Week Two of TXHSFB: Five Points for Football Friday Night
Football Friday Night is excited to kick-start the season on the airwaves of 600 ESPN El Paso tonight, as the second week of non-district action heats up in the region.
Here is the schedule for this week's matchups with our featured reporters:
- Parkland (1-0) at Austin (1-0) (Sarah Farms Game of the Week) Jaime Chavez
- Central (2-0) at Del Valle (0-1) Adrian Broaddus
- Hanks (1-0) at Bowie (1-0) Beau Bagley
- Riverside (1-0) at Burges (0-1) Jeremy Carranco
- Montwood (0-1) at Eastlake (0-1) Steve Escajeda
- Lake View (1-0) at Fabens (1-0) Joe Rodriguez
- Clint (1-0) at Irvin (0-0) Isaiah Ramirez
- Canutillo (1-0) at Bel Air (0-1) Brandon Cohn
- El Paso (0-1) at Ysleta (1-0) Ray Adauto
- Socorro (0-1) at Horizon (1-0) Joey Penisi
- Jefferson (0-1) at San Elizario (0-1) Jack Lutz
- Silver (0-1) at Mt. View (1-0) Mike Cuviello
- Pebble Hills (1-0) at Midland (0-1)
- Americas (1-0) at Midland Christian (1-0)
- Anthony (1-0) at Academia Juarez
- Van Horn (0-1) at Tornillo (0-1)
Last night: Andress 15 - Chapin 0
In a Thursday night rivalry game, Andress used its defense to stop Chapin twice in the red zone, as they used a monstrous 78-yard touchdown run by senior Travon Ware and a 13-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jeremiah Tosky to Jeremiah Cooer to blank Chapin 15-0. Although the Huskies have been shut out for the first two games of the season (lost 48-0 to Midland Christian last week), Chapin sophomore quarterback Mason Standerfer has potential to improve throughout the year with his cannon of an arm.
Biggest thing to look for: Can Austin avenge its disheartening loss from 2018 and beat Parkland?
Austin head coach Eric Pichardo probably wishes he could get back the biggest blemish from the 2018 season when Parkland trounced the Panthers 44-7. While the Matadors lost key players in Deion Hankins and Khatib Lyles to graduation, they still have an electric, up-tempo offense led by senior quarterback Gabe Herrera. On the other hand, Austin brings back key starters like running back William Rodriguez and defensive lineman Luis Rangel. Is this the year Austin can get their revenge on Parkland?
High school matchup watch: Hanks at Bowie
Last week, Hanks wideout Mykal Blanco, who entered the 2019 season opener just 797 yards off the city career receiving yardage record, scored six touchdowns and helped the Knights secure a 59-20 win over Socorro last week. Needless to say, Hanks will try to air it out against Bowie this week. The Bears, on the other hand, pounded the ground last week with the help of running back Willie Carrasco's pair of rushing scores. Two complete opposites will meet on the gridiron here—who will come out victorious?
Hot storyline: Is Franklin the real deal?
Short answer: yes. Despite getting trolled by Odessa Permian on social media, the Franklin Cougars maintained composure on a Thursday night in Odessa and rolled over MOJO 49-28. Even though the Panthers only returned a combined five players on both sides, it's always an eyebrow raiser when an El Paso team beats Permian. Franklin senior quarterback Danny Walther is a gunslinger, while their senior linebacker David Powers is a destroyer on defense. Franklin became the first team since Montwood (2012) to beat Odessa Permian.
Bonus: Eastwood's fight versus Plano East was inspiring
Coming off a 62-0 loss to Americas last week, there was some uncertainty on how Eastwood would fair against Plano East at the Frisco Star. To add to the adversity that the Troopers faced this week, they lost former star wide receiver Eddie Cruz, when Western New Mexico officials reported that the 18-year-old had drowned over Labor Day weekend. They played for El Paso and they played for Eddie. At one point, the game was as close as 29-20 in Plano's favor. In the end, Plano won 43-28 at the Star, but Eastwood played inspiring football in a game that meant a lot more than just football.
Here's the full scoreboard for the second week: