Football Friday Night week three is in the books, featuring some lopsided games and a few surprises. District 1-6A kicked off action last night, while 5A and 4A continued to play out their respective non-district seasons.

Let's jump into the final scores, weekly podcast and recaps from several games across town:


Pebble Hills too much for Eastwood, 40-22

By Steve Escajeda 

Quarterback Gael Ochoa’s two touchdown passes and touchdown run helped lead the Pebble Hills Spartans to a convincing 40-22 victory over the Eastwood Troopers. 

Ochoa completed 15 of his 21 passes for 211 yards and scored the Spartans' first touchdown on a 1-yard run. It was the District 1-6A opener for both teams and improved Pebble Hills’ overall record to 3-0 while the Troopers fell to 1-2. Also having a big game for Pebble Hills was receiver Marcus Torres, who caught eight passes for 107 yards and a score. 

Eastwood quarterback Evan Minjares, who threw for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns against Las Cruces the week before, struggled against the Spartans, completing only 14 of his 35 passes for 198 yards and four interceptions. 

Pebble Hills will take on El Dorado (2-1) Thursday at the SAC, while Eastwood has a bye.     

Riverside remains unbeaten in 42-14 win at Jefferson 

By Adrian Broaddus

In a matchup of unbeatens, Riverside was able to prove themselves as the better foe in a 42-14 victory against Jefferson.

Riverside's Angel "Speedy" Munoz lived up to the hype as he totaled three touchdowns, rushed for 145 yards (six carries) and completed 6-of-9 passes for 139 yards. Running back Jose Guardado carried the ball 14 times for 112 yards and a 58-yard receiving touchdown. Rangers middle linebacker also recorded a 62-yard strip and score. 

Jefferson was led by running back Miguel Rubio, who carried the ball 26 times for 181 yards and a 41-yard touchdown. ATH Roman Gomez also returned a 78-yard kickoff for a touchdown.

Up next, the Rangers travel to Alamogordo, while the Silver Foxes take on their rivals in Bowie.

Eastlake slows down El Dorado, 24-10

By Steve Escajeda 

The Eastlake Falcons’ stifling defense held the previously undefeated El Dorado Aztecs to just 184 yards of total offense in a methodical 24-10 victory in the District 1-6A opener for both teams. 

Eastlake (2-1) was led by sophomore quarterback Luke Lomeli, who threw for 209 yards and a touchdown. He also led the team in rushing with 62 yards and another score.    

Lomeli’s touchdown pass went to Isai Perea, who ended the night with eight catches for 150 yards. 

El Dorado’s (2-1) emerging star running back, freshman Ryan Estrada, who came into the contest averaging 159 yards rushing in his first two varsity starts, was held to just 45 yards on 10 carries by an Eastlake defense that is allowing just 12 points a game.   

Eastlake travels to the west side next Friday to take on Coronado (0-1 in district, 1-2 overall), while El Dorado faces Pebble Hills (1-0, 3-0) Thursday at the SAC.  

Del Valle conquers Andress 44-13

By Brandon Cohn 

Del Valle controlled the game's pace from start to finish en route to an impressive victory at Allan Sepkowitz Field over Andress on Friday night.  The game was tied at 7-7 in the first quarter when one play changed the momentum of the contest.

 Andress’ QB Elias Duncan was sacked by Del Valle DE Josh Torres at the 1:15 mark of the first quarter, fumbled and Torres took it 77-yards to the house for the defensive score.
The Conquistadors took a 17-7 advantage into the half and never looked back.  Del Valle came out in the second half and scored quickly on three consecutive possessions to put the game out of reach.
Del Valle QB Jesse Ramos had a stellar performance going 14 of 20 for 231 yards and scoring 4 TDs in total, ( 2 passing, 2 rushing)  Andress struggled offensively as they were without star RB Malcolm Anderson who missed his second consecutive game with a high ankle sprain.
Del Valle (2-1) returns home next week to host Canutillo (2-1) in a showdown in far east El Paso, while Andress (0-3) looks to get off their losing ways as they travel to face winless Horizon.

Canutillo Dominates Austin, 35 - 0

By Jaime Chavez

The Canutillo Eagles improved to 2-1 by shutting out the Austin Panthers 35-0 Friday night at R.E. McKee Stadium. Canutillo's LJ Martin scored on touchdown runs of 43 and 5 yards. He also caught 35 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeremiah Knox. Martin rushed for 185 yards on 17 carries, in three-quarters of play.
Knox was 4 of 6 attempts for 139 yards passing and two TD passes. He rushed for 52 yards on 6 carries. Anthony Ayala added a 57 yard touchdown run and rushed for 70 yards on 5 carries.
Canutillo's defense was relentless, holding Austin running back Jayden Wilson to 45 yards rushing on 12 carries. The Eagles defense picked off Austin quarterback Irving Cortinas twice, which led to a pair of Canutillo touchdowns.
Austin, 0-3, travels to Hanks next Friday while Canutillo heads to Del Valle for a big 5A showdown.

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