SHOVEL PASS -- Eagles quarterback Jason Covarrubiaz scrambles away from defenders in the second quarter and launches a shovel pass to Mario Arispe who managed to gather in the ball and keep his feet in bounds for the catch. Eldorado was hosting the San Saba Armadillos on Friday, September 16th at Larry Mitchel Stadium. San Saba claimed a 26-0 win. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
SHOVEL PASS -- Eagles quarterback Jason Covarrubiaz scrambles away from defenders in the second quarter and launches a shovel pass to Mario Arispe who managed to gather in the ball and keep his feet in bounds for the catch. Eldorado was hosting the San Saba Armadillos on Friday, September 16th at Larry Mitchel Stadium. San Saba claimed a 26-0 win. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

It was another tough night for the Eldorado Eagles as they hosted the San Saba Armadillos on Friday, September 16th at Larry Mitchel Stadium. The Warbirds’ offense couldn’t gain any traction as San Saba scored four times, once in each of the four quarters, on the way to a 26-0 win.

With five Eagles starters out of the game, members of the JV squad were called up and saw action in the contest.

The Armadillos’ fist score came early in the game when they found the end zone on a 26-yard pass from senior quarterback Lance Taylor. The extra-point was good making the score 7-0 at 11:03 in the first quarter.

The Eagles managed only 134 yards of total offense, but there were bright spots on that side of the ball for the Warbirds. Jason Covarrubiaz completed passes to an assortment of players, including a pair to Marcos Morin. Covarrubiaz found Aizik Soto on a 15-yard shovel pass that saw Soto get two feet down before going out of bounds at the six yard line. Offensive lineman Ernesto Nava also got in on the act, hauling in a tipped pass and taking it for a 10-yard gain.

Defensively, Nava, Morin, Paul Luna and Tony Kmiec were the leading tacklers. Sam Griffin forced a fumble for the Eagles that was recovered by Morin. And, Morin was named Player of the Game by the Eagles coaching staff.

After San Saba scored early, the game seem to reach an equilibrium for most of the first half with both teams moving the ball, but neither managing to score. The Armadillos broke the drought with 4:40 remaining in the half when quarterback Lance Taylor found Tyler Johnson for a 10 yd pass. The extra-point try failed and San Saba carried a 13-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Armadillos managed two more scores in the game. The first came on a 5-yard run with 5:19 to play in the third stanza. San Saba rounded out the scoring on a 14-yard TD pass with 6:10 remaining in the game.

The loss gives the Eagles a 1-3 season record as they head into district play. But, the Warbirds will have to wait a week to see action in District 5-2A-II. The game slated for Saturday, September 24th with the Midland TLCA Eagles has been canceled. Eagles head coach Chad Tutle said Tuesday that Midland had forfeited the game.

Midland TLCA’s forfeit will count as a 1-0 victory for the Warbirds.

Midland is one of three schools in District 5-2A-II that have moved up from 6-man football last year to 11-man this year. They had forfeited a game earlier in the season against Roscoe when they didn’t have enough players to take the field.

So, Eldorado’s next action will come on Friday, September 30th when they host the Water Valley Wildcats at Larry Mitchel Stadium as Eldorado High School celebrates its Homecoming 2022.

Water Valley is another of the teams in 5-2A-II moving up from 6-man. The other is Sterling City. Eldorado will host the Sterling City Eagles in the final game of the regular season on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.