eagles offense back on the field.

But, Eldorado suffered from its own miscues, primarily in the form of turnovers, that confounded the Eagles chances to rally from behind.

A last-minute comeback try fell short when, Covarrubiaz put up a desperation throw deep into Indian territory was intercepted on the final play of the game.
Eric Reyes was the Eagles leading rusher with 105 yards on 22 carries. Cesar Garcia caught seven passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Edgar Muniz and Korbin Covarrubiaz each scored a rushing touchdown.

Jack Griffin was the Eagles’ leading tackler with nine while Edmundo Garcia tallied six stops and seven assists.

The loss ends the Eagles 2018 season. The team was greatly improved over last year and posted a 6-4 regular season record despite losing their starting quarterback Kevan Covarrubiaz to an knee injury early in the year.

The Eagles were 4-1 in district play and finished in a three-way tie for the District 8-2A title with the Miles Bulldogs and the Christoval Cougars.

“I’m very proud of how far this team came this year,” Coach Michael Johnson said after the loss.. “There’s nothing better to than to see these seniors finish up with a share of the district championship and a playoff berth. Those guys did a great job of building a solid cornerstone to the foundation of our program.”

“It was also great to see the support of our fans and community this season,” Johnson added. “It just shows why Eldorado is such a great community. It really meant a lot to our kids.”

Looking back on the season, Johnson believes the 2018 Eagles laid the groundwork for better things in the future.

“It definitely didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but it gave our underclassmen a taste of what winning its all about,” the coach said. “We are going to carry this momentum into our other sports and continue to do the things that have gotten us to this point so that we continue to build a championship culture the Eagle way,”