Football Friday Nights- Week Three Preview [Video]
There was a time in this city when Andress and Irvin battled for bragging rights in the northeast side of town. The Chapin Huskies may be the newest kid on the block, but they have quickly become perennial contenders for the 1-4A crown.
Andress and Chapin will meet on Friday for at least a share of first place as district play gets underway. Chapin started the season 0-2, but got off the schneid with a 50-20 win last week over Parkland. Andress took a beating from Americas in zero week, but have reeled off two straight convincing wins since.
Looking at the tale of the tape, these two teams are similar on paper. Through three games Chapin has scored 32.6 ppg and allowed 29.6. Andress has averaged 38.6 ppg and allowed 30. Chapin puts it up through the air with greater frequency than Andress, but both teams have workhorse running backs to lean on. Rashad Chisholm has averaged 98 yards in three games for the Eagles. Chapin’s DeAndre Turner-Fults has averaged 137 yards in three games.
Chapin coach Rene Hernandez talked about how battle tested his squad is after opening the season against two of the best teams in New Mexico.
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Andress coach Allan Sepkowitz talked about the win over Horizon and the challenge of trying to defend a team as balanced as Chapin (Warning: the audio gets muffled about 50 seconds in)
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Coronado @ Americas- The T-Birds are in grave danger of starting the season 0-3 if they can’t get the offense going. Through two games, Coronado is averaging just 6.5 ppg. Coronado has a nice running back in Bobby Chacon and should be able to compete with the Trailblazers if they can get some consistency at the quarterback position.
Americas will be looking to rebound after last weeks 28-25 loss to Franklin. There is no doubt coach Patrick Melton will look to give the T-Birds a healthy dose of Jack Fields.
Franklin @ Hanks- The Cougars are flying high after rallying from a 10-0 first quarter deficit to down Americas 28-25. Showing their versatility, the Cougars relied on their ground game against Americas. Look for talented Franklin quarterback Brandon Layne to air it out against a porous Hanks defense.
Hanks scores enough points to compete, but find themselves 0-3 because their defense allows over 50 points a game. Knights coach Jeff Cleveland will go back to the drawing board and try and come up with the right game plan to de-claw the Cougars.
El Paso @ Irvin- The Tigers have been stingy on defense, allowing only 9.3 ppg. After opening the season with a pair of 37-34 losses, the Rockets were finally on the winning end of a shootout, defeating Ysleta 42-35 last week. First year Irvin coach Howard Wells has a dynamic duel threat quarterback in Damonte Parker. Parker will keep the Rockets in every game they play this year.
Canutillo @ Cathedral- Neither of these teams are explosive, but both are efficient. Canutillo’s Shane King isn’t off to the start he was last year, but he is still on pace to rack up close to 1,000 yards. The Irish will rely on running back Michael Sauter to move the chains against the Eagles.
Eastwood @ Bel Air- Despite losing their coach a month before the start of the season, the Troopers find themselves 2-1. Bel Air has a great running back in Joel Nunez, but the defense has failed coach Phil Lopez. Through three games the Highlanders are allowing a whopping 45.6 ppg.
Del Valle vs. Jefferson (Bowie)- On paper the Foxes don’t match up with the Conquistadores, but they still gotta line up and play. Coach Pete at Jefferson will do what he can to move the chains and shorten the game, but Del Valle is notorious for teeing off on inferior opponents.
Mt. View @ Parkland- Parkland is El Paso’s resident Jekyll and Hyde team. As good as they looked in a 14-11 win over Bowie they have looked equally bad against Cathedral and Chapin. Mountain View is winless and limited, but they play hard for four quarters. As inconsistent as the Matadors have been, they may be ripe for the upset.