Week four of the high school football season is getting ready to kick off in the Borderland with a short slate of games being played. Most school districts are undergoing their intercession fall break, while rising COVID-19 cases in the city have canceled several matchups for this weekend.

Follow 600 ESPN El Paso all evening for live scoring updates of all the scheduled games and check back here for updates throughout the night.

 

Here are five things to know before kickoff:

High school cancelations continue as cases spike in the city

The recent COVID-19 spike in El Paso hasn't outright suspended high school activities. Rather, the city is putting the decision on the districts' shoulders to determine whether or not to halt high school activities.

Most school districts have limited all of their high school football games to only team members, school personnel and essential gameday individuals. No spectators will be allowed at games this weekend due to the rising cases.

El Paso reported a new all-time high in single day cases with 838 new cases on Friday.

Earlier this week, Coronado's home game against Montwood was postponed due to a positive case of COVID-19 at Coronado. Similarly, Thursday's scheduled game between Americas and Socorro was postponed due to coronavirus complications.

This week, Fabens ISD decided to postpone all high school activities as a result of the climbing COVID-19 cases. Both Fabens ISD and Ysleta ISD will participate in a rapid testing initiative brought upon by the Governor, ginging all teachers and students access to rapid testing.

District standings aren't the best storyteller 

1-6A Standings 

  • Montwood 2-0
  • Coronado 2-0
  • Americas 1-0
  • Eastlake 1-0
  • Eastwood 1-0
  • Pebble Hills 1-0
  • Franklin 0-2
  • Socorro 0-2

5A-I Division I Standings

  • Bel Air 1-0
  • Del Valle 1-1
  • El Dorado 0-1
  • Chapin 0-2

1-5A Division II 

  • Andress 2-0
  • Austin 1-1
  • Jefferson 1-1
  • El Paso 0-1
  • Burges 0-2
  • Bowie 0-2
  • Irvin 0-0

2-5A Division II

  • Ysleta 2-0
  • Canutillo 1-0
  • Horizon 1-1
  • Parkland 1-1
  • Hanks 0-2

4A-1

  • Clint 2-0
  • Riverside 2-0
  • Fabens 0-2
  • San Elizario 0-2
  • Mountain View 0-2

It's still way too early into the season to make any judgments on the district standings in the city, especially since there has been an imbalance in the number of games these schools have actually played.

Game of the night: Franklin vs. Eastwood

The Cougars have been off to an 0-2 start as they continue to search for an identity with their young squad. In week one, their struggles came against Andress and in week two, they couldn't keep up with the scoring fiasco that Montwood put up. Their talented freshman quarterback Shay Smith is raw but continues to get valuable playing time. Wideout Dylan Clark returned two kickoffs for a touchdown last week while linebacker/running back Steven Powers chipped in with a rushing touchdown and an interception for a touchdown.

The Troopers, who saw their game against Pebble Hills postponed last week, thrashed Hanks in week one (74-36) as their junior quarterback Andrew Martinez tossed three touchdowns and threw for 184 passing yards.

This matchup should be a really interesting contest. Eastwood proved they can score at will against their opponents and this is a good test against a tough Franklin defensive line. The Cougars need a spectacular performance from their young quarterback and need their secondary to step up if they have hopes to win.

Irvin, Cathedral finally able to kick off the season 

The Irvin Rockets and Cathedral Fighting Irish are finished with their quarantine process and will finally be able to start their seasons. The two schools missed the first several games of the season due to positive COVID-19 cases within the programs.

Irvin will take on Hanks (0-2) Friday night while the Fighting Irish will square off against San Elizario (0-2). Other contests on Friday include Clint (2-0) vs. Mountain View (0-2) and Austin (1-1) vs. Bel Air (1-0).

A look ahead: Americas vs. Pebble Hillls; Wednesday, Oct. 21

In what will be the first game for both schools since Oct. 2, Americas and Pebble Hills are making the most of the recent postponements and were both able to schedule a rare Wednesday night game at the SAC for Oct. 21.

The Trail Blazers have one of the top programs in the city and they are coming off a close victory over Del Valle in week one. On the other side, Pebble Hills beat out El Dorado in week one through a high-scoring contest. The Spartans flexed some of their weapons in that opening game and proved that they will have a chance to be a true power in 1-6A.