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Full Standings

Pebble Hills6-10.8572791368-10.8893521493 W
Eastlake5-10.833177996-20.7502111261 L
Eastwood4-10.8002061145-20.7142832154 W
Franklin4-20.6672651415-30.6253281901 L
Americas3-30.5001822003-50.3752252731 W
Montwood2-30.4001981682-50.2862752762 L
El Dorado1-40.2001591953-40.4292142321 L
Coronado0-50.0001092411-60.1431632976 L
Socorro0-50.00072880-70.000153777 L
Chapin2-01.00092153-40.4292041503 W
Canutillo2-01.00080205-20.7141931083 W
Andress1-10.50047562-50.2861182511 L
El Paso1-10.50028424-30.5711661841 W
Burges0-20.0007712-50.286782362 L
Jefferson0-20.00023733-40.4291131973 L
Riverside2-01.00093137-10.8753581722 W
Austin1-01.0004273-40.4291521371 W
Bowie1-01.00028213-40.4291611812 W
Irvin0-20.00028701-70.1251583432 L
San Elizario0-20.00013932-60.2501472202 L

Here are five things to know for this week:

Last night: Pebble Hills 34 - Franklin 14 

In a battle of the top teams in the city, Pebble Hills laid the smackdown on Franklin in their 34-14 victory on Thursday night at the SAC.

Both teams totaled three turnovers offensively, but Franklin's mistakes came during critical possessions. Pebble Hills was able to run the ball on the Cougars, as ATH Jacob Ledesma recorded a pair of touchdowns on the ground, most notably his 30-yard rushing score. Spartans quarterback Gael Ochoa threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Torres and rushed in a touchdown to help out his squad.

But it was their defense, which forced Franklin standout junior Shay Smith to throw three interceptions. Defensive back Dante Alvarez, linebacker Robert Deal Jr. and defensive end Illandel Rosario all contributed with interceptions.

The Spartans scored the first three touchdowns of the game before Franklin scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Smith to wideout Beau Sparks. After the Cougars took an interception and drove it downfield to try and cut it to a one-score game in the third quarter (21-7), Smith tossed his third interception and Pebble Hills scored a touchdown off the turnover, making it 27-7. The Spartans never looked back and won in commanding fashion, 34-14.

The Spartans are now atop the district standings with Eastlake on their radar next week. If Pebble Hills wins, they have a clear path for a share of the district title.

District showdown: Chapin at Canutillo 

What a turnaround of a season it's been for Chapin, who is arguably the hottest team in the city going into Friday's district matchup against Canutillo. However, the Eagles have been red hot as of late, as they brought back their star tailback LJ Martin from an early season injury.

Chapin (3-4, 2-0) made a shift at quarterback to freshman sensation Daveon Singleton (420 passing, 378 rushing, 122 receiving yards), who has created more opportunities for this bunch on offense. He has weapons like wideout Anthony Rivera (242 receiving yards) that he likes to use in the offense.


On the other hand, Canutillo's success has been largely hinged on the availability of Martin (992 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns). Moreover, their defense is tough to beat and players like Eduardo Carrillo (four interceptions) can create turnovers on a game-to-game basis.

Chapin's up-and-coming. Canutillo is already there and a tough opponent for anyone right now.

Prediction: Canutillo 38 - Chapin 10  

Playoffs on the line: El Paso at Burges; Montwood at Eastwood 


For some of the fringe playoff teams, Friday night means everything.

In 6A, we will see Montwood and Eastwood do battle to try and keep playoff hopes alive. Eastwood (5-2, 4-1) is in a solid place going into Friday's game, having recently beat Socorro, 59-7. They are also still in contention to try and earn a share of the district title. Meanwhile, Montwood has been firey this year, holding an upset win against Franklin. However, the Rams recently dropped a 38-35 thriller to Pebble Hills last week. That means Friday's game against the Troopers will be key for the Rams to try and keep playoff hopes alive.

In the 5A ranks, there's a battle for the final playoff spots in 1-5A, and both Burges (2-5, 0-2) and El Paso (4-3, 1-1) are in contention for a playoff berth. The Tigers recently got their quarterback Gerry Chairez back from injury and they are coming off an impressive 21-15 win against Jefferson. Meanwhile, Burges has lost back-to-back to open district play, including their most recent loss to Chapin, 40-7.

Prediction: Eastwood 49 - Montwood 45; El Paso 21 - Burges 20 

Can Bel Air remain perfect when they clash against Parkland? 

There is only one remaining unbeaten team in El Paso: the Bel Air Highlanders. This is their first winning season since 2015 when they finished 6-5. Head coach Eric Scogin has done a nice job improving his squad and Friday's game against Parkland will be their biggest test yet.

Parkland is coming off a tightly contested 20-14 loss to Del Valle. They rock with a balanced offense led by tailback Isaiah Beasley (1,086 yards, seven touchdowns) and wide receiver DJ Crest (432 receiving yards).

Meanwhile, Bel Air is led by quarterback Noah Moreno (1,586 passing yards, seven touchdowns) and wide receiver Christ Davis (859 receiving yards). If the Highlanders can slow down the Parkland run game and find ways to move the ball offensively, they will challenge in an admirable way. As much as Bel Air is improved, Parkland is still probably the second-best team in this district.

Prediction: Parkland 38 - Bel Air 28 

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