Football Friday Night: Five Points Ahead of Week 6
The high school football season is already in week six as teams gear up to try and polish their records for playoff pushes and district title fights. Week six brings some excellent in-town matchups across the Sun City.
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Standings in El Paso
|Pebble Hills||1-0||1.000||29||28||2-2||0.500||109||115||2 W|
|Del Valle||4-1||0.800||176||115||1 W|
|El Dorado||3-3||0.500||183||193||3 W|
|Bel Air||2-3||0.400||146||166||1 L|
|El Paso||1-0||1.000||41||35||1-3||0.250||102||183||1 W|
|Mountain View||3-2||0.600||147||112||1 L|
|San Elizario||0-5||0.000||35||216||5 L|
OCTOBER 1 Schedule
- Pebble Hills (2-2, 1-0) at Eastlake (4-0, 1-0) Brandon Cohn
- Franklin (2-2, 1-0) at Eastwood (2-2, 0-1) Adrian Broaddus
- Austin (2-2, 0-0) at Andress (4-1, 1-0) Jaime Chavez
- Jefferson (3-2, 0-1) at Irvin (2-3, 0-1) Alex Nicholas
- Canutillo (4-1) at Bel Air (2-3) Steve Escajeda
- Chapin (3-2) at Clint (2-3) Joey Penisi
- Ysleta (3-2) at El Paso (1-3, 1-0) Ray Adauto
- Bowie (0-5, 0-1) at Burges (3-2, 1-0) Jeremy Carranco
- Hanks (1-4) at Del Valle (4-1) JD Sursely
- Alpine (1-4) at Riverside (4-1)
- Pecos (3-2) at Mt. View (3-2)
- Tornillo (0-5) at San Elizario (0-5)
- St Michael’s (4-1) at Cathedral (4-1) Austin
- Cobre (1-5) at Anthony (2-3)
- Fabens (1-4) at Lakeview (1-4)
Here are Five Points before kickoff
Thursday Night Rundown
- El Dorado 50 - Parkland 46
- Americas 26 - Socorro 0
Hello El Dorado! The Aztecs continued the streak of wild finishes at the SAC for Thursday games with a game-winning kickoff return for a touchdown. This comes on the heels of last week's insane Pebble Hills finish over Eastwood (29-28), where the Spartans won the game by a late two-point conversion.
Last night, the Aztecs found themselves down 46-43 after Parkland wideout DJ Crest hauled in a touchdown with less than a minute in regulation. Amid four lead changes in a back-and-forth fourth quarter, El Dorado wanted to continue the madness. Aztecs kickoff return specialist Andre Thomas was the savior for El Dorado, returning the kick for a touchdown to win 50-46 in the final seconds.
Suddenly El Dorado is 3-3 heading into league play, while Parkland is probably one of the toughest five-loss team that you'll see in the state.
Game of the Week: Eastlake vs. Pebble Hills
I just mentioned the significant win the Spartans had last week, playing spoiler to an Eastwood squad that had high expectations heading into this district slate. Can Pebble Hills play spoiler two weeks in a row?
They are young, but fiesty. Sophomore quarterback Gael Ochoa has thrown for 669 yards and rushed for 288 with 12 total touchdowns. He's a game-changer. Junior ATH Jacob Ledesma is another difference-maker, totaling 109 rushing yards, 62 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns on the year. Defensively, linebacker Robert Deal (30 total tackles) leads the Spartans. But they will face their biggest test yet.
Eastlake showed their mortality last week as they scraped past Americas (23-14). The Falcons looked virtually unstoppable all the way up to last week, when they appeared more one-dimensional offensively than before. Senior ATH Elijah Uribe took over at quarterback late in the game against Americas and pounded it on the ground for 150 rushing yards. He averages a whopping 200 yards of total offense per game (802 total this year).
Prediction: Eastlake 30 - Pebble Hills 20
Dark Horse Game of the Week: Franklin at Eastwood
Franklin's Cameron Byrd versus Eastwood's Andrew Martinez. This might be the battle of the two best gunslingers in El Paso. The two quarterbacks combine for 2,519 passing yards on the year so far, with Martinez (1,488 yards, 12 touchdowns, five interceptions) edging Byrd (1,031 yards, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions).
This should be a touchdown fest on both sides.
The Cougars are coming off an impressive 49-45 Homecoming win against Montwood to start district play, in which the score looked a lot closer than the game actually was. Eastwood hopes to rebound after their one-point loss to Pebble Hills last week.
Eastwood averages 558 yards per game, while Franklin puts up 457 yards per game. We might see well over 1,000 yards of offense from both of these teams tonight. Turnovers will be key to look at. Eastwood averages one turnover per game and 1.8 takeaways. Franklin hasn't had a fumble this year and only two interceptions, while their defense averages 2.25 takeaways per contest.
Get ready for a lengthy one in east El Paso tonight!
Prediction: Franklin 63 - Eastwood 56
5A Showdown: Austin vs. Andress
Andress boasts the top record in 2-5A-2, but their squad has been hit by the injury bug lately. Iowa State commit ATH Jeremiah Cooper was held out last week due to an ankle injury. Running back Malachi Do is dealing with an injury.
This might mean a mix group of impact players for the Eagles on Friday night. Quarterback Elias Duncan will be asked to do more tonight following his 242 passing, four touchdown performance against Bowie last week (52-22).
The Panthers rely on their physical ground-and-pound game. Junior running back/linebacker Jayden Wilson (564 rushing yards, five touchdowns, 10.8 tackles per game, 13 QB hurries) leads them on both sides of the ball.
Austin is coming off a disgruntling loss to Chapin last week (43-13). The Eagles handled the Huskies earlier this year (42-13). Maybe that means well for Andress in this one. Still, if this is a close game and if the Panthers are able to pull off an upset, this district could be flipped upside down.
Prediction: Andress 20 - Austin 7
Potential playoff contenders? Jefferson at Irvin
The 2020 tri-champs Irvin Rockets laid an egg in a shocking 41-35 double-overtime loss to El Paso High last week. Now Irvin sits at 2-3 with their backs against the wall, needing some wins under their belt in order to be in contention for a playoff spot.
Jefferson has been a pleasant contender in this district thus far. They fought back against Burges last week and ultimately lost, 28-22. The Silver Foxes want to make the playoffs this year and they have talented enough squad to do it. Their stellar quarterback Nathan Alcala has passed for 1,022 yards,13 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Running back Miguel Rubio has 546 on the ground with five touchdowns.
Prediction: Jefferson 28 - Irvin 13