FUMBLE!  Elias Luna (20) stripped the ball from the grasp of Rocksprings running back Christian Montoya (3) as dfensive tackle Emiliano “Big E” Hernandez (75) converges on the play. The ball was recovered by Eagles cornerback Cesar Garcia to set up Eldorado’s first score of the night. The Warbirds cruised to a 42-0 victory  over the Angoras to extend their season record to 7-1 and their district record to 2-0. The Eagles will travel to Menard on Friday, November 1st to take on the Menard Yellowjackets. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
FUMBLE! Elias Luna (20) stripped the ball from the grasp of Rocksprings running back Christian Montoya (3) as dfensive tackle Emiliano “Big E” Hernandez (75) converges on the play. The ball was recovered by Eagles cornerback Cesar Garcia to set up Eldorado’s first score of the night. The Warbirds cruised to a 42-0 victory over the Angoras to extend their season record to 7-1 and their district record to 2-0. The Eagles will travel to Menard on Friday, November 1st to take on the Menard Yellowjackets. -- RANDY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

Santiago Hernandez carried the ball for 59 yards and two touchdowns on Friday, October 18th as the Eldorado Eagles overpowered the Rocksprings Angoras 42-0 and improved their season record to 7-1.

Eagles quarterback Kevin Covarrubiaz also tallied two TDs in the game. He had seven carries for 75 yards and the two scores. Covarrubiaz also completed seven of 11 passes for 96 yards.

“Our kids played hard for four quarters and it payed off,” Eagles Head Coach Michael Johnson said of the game. “ We talk about protecting the house and winning every home game and our seniors have done a great job of taking that seriously. It was also nice to see the fans out firing our kids up despite the cold weather!”

The Angoras won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. They didn’t get far, however, before Elias Luna stripped the football away from Angora quarterback Christian Montoya. Cesar Gacria recovered the loose ball for the Eagles.

Coach Johnson credited defensive coordinator William Robledo for getting the Eagles defense ready for the game and putting them in position to make good plays.

“The Angoras have a four-down mentality on offense, so it kind of changes they way you have to approach the defensive side,” Johnson said. “I thought we tackled well and did a great job of containing their quarterback. He is a shifty kid who makes their offense go.”

The Eagles drove the ball following the fumble recovery with Luna making a big gain to the 1-yard-line. He then pounded his way into the end zone for the first score of the night. Jonathan McGee kicked the extra-point to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 5:36 left to play in the first quarter.

The Eagles next score came in the second quarter when Cooper Meador returned a Rocksprings punt 52 yards for a touchdown. Meador’s path was blocked in the center of the field, so he cut to his right, fended off an Angora tackler with a stiff arm, then sprinted up the sideline for the score. McGee kicked the extra-point and Eldorado led 14-0 at the 6:26 mark in the second stanza.

“It was great to see Cooper take a punt return back for a TD,” Johnson said. “Scoring on special teams and defense is a big deal in momentum swings over the course of a game and it was exciting to see us accomplish that in our first two district games.”

Kevan Covarrubiaz got his first TD of the night on a 1-yard run with 2:28 left to play in the first half. McGee was Mr. Automatic, hitting his third consecutive extra-point to give the Eagles a 21-0 lead going at the half.

It was clear in the first half that the Angoras wanted to keep Eldorado’s offense off the field and they took as much time as possible off the clock. That continued after the intermission, but the Warbirds took advantage of three offensive possessions in the third quarter.

The Eagles received the second half kickoff and wasted no time finding the end zone. Santiago Hernandez carried the ball in from two yards out and McGee added the extra-point to put the Eagles up 28-0 with 10:34 left in the third quarter.

Covarrubiaz sprinted to the goal line from 35 yards out with 7:06 remaining in the third stanza and Hernandez got his second TD of the night on a 5-yard run with 3:48 left in the stanza. McGee made good on both extra-point kicks to give Eldorado its 42-0 margin of victory.

We are extremely excited to be sitting at 2-0 in district after the game with Rocksprings,” Coach Johnson said. “However, I still feel we left a few missed opportunities out their to get more points up on the board.”

The coach said the team still has things that need to be fixed and he pointed to penalties and turnovers as an example.

“We had two big 15-yard penalties early in the game that kept drives alive and an interception that we would love to have back,” Johnson explained. “I wasn’t too upset with those penalties because the effort was there. We just need to clean up the technique to keep it from happening again.”

The Eagles will be traveling to Menard on Friday, November 1st, to take on the Yellowjackets. Menard has tallied two wins this season, defeating Iraan 48-20 and Rocksprings 27-24. The Yellowjackets run a pro-style offense, but have been in a little more open the last few weeks, according to Coach Johnson. He notes that defensively the ‘Jackets offer a 3-4 front.

Everyone is encouraged to make the 51-mile trip to Menard and support the Eagles. Remember to wear your Green and be Loud!