Canutillo’s Dominance Continues Over District 2-5A Competition
The Canutillo Eagles are like a well oiled machine as they continue to dominate teams throughout the city on a week to week basis. On Friday night the Eagles renewed their long time rivalry with 2-5A foe Del Valle at Conquest Stadium. All of the predictions for this game to be close and competitive flew out the window from the opening snap as Canutillo clicked on all cylinders by cruising to the easy 34-6 win over the Conquistadores.
These two squads hadn't met since 2013 due to the fact that Canutillo spent the past two seasons in District 1-5A. Overall, Del Valle had won four of the past five meetings between the two schools, but this is a much different Eagles team. Clearly the best defensive team in the city, Canutillo has only allowed 37 points through 5 games of the season, and punished Del Valle by sacking QB Raymond Montez 6 times, compiling 3 interceptions, and DB Jose Valenzuela had a pick 6 in the second quarter.
Offensively Canutillo was led by QB Danny Alvarez who went 5 of 11 for 130 yards with 2 TD's, one passing and one rushing. Alvarez also had 9 carries for 60 yards. Workhorse RB Aaron Moya had 16 carries for 156 yards and 2 TD's, while star wide receiver Joseph Paz had 3 receptions for 105 yards and 1 touchdown.
Moya's second touchdown that he scored in the third quarter was one of the more remarkable scores that one could ever witness as he ran right and eluded 3 defenders, changed direction and ran laterally to the left before he avoided two more defenders for the 53 yard trip to the end zone.
Without question Canutillo is one of the most well balanced teams in the city, and the scary thing is that their defense seems to be even better than the team who made it to the final four of the 5A playoffs a couple of seasons ago. Clearly, the sky is the limit for this team.
With the win, Canutillo moves to 5-0, 3-0 in District 2-5A and will host Horizon next Friday. Del Valle is now 2-3, 2-1 in District 2-5A and will face the daunting task of traveling to Parkland to face the Matadors and the nation's leader rusher, Deion Hankins who has 1,469 yards.