GETTING THE PARTY STARTED -- Kaden Gonzalez carried the ball into the end zone for Eldorado’s first score of the night as the Eagles defeated the Miles Bulldogs 64-14 on Friday, October 8th in Miles. Gonzalez’s touchdown came on a 34-yard reception  from Korbin Covarrubiaz. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
GETTING THE PARTY STARTED -- Kaden Gonzalez carried the ball into the end zone for Eldorado’s first score of the night as the Eagles defeated the Miles Bulldogs 64-14 on Friday, October 8th in Miles. Gonzalez’s touchdown came on a 34-yard reception from Korbin Covarrubiaz. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Eldorado Eagles opened the District 14-2A schedule with a 64-14 win over the Miles Bulldogs on Friday, October 8th at Gary Krejci Stadium in Miles.

Eldorado notched up 532 yards of offense without incurring a single penalty in the game.

“That was something that we definitely talked about during the open week, cutting out those mental mistakes,” Eagles Head Coach Jon Long said after the game. “I thought we did pretty good with that, so that’s definitely an improvement.”

Korbin Covarrubiaz completed 14 of 20 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

One of those came on a 34-yard strike to Kaden Gonzalez for Eldorado’s first score.

Cooper Meador caught a pair of TD passes, the first one a 74-yard bomb from Covarrubiaz that put the Eagles up 22-7 early in the second quarter.
Meador scored again on a 30-yard pass from Covarrubiaz at the 2:26 mark in the third quarter.

James Kimble was the game’s leading rusher. He carried the ball 12 times for 82 yards and four touchdowns. Covarrubiaz added a rushing touchdowns as the Eagles seemingly moved the ball at will.

The Bulldog defense swarmed to the ball throughout the game, but Eagle runners and receivers refused to go down on contact and it often took three or more defenders to take them to the ground.

“Our guys don’t want to go down and they pull out of tackles, “Long said. “I credit Coach Castleman with a lot of that. He has done a great job with the guys over the last year and the off season as they hit the weight room and prepared their bodies for the season.”

The strength and conditioning seems to have had an effect up front, too, and it was evident in Miles on Friday.

“I think the offensive line took a big step up this week,” Long said. “Those five guys, Braxton Elias, Seth Parker, Mike Adame, Jason Porter and Vinny Pina all did a good job controlling things up front.”

The Eagles defense held the Bulldogs to 14 points, despite the fact that the Miles offensive unit controlled the time of possession and ran 10 more plays than Eldorado.

Santiago Hernandez led the Eagles defensive effort with three solo tackles, six assists and an interception which he returned 51 yards for a touchdown.

Although it’s not counted in the stats as a turnover, the effect was much the same when Marcos Morin recovered an onside kick to open the second half. The Eagles wasted little time taking advantage of the opportunity and James Kimble pounded the ball into the end zone from two yards out to give the Eagles a 34-7 lead.

Kimble ran in his second TD of the night a few minutes later to give Eldorado a 40-7 lead.

Long said he was well pleased with the way his team played against Miles. “I know Korbin is getting a lot of attention right now, and its deserved, but the whole team is playing well on the line and in the backfield – and on both sides of the ball.” Long added.

Interestingly, Miles’ two touchdowns were scored by Carson Ellison, a junior, and Cooper Ellison, a freshmen. They are the grandsons of SCISD Superintendent Robert Gibson, Sr., who served many years as superintendent at Miles.