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Team Preview: Eldorado Eagles


2013 Statewide Tour
Coach: Charlie Dotson | Head Coach Since 2007
Offensive Coordinator: Steve Castille| Defensive Coordinator: Danny Harmon/Jim Cleary
In 2012: 6-6, 1-2 in District 2-5A, lost to Las Cruces 55-28 in the 5A Semifinals
Returning starters: Offense: 4 | Defense: 3
Base Set: Offense: Spread | Defense: 3-4
Home Field: Wilson Stadium (7,000)

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The Skinny: The Eldorado Eagles went 6-6 during the 2012 season losing to Las Cruces 55-28 in the 5A Semifinals. The Eagles started the season 3-1, but midseason losses against Rio Rancho, Volcano Vista, La Cueva, and Sandia nearly knocked the Eagles out of the play-offs, until their 32-27 victory over Manzano in a pivotal must win district game. They don't return many, just four on the offense and three on the defense, they also lose their Defensive Coordinator Chris Howe. Danny Harmon along with Jim Cleary will call the defense in 2013, but all eyes should be on the Eagle's offense led by National Recruit Zach Gentry, the Eagles prized 6-foot-6, 228 Class of 2015 Quarterback.

Meet The Eldorado Eagles

Charlie Dotson
Zach Gentry
Manny Garcia
Travis Rutherford
Anthony Schluter
Alek Martinez
Head Coach
6-6, 228
6-1, 170
6-0, 205
6-5, 230
5-8, 150
Year 7
Quarterback
Defensive Back
Linebacker
Offensive Line
Receiver
Craig Buzzard
Matthew Clark
Tim Baca
Ambrose Romero
Chase Crawford
Jonah Mestas
5-7, 160
6-6, 230
5-8, 171
5-7, 180
6-4, 212
5-7, 170
Running Back
Defensive Line
Linebacker
Safety
Offensie Line
Athlete

Season Outlook

Offensive Outlook: The offense starts with Zach Gentry who threw for over 1,500-yards last season as a sophomore despite missing more than four games with nagging growth plate issues. This year, Gentry has bulked up entering summer camp at 228 pounds and while he was absent a the Eagle's practice on Monday, Coach Dotson did not seem to mind being he is college camping at Florida and Arkansas. "Lot of hype, going to a lot of camps this summer, and as coaches it's our job to keep him healthy this year. Great leader and we'll see what he does.

six year win chart
Eldorado is 50-23 under Head Football Coach Charlie Dotson. They reached the State Title Game during the 2008 season.
Year Wins Losses
2012 Season 6 6
2011 Season 8 4
2010 Season 9 3
2009 Season 6 6
2008 Season 12 1
2007 Season 9 3

He had a decent year last year, but not as good as he would of liked. He is going to see eight guys in coverage all season long, so let's see just how good of a quarterback he really is. Hopefully he'll get some support and I think he will, really like the attitude of this group," Commented Head Coach Charlie Dotson on Gentry.

The big question for concern for the Eagles heading into the season on offense is the offensive line support. They return just one starter from the 2012 season. New names like Anthony Schluter at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, 6-foot-4, 212 pound Chase Crawford, along with Cole Babcock who is their center at 6-foot-0, 240 pounds are projected starters. The skill positions are above average, no 6-foot-6 Tyler McCulloch (Eldorado Grad/Three Year Starter At Colorado) at receiver, but they have some very solid route runners that just have to catch the football.

Leading off with play-maker Jonah Mestas who is a three year starter. Solid routes, maybe the best route runner in New Mexico, Alek Martinez who has great hands, Manny Garcia who is a 6-foot-1, 170 pound possession receiver, and Ambrose Romero at 5-foot-7, 180 pounds at the slot position. In the backfield, look for Sophomore Jayce Jackson to continue to emerge as their featured back. Jackson started multiple games as a freshmen last season.

DATE OPPONENT
Aug. 29th @ Atrisco
Sept. 6th Las Cruces
Sept. 12th Albuquerque
Sept. 19th @ Valley
Sept. 27th @ Mayfield
Oct. 11th Rio Rancho
Oct. 17th @ Volcano Vista
Oct. 25th La Cueva
Nov. 1st @ Sandia
Nov. 7th Manzano
Number of play-off teams from 2012 9 = A+ 2013 Schedule

Defensive Outlook: On defense last year, the Eagles allowed 27.75 points per game, which is good and bad considering the schedule they played. They suffer some major losses on the defensive side of the football losing linebacker Patrick Garcia, Defensive End Dez Ravenell, and Defensive Tackle Austin French.

The good is they return a healthy 6-foot-6, 230 pound Matthew Clark who honestly looks like an NFL Football Player practicing with high school kids. Clark who battled some nagging injuries last season had surgery on both knees and is finally inching close to 100%.

Others to watch on the defensive side of the football include: Sean O'Hea at 185 pounds, Josh Ludwigsen at 230 pounds, and Anthony Schluter their 230 pound two-way linemen.

Their linebackers are new names like Travis Rutherford, Tim Baca, and Dominic Fascitelli. Baca looks to be one who can pair up with slot receivers and Rutherford is more of a hybrid linebacker/defensive end, maybe he can fill voids left by some very talented 2013 graduates.

Their secondary will be led by Jonah Mestas, their best overall two-way player. Expect Manuel Garcia to be one of their top defensive coverage backs, and we are also expecting big things from Ambrose Romero at the safety position. There is no question their their defense has a long ways to go, especially with their loaded 2013 season schedule.

eldorado eagle 2013 impact players
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#
Name
Pos
WR
Position
Grad Year
Photo
#11
Zach Gentry
6-6
228
QB
2015
#14
Jonah Mestas
5-7
170
ATH
2014
#8
Manuel Garcia
6-1
170
WR/DB
2014
#2
Travis Rutherford
6-0
205
LB
2014
#54
Matthew Clark
6-6
230
DL
2014
#72
Anthony Schluter
6-5
230
OG
2014
#85
Mitchell Lewis
6-1
175
WR/FS
2014
-
#74
Sean O'Hea
6-1
185
OT
2014
-
#35
Tim Baca
5-8
171
LB
2014
#44
Gannon Lopez
5-10
180
LB
2014
-
#22
Alek Martinez
5-8
150
WR
2014
#21
Craig Buzzard
5-7
160
RB
2015
#26
Tanner Haltoan
6-0
150
DB
2015
-
#32
Dominic Fascitelli
5-3
150
LB
2015
-
#80
Caleb Amberg
6-0
153
WR
2015
-
#51
Cole Babcock
6-0
240
OC
2015
-
#67
Josh Ludwigsen
5-10
230
DT
2015
-
-
Isaiah Martinez
5-11
155
SS
2016
-
-
Nathaniel Garley
6-2
220
DE
2016
-
#23
Ambrose Romero
5-7
180
S/WR
2014
-
Chase Crawford
6-4
212
OL
2014

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