Eastwood-El Dorado start off 1-6A play

Two of the strongest looking teams in 1-6A, and in the entire city, meet Thursday night to open 1-6A play.

El Dorado has the top offense in 1-6A, and the Troopers are not far behind.   So expect that shiny new video board at the SAC to be busy on Thursday.

El Dorado quarterback Cedarius Barfield has put up MVP worthy performances so far, and is completing 64 percent of his passes, and is averaging 14.4 yards per carry this season.   El Dorado Wide receiver Jorge Hernandez is averaging 26.8 yards per catch, and is looking like one of the city's top pass catching targets.

Eastwood is dealing with some injury uncertainty at quarterback as up-and-coming star Seth Ochoa will be a game time decision on Thursday.   Ochoa is an important part to Eastwood's offense as he has completed 73 percent of his 70 attempts in three games this year, averaging 290 yards per game so far.

Eastwood boasts a three-deep attack at wide receiver with juniors Robert Minjarez, Evan Graham, and senior Ryan Barnhouse leading the way in terms of total catches and yards for the Troop.

Sophomore running back Noah Rios has also been a key part of Eastwood's dynamic and diverse offensive system which has simply tore up 1-6A defense's since Julio Lopez took over at Eastwood.

An exciting way to open 1-6A district play, expect points, momentum swings, and a district title contender to unfold on Thursday.

Canutillo-Del Valle square off

As top contenders in 6A square off, two legitimate 2-5A contenders highlight Friday's slate.

Canutillo has been solid on defense, and running back Aaron Moya is averaging 147.8 yards per game to help the Eagles get off to a 4-0 start.

Del Valle is using the same formula, a strong running game, a havoc wreaking defense, and experience carried Big Blue to a nice district 2-5A opening win against Ysleta last Friday.

Mistakes will be magnified in this game with both teams coached for sound, and disciplined football which could end up being a major deciding factor between El Paso's most respected programs.

In what could be a wild 2-5A district title race in October, this game has championship implications in just the second week of district 2-5A play.

1-5A key matchups

Andress-El Paso (Thursday)

Andress comes in hoping for good health as their depth has been seriously tested before a single district game is played.  El Paso has a two-headed running attack led by Nicolas Porras, and Shane Rodriguez. 

Both teams can put up points, and will be chasing Chapin for the district crown in October.

Burges-Bowie (Friday)

Bowie is off to a 3-0 start, while Burges is 1-2 after playing two solid opponents in their non-district slate.

These two teams figure to battle for the final 3rd and 4thplayoff spot, and this game could play a factor later in the season.

600 ESPN El Paso Top 6

  1. Eastwood
  2. El Dorado
  3. Chapin
  4. Americas
  5. Canutillo
  6. Eastlake