Football Friday Nights-Week One Coaches Comments and Week One Preview
For the uninitiated, the first week of the UIL Texas high school football schedule is known as zero week. Even thought this is technically the second week of play this is week one. Now that that’s out of the way lets get to the matchups.
Riverside will travel to Hanks in our N3L optics game of the week. Riverside is 1-0, and coming off a decisive 50-21 victory over Eastwood. Hanks went to Abilene and got steamrolled 77-13 by the 2009 state champion Abilene Eagles. Earlier in the week I caught up with both coaches.
Coach Eric Frontz at Riverside couldn’t say enough about his talented senior quarterback Brian Hinojo. According to Frontz, Hinojo is “Like having another coach on the field.”
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Coach Jeff Cleveland at Hanks didn’t want to make excuses for his teams 77-13 loss to Abilene, but said “The score wasn’t indicative of how they played”
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Midland Lee (1-0) @ Coronado (0-1)
Midland Lee blasted Montwood 47-7 last week. Lee coach James Morton is committed to returning the Rebels to their past elite status. Coronado dominated Canutillo for three and a half quarters only to lost 17-10. The T-Birds inexperience showed with costly fourth quarter mistakes.
Rio Rancho Cleveland (1-0) vs. #7 Chapin (0-1) @ Irvin
Cleveland is expected to compete for the New Mexico state championship. A bit part of the reason is quarterback Cole Gautshe. The 6’4″ 210 pounder has already committed to NMSU. Chapin saw their valiant comeback against Mayfield come up one point short when an excessive celebration penalty turned an extra point into a 34 yard try.
El Paso High (1-0) @ Horizon (1-0)
Tiger coach Robert Morales will try and go 2-0 against his old school. The Tigers tames Fabens 38-0 last week. The cardiac Scorpions outlasted Irvin in a 37-34 shootout. Horizon has a dynamic quarterback in Patrick Rossy, while El Paso leans on bruising running back James Saenz.
Carlsbad (1-0) @ #5 Canutillo (1-0)
The Screamin’ Eagles debut their smurf turf against the Caveman of Carlsbad. Canutillo capitalized on all of Coronado’s mistakes to ‘steal’ Brooks Bowl IV 17-10. Carlsbad nipped Roswell 28-24.
#10 Cathedral (1-0) @ #9 Burges (1-0)
Aaron Jones was a one man wrecking crew for the Mustangs last week. Jones rushed three times for 62 yards and a TD. He caught one pass for 49 yards and a TD. He had two kickoff returns for 135 yards, and 12 tackles. Cathedral dominated Parkland 22-6 and will attempt to show the rest of the city they are for real.
Andress (0-1) @ Socorro (0-1)
Andress struggled to move the ball against a staunch Americas defense in last week’s 45-19 loss. Rashad Chisholm could only manage 21 yards on six carries. Chisholm and the Eagles hope Socorro will cure what ails them. The Bulldogs haven’t won a game since October 23, 2009. Socorro didn’t show much life in a 27-0 zero week loss to Del Valle.
Ysleta (0-1) @ Bel Air (0-1)
The Indians hung tough with Austin, but fell 20-7. Bel Air got mauled by Rio Rancho Cleveland 49-12. One of the few bright spots for the Highlanders was Joel Nunez’s 150 yards on 27 carries.
Mountain View (0-1) vs. Austin (1-0) @ Andress
The Lobos had no answer for Burges’ Aaron Jones but only fell to the Mustangs 28-19. Mountain View running back Jesus Flores was a workhorse, running 26 times for 124 yards and a TD. Austin wore down Ysleta 20-7. After two average seasons, Ruben Batista would love to get off to a 2-0 start.
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