Potential playoff teams are beginning to separate themselves as district is really starting to heat up in the Greater El Paso area after six weeks of high school football action is in the books.  Week Five provided us with several exciting games, including two that came down to the closing seconds of the game.

In our N3L Optics Game of the Week, the Montwood- El Dorado matchup proved to be just that.  El Dorado opened up a surprising 21-0 lead in the first quarter and seemed to be in complete control.  However, you can never count out a Chuck Veliz-led team.  Montwood fought back over the final three quarters, scoring 24 unanswered points, and came up with the huge 24-21 victory.  The final score came with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game.

In the other nail-biter, Hanks outlasted Ysleta 21-14.  Hanks jumped out to a 21-6 halftime lead, but the Indian defense shut the Knights out in the second half.  In the final quarter, Ysleta closed within 21-14 before putting together an excellent drive toward the end of the game coming within two yards of scoring what could have been the equalizer.  The Hanks defense made a huge game-sealing stop on fourth down and goal to escape from a very game Ysleta team.

In other games, El Paso outlasted Burges 21-14.  Eastwood pulled away in the fourth quarter after a sluggish start, beating Socorro 29-12.  Coronado won the Westside Bowl 37-21 over Franklin.  Americas trampled Bel Air 63-3.  Chapin ran wild over Bowie 42-7.  Horizon's offense came back to life in trouncing Parkland 47-17.  Canutillo continued to dominate, defeating Riverside 56-14.  Del Valle handily beat San Elizario 62-7.  Irvin shut out Austin 28-0.  Andress took care of business, blowing out Jefferson 51-13.  Cathedral beat Santa Teresa 39-23.  Lordsburg shutdown Tornillo 12-0.  Mountain View dominated Chaparral 34-13.

After Week Five action, here is how the district standings look:


Coronado 3-0

Montwood 2-0

Franklin 2-1

Americas 1-1

El Dorado 1-1

Eastwood 1-2

Socorro 0-2

Bel Air 0-3


Chapin 3-0

Andress 2-0

El Paso 2-0

Bowie 1-1

Irvin 1-1

Austin 0-2

Jefferson 0-2

Burges 0-3


Del Valle 4-0

Canutillo 3-0

Eastlake 3-0

Hanks 2-1

Ysleta 2-2

Horizon 1-2

Parkland 1-3

Riverside 0-4

San Elizario 0-4

Our Greater El Paso Football Showcase Offensive Player of the Week goes to Chapin's Seth Gonzalez.  He was 7 of 11 for 147 yards with two touchdowns and added 132 yards on ten carries for three touchdowns.  His touchdown runs went for 45, 40, and 33 yards.

Our One Source Federal Credit Union Defensive Player of the Week goes to Hanks' Khalil Williams.  He came up with two big interceptions on promising Ysleta drives in helping the Knights to survive a close one over the Indians.

The Week Six schedule looks like this:

Thursday, 10/10

El Paso vs Jefferson @ Bowie (1-4A)

El Dorado vs Socorro @ SAC (1-5A)

Friday, 10/11

San Elizario @ Canutillo (2-4A)

Andress @ Bowie (1-4A)

Irvin @ Burges (1-4A)

Chapin @ Austin (1-4A)

Americas vs Montwood @ SAC (1-5A)

Anthony @ Clint (3-3A)

Fabens @ Fort Stockton (3-3A)

Academia Juarez @ Tornillo

Cathedral @ Chaparral

Hanks @ Del Valle (2-4A)

Eastlake @ Ysleta (2-4A)

Riverside @ Horizon (2-4A)

Pecos @ Mountain View (3-3A)

Byes: Bel Air, Coronado, Eastwood, Franklin, Parkland