WHOA, RIGHT THERE -- Cesar Garcia runs down Blizzards quarterback Alex Salas during Eagles football action last Friday night in Winters. The Blizzards overcame a 3rd down and 20 with time winding down to sustain a drive and keep the Eagles offense off the field, effectively sinking Eldorado’s hopes of coming back from a 26-20 deficit. -- KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
WHOA, RIGHT THERE -- Cesar Garcia runs down Blizzards quarterback Alex Salas during Eagles football action last Friday night in Winters. The Blizzards overcame a 3rd down and 20 with time winding down to sustain a drive and keep the Eagles offense off the field, effectively sinking Eldorado’s hopes of coming back from a 26-20 deficit. -- KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Eldorado Eagles will host the Brackett Tigers on Friday, September 13th as current and former EHS students gather to celebrate Homecoming 2019.

As the Tigers come to town, they will be looking to avenge the 30-19 loss they suffered to Eldorado last year in Brackettville.

And, the Tigers are on a roll, having defeated the Woodsboro Eagles 64-6 in the first game of the season, then dispatching the La Pryor Bulldogs 46-28 just last week.

For their part, the Eagles will be looking to bounce back following a tough 26-20 loss to the Winters Blizzards last week in Winters.

Friday night’s Homecoming game will be the third in a row for the Warbirds in which they take on a team from a larger school. They defeated TLCA (3A Division II) 47-6 in the opening week of the season. Winters and Brackett are both 2A Division I teams while the Eagles play in 2A Division II.

“Brackett is a good football team and their quarterback is a good athlete,” Eagles head football coach Michael Johnson said of the upcoming game.

“They run a spread run-pass option system on offense, and a 3-5-3 on defense. Our kids are extremely excited as they get to play our first home game of the year!

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Larry Mitchel Stadium in Eldorado and everyone is encouraged to come out and support the Eagles.

Eldorado 20 - Winters 26

The Eldorado Eagles, fresh off a 47-6 win over TLCA the week before, went to Winters last week looking for the second consecutive win of the 2019 season.

The Winters Blizzards had a different thoughts on the matter, however, and spent most of the game frustrating the Eagles offensive game plan.

Eldorado turned the ball over three times, once on an Eric Reyes fumble and twice more on Kevan Covarrubiaz interceptions.

“It was a tough loss, but I am extremely proud of how hard our boys fought all the way until the end,” Coach Johnson said after the game. “I told them that I never want to lose, but I would rather this happen to us now than later on down the road.”

Johnson said the Eagles just made too many mistakes and put themselves in tough situations.

Winters double-teamed Korbin Covarrubiaz most of the game and allowed him only one reception for 15 yards. That forced quarterback Kevan Covarrubiaz to look elsewhere, and he was able to connect with Cooper Meador on a 90-yard TD pass. Jonathan McGee kicked the first to his two extra-points to give the Eagles a 7-6 lead at the 7:37 mark in the second quarter.

Winters answered about four minutes later, but missed their second extra-point attempt of the game, giving the Blizzards a 12-7 lead that lasted until the last play of the second half. That’s when Kevan Covarrubiaz, with zeroes showing on the clock, connected with his brother Korbin on a pass that was fumbled into the end zone where Jaakan Jurecek recovered it for a TD. McGee booted through the extra-point to put Eldorado on top 14-12 at the half.

The Blizzards reclaimed the lead in the third quarter on a six-yard ran. Again, the extra-point attempt failed, but Winters still held an 18-14 lead.

And...the Blizzards extended their lead on a five-yard TD run with 3:51 left to play in the contest. This time, the two-point conversion was successful, making the score 26-14 in favor of Winters.

Just over a minute later, Santiago Hernandez gave the Eagles a glimmer of hope when he carried the ball in from five yards out. Eldorado’s two-point try failed, but the Warbirds had pulled to within six points.

Then, with the clock winding down, Winters offensive unit overcame a third down and 20, to ice the game away and claim the 26-20 win.

“We moved the ball well, offensively, but we have got to finish in the red zone and we failed to do that twice,” Coach Johnson said. “Winters worked hard to take away Korbin on the receiving end, and that is pretty much what we expected them to do. Coop and Jaakan did a great job of winning their one-on-one match-ups and catching the ball...and it paid off for them.”

Johnson said the Eagles need to limit their turnovers. “What hurt the most, is how we turned the ball over,” he said. “Every one we committed this week was within three plays of us coming off of a long defensive stand and it put our defense right back on the field...and without good field position.”

The coach went on to say that he was pleased with the way his team continued to work, even in the face of adversity.

“I really did like being in that position and atmosphere early in the season, because it gives you an idea of what your kids are made of.” Johnson said. “I have been a part of teams where when moments get intense, they shut it down...but that definitely wasn’t the case in this game.“

When asked if he had any final thoughts on the game, Coach Johnson commented, “We are just going to simply learn from and correct our mistakes and get ready for Brackett this week.”

Cooper Meador tallied three receptions for 117 yards and a TD. Jaakan Jurecek gained 99 yards on four receptions, including one for 69 yards.

Santiago Hernandez was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 82 yards and a TD on 11 carries.

Kevan Covarrubiaz completed nine of 26 passes for 239 yards and two TDs, while giving up two interceptions.

Eric Reyes was the leading tackler on defense with seven, including two for loss. Jurecek, Meador and Emiliano Hernandez each tallied five stops in the game. Meanwhile, on the take away side of the ledger, Jurecek and Marco Martinez each recovered a fumble for the Warbirds.