High school football playoffs are here!

It's a busy slate of playoff games on Thursday and Friday across the borderland, as teams gear up and get set for the Texas high school football playoffs this week.

Let's take a look at the playoff schedule:

Canutillo (4-6) @ Austin (8-2) - 7 p.m.

Friday (In town games)
Midland Lee (8-2) @ Americas (6-4)
Amarillo (6-4) @ Del Valle (7-2)
Abilene Cooper (5-5) @ Eastwood (7-3)
Midland (4-6) @ Franklin (8-2)
Burges (6-3-1) @ Horizon (5-5)
Irvin (6-4) @ Parkland (9-0-1)
Hanks (5-5) @ Andress (8-2)

Friday (out of town games)

Coronado (7-3) @ Odessa Permian (7-3) 6 p.m.
Pebble Hills (5-5) @ Amarillo Tascosa (7-3) 6 p.m.

Eastlake (5-5) @ Amarillo Caprock (7-3) 6 p.m.
Chapin (4-6) @ Lubbock Coronado (8-2) 6 p.m.

For the 6A slate, Franklin and Midland will revisit their matchup from earlier this year where Franklin stomped on Midland, 63-42, on the road. Since they played Midland in mid-September, Franklin has won eight straight games, including a 5-0 finish and district title in 1-6A. Coronado and Pebble Hills will have tough road trips against Odessa Permian and Amarillo Tascosa, respectively. Americas, interestingly enough, will host Midland Lee, who is coming off a huge upset against Permian last week.

Two of the best in-house matchups will come tomorrow as Amarillo (6-4) takes on Del Valle (7-2) and Abilene Cooper (5-5) travels to Eastwood (7-3). Super 5A district champions Eastwood have won six in a row and wants to make a formidable playoff run this year under the leadership of quarterback Christian Casteneda and running back Noah Rios. After losing improbably to Eastwood, Del Valle has been on a mission to win and they will be tested against the likes of a tough Amarillo squad. The Conquistadors will look for big games from quarterback Raymond Montez and wideout Karch Gardiner.

Parkland's incredible offense under quarterback Gabe Herrera, wideout Khatib Lyles and running back Deion Hankins will hope to make a nice playoff run this season again after going three rounds deep last season. Their first matchup is against Irvin, which will be a good barometer to see just how good Parkland is.

Andress wants to build a playoff run of their own, up against Hanks tomorrow. However, the Eagles haven't been tested since their non-district schedule, so it will take some big games from quarterback Jeremiah Tosky and running back Jalen Joseph in order for them to advance on.

So for now, let the games begin and it's win or go home for El Paso high school football teams!

Click here for full playoff brackets by district and division.


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