Well, football is officially back.  Better than that, high school football is back.  That means the return of another season of Football Friday Night on 600 ESPN El Paso.  The season kicked off with Zero Week-- as it is recognized by UIL-- and there were a lot of intriguing matchups to begin the season.

Our crew of reporters is back for another exciting year of covering our local football programs.  We have a new host, as Mark Miller moves into the studio from many years as a reporter.  We have some new faces as well with the additions of Joey Pennisi, Bill Coon, and Russ Bannister. Coming back to our crew of reporters are Joe Rodriguez, Jaime Chavez, Steve Escajeda, Brandon Cohn, Paul McKinnon, and Chris Babcock.  Also returning to the studio to provide analysis of all the games, Coach Tony Grijalva.  And after a few years away, Ray Adauto returns as one of our reporters this year.

We kick off the year with our N3L Optics Game of the Week, which pitted the Hanks Knights and the Andress Eagles.  This was a closely contested match for a half before Andress turned it up and pulled for the 43-28 victory.

The San Angelo Central-Franklin game resembled more of a basketball score as the teams combined for 126 points in Central's 71-55 victory.

A new star may have been made at Riverfront Stadium on Friday, as sophomore Mark Torrez led the Eastwood Troopers to a decisive 36-14 win over the Riverside Rangers.

Horizon decimated Austin High by a score of 65-35.

Bowie just needed a strong first half to walk away with a big 28-7 victory over Ysleta.

Parkland simply dominated El Paso High to the tune of 33-7.

Same for Burges over Clint, 29-7.

Irvin scored two first half touchdowns and held for a 13-0 shutout of Mt. View.

El Dorado travelled to the Field of Dreams and took a tough loss versus Las Cruces Mayfield, 17-14.

In other games, Canutillo lost a close one to Wolfforth Frenship, 14-7.  Americas ran out of gas in Midland, as Midland High won 41-23.  Coronado was dominated by Midland Lee, 48-21.  Socorro survived a close game against Jefferson, 18-16.  And the biggest story of the week, Montwood travelled to Odessa and defeated the Permian Panthers 21-17.

The Offensive player of the week was Sophomore QB Mark Torrez from Eastwood.  Torrez was 13-19 for 285 yards with 4 TDs.

The Defensive player of the week was a team award this week and went to the Irvin High defense, the only team to hold their opponent to zero points.