MAKING THEM MISS -- Santiago Hernandez cuts to his left and accelerates away from the pursuit on Friday, September 27th, as the Eldorado Eagles cruised to a 62-32 victory over the McCamey Badgers at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado. Hernandez was the Eagles leading rusher with 93 yards on 17 carries. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
MAKING THEM MISS -- Santiago Hernandez cuts to his left and accelerates away from the pursuit on Friday, September 27th, as the Eldorado Eagles cruised to a 62-32 victory over the McCamey Badgers at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado. Hernandez was the Eagles leading rusher with 93 yards on 17 carries. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Eldorado Eagles defeated the McCamey Badgers 62-32 Friday night, September 27th, at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado. The Warbirds attacked the Badgers on the ground, through the air, and with back-breaking defensive plays, including three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

“Defensively, we did a great job of taking the ball away and stopping the run,” Eagles head coach Michael Johnson said following the game. “It was the first time this year that we have scored on defense, and that is a big deal! Edgar (Muniz), James (Kimble), and David (Barajas) all came up big with interceptions at the right time.”

Eagles quarterback Kevan Covarrubiaz, ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Eldorado spread the ball around and kept the Badgers guessing. Covarrubiaz also ran in a 2-point conversion in the second stanza.

“ I thought Kevan played outstanding this week. He did a great job of going through his reads, not forcing anything, and then using his legs to make plays when the throws weren’t there,” Coach Johnson said. “He had two or three throws that he missed on, but overall he put the ball right where it needed to be at the right time. We just have to finish those catches in traffic, and I know that we will, because we have a great group of receivers.”

Eric Reyes ran for a pair of TDs, including a 72-yard sprint that left McCamey defenders gassed and gasping for air.

Edgar Muniz, also scored a pair of touchdowns on the night. His first at the 3:35 mark in the second quarter when McCamey’s quarterback threw into a crowd. Muniz picked off the pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown. His second TD of the night came on a 13-yard run to close out scoring for the Eagles with 4:19 left to play.

James Kimble also had a pick-6 in the game. It came at the 4:59 mark in the third quarter after a McCamey receiver tipped the ball into the air. Kimble plucked the ball out of the air and took it back 39 yards for the score.

Jaakan Jurecek hauled in a deep pass from Covarrubiaz for Eldorado’s first score of the night. It came at the 9:51 mark in the first quarter when the Eagles QB, surrounded by McCamey defenders, launched the ball on a high trajectory. It came down at a steep angle and dropped into Jurecek’s waiting arms. All told, the pass, catch and run covered 51 yards. Reese Faull added the extra-point, the Eagles had the lead, and would never relinquish it.

ELDORADO EAGLES ACTION

Faull was successful on six of eight extra-point attempts, as he filled in for Jonathan McGee who missed the McCamey game. Cesar Garcia handled punting duties for the Warbirds and Coach Johnson spoke well of both kickers. “I thought that Cesar and Reese both did an outstanding job in the kicking game,” he said.

Elias Luna also found paydirt, scoring the Eagles second TD of the night on a five-yard run with 5:04 remaining in the opening quarter.

Santiago Hernandez gained 93 yards on 17 carries while Reyes gained carried the ball seven times for 92 yards and a pair of TDS. Elias Luna carried the ball five times for 65 yards and a TD while Covarrubiaz had 11 carries for 54 yards and two TDs. Muniz carried the ball twice for a total of 13 yards and one TD.

“Santiago has been the guy defenses have been trying to stop the last couple of weeks, so it was awesome to see Eric, Elias, and Edgar all find the end zone,” Johnson said. “ It makes our offense that much harder to defend when you have multiple guys who can run the ball well.”

Jurecek caught five passes for 73 yards and a TD while Korbin Covarrubiaz gained 32 yards on six receptions. Cesar Garcia hauled in one pass for seven yards.

Defensively, Reyes tallied three tackles, three assists, a tackle for loss and a quarterback sack. Jurecek managed two solo tackles, three assists, a tackle for loss and a QB sack. Emiliano “Big E” Hernandez recorded a solo tackle, two assists and a tackle for loss. In all, fourteen Eagle defenders tallied stops in the game.

“Our run defense was definitely the best it’s been all year. Anytime you can force a team to be one-dimensional on offense, you tip the scales in your favor just a bit,” Johnson said after the game. “McCamey came into the game running about 65 percent of the time, but they only ran about 25 percent against us. So I was proud of how our defense executed and took away what they wanted to do, and then adjusted to play the pass when they broke all their tendencies.”

The Eagles amassed 428 yards of total offense on the night while McCamey managed 360.

“Offensively it was the first time since week-one that we didn’t turn the ball over, which was great to see. However, we’ve got to do a better job of finishing catches late in games to keep the chains moving,” Johnson said. “That was the thing that I told the kids we need to clean up the most. Our O-line did a great job in the trenches of pass protecting and run blocking and our backs did a great job hitting the hole and finishing off runs.”

“Overall I was proud of how hard our team fought,” Johnson added. “ We have a few things that we need to clean up, but I felt we made big plays in all three phases of the game that helped contribute to putting up a lot of points.”

The win gives the Eagles a 4-1 record. McCamey now has 2-3 record, having also lost to Coahoma and Crane while defeating Seymour and Reagan County.

Eldorado will travel to Winters for a rare Thursday night game with the Haskell Indians on Thursday, October 3rd in a non-district contest. The game became necessary when the Irion County Hornets dropped moved down to play six-man football this year and dropped out of District 8-2A.

It was the Haskell Indians who ended Eldorado’s season last year with a 26-22 decision at San Angelo Stadium. The Indians have a 2-3 record this season. They posted wins over the Peaster Greyhounds (14-13) and the Quanah Indians (32-24). Haskell lost to the Brady Bulldogs (59-24), the Stamford Bulldogs (39-14) and the Lubbock Christian Eagles (52-13).

“Haskell has a good football team. They have played a pretty tough schedule so far so their record doesn’t really do them justice,” Johnson said. “I know that our kids and coaches are fired up to play them this week because they beat us last year in the playoffs. It will be fun to get out there and get after it this Thursday in Winters!”

The game will start 30-minutes earlier than normal with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. and the Eagles will be on the visitor’s side of the field in Blizzard Stadium. Remember, the game will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 3rd in Winters. Be there, be loud, and wear your GREEN!