Football Friday Night Recap: Week 6 Wrap Up & Podcast
Week six of high school football is in the books. Read up on all the featured games, recaps and view the standings.
Catch up on all of the games and the recaps below by our reporters, and stay tuned for Football Friday Night on demand that will be available Monday wherever you listen to podcasts.
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Franklin 55 - Eastwood 47: Cougars outlast Troopers in a fantastic finish
By Adrian Broaddus
The Franklin Cougars (3-2, 2-0 1-6A) outlasted the Eastwood Troopers (2-3, 0-2) 55-47 in a back-and-forth second half on Friday night.
It was all Cougars in the opening quarter, as they opened up with a 21-0 lead. The Troopers would go on to outscore Franklin 21-7 to close out the half within a touchdown, 28-21. Trooper quarterback Andrew Martinez led a solid drive to begin the second half and he capped it off with an 11-yard touchdown toss to Evan Macias.
Franklin quarterback Cameron Byrd responded to the tying touchdown and led the Cougars on a touchdown drive to take a touchdown lead. Despite a quick Eastwood score, Franklin was able to score on back-to-back-to-back possessions. Eastwood responded all the way up until the end where they stalled on a 4th and long from the Cougar 19 yard line. Franklin ran out the clock and continued their unbeaten streak in district play.
Byrd finished the game 21-for-31 for 291 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, 121 rushing yards and a pair of rushing scores. Senior Miles McWhorter ended the game with 28 carries for 174 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Both Franco Hernandez (131 receiving yards) and Beau Sparks (103 receiving yards, two touchdowns) led the way among the wideouts.
Martinez looked sharp on the evening—26-of-43 for 355 passing yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions, 200 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. Wide receiver Curtis Murillo finished with a whopping 16 catches for 190 receiving yards.
The Cougars enter next week to take on unbeaten Eastlake, while Eastwood falls to winless in 1-6A and faces Montwood next Thursday.
Eastlake 33 - Pebble Hills 14: Eastlake Prevails Over Pebble Hills with Strong Second Half
By Brandon Cohn
The Falcons continued to prove why they are one of the top teams in the city on Friday with a convincing 33-14 win over Pebble Hills at the SAC. Eastlake, (5-0, 2-0 1-6A) played the majority of the game without starting QB Sebastian Rendon as Elijah Uribe took over for him early in the first half.
Pebble Hills struck first when QB Ochoa found Jalile Bost on a 19-YD TD pass with 11:06 left in the opening frame. The Falcons would counter when Uribe scored on a 23-YD keeper to give Eastlake a narrow 7-6 edge over Pebble Hills with 2:36 left in the 1st quarter.
The second quarter got sloppy when there were three combined turnovers, two by Eastlake, (INT & fumble) and a fumble by Pebble Hills. The Spartans would take a 14-7 lead with 1:10 remaining in the first half on a 13-play drive as Ochoa found Torres for the score. A late field goal by the Falcons narrowed the margin to a 14-10 contest in favor of Pebble Hills at the half.
Little did the Spartans know that they were done scoring for this game as Eastlake’s defense stepped up in the second half to shut down the Spartans. It was the Eiljah Uribe show in the second half as the RB/QB ran all over Pebble Hills en route to the victory.
Uribe concluded the game by going 5 for 13 for 112 yards, and had 33 carries for a whopping 224 yards, and two TD’s. Eastlake will head west next week for a showdown with Franklin, while Pebble Hills, (2-3, 1-1 1-6A) will host Socorro.
Canutillo 55 - Bel Air 20: Canutillo’s Martin proves to be too much for Bel Air
By Steve Escajeda
The good news is that the Bel Air Highlanders scored a touchdown with 9:23 left in the first quarter to cut Canutillo’s lead to 7-6. The bad news is that the Eagles went on to score the game’s next 42 points en route to 52-20 victory Friday night.
And as is almost always the case, Canutillo running back L.J. Martin led the way.
The talented junior passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season (1,031) by gaining 212 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
What makes Martin’s night even more special is the fact that his final carry came in the middle of the third period.
Also coming up big for the 5-1 Eagles was quarterback Devon Granados, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more.
Bel Air’s defense could do mothing to stop Canutillo’s relentless rushing attack, which saw four backs gain 60 yards or more. All told, the Eagles pounded out 449 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
Bel Air, which fell to 2-4, was led by receiver Adam Gomez, who caught five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
St. Michael's 27 - Cathedral 15: St. Michael’s (NM) outlasts Cathedral
By Alex Nicholas
The Cathedral Fighting Irish came up short on offense, falling to New Mexico 3A perennial power St. Michael’s from Santa Fe Friday night at Austin High School.
The Horsemen jumped out to a 20-2 halftime lead and piled up 318 total yards of offense in the game to improve to 5-1 on the season.
Zachary Martinez threw 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns both going to Devin Flores who caught nine passes for 92 yards to pace the visitors from Santa Fe.
A balanced offense kept the Irish defense off balance as the Horsemen ran for 153 yards led by running back Daymon Lujan who ran for 108 yards and a pair of scores.
Cathedral would cut the lead to 20-15 heading into the fourth quarter after a pair of rushing touchdowns from Freddy Pirk late in the third quarter. The second score came after the Irish recovered a fumble in St. Michael’s territory.
Lujan’s second touchdown put the game away on the ensuing possession at the 8:30 mark of the fourth quarter as Cathedral struggled to find a rhythm on offense and averaged just 2.5 yards per play on the evening.
Ray Hernandez caught five passes for 121 yards to lead the Irish.
Cathedral falls to 4-2 and will face Chaparral next week.
Burges 55 - Bowie 7: Homecoming fireworks help Burges cruise past Bowie
By Jeremy Carranco
The Burges Mustangs showcased their talent in a big way as they dominated the Bowie Bears 55-7 on Friday night.
Andrew Routledge led the way for the Mustangs with five touchdowns for 232 yards through
the air while Missouri superstar commit Tavorus Jones carried the ball for 220 yards and two
Bowie got it’s lone score of the night with a 38-yard touchdown catch to Daniel Parra from Aaron Ramirez Jr late in the second quarter. Overall, the Bears put up just 172 yards to the
Bowie is now on a 12-game losing streak dating back to 2019.
The Mustangs seem primed to compete for the district 2-5A II crown as they move to 2-0 and 4-2 overall. Their balanced attack is sure to give any defense problems setting up for a must-
watch game against Andress on Oct. 15.
Before then, Burges will have to get past a tough Austin (2-2, 0-1) team next week while Bowie tries to snap it’s long skid at home against Irvin (2-3, 0-1)
Andress 34 - Austin 14: Eagles Run Past Austin
By Jaime Chavez
The Andress Golden Eagles ran their overall record to 4-1 and by defeating the Austin Panthers 34-14 Friday night at Andress. Andress quarterback Elias Duncan threw pair of touchdown passes, 80 and 53 yards to Jeremiah Cooper, and added a 1-yard touchdown run. Duncan was 8-11 for 185 yards, 2 TD's and 1 interception. Cooper intercepted two passes and returned one for a 54-yard score. Teammate Charlies Bass added a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown. Austin's Jayden Wilson had a 73-yard interception return for a TD and Sergio Rodriguez scored on a 4-yard touchdown run late in the contest. Andress improved to 2-0 the District 2-5A Division II standings while Austin (2-3, 0-1) dropped its third game in a row.