Football Friday Night is back, as district play continues for 6A and non-district wraps up for other districts.

Football Friday Night is back for another season with Beau Bagley and Paul Mackinnon calling the action every Friday night, with all of our reporters at each game in the city. This Friday, the pregame show will kick off at 5:30 during SportsTalk, and the guys will be back for the postgame recap after the Chihuahuas broadcast. See scores in real time by seeing our scoreboard powered by Scorestream, or by visiting our 600 ESPN El Paso Twitter page.

Week 4 Reporter Schedule

  • Franklin (2-1, 1-0) at Americas (1-2, 1-0) 4 pm
  • Canutillo (2-1) at Del Valle (2-1) Brandon (GOTW)
  • Eastlake (3-0, 1-0) at Coronado (1-2, 0-1) Adrian
  • Chapin (0-2) at Parkland (2-1) Jaime
  • Clint (1-2) at Bel Air (3-0) Steve
  • Jefferson (2-1) at Bowie (1-2) JD
  • Austin (0-3) at Hanks (2-1) Bill
  • Mt View (2-1) at Irvin (0-3) Dave
  • Ysleta (1-2) at Burges (0-3) Russ
  • Montwood (0-3) at Socorro (0-3) JoeRod
  • Andress (1-2) at Horizon (0-3)
  • San Elizario (0-3) at Tornillo (0-3)
  • Cathedral (1-2) at Anthony (2-1)

Full Standings

Pebble Hills2-01.00075444-01.000148574 W
Eastlake1-01.00024102-10.66758371 W
Franklin1-01.00057232-10.667120722 W
Americas1-01.00040371-20.333831101 W
Montwood0-10.00037400-30.0001141483 L
Eastwood0-10.00022401-20.333991411 L
Coronado0-10.00023571-20.333771132 L
El Dorado0-20.00032592-20.50087962 L
Socorro0-00.000000-20.0008892 L
* Denotes district data.
Bel Air3-01.000157213 W
Parkland2-10.66763492 W
Del Valle2-10.667113631 W
Hanks2-10.667143751 W
Ysleta1-20.3331051021 W
Horizon0-30.00042833 L
El Paso3-01.000111673 W
Canutillo2-10.66771432 W
Jefferson2-10.66766751 L
Chapin0-20.00030542 L
Andress0-30.000271133 L
Burges0-30.000201373 L
1-4A Division I W-LPct.PFPAStrk
Riverside3-01.000151693 W
Bowie1-20.333721091 L
Austin0-30.00022623 L
San Elizario0-30.00030793 L
Irvin0-30.000561573 L

In last night's contest, the Aztecs took the early 7-0 lead before the Spartans rallied with two touchdowns to lead 13-7 at the half. But it was the Pebble Hills running game that stifled El Dorado. ATH Jacob Ledesma and running back Sam Chacon combined for three rushing touchdowns in the game. Quarterback Gael Ochoa was able to flash his talents and he hit wideout Jalile Bost for a 22-yard touchdown in the first half.

Give El Dorado credit too. They have played two tough opponents out of 6A to start—Eastlake and Pebble Hills—and they could be in contention for a playoff spot in this deep district.

Game of the week: Canutillo at Del Valle 

The matchup between the Eagles and Conquistadores will remind football fans of the amazing overtime battle from last year, in which Canutillo pulled out a 34-27 overtime win against Del Valle. In that game, there were 21 points combined from the first quarter through the third, and 34 points combined in the fourth quarter alone.

This time around, there are familiar faces on both sides of the ball. Canutillo is led by standout running back LJ Martin, who has 546 rushing yards and six total touchdowns early on this season. Del Valle relies on senior quarterback Jesse Ramos to lead their offense, as he has put up 654 passing yards and two passing touchdowns through three games thus far.

Del Valle is coming off a commanding 44-13 win at Andress, while Canutillo stomped Austin 35-0 last week. Both teams have a mutual loss against Pebble Hills. This one is about as even as it can get on paper.

Prediction: Canutillo 28 - Del Valle 24 

District 1-6A showdown: Franklin vs. Americas

Despite a largely back-and-forth matchup between Americas and Montwood last week, the Trailblazer defense stepped up with four total interceptions against the Rams to open the 1-6A slate with a 40-37 win last week. Quarterback Mark Moore rushed for 200 yards against the Rams in the win. The question is, will the young Americas squad be ready for a tough task in Franklin?

The Cougars never looked back in their 57-23 drubbing against Coronado last week. Give credit to emerging quarterback Shay Smith, who finished 21-of-28 through the air for 307 passing yards and five touchdowns. The junior recently was offered by the likes of Houston and Utah, while already holding offers from Texas Tech and UTEP. Wide receiver Beau Sparks is his go-to guy, as he's coming off a 10-catch, 144-yard and three-touchdown performance against Coronado.

It will be the Franklin passing game versus the talented Americas secondary.

Prediction: Franklin 42 - Americas 30

Here comes Parkland! 

Following their week one upset loss to El Dorado, the Parkland Matadors might have found their groove early on in the season. They had no issues in their 27-7 win last week against Burges. They fought hard in a tightly contested 9-7 win against Austin in week two. Now, they've won two consecutive games going into their home contest against a winless Chapin team.

Running back Isiah Beasley was the star last week, rushing for 245 yards on 40 attempts, along with a pair of touchdowns. Chapin wideout Savion Jordan leads them with 86 receiving yards per game and totals two touchdowns thus far.

The Huskies need to try and get momentum under their belt ahead of a tough district slate, but it might not be this week against a Parkland squad that might have found their swagger.

Prediction: Parkland 21 - Chapin 13

Riverside ATH Angel "Speedy" Munoz has been unleashed 

Last week, I had an opportunity to watch Angel Munoz star for Riverside in their 42-14 win at Jefferson, and to say I was impressed was an understatement. In the game, Munoz lined up at quarterback, receiver, running back, safety, kicker and was their return specialist. He finished with 138 passing, 135 rushing, eight tackles, an interception and two touchdowns.

After the stellar showing against Jefferson, Munoz received his third FBS offer from NM State. He also has offers from Army and Navy.

This week, the Rangers have a tough matchup on the road against a 3-1 Alamogordo team. The Tigers are very balanced, averaging 110 passing yards and 148 rushing yards per game. Let's see if the Rangers can remain unbeaten on the season with their standout quarterback.

Prediction: Riverside 45 - Alamogordo 42 

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