Football Friday Night Week Two: Schedule, Scores and 5 Storylines to Follow
High school football week two is here in El Paso, as non-district matchups continue with in town and cross-district games.
Follow 600 ESPN El Paso all evening for live scoring updates of all the scheduled games. Paul MacKinnon is back with Beau Bagley as our hosts for the season and they will get things started at 6 p.m. tonight with a special pregame show ahead of Chihuahuas baseball. After the Chihuahuas game, we will have the recap edition of Football Friday Night.
- 600 ESPN El Paso Reporter Schedule
- Central (0-1) at Montwood (0-1) 4 pm
- Pebble Hills (1-0) at Del Valle (1-0) Brandon Cohn (GOTW)
- Coronado (1-0) at Canutillo (0-1) Adrian Broaddus
- El Dorado (0-1) at Chapin (0-1) Steve Escajeda
- Las Cruces (0-2) at Eastwood (0-1) Jeremy Carranco
- Franklin (1-0) at Andress (0-1) Zay Galindo
- Parkland (1-0) at Austin (0-1) Jerry Alvarez
- El Paso (0-1) at Hanks (1-0) JD Sursley
- Riverside (0-1) at Burges (0-1) Adrian Telas
- Socorro (0-1) at Bel Air (1-0) Joey Pennisi
- Irvin(0-1) at Jeff (0-1) Russ Bannister
- Rio Rancho (1-1) at Eastlake (1-0) Dave Gest (7:30)
Last night: Odessa 22 - Americas 20
On Thursday night, a back-and-forth thriller between Odessa and Americas led to a heartbreaking finish for the home team at the SISD Student Activities Complex.
According to our own Paul MacKinnon, Odessa, trailing 20-19, threw a pass to about the 20-yard line with under 10 seconds to go. Once the clock restarted, Americas took a timeout to get organized with under five seconds left. The timeout allowed Odessa to trot their field goal unit onto the field and Aidric Rivera nailed a 37-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.
The Trailblazers fought hard against a tough Odessa squad all night. The Bronchos led 13-0 at halftime. Credit players like Omarion Dumas (64-yard rush in the third quarter) and Cam'ron Johnson (10 yard rushing touchdown) for helping the Trailblazers march back in the second half. Plus, an interception by safety Alexander Ortiz helped set the Trailblazers up for a go-ahead touchdown.
Up next, Americas (1-1) opens up district 1-6A play against Montwood next Friday.
915 Tours Game of the Week: Pebble Hills at Del Valle
Last year, the Spartans routed Del Valle with a swift 50-13 beatdown in their non-district matchup. This time around, Del Valle is more experienced and has improved their overall talent going into this week's game of the week.
Pebble Hills (1-0) squeezed by Canutillo in last week's opener, 24-21. Senior quarterback and UTEP commit Gael Ochoa totaled 255 yards against the Eagles in the win, featuring a pair of rushing scores. They will use a balanced attack with running back Zereian Quarles (135 rushing & 1 touchdown vs. Canutillo) against the Conquistadores.
Del Valle (1-0) looked dominant in their 65-27 win over Burges last week. They will debut a new quarterback this season in sophomore Jake Fette, who threw for a trio of passing touchdowns against the Mustangs last week. Running back Juan Archuleta and ATH Shelton Fuller will be go-to targets on Friday in this matchup.
Prediction: Pebble Hills 42 - Del Valle 31
Dark horse game of the night: Coronado at Canutillo
Even though Canutillo (0-1) is without one of their top players Eddie Carrillo (injury), the Eagles looked impressive in a tight three-point loss to Pebble Hills last week. They will hope to bounce back in a home opener against Coronado (1-0).
The Eagles received strong production last week from their run game led by Rene Huerta (86 yards). Quarterback Jeremiah Knox is a playmaker, coming off a game in which he threw for 160 passing yards and rushed for 49 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Their stifling defense is the identity of the Eagles and they saw promising production last week from guys like linebacker TJ Locklin, safety Nathan Orduno and safety David Alvarado.
The Thunderbirds also impressed in their opening week with a 17-13 win against Chapin. We knew the talent that guys like quarterback Owen Levesque (113 yards passing, two touchdowns) and ATH Blake Randag (79 receiving yards). However, sophomore wideout Ben Wilson (two touchdowns) was the most surprising addition to this year's squad and he looks to be an impact player for the T-Birds.
Prediction: Canutillo 20 - Coronado 7
Out of town teams come to the 915: San Angelo Central vs. Montwood; Rio Rancho (NM) vs. Eastlake
Following a 34-27 loss to Killeen Shoemaker, San Angelo Central (0-1) travels to El Paso to face Montwood in what should be an entertaining game at the SAC. Montwood (0-1) struggled in their season-opening loss to Midland High, 39-7, and hopes to bounce back this week at home. Still, the Rams have firepower in their skill position groups to put up points and redeem themselves from last week.
As part of the second game at the SAC in the doubleheader, Eastlake will host New Mexico's Rio Rancho Cleveland on Friday night. Rio Rancho and Eastlake beat their respective opponents last week by a combined 73-26, including a Falcon 33-0 shutout win at Andress. The Falcons are led by quarterback Luke Lomeli (164 passing yards) and running back Julius Acosta (84 yards rushing).
Predictions: San Angelo 41 - Montwood 31; Eastlake 28 - Rio Rancho Cleveland 27
Look ahead: Eastwood vs. Pebble Hills
In what could be the game of the year in 1-6A, I'm already chomping at the bit at Eastwood-Pebble Hills. The Eastwood squad fell to Texas power Southlake Carroll (70-21) last week but they have a chance to be 1-1 on the year as they host Las Cruces High on Friday. Pebble Hills has a tough opponent in Del Valle.
Start your countdown, Eastwood-Pebble Hills is coming next week!