An action-packed week five of high school football wrapped up over the weekend. Check out Football Friday Night on demand to relive the action from last week:
Pebble Hills routs Coronado, 38-25
By Adrian Broaddus
After losing an emotional 6A matchup to Eastwood a few weeks ago, Pebble Hills bounced back with a resounding 38-25 road win at Coronado.
The Spartans took a 28-3 lead to the half, featuring two first half rushing touchdowns by quarterback Gael Ochoa and a 29-yard rushing touchdown by running back Zerian Quarles.
Coronado rallied in the second half after scoring the first two touchdowns in the third quarter and forcing a turnover on defense. Quarterback Owen Levesque, who missed the last two games with an injury, led the comeback efforts for the Thunderbirds by tossing three passing touchdowns in the second half.
However, Pebble Hills overpowered Coronado in the fourth quarter. When Coronado cut the lead to three points (28-25) early in the fourth quarter, Ochoa broke away for a 60-yard rushing touchdown on the next possession for the Spartans. Pebble Hills never looked back and won, 38-25.
Del Valle rides Fuller to a 56-49 win
By Steve Escajeda
Shelton Fuller rushed for 314 yards and scored five touchdowns to help lead the Del Valle Conquistadores to a wild 56-49 victory over the Chapin Huskies Friday night at Conquest Stadium.
Del Valle (4-1) put up a whopping 589 total yards (449 of it on the ground) on the usually stingy Chapin (2-2) defense.
Fuller, a junior, who only carried the ball 11 times, scored on runs of 93, 71, 58, 50 and 14 yards.
The Huskies actually took a 21-14 lead late in the second quarter, but Del Valle answered with three touchdowns in the final 2:28 of the half and never trailed after that.
Juan Archuleta also helped Del Valle’s running game by chipping in 97 yards on 13 carries.
After misconnecting on his first five passes, quarterback Jake Fette rebounded to finish 5-of-11 for 140 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a rushing touchdown that gave Del Valle a two-touchdown lead with 4:05 remaining, sealing the win.
Coming up big for Chapin was Carey Wade, who rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Deveon Singleton added 70 yards on the ground and two scores.
Next Friday, Del Valle will open District 1-5A (div. 1) action at Horizon (1-4) while Chapin will try to regroup when it travels to Irvin (1-4).
Americas blanks Eastlake 17-0
By Brandon Cohn
On paper Eastlake, who was 4-0 coming into their game against a 2-2 Americas squad should have won with ease, right? As my dear friend Adrian Broaddus likes to famously say, “not so fast my friend!!”
The Trailblazers came into their contest on an emotional high fresh off of their huge win at Franklin the previous week and carried their momentum over to their showdown with the Falcons with a relatively easy and dominant win over their district rival.
Americas took a 10-0 lead into the half thanks in part to a couple of Falcon turnovers in the second quarter. Trailblazers’ QB Mark Moore added a beautiful 20-yard touchdown toss to wideout Anthony Miranda Jr. to seal the deal in the second half.
Americas only rushed three for most of the evening, yet were able to completely shut down Falcons signal caller Luke Lomeli. Americas, 3-2, (2-1) 1-6A will play Pebble Hills next week, while Eastlake, 4-1, (2-1) 1-6A will host Socorro next Friday.
Canutillo soars to 37-7 win at Parkland
By Dave Gest
The Canutillo Eagles and longtime head coach Scott Brooks overcame the Parkland Matadors and second-year head coach Leigh McWhorter with a swift 37-7 win.
Canutillo was led by QB Jeremiah Knox who threw for 132 yards with a touchdown and also ran for another 39 and a score. The Eagles ran out of the wildcat with QB Mathew Gasca who rushed for 48 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Canutillo finished with 232 total rushing yards. Junior starting running back Renee Huerta finished with 60 rushing yards along with 35 receiving. Huerta’s backup, Junior Shai Alva dashed for 90 yards of his own, including a 76-yard touchdown. Junior WR/FS David Alvarado finished with 65 receiving yards including a 30-yard touchdown and caught an interception on the other end.
Parkland quarterback Erik Ortiz was held to just 67 yards on the ground and 63 through the air. Running back Anthony Carrillo only amassed 52 yards on the ground.
Canutillo improves to 3-2 and will host Burges (0-5) next week. Parkland falls to 3-2 and will travel to Ysleta (2-3).
Cathedral gets third straight with a 48-34 win over San Elizario
By Jeremy Carranco
The Fighting Irish scored 30 points in the second quarter, never trailing in a convincing 48-34 homecoming win over the Eagles of San Elizario.
Junior quarterback Jose Carlos-Herrera dominated the night for Cathedral, scoring four touchdowns and surpassing over 150 yards both in the air and on the ground.
The Eagles were led by junior Zamar Vargas who ran for 232 yards on the ground and scored five touchdowns in the losing effort. While Vargas dominated on the ground, the Eagles turned the ball over six times, limiting any efforts at a comeback.
Since the departure of sixth-year head coach Chris Crane, Cathedral has yet to lose a game. Crane and the school parted ways two weeks ago following a 17-14 win over Fabens. The school continues not to comment on why Crane left the school, but the team is moving forward and has performed well on the field. Defensive Coordinator Hristo Gonzalez has been interim head coach while the school looks for a new leader.
Next week Cathedral (3-2) will visit Bowie (4-1) and San Elizario (1-3) will host Fabens (2-2).