The Eldorado Eagles fell behind early against the Coahoma Bulldogs and couldn’t close the gap despite a three touchdown rally late in the game. The Bulldogs claimed the 59-34 victory in front of a small home crowd, reduced in size by the UIL’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, on Friday, September 11, 2020.

The Eagles were poised to take the lead on the first drive of the game after Jason Covarrubiaz caught a pass from Korbin Covarrubiaz and raced 69 yards to the Bulldog 4-yard line before being hauled down from behind. Cooper Meador soared high in the air to catch a pass from Covarrubiaz, but was pushed out of bounds before he could get a toe down in the corner of the end zone.

Eldorado turned the ball over on downs and Coahoma scored on the very next play when Bryson Kerby scored on a 95 yard run.

Coahoma then went on a scoring binge and led 26-0 before Korbin Covarrubiz carried the ball in from 15 yards out on a 4th and five play to put the Eagles on the board. Jonathan McGee added the extra-point to make the score 26-7 in favor of the Bulldogs.

Cooper Meador added a second Eldorado TD later in the quarter when he hauled in a 24-yard pass from Covarrubiaz. McGee again added the extra-point to make the score 26-12 Coahoma.

The Bulldogs went on a second run, scoring 33 points before the Eagles managed another score late in the third quarter. That’s when Korbin Covarrubiaz pulled the ball down on a 1st and 10 play from the Bulldog 18-yard-line and raced around the left side of the defense for a TD. Eldorado’s 2-point conversion try failed, making the score 59-20 at the end of the third stanza.

The Eagles scored two more TDs in the fourth quarter. The first came on a 74-yard pass from Covarrubiaz to Meador. Jonathan McGee’s kick was good and the score stood at 59-27 Coahoma.

Santiago Hernandez closed out the scoring for the Eagles when he took the ball up the middle for an 8-yard TD.

Eldorado managed 422 yards of offense in the game, with much of that coming late in the contest. Korbin Covarrubiaz completed 15 of 28 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns. Cooper Meador caught those two TD passes. He managed 108 yards on four receptions in the game.

Covarrubiaz was also Eldorado’s leading rusher with 79 yards and two TDs on 13 carries.

Defensively, Ernesto Nava recovered a fumble for the Warbirds.

Complete game stats were not available as this story was written. More details and photos will appear in the Thursday, September 17th edition of The Eldorado Success.