We made it! The final week of the regular season for high school football in the Sun City is here with district titles and final playoff spots on the line.
Whether it be an in-town game or an out of town matchup, 600 ESPN El Paso will have you covered with live scores and action as they happen.
This Friday starting at 7 p.m., we'll kick off our regularly scheduled edition of Football Friday Night. Our featured Sarah Farms Game of the Week will be Americas at Montwood for the 1-6A championship. There are tons of district titles on the line tonight.
- Americas (4-0, 8-1) at Montwood (4-0, 7-2) Steve Escajeda, Sarah Farms Game of the Week
- Parkland (4-0, 9-0) at Canutillo (4-0, 8-1) Jaime Chavez
- Clint (2-0, 7-2) at Mountain View (2-0, 7-2) Joe Rodriguez
- Austin (4-1, 7-2) at Burges (5-0, 8-1) Brandon Cohn
- Bowie (2-3, 4-4) at Jefferson (2-3, 3-6) Adrian Broaddus
- Pebble Hills (4-5, 1-3) at Coronado (1-3, 2-7) Chad Puerling
- Hanks (4-4, 1-3) at Riverside (4-5,1-3) Isaiah Ramirez
- Chapin (2-2, 2-7) at Del Valle (2-2, 4-5) Beau Bagley
- Eastlake (4-0, 5-4) at Bel Air (0-4, 3-6) Ray Adauto
- Irvin (1-4, 2-6) at Andress (4-1, 7-2) Mike Cuviello
- Horizon (0-4, 2-7) at Ysleta (2-2, 5-4)
- San Elizario (0-2, 3-6) at Fabens (0-2, 4-4)
- Tornillo (1-8) at Denver City (2-0, 8-1)
- Anthony (2-6, 0-1) at Regan County (0-2, 0-9)
District Standings (By Danny Lopez):
- Americas Trailblazers (8-1, 4-0)
- Montwood Rams (7-2, 4-0)
- Franklin Cougars (7-2, 2-2)
- Coronado Thunderbirds (2-7, 1-3)
- Pebble Hills Spartans (4-5, 1-3)
- Socorro Bulldogs (0-9, 0-4)
- Eastlake Falcons (5-4, 4-0)
- Del Valle Conquistadores (4-4, 2-1)
- Eastwood Troopers (4-5, 3-1)
- Chapin Huskies (2-7, 2-2)
- El Dorado Aztecs (1-8, 1-3)
- Bel Air Highlanders (0-4, 3-6)
1-5A Division 2
- Parkland Matadors (9-0, 4-0)
- Canutillo Eagles (8-1, 4-0)
- Ysleta Indians (2-2, 5-4)
- Riverside Rangers (4-4, 1-3)
- Hanks Knights (4-3, 1-3)
- Horizon Scorpions (0-4, 2-7)
2-5A Divison 2
- Burgess Mustangs (8-1, 5-0)
- Austin Panthers (7-2, 4-1)
- Andress Eagles (7-2, 4-1)
- Bowie Bears (4-4, 2-3)
- Jefferson Silver Foxes (3-6, 2-3)
- Irvin Rockets (2-6, 1-4)
- El Paso Tigers (0-10, 0-6)
- Mountain View Lobos (7-2, 2-0)
- Clint Lions (5-3, 2-0)
- Fabens Wildcats (4-4, 0-2)
- San Elizario Eagles (3-6, 0-2)
Five Things to Watch
Hot storyline: Can the Mustangs win their first district title since the 70s?
Here are all the marbles for Division 2-5A Division II. Burgess the stormed through the season and put together a pretty promising resume to enter the playoffs on an undefeated district slate, with their only loss coming against Parkland (41-40, OT) in week one. They are led by their running back duo in Tavorus Jones (1,569 all-purpose yards,18 touchdowns) and Robert Hall (663 rushing yards, nine touchdowns), while getting some exceptional performance from their quarterback Audwin Caldwell (1,021 passing yards, 11 touchdowns) and their wide receiver Alec Marenco. This would mark the first district title that the mustangs could win since the 70s.
On the other hand, the Panthers still have a chance with their balanced running game of Isaiah Witterstauter (1,293 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns) and Will Rodriguez (1,005 rushing yards 13 touchdowns). The Panthers struggled against Andress earlier this year and were unable to get past the likes of Parkland as well but they still shouldn’t be taken lightly. If they win, all hell breaks loose in this district and then it becomes a three-way tie for first place (Andress, Burges and Austin).
Sarah Farms Game of the Week: Americas vs. Montwood
Let’s admit it, what the Americas Trailblazers have done this year has been truly impressive, to say the least. They have blown through their regular season, with their only loss coming against Amarillo Tascosa (31-28) and have swept through District play on an undefeated streak. Here is their final test, taking on a Montwood Rams team that has won six in a row.
Americas junior running back Aaron Dumas’ historic season continues to go for the trailblazers, totaling 32 touchdowns and 2,385 rushing yards. Edge rusher Dylan Kemp's 27.5 sacks makes him one of the most lethal defensive players in the city.
Montwood features a balanced attack with quarterback Sebastian Galvan (1,919, 27 touchdown passes) and running back Chris Ramos (1,485 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns).
Can Montwood upset the Trailblazers or is 2019 simply Americas’ year?
Matchup to watch: Parkland vs. Canutillo
Here it is, the battle for all the marbles in division 1-5A Division II, Canutillo vs. Parkland. The Matadors have been on a tear this season, finishing with the only undefeated record in the city. The Eagles, on the other hand, have found success and have been able to squeeze past teams in the final minutes of games. Both into this game with a perfect District record and both are vying for their ultimate goal: win the district title.
Parkland is led by their gunslinger Gabe Herrera (2,664 passing yards, 36 touchdowns), while Canutillo paces a ground game, averaging 251.3 rushing yards per game through multiple running backs.
Bowie vs. Jefferson: Battle of the Southside
The storied rivalry between Bowie (4-4, 2-3) and Jefferson (3-6, 2-3) will have a new chapter this week because the final playoff spot in 5A-2 is at stake and its winner-take-all on Friday night at the Sun Bowl.
Bowie enters this game on a three-game losing streak, falling to the top three teams in the district—Austin, Burges and Andress. Their quarterback Justin Diaz has thrown for 1,099 passing yards, totals 13 passing touchdowns with five interceptions on the season. They are also paced on the ground by their tailback Andrew Gallardo, who has 535 rushing yards and averages 76.4 yards per game.
On the other hand, Jefferson is looking for another unexpected playoff berth under head coach Tony Martinez. They are coming off their most recent win against El Paso High and are led by quarterback Nathan Alcala. He is a dual-threat quarterback that totals 769 passing yards, 426 rushing yards, nine total touchdowns and five interceptions on the season. Their running back Arturo Rubio's 95.2 rushing yards per game is impressive as well for the Silver Foxes.
A look ahead to playoffs
I can’t believe playoffs are already here. I feel like it was only yesterday we were kicking off the season and getting ready to start up Football Friday Night on 600 ESPN.
We thank everybody who’s been listening to our coverage and everybody that has joined us for an exciting football season. It wasn’t like we expected—lots of new coaches coming into the mix and a lot of new cultures and foundations being established among different programs. There were surprises down the line but nonetheless, it should be an interesting run for the playoffs.
I look at teams like Americas to make a name for themselves in the playoffs. They will host a first round playoff matchup next week, likely against Frenship. Other playoff games will be dictated after tonight’s finish and it should be fascinating to see the different matchups.