Time to take a break at the midway point of the high school season in El Paso. Most teams have week six off with the exception of a handful of games.

  • Burges at Andress Sarah Farms Game of the Week
  • Irvin at El Paso High
  • Austin at Jefferson
  • Tornillo at San Elizario
  • Clint at Estacado
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    Matchup to watch: Burges vs. Andress

    This week will mark back-to-back games for the Andress Golden Eagles that could determine the 2-5A District Champion. Last week, Andress handled a frisky Austin team with ease, 40-7, which sets up an important matchup between the Mustangs and Golden Eagles. Burges had a bye last week, serving as a good opportunity for their squad to gear up for a tough Andress team.

    Burges has fared well thus far into the season with their dual running back system in Robert Hall and Tavorus Jones. Hall leads the way with 357 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, while Jones has 239 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Andress is led by their balanced offense, averaging a whopping 186 yards on the ground led by running backs Keandre Jones and Travon Ware, along with quarterback Jeremiah Tosky. This season, Tosky has already racked up 526 passing yards with six touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

    Hot storyline to watch: Only two unbeatens left

    Franklin (5-0) and Parkland (5-0) are the only two undefeated programs that go into the bye week without a blemish on their schedule thus far. While Franklin seemed to handle Rio Rancho Cleveland (36-13) and Permian (49-28), Parkland just squeezed past non-district opponents like Burges (41-40 OT).

    It will be interesting to see how these two teams fare off throughout the season. Franklin faces what could be their biggest test yet against Americas next week. They are led by senior quarterback Danny Walther, who has thrown for 1,394 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns and two interceptions. Parkland, who faces Hanks next week, is led by their gunslinger Gabe Herrera and his 1,399 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. The two have similar stats and both will need to be sharp in keeping their unbeaten streak alive.

    Biggest thing to look for: Who will offer Americas junior running back Aaron Dumas next?

    If getting early season offers from the likes of SMU and Illinois State wasn't enough for junior running back Aaron Dumas out of Americas, how about picking up offers from North Texas, New Mexico and Houston in the span of three weeks?

    The offers are well-deserving for Dumas, considering he has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark already. In fact, Dumas has 1,416 rushing yards on the year with 19 rushing touchdowns. Whispers are going around that Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma are starting to take interest in Dumas. Interestingly enough, UTEP hasn't offered the junior tailback yet.

     

    (Bonus) hot storyline: Who is for real in 1-5A Division I?

    This is a topic that has me scratching my head after six weeks.

    Because even midway into the season, we really don't know much about 1-5A Division I. They entered week three without a win as a district (0-14) and struggled through non-district play, with a combined record of 7-23.

    It's tough to gauge just where young squads like Eastlake (1-4) and Bel Air (3-2) are early on in the season because of the competition they have played thus far. Throw in your traditional 1-5A powerhouses like Del Valle (2-3) and Eastwood (1-4) and this district could be a lot more jumbled than most think.

    Back-to-back wins for Bel Air and Del Valle set them up with some momentum going into the district season. Regardless, this could be a fight for playoff contention and a fight to stay above water for these squads.

     

    Peep ahead to next week: Franklin vs. Americas

    Get your popcorn ready for this one. This will be the best defensive line (Americas) versus the best offensive line (Franklin) in the city. Get excited about this game because it might just be the game of the year in El Paso.