Eagles quarterback Korbin Covarrubiaz sprinted 18 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the night as the Eldorado Eagles took on the Menard Yellowjackets on Friday, November 2nd in Larry Mitchel Stadium. Covarrubiaz ran for two TDs and threw for another in the 48-0 victory.  --  RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
Eagles quarterback Korbin Covarrubiaz sprinted 18 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the night as the Eldorado Eagles took on the Menard Yellowjackets on Friday, November 2nd in Larry Mitchel Stadium. Covarrubiaz ran for two TDs and threw for another in the 48-0 victory. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Eldorado Eagles defeated the Menard Yellowjackets 48-0 Friday, November 2nd, and took over the lead in District 8-2A with one game left to play in the 2018 regular season.

Turnovers and big plays defined the game as the Eagles tallied five takeaways on the night and scored seven touchdowns while holding Menard to 104 yards of total offense.

For their part, the Eagles amassed 480 yards of offense as freshman quarterback Korbin Covarrubiaz threw for one TD and ran for two others. He completed 18 of his 28 passes, including a 65-yard TD bomb to Cesar Garcia that put the Eagles up 33-0 just before the half.

The two teams traded possessions early in the game before The Eagles mounted a scoring drive midway through the first quarter. Covarrubiaz hit Garcia on a long pass then Eric Reyes carried the ball in from six yards out. Reyes also ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Warbirds an 8-0 lead with 5:24 remaining in the opening stanza.

It was a big night for Reyes who rushed for 88 yards and three TDs on 17 carries.

On Menard’s ensuing possession, Jaakan Jurecek intercepted a pass to set the Eagles up in Yellowjacket territory. Covarrubiaz took the ball in from 19 yards out with 3:36 left in the quarter. Reese Faull kicked the extra point to put Eldorado up 15-0.

Defensive lineman Emiliano “Big E” Hernandez scooped up a Menard fumble to end another Yellowjacket drive just before the first quarter expired.

“I was very pleased with our team on Friday. We stressed needing to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and our linemen did a great job of that,” Coach Michael Johnson said after the game. “Big E made a great play early defeating the cut block and then scooping up the fumble. Garrett Hariman and Jack also came up big with some fumble recoveries of their own.”

ELDORADO EAGLES vs MENARD YELLOWJACKETS

Covarrubiaz hit David Barajas on a swing pass in the left flat for a nice gain as the Eagles moved into Menard’s end if the field in the second quarter. Reyes then vaulted over the line for a 1-yard TD with 6:28 left in the half. The 2-point try failed making the score 21-0. 

Covarrubiaz scored on an 18-yard run at the 3:58 mark then lofted a 65-yard TD pass to Garcia to give the Eagles a 33-0 lead at the half.

Reyes raced 14 yards for his third touchdown at the 2:15 mark in the third quarter. The extra point kick was blocked but Barajas picked up the ball and ran it in for the 2-point conversion to make the score 41-0.

Edgar Muniz got the Eagles seventh touchdown on a 1-yard run at the 9:14 mark in the fourth quarter. Cesar Garcia booted the extra point to make the final score 48-0.
Eldorado’s defensive effort was led by Jack Griffin with 11 tackles, two assists and six tackles for loss and Edgar Muniz who tallied six tackles and three assists as the Warbirds shutout the ‘Jackets.

Coach Johnson praised several of his players for stepping up their game, including freshman quarterback Korbin Covarrubiaz, who continues to improve each week. The coach also gave kudos to Elias Luna, Edgar Muniz, Cooper Meador, Jaakan Jureck and Cesar Garcia.

“It is something really special to watch when you have so many different kids making plays every game. It makes you hard to defend and defeat,” the coach said. “Eric Reyes continues to impress me, and I have loved how Marco Martinez has run the ball as well. He is doing a great job of letting the hole develop and then hitting it full speed.”

The win, coupled with Christoval’s loss to Miles leaves the Eagles in sole possession of first place in District 8-2A. A win over the Christoval Cougars on Friday night in Christoval will secure the Warbirds’ first district championship in six years.

“Christoval has some good weapons in Wilcox and Fava and we are going to be keying in on them,” Johnson said. “We are preparing to get after it mentally and physically. We have to be the most physical up front and execute our game plan.”