OPEN FIELD TACKLE -- Cooper Meador brings down Haskell running back Marc Williams as the Eldorado Eagles defeated the Haskell Indians 30-14 on Friday, November 15th at San Angelo Stadium to claim the Bi-District Championship. The Eagles will next face the Wheeler Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 15th at Lobo Stadium in Levelland. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
OPEN FIELD TACKLE -- Cooper Meador brings down Haskell running back Marc Williams as the Eldorado Eagles defeated the Haskell Indians 30-14 on Friday, November 15th at San Angelo Stadium to claim the Bi-District Championship. The Eagles will next face the Wheeler Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 15th at Lobo Stadium in Levelland. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Eldorado Eagles will face the Wheeler Mustangs in the Area Round of the State 2A Playoffs following their 30-14 defeat of the Haskell Indians on Friday, November 15th at San Angelo Stadium.

The Eagles and Mustangs will meet at Lobo Stadium in Levelland. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday, November 22nd and the Eagles will be the home team with Eldorado fans sitting on the west side of the stadium. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. District, senior citizen and THSCA passes will be accepted.

Wheeler enters the game with a 9-2 record. They lost their second game of the season to the Hamlin Pied Pipers by a score of 44-15, before going on a seven game winning streak. The Mustangs lost their final game of the regular season 38-18 to the Wellington Rockets and finished as the runner up in District 5-2A behind Wellington.

The Mustangs defeated the Archer City Wildcats 54-47 in their Bi-District game on Thursday, November 14th to set up the showdown with the Eagles.
“They are a good football team,” Coach Johnson said of the Mustangs. “They like to ground and pound so we will need to do a good job of fitting up the run and tackling. I expect them to play hard and stick to the formula that has brought them this far.”

Everyone is encouraged to make the trip to Levelland to cheer on the Eagles as they look to be the first-ever Eldorado team to advance past the second round of the playoffs. Remember to wear your green and be loud!

Eagles 30 - Haskell 14

The Eldorado Eagles defeated the Haskell Indians for the second time this season to claim the Bi-District crown. The two teams met Friday, November 15th at San Angelo Stadium where four Eagles combined for five rushing touchdowns while holding the Indians to two scores to secure the 30-14 victory.

It was the second time the two teams had met in a six-week span. The Eagles won the first game 35-14 on a neutral field in Winters. Eagles Head Coach Michael Johnson says facing a playoff caliber team a second time can be troublesome.

“That is something that can be very challenging, especially when you go up against a great coach like Hodnett,” Johnson said. “It’s one of those things that they have seen what your about and you have seen what their about, and each of you have to make little tweaks to fix the things from the game earlier in the season. Both your strengths and weaknesses have been exposed in the first game, so adjustments and match-ups are the name of the game.”

Eagles quarterback Kevan Covarrubiaz carried the ball 21 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on a 17-yard run in the first quarter and an 11-yarder in the second. He also completed five of 11 passes for 84 yards and an interception. The pick off came when Covarrubiaz lofted a pass deep on the final play of the first half and, therefore, didn’t hurt the Eagles on the scoreboard.

Santiago Hernandez was Eldorado’s leading rusher with 171 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. 61 of those yards came on a single carry.
Eric Reyes and Elias Luna each scored TDs in the third stanza on runs of four yards and five yards, respectively.

Eldorado got on the scoreboard first when Covarrubiaz carried the ball 17 yards to pay dirt at the 10:14 mark in the first quarter. Jonathan McGee’s kick was blocked and the Eagles led 6-0.

Haskell took its only lead when Logan Brunson ran the ball in from four yards out. Cutter Medford added the extra-point to put the Indians on top 7-6 with 5:51 remaining in the opening quarter.

Eldorado regained the lead for good when Covarrubiaz ran in from 11 yards out at the 11:41 mark in the second quarter. Hoping to make up for the earlier blocked extra-point, the Eagles went for two but failed on the conversion try. Uncharacteristically, the Warbirds failed in all five conversion tries in the game.

“That’s just some preparation that we need to clean up for this next game,” Johnson said of the extra-point problem. “We had a couple of injuries that threw our personnel out of whack on our extra tries. We will be better prepared for that this week.”

Eldorado’s defensive unit played well throughout the game, holding the Indians to 250 yards of total offense. The Eagles also tallied three takeaways on the night. Eric Reyes and Cooper Meador each recovered a fumble while Elias Luna came away with an interception for the second week in a row.

David Barajas was Eldorado’s leading defender with nine total tackles, including one for loss. Meador had four tackles and two assists while Reyes

tallied three tackles, eight assists and a tackle for loss. Jaakan Jurecek, who rolled over an ankle on the game’s opening kickoff, still managed a solo tackle, two assists, a quarterback sack and a tackle for loss.

The injury bug also bit Cooper Meador, who tweaked a shoulder later in the game.

“Those guys are always big contributors. Jaakan hurt his ankle on the opening kickoff and that really limited what he was able to do on Friday, but it was awesome to see Cesar step up big at the tight end position and make a big catch early and some big blocks in the second half. I was very proud of him, Coach Johnson said after the game. “Cooper made a great fourth down catch to keep the chains moving and get us down on the goal line in the third quarter.”

Eric Reyes drove the ball into a scrum near the goal line and managed to inch it into the end zone with 7:56 left in the third quarter to give Eldorado an 18-7 lead over the Indians.

Luna extended the lead to 24-7 on a five-yard TD run at the 1:28 mark in the third stanza.

Haskell added to its score in the fourth quarter when Brunson found the end zone from two-yards out. Medford kicked the extra-point to make the score 24-14 with 9:32 left in the game.

Santiago Hernandez scored the final points of the game on a three-yard run with 5:27 left to play. That gave the Warbirds their 30-14 margin of victory.