Week nine of high school football action in El Paso wrapped up in an exciting fashion. Check out the recaps from reporters below and subscribe to Football Friday Night On Demand to listen to this week's recap edition of the show.

Canutillo outlasts Chapin to earn district lead

By Steve Escajeda

Canutillo quarterback Jeremiah Knox scored on a 20-yard keeper with 1:32 left in the game to give the Eagles a 21-14 win over the Chapin Huskies.

The victory lifted Canutillo to the top of the District 1-5A (div. 1) standings with a 3-0 league mark (6-2 overall). The loss dropped Chapin to 2-1, 5-3 overall.

Knox connecting on 8-of-9 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. He also scored two rushing touchdowns.

His touchdown pass was an 85-yarder to Eduardo Carrillo on the team’s opening drive of the game.

Chapin was led by running duo of RB Carey Wade and QB Daveon Singleton. Wade, before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter after a big hit that left him limping noticeably, had 168 yards on just 11 carries.

Singleton, who completed only three passes, ran for 149 yards and a touchdown.

Chapin came in to game having scored at least 42 points in their last five games. Canutillo’s bend-but-don’t-break defense, which is only allowing 13 points a game, held the Huskies to 25 points under their scoring average.

Next week, Canutillo will be at Jefferson while Chapin will try to rebound against El Paso High.

Pebble Hills Dismantles Franklin 56-14 in key 6A showdown

By Brandon Cohn 

Pebble Hills came into Cougar Stadium in west El Paso on Friday evening attempting to win and maintain the fourth place position in the 1-6A standings. Led by UTEP commit Gael Ochoa the Spartans put on an offensive performance for the ages.

Pebble Hills scored early and often by going up 14-0 in the first quarter as QB Ochoa found his WR Marcus Torres for two touchdowns in the frame. Franklin would narrow the deficit to 14-7 as QB Shay Smith scored on a 56-YD keeper at the 3:31 mark of the first quarter.

That’s as close as the Cougars would get though as Ochoa and company scored on virtually every possession and displayed a picture perfect defensive effort to shut the Cougars down.

Gael Ochoa finished with 327 passing yards, 100 rushing yards and accounted for 6 TD’s. WR Marcus Torres added three touchdown receptions and RB Zereian Quarles rushed for over 100 yards and had scored 3 touchdowns as well.

The Spartans improve to 7-2, (5-2) 1-6A and will host Eastlake next week, while Franklin falls to 5-3, (3-3) 1-6A and will travel to District 1-6A frontrunner Eastwood next week.

Ysleta downs Horizon, 41-7, in district matchup 

By Angel Torres 

The Ysleta Indians defeated the Horizon Scorpions 41-7 behind standout performances by both junior quarterback Evan Martinez and sophomore running back Michael Castro. Martinez missed Ysleta’s upset win over division foe Bel-Air because of an injury. In his return, he was able to throw for two touchdown passes while running for another in the first half.

The second half was the Michael Castro show as the sophomore rushed for a career high three touchdowns. Ysleta was in full control by halftime so churning first downs while keeping the clock ticking allowed Head Coach Joe Martinez to get his squad back to the .500 mark. Ysleta now sits with 4-4 record but more importantly, they sit at 2-1 in the division with two games left to play.

Horizon has now dropped seven straight games after shutting out Jefferson High School in week one. Scorpions quarterback Robert Rodriguez was able to keep his offense moving in the first half, but untimely turnovers proved too daunting to overcome.

Ysleta will host Del Valle next week in a game that will have massive implications while Horizon travels to visit Bel Air, who also have hopes on a division crown.

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Gallery Credit: Zay Galindo

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