The Eldorado Eagles will begin district play on Friday, October 8th when the Miles Bulldogs come to town.

Both teams took last week off to rest and heal up following tough non-district schedules.

Miles lost to the Coleman Bluecats at home 32-0 on September 25th to open the 2020 season. They followed that up with a 49-0 loss to Coahoma, also at home.

The Bulldogs won their next two games, defeating the Roscoe Plowboys 29-7 in Roscoe and the Munday Moguls 20-6 in Munday.

The Cross Plains Buffaloes handed the Bulldogs their third loss of the season by a score of 41-12 in Miles on October 1st.

Meanwhile, the Eagles are sporting a 1-4 record, losing to state-ranked San Saba Armadillos 56-14 in the season opener on a 100-degree night in San Saba.

Then came a 51-19 victory over the Winters Blizzards at home in Larry Mitchel Stadium on September 4th.

The Eagles traveled to Coahoma on September 11th but lost 59-34 to a very good Bulldog team. Things didn’t get any easier the following week when the #5 ranked Wink Wildcats came to town on September 18th to take home a 61-46 victory.

Eldorado lost a heart-breaker to close out district play on September 25th, falling to the Sonora Broncos 44-42 in double-overtime at Bronco Stadium.

It was the first time the two teams had played since 2005.

Regardless of their records in non-district play, or how they compare against common opponents such as Coahoma, the two teams begin an all new season on Friday.

“Everyone is 0-0 now,” Eagles Head Coach Jon Long said. “This is when it counts.”

Much like the Eagles, Miles players are learning a new system under a new head coach. Coach Jayson Wilhelm, former head coach at Menard and assistant coach here in Eldorado, is leading his first campaign at the helm of the Miles Bulldogs.

Wilhelm said that he and his players are grateful to be playing football and he hopes that everyone’s football team can finish the season because of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the sport.

“The first five weeks were preparation leading up to this week,” Wilhelm said. “We will have to play our best ballgame of the season to give ourselves a chance to win on Friday.”

Meanwhile, Coach Long and his staff are busy preparing the 2020 Warbirds for their district debut against the Bulldogs.

“Miles is a team with confidence. They have won a couple of games and are adjusting to their new offense,” Long said. “They like to run the ball and we have to do a better job stopping the run. This week will be a good challenge for our defense.”

Miles has relied this season on their offensive and defensive lines.

“Their linemen are the strength of their team and we need to come out firing on all cylinders in all three phases of the game,” Coach Long said. “We need to win first down on both sides of the ball, tackle and block and have a great night on special teams.”

For his part, the Miles coach says his team must be prepared because the Eagles can score anytime from anywhere on the field.

“Korbin Covarrubiaz is a very, very good quarterback,” Wilhem said. “You can’t simulate in practice what he is capable of doing on a Friday night.”

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Larry Mitchel Stadium with COVID-19 restrictions being enforced at the stadium.

For those who cannot attend in person, the game will be live-streamed from the press box. Just go online and view at http://bit.ly/Success3d7JyZH