SURE HANDS -- Jason Covarrubiaz hauls in a pass from his cousin Korbin Covarrubiaz during first quarter action in the Eagles game with Junction on Friday, November 5th at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado. The Eagles defeated Junction 56-14 and will face the Somerville Yeguas in the Bi-District round of the State 2A Playoffs. That game is slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 11th at Bulldog Stadium in Burnet. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
SURE HANDS -- Jason Covarrubiaz hauls in a pass from his cousin Korbin Covarrubiaz during first quarter action in the Eagles game with Junction on Friday, November 5th at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado. The Eagles defeated Junction 56-14 and will face the Somerville Yeguas in the Bi-District round of the State 2A Playoffs. That game is slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 11th at Bulldog Stadium in Burnet. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

Korbin Covarrubiaz threw for five touchdowns and ran for another as the Eldorado Eagles defeated the Junction Eagles 56-14 on Friday, November 5th at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado.

It was the season-ender for Junction who did not qualify for the playoffs. The Eldorado Eagles, on the other hand closed out the season as the #2 seed from District 14-2A and used the game as a tune-up for the playoffs.

The Eagles received the opening kickoff and wasted no time in driving the length of the field where James Kimble carried the ball in from five yards out to give the Eagles an early 6-0 lead.

Junction scored about five minutes later to tie the game. Tony Kmiec blocked the extra-point kick to prevent the visitors from taking the lead. And, that would be as close as Junction would get, as Eldorado took control of the game.

Cooper Meador hauled in a 32-yard TD pass from Covarrubiaz and Kimble carried in another to give the Warbirds an 18-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Eldorado notched up three more TDs in the second quarter, the final one coming on a 17-yard pass from Covarrubiaz to his cousin Jason Covarrubiaz who crossed the goal line as time expired in the half with the Eagles leading 36-14.

Santiago Hernandez managed to thread his way through Junction’s secondary and was wide open for a 16-yard TD pass from Covarrubiaz to give the Eagles a 42-14 lead in the third stanza.

The Eagles found pay dirt twice in the fourth quarter, first on a three-yard run by Covarrubiaz and the second on a seven-yard carry by Hernandez. Kaden Gonzalez kicked the extra-point after both fourth quarter TDs to make the final score 56-14 in favor of Eldorado.

James Kimble had another stellar night carrying the ball for the Eagles. He gained 130 yards and scored three touchdowns on 22 carries.

Cooper Meador caught only two passes for 67 yards, but took them both in for TDs. Meanwhile, Jason Covarrubiaz caught five balls for 148 yards and a touchdown. Hernandez caught six for 104 yards and a TD and Kaden Gonzalez caught on for three yards and a TD.

Defensively the Eagles made some early adjustments and were able to shut down Junction’s offense for most of the game. 

Cooper Meador was the leading tackler with four solo stops and six assists. Sam Griffin had a big night, too, with three tackles, eight assists and two tackles for loss. Austin Kotsch and Nino Tambunga both had a big night on the defensive side of the ball. So did Kmiec, who filled in as an inside linebacker. He tallied one solo tackle and an amazing 13 assists. 

Coach Long credited the play of his big men on the line for opening holes on the offensive side of the ball, and disrupting Junction’s game plan on the defensive side.

“It was really good that we could get some of our younger players into the game and get them some playing time,” Long said.

He noted that all of the JV players have been playing with the varsity for the past two weeks and will be traveling to Burnet for the playoff game with Somerville on Thursday.

“That’s what you want this time of year. The starters playing well and the younger guys getting to play in game situations,” Long concluded.