Following a two-week hiatus for most school districts, high school football is back in El Paso for a full Friday night slate.

El Paso ISD, Socorro ISD and Canutillo ISD will resume play this week, while Ysleta, who decided to continue competing during the two-week open period, will continue on schedule. The Class 4A playoffs will kick off on Friday night as well.

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Week Four Schedule 

  • Bel Air (1-1) vs. Chapin (1-2)
  • El Dorado (0-2) at Del Valle (1-1) *Postponed, will reschedule 
  • Burges (1-2) vs. Bowie (0-3)
  • Andress (3-0) vs. Austin (2-1)
  • Irvin (1-1) vs. Jefferson (1-2)
  • Horizon (1-2) vs. Canutillo (1-0)
  • Ysleta (2-0) vs. Parkland (3-1)
  • Eastwood (2-0) vs. Socorro (1-2) *Canceled, Eastwood wins on a 14-0 forfeit*
  • Riverside (4-1) vs. Big Spring (4-3)* @ Pecos HS
  • Clint (5-0) vs. San Angelo Lake View (4-6)* @ Wink HS
  • Mountain View (2-4) vs. Andrews (7-3)* @ Sul Ross University
  • * Indicates a Class 4A playoff game 

Live scoreboard

 

Last night: Eastlake 38 - Montwood 21 

To kick off the weekend in a big way, the Eastlake Falcons trotted onto the field for their first game since Oct. 2 and they stormed over fellow District 1-6A foe Montwood, 38-21. The Rams showed us earlier this year they can put up points against their opponents, but the stifling Falcons defense gave them trouble and forced three turnovers.

Senior athlete Blas Compean was a force in the opening half for the Falcons. He stole an interception, scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Orion Olivas and capped off the first half with a touchdown off a hook-and-ladder play. Running back Elijah Uribe paced the Falcons nicely in the second half, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the second half. Of course, their commander and gunslinger Olivas played a sharp game.

The Falcons (2-0) are definitely in the conversation for the city's top team. Americas (2-0) will definitely have something to say about that, though.

Game of the Night: Andress (3-0) vs. Austin (2-1)

What a way to welcome high school football back to the Borderland by having a marquee featured game between Andress and Austin in a key 2-5A Division II matchup that could have district title implications. Although the Burges Mustangs will likely be in the conversation when it's all said and done, Andress and Austin are two powers in the district and could make for a great matchup.

Andress features a special trio of weapons offensively—Quarterback Jeremiah Tosky (454 passing, 5 TDs), tailback Keandre Jones (332 rushing) and ATH Jeremiah Cooper (257 receiving). On the other side, Austin has the best two-way player across the city in Will Rodriguez (486 rushing, 7 TDs, 50 tackles). Panthers tailback Isiah Whitterstauter (677 rushing, 7 TDs) is another player to look out for on Friday.

Westside Bowl moves to Coronado due to no fans 

When CBS 4 Sports Director Lou Romano called me up earlier this week and asked how long Franklin and Coronado have played in the Sun Bowl, I drew a complete blank. Long-time Football Friday Night host Paul MacKinnon conversed with Hall of Fame coach Tony Grijalva and the two believe the series started being played at the Sun Bowl starting in 1997. The Cougars, who started playing the Thunderbirds in varsity football in 1995, used to play home games at Coronado all the way up until 2014.

Now, no fans means the rivalry series will take place at Coronado, marking the first time in over 20 years the rivalry game won't be played at the Sun Bowl.

This year, the game takes a completely different turn too. The Thunderbirds (2-0) are unbeaten and feature a good running game led by junior Gustavo Deandar (256 rushing, 2 TDs). Franklin (0-3) is clawing for their first win of the year after having lost to Andress (30-20), Montwood (49-35) and Eastwood (30-26). Freshman quarterback Shay Smith (383 passing yards, 2 TDs, 5 interceptions) and ATH Devyn Clark (150 rushing, 183 receiving, 842 total yards and 8 TDs) are the two leaders for the Cougars offensively.

Sleeper matchup of the night: Ysleta (2-0) vs. Parkland (3-1)

The Matadors have been lucky to get four games in this year so far, having come off a victory against Horizon last week. Now, Eric Frontz and his squad will get a test against Ysleta (2-0), who capitalized on some early success this year.

The Indians are led by quarterback Adrian Jaquez-Castaneda (4 TD passes) and his top target Gavin Espino (196 receiving). On the other side, the Matadors have used quarterback Jacariaous Lewis (802 passing, 262 rushing) and running back Johnathan Barton (517 rushing yards). If the Indians can start fast and keep this close, it could flip the 5A district title race in favor of Ysleta. However, if Parkland can get it done at home on Friday, they put themselves in the driver's seat for the championship.

Class 4A playoffs get underway on Friday 

Three teams from the Class 4A ranks get ready for playoff action tonight including district champions Clint (5-0), Riverside (4-1) and Mountain View (2-4). Tornillo out of Class 3A saw their season finish abruptly and their game was canceled due to COVID-19. Both Clint and Mountain View won in the bi-district round last year, as the Lions face San Angelo Lake View (4-6) and the Lobos take on Andrews (7-3). Enduring the 4A playoff slate for the first time, Riverside will take on Big Spring (4-3) on Friday.

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