Football Friday Night: Week 2
Our third week of coverage– officially Week Two, according to UIL– opened up district play in 2-4A and set everybody up for the start of district play that kicks off for most next week.
In our N3L Optics Game of the Week, the Del Valle Conquistadores showed that 0-2 start in non-district play was a fluke and they are still the team to beat in 2-4A with a 48-6 dismantling of the normally tough Horizon Scorpions.
The best and closest game of the week had the unusual kickoff of 4 pm at the SAC (a part of a doubleheader), as the visiting Wolforth Frenship Tigers made the comeback and forced overtime before closing out the game with the winning two-point conversion. The Tigers took advantage of an offsides penalty by the El Dorado defense to attempt and score the winner in overtime as the Tigers outlasted the Aztecs by a score of 39-38.
In other games covered by our team of reporters, Montwood traveled to Smithson Valley and were clobbered by the Rangers 55-15. The Franklin kept rolling with their first victory, taking out Andress 52-27. Eastwood young, talented team kept rolling with a 43-7 win and 3-0 start to their season.
The Parkland Matadors used a strong running attack to take out Ysleta 28-12. El Paso High survived a very game Clint Lions squad, 30-20. Bel Air jumped to an early 28-13 lead before holding on for a 34-25 win over Austin. In the second game of the SAC’s doubleheader, Americas trounced Lubbock Monterey 63-35.
In other games we were unable to cover with El Paso-area teams, Bowie beat Mt. View 53-6. Jefferson shellacked Chaparral 37-3. Hanks had an offensive explosion over San Elizario, 70-7. And finally, Alpine took out Fabens 36-14.
Our Greater El Paso Football Showcase offensive player of the game had co-winners this week, with Franklin’s Nick Bingham and Austin’s Ricky Olivas sharing the honors. Bingham had 177 yards on 16 carries with 2 TDs in the win over Andress. Olivas had 286 yards on 27 carries for four TDs in a losing effort over Bel Air.
Our One Source Federal Credit Union Defensive Player of the Game goes to Del Valle’s Jacob Robles, who had a 56 yard interception return for a TD.
Next Week, our N3L Optics game of the week will be Americas @ Coronado (1-5A)
Other games on the schedule:
Burges @ Chapin (1-4A)
Canutillo @ Horizon (2-4A)
Del Valle @ Parkland (2-4A)
Eastlake @ San Elizario (2-4A)
Eastwood @ El Dorado (1-5A)
Montwood @ Bel Air (1-5A)
Riverside @ Ysleta (2-4A)
Franklin @ Socorro, Thursday (1-5A)
Chaparral @ Roswell
Fabens @ Centennial
Mt View vs. Mt View Christian
Santa Teresa @ Gadsden
Bye weeks: Andress, Austin, Bowie, Hanks, Irvin, Jefferson, El Paso High