Football Friday Night: Week Five Preview
Week five of the El Paso high school football scene is already here, as district play starts up for some programs, as well as the conclusion of non-district games for others.
Check out the games slated for this week:
Eastlake (2-2) @ Pebble Hills (3-1)
The Falcons, who are coming off a huge loss to Coronado last week, are hoping to get on the right track before they start district play. But they’ll have a huge task ahead of them as they take on Pebble Hills, who is undefeated in El Paso. Pebble Hills’ lone loss came last week against San Angelo Central on the road.
This one could get out of hand early since Pebble Hills likes to start off hot.
Austin (3-1) @ Andress (2-2)
For our YMCA Game of the Week, Austin will battle it out with Andress in their first game of the district schedule for 2-5A. The Panthers are led by a running back duo in senior Kameron Walker and sophomore William Rodriguez III, who combine for 652 yards on the ground. They’ve won some games by slim margins, like their 14-12 win against Socorro, but hope to upset the highly-favored Andress Eagles.
Andress, on the other end, has been through some harsher adversity. They lost their starting quarterback Dominique Smith earlier this year, with no timetable on his return. The Eagles have relied on their ground game through senior running back Jalen Joseph, who has 272 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Andress is coming off a 31-14 loss to Frenship, so this game between Austin could be a lot closer than expected.
Del Valle (2-1) @ Hanks (3-1)
Hanks has been able to put a lot of points on the board in recent victories, but will they be able to keep up with one of the most explosive offenses throughout the city in Del Valle? Hanks is coming off a big 39-13 win over El Paso High, while Del Valle’s game last week against Hutto was cancelled due to weather.
Franklin (2-2) @ Chapin (1-3)
While Chapin looks to bounce back after losing back-to-back games against Pebble Hills (34-14) and Parkland (53-14), Franklin is hoping to extend their two-game win streak. Franklin’s starting to find an offensive identity through the air and on the ground, but Chapin is looking for any sort of offensive attack by their lead guy ATH Christian McKeever.
Canutillo (2-2) @ Coronado (3-1)
Both teams from the westside of El Paso will square off in their last non-district game of the season. Canutillo’s coming off a loss to Del Valle, while Coronado is trying to extend their three-game winning streak.
Jaime Chavez from last week on Coronado: The Coronado T-Birds improved to 3-1 on the season with a 31-0 shutout of the Eastlake Falcons last Friday night at the Socorro Student Activities Complex. Coronado running back Garrett Slaughter rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries and scored twice on touchdown runs of 61 and 15 yards. As a team, the Thunderbirds rushed for 220 yards. Quarterback quarterback Ben Carney fired a pair of touchdown passes, while Eastlake quarterback Daine Kirtley was under pressure all night as the T-Bird defense sacked him three times. Kirtley was 8-of-13 for 84 yards passing. Falcons running back Anthony Donacio had 75 yards on 15 carries. Eastlake fumbled the ball five times and two of those miscues led to two Coronado scores.
Montwood (2-2) @ Eastwood (1-3)
This could be a trap game for a Montwood team that may have exposed their holes offensively last week in their loss to Odessa High (27-0). Eastwood is able to put points on the board, and after last year’s upset over Montwood, they could surprise the Rams again this year. Expect Montwood head coach Ariel Famaligi to have patched up the problems offensively and the Rams to put up some points of their own.
Ysleta (4-0) @ Bel Air (0-4)
Ysleta’s red-hot start puts them atop the division in 1-5A, but they will face a Bel Air team that is desperate for their first win. Bel Air, although winless, will not be an easy feat for Ysleta on Friday.
Last week from Joe Rodriguez: On homecoming night, the Ysleta Indians (4-0) came back to win in the final 17 seconds of game defeating Bowie 29-28. The game winning score came on a 28-yard TD from Joziah Salazar to Giovanni Martinez. In a game that was full of penalties, the Bowie Bears lead most of the game with a diligent rushing attack and efficient aerial strikes it would seem that they would be the ones responsible for ending the Indian undefeated season.
That would not come to be, as the Indians took possession with just a little bit more than one minute to go in the game and with neither team having any timeouts left. Salazar and Martinez would hook up on a couple of occasions in that final game winning drive to give Ysleta the win.
Other games across the city:
Bowie (2-2) @ El Paso (3-1)
Americas (2-2) @ El Dorado (0-4)
Parkland (3-0-1)@Socorro (0-4)
Santa Teresa@Horizon (2-2)
Riverside (1-3)@Cathedral (0-2)
Irvin (3-1)@Jefferson (0-4)
Andrews (3-1)@Mt. View (3-1)
Anthony (2-2)@San Elizario (2-2)
Tornillo (0-5) @Fabens (2-2)
Clint (0-4)@Chapparal (0-4)