Photo by Ace Acosta/El Paso Herald Post
Two gutsy play calls help Americas move on
All the talk after Americas’ win over Frenship was the decision to go for a two-point conversion to win the game by head coach Patrick Melton, but the play call before that one was even more gutsy as Americas used their strength, their machine of an offensive line, to move onto the next round.
Facing a third-and-five from the Frenship 11-yard line, Americas called a timeout, and came up with a creative way to keep pounding away at the Tiger defense.
Americas moved Aaron Dumas around in the backfield pre-snap motioning him from a wing to the backfield, and the Blazers fooled the couple of thousand people in the SAC with a fullback dive to Joshua Ruvalcalba who ran a dramatic and physical run like Don Billingsley from Friday Night Lights for the 11-yard score to bring Americas within a two point conversion for a win.
With Dumas already at 47 carries, the entire Frenship defense was keyed on #22, but big #33 took it to the house, then Dumas put it for two, followed by a Nathan Alvarado interception to move the Blazers to next bubble on the playoff bracket.
In the game, Americas running back Aaron Dumas broke city record for rushing yards in a single season. Current UTEP Miner and former Parkland running back Deion Hankins ran for 2,812 yards in 2016. Dumas now has 2,964 yards on the season.
Americas will meet Arilington in the bi-district round next Saturday and 1 pm El Paso time.
Burges, Canutillo bounce back
Burges and Canutillo took tough losses to end the regular season but took care of business in the bi-district round with resounding and momentum building wins.
Canutillo’s Joaquin Carrasco ran for 121 yards and a touchdown, while the Canutillo defense stymied the Andress Eagles offense all night long. The Eagles won their seven bi-district title and will take on Canyon Randall in the area round, Canutillo beat Randall in the area round in 2013.
Burges continues their winning ways in this decade as they secure back-to-back trips to the area round by blowing out a shorthanded Ysleta team in the bi-district round.
The Mustangs balanced offense attack kept Ysleta off-balanced all night, while their defense picked off three passes and recorded 5.0 sacks. Burges clinches their fifth appearance in the area round this decade and for the first time in school history has won a district title and bi-district title in the same season.
Robert Hall ran for 102 yards and a touchdown, Alec Marenco had a 59-yard touchdown reception and also recorded seven tackles. Chris Wilson, Jacob Benavides, and Victor Lopez each recorded interceptions, Wilson also was credited with a sack in their win against Ysleta.
Burges will play 5A DII Region I favorite Lubbock Cooper in the area around Friday night in Fort Stockton.
Matthew Jones makes major history
Despite Eastlake’s 66-42 loss to Monterey in the Class 5A DI bi-district round, junior wide receiver Matthew Jones set a state and a city record for receptions.
Jones caught 25 passes, and I had him at 288 receiving yards and three touchdowns which is a state record for receptions in a game. Jones ends his junior season with 116 receptions which is the most ever recorded by an El Paso High School Football Player.
Austin’s Willie Harris set the record in 1992 with 97 receptions, Eastwood wide receiver Richie Rodriguez caught 95 passes.
Hanks wins first playoff game since 1995
Jason Blair put a huge stamp on the Hanks Knights program in his first year as head coach.
The Knights run game was effective with quarterback Aaron Molina and running back Ivan Regalaldo who combined rushed for 180 yards. Hanks defensive unit also had a huge night with five players recording double digit tackles against Austin’s run heavy offense.
Hanks was one of eight number four seeds to beat a number seed in the 5A playoffs across Texas with their win against 2-5A DII champ Austin.
Hanks last playoff win came in 1995 against Andress, the Knights will match up with 2018 5A DII state semi-finalist Wichita Falls Rider in the area round next Thursday in Midland.
4A schools make history
Clint and Mountain View moved on to the area round in the Class 4A DI playoffs with historic wins for both programs.
Mountain View’s Hector Nevarez ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns in a bi-district win over Big Spring which gave the Lobos their first ever bi-district championship in school history.
Isaac Rosales and Gael Lopez each ran for over 100 yards as Clint defeated Lake View 34-21, capturing their first bi-district title in school history, Clint had been 0-22 in the first round of the playoffs until their historic win last Friday.
Clint will play Springtown Thursday in Andrews in the area round, while Mountain View will play 11-0 Decatur in Odessa on Thursday.
Huge accomplishment for both programs who have consistently good all season long and will represent district 1-4A the area around.