Week 6: Bowie, Montwood, and Franklin Pick Up Key District Wins
Bowie Snaps Losing Streak to Andress for 5-0 Start
The Bowie Bears snapped a 22-year losing streak to Andress with simple ball control offense and sound defense which has propelled the pride of the South Side to a 5-0 start.
Bowie quarterback German Carrasco was steady completing 13-of-19 passes for 203 yards, and engineered three long, methodical scoring drives that kept the Andress defense off balance.
The Bears’ defense kept the speedy Eagles in check, holding Andress to just 19 points after the Eagles came into Friday’s game averaging 33 points per game.
With their fifth straight win, the Bears appear to be a real deal in District 1-5A passing their first major test on the schedule.
Bowie is currently tied for first place in District 1-5A with defending champ Chapin.
Chapin and Bowie face off in a de facto district title eliminator game Thursday night at Baty-Simang Stadium.
Two-point conversion gamble lifts Franklin over Eastwood
In one of the biggest “upsets” from week six, Franklin stopped an Eastwood two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter for a surprising 2-0 start in District 1-6A.
Surprising, since Franklin stumbled out of the gates to open the season, although playing one of tougher non-district schedules by an El Paso team in recent memory.
Those quality non-district games have seemingly paid off sooner than later for Daren Walker’s club who threw the first blow at Eastwood to set the tone, and have put up more than 40-points for the second-straight district game.
Franklin has one of the districts’ top rushing attacks with running back Seth Dominquez. But quarterback play from senior Kaleb Hatch has been pure quality for the second straight week.
Franklin is now tied with Americas and Montwood for the top spot in 1-6A with 2-0 records. Franklin and Montwood square off next week.
Eastwood drops to 0-2 in district play with back-to-back heartbreaking losses. Eastwood is out of the district title race, but has district title type talent and will be a factor come playoff time.
Eastlake’s offense is rolling
After a slow start by the 2-5A favorite Eastlake Falcons, Thursday’s win against a scrappy Bel Air squad displayed the Falcons high flying offensive capabilities.
Adrian Chavez is fully healthy, and broke two long touchdown runs, and finished with 169 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Keith Tarango-Lopez accounted for five total touchdowns, and ran for 101 yards and threw for another 277. Emilio Rios might be the fastest wide out in the city racking up 134 yards and three touchdowns all of which came on his first three catches of the game.
Bel Air put a legit scare across the Eastlake sideline, but Chavez, and Tarango-Lopez continued to deliver big play after big play.
Watch out for the Falcons who once again have a deep gallery of offensive weapons, and are off to a 3-0 start in district 1-6A.
Montwood grabs thrilling signature win
Montwood quarterback Andrew Fernandez found senior wide out Tury Cepeda for a game winning touchdown in the final seconds to knock off District 1-6A favorite El Dorado in a classic shootout Thursday at the SAC.
Fernandez finished the afternoon with 318 yards passing, also tossing five touchdowns. Running back Evan DeAnda added 181 yards rushing, and two touchdowns.
The Rams weathered a 300-yard passing performance from El Dorado quarterback Cedarius Barfield to stun the Aztecs, all while starting district play 2-0.
Fernandez is a rising 1-6A star along with Cepeda, and future FBS prospect Tyrese Andrus who had five catches for 122 yards on Thursday.
Montwood has now won three straight after two close losses to quality non-district opponents to open the season.
A signature win for the Rams and first year head coach Ariel Famaligi means they will be a weekly factor in the wide open 1-6A race.
Week 6 Game Balls
- Julian Madrid, Coronado, 134 rushing yards, 3 TD’s
- Josh Fields, Americas, 235 rushing yards, 5 TD’s
- Emilio Rios, Eastlake, 134 receiving yards, 3 TD’s
- Keith Tarango-Lopez, 277 passing yards, 101 rushing yards, 5 total TD’s
- Adrian Vasquez, Del Valle, 169 rushing yards, 2 TD’s
- Andrew Fernandez, Montwood, 318 passing yards, 5 TD’s