El Paso High School Football Bi-District Round Playoff Preview and Predictions

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Thursday, November 14th

Montwood Rams (7-3) @ Midland Lee Rebels (9-1)

Class 6A DII bi-district round game

3:30 pm kickoff, Grande Communications Stadium, Midland, Texas

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

Channels: Montwood https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/montwood-rams/

A regular season rematch starts the playoff action on Thursday in a rare afternoon game in Midland.  Midland Lee hung 70 points on Montwood back in early September.  Lee’s dynamic offense is led by quarterback Michael Serrano who has thrown for 2,880 yards and 37 touchdowns, and averages 8.2 yards per rush and has nine rushing touchdowns.  His number one target is 6’4 wideout Loic Fouonji who has over 1,200 yards receiving and is three-star prospect with numerous P5 offers and is the best college prospect in West Texas. Lee ran for 360 yards on Montwood led by Shemar Davis who has 728 rushing yards on the season.  Montwood will counter with a balanced offensive attack featuring quarterback Sebastian Galvan and talented running back Chris Ramos.  Ramos has a career high 1,500-plus rushing yards this season, and Galvan has completed touchdown passes to eight different receivers led by Carlos Flores who is the team’s leading receiver.  Montwood’s tough schedule has prepared them for this moment, but Lee is a state contender from Region I.  Montwood will have to play a perfect game to keep things close.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Lee by 28

Chapin Huskies (2-8) @ Amarillo High Sandies (8-2)

Class 5A DI bi-district round game

5:00 pm, Dick Bivins Stadium, Amarillo, Texas

Broadcasters: Eric Martinez and Adrian Martinez

ChannelsChapin https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/chapin-huskies/

Chapin is in the playoffs for the 17th straight year, while Amarillo is in the for the 10th straight season.  Chapin has had a rough year with injuries and a young team but have fought their way into the playoffs with a stout defense and solid running game.  Demian Rodriguez has taken over at quarterback after starting the season on defense and the Huskies have found an identity with Rodriguez and running back Jacob Williamson running behind a big offensive line led by Myles Ward.  The Husky defense will be tested against an air-raid attack in which Chapin has matched up well against this season.  Amarillo quarterback Will Maynard has completed 61 percent of his passes and his top target is Davin Lemmons who averages 12.2 yards per catch and has nine receiving touchdowns.  Chapin will have to play keep away and hope to create some turnovers.  Amarillo is the heavy favorite, but Chapin’s style of football they have developed over the past few weeks is difficult to stop if their run game starts clicking.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Amarillo by 24

Hanks Knights (5-4) @ Austin Panthers (8-2)

Class 5A DII bi-district round game

7:00 pm kickoff, R.E. McKee Stadium

Broadcasters: Paul David Oliver and Shawn Murphy

Channels: Austin https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/austin-panthers/

Contrasting offensive styles meet in what could be a very entertaining game.  Austin wants to ground and pound and burn the clock, while Hanks wants to sling it around and light up the scoreboard.  Hanks wideout Mykal Blanco continues his historic season, he is nine catches away from city’s all-time record for career receptions, and currently leads the state in receiving yards this season.  Hanks dual threat quarterback Aaron Molina has thrown for 2,804 yards and 32 touchdowns, 21 of those touchdown passes have been caught by Blanco.  Austin has a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Isiah Witterstauter and Will Rodriguez.  Both average over nine yards per carry, and Witterstauter has 15 rushing touchdowns while Rodriguez has 13 rushing touchdowns.  Rodriguez also leads the team with 119 tackles.  Austin has the tools to take home their second straight bi-district title, but can the Knights offense take flight?

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Austin by 14

Andress Eagles (7-3) @ Canutillo (8-2)

Class 5A DII bi-district round game

7:00 pm kickoff, Lowenberg Stadium

Broadcasters: Christian Molinar and Ryan Adams

Channels: Canutillo https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/canutillo-eagles/

A tough loss landed Andress a tough bi-district draw as Canutillo is in the playoffs for the 19th time in school history and will host a Thursday night game on the blue turf on El Paso’s west side.  Andress leads the city with 33 total playoff appearances and will look to bounce back from a rough loss last week against longtime rival Irvin.  Andress’ defense has been the main strength all year led by Kiante Liggins, Gustavo Gallardo and Aldo Yanez.  The big question will be how will Andress’ offense bounce back, and can they execute an identity.  Canutillo has an equally good and physical defense led by defensive end Josiah Holloway and linebacker Esteban Tavera who bring physicality, production and experience.  There will tons of big hits, lots of rushing attempts and the battle up front will be key and nasty.  Both teams lost last week and will try to get off to a fast start in the battle of the Eagles.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Andress by 2

Friday, November 15th

Pebble Hills Spartans (5-5) @ Amarillo Tascosa Rebels

Class 6A DII bi-district round game

5:00 pm kickoff, Dick Bivins Stadium, Amarillo, Texas

Broadcasters: Adrian Martinez

Channels: Pebble Hills https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/pebble-hills-spartans/

For the second straight post-season, Pebble Hills travels north to face Tascosa and their triple-option offense.  Pebble Hills comes into the game after a big bounce back win against Coronado to seal up the fourth and final playoff spot from district 1-6A. Quarterback Sebastian Ochoa has been consistently good all season long and averages 245 passing yards, and 89 yards rushing per game and has accounted for 43 total touchdowns.  His top target, Isaiah Davis had 905 receiving yards during the regular season to go along with 14 touchdown receptions.  Offensive weapons like Anthony Donacio and Jalen Partida will need have big production in this one.   Anthony Romero and the Pebble Hills defense will face shifty running Tascosa quarterback Joseph Plunk who runs the triple-opton with ease.  Tascosa averages well over 350 yards on the ground per game, and Plunk has run for over 1,800 yards on the ground.  Keep an eye for Tascosa’s defensive end LB Moore who is committed to Texas Tech and has FBS size.  Another game where the visitor will have to play perfect to keep it close, can the Spartans slow down the run game?

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts… Tascosa by 6

Franklin Cougars (7-3) @ Permian Panthers (6-4)

Class 6A DI bi-district round game

6:00 pm kickoff, Ratliff Stadium, Odessa, Texas

Broadcasters: Abel Carrillo and Peter Carrillo

Channels: Franklin https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/franklin-cougars/

Another regular season rematch pits Franklin and Permian for a second time in 2019.  Franklin had a rocky road in district play and hopes to have enough juice left for a playoff run.  Permian pulled the upset against Midland Lee last week to capture a share of the 2-6A title.  Permian Quarterback Easton Hernandez accounted for five touchdowns last week and was the hero in Mojo Land after his big performance last week in the win over Lee.  Permian ran for 257 yards last week, and Malachi Medlock will be another offensive player David Powers and the Franklin defense will have to deal with inside’s Permian flex-bone.  Franklin lost two key slot receivers to season ending injuries, but the Cougars also have the option of grounding and pounding with Pablo Payan and Erwin Sutton, making their offensive game plan a key component to watch.  Danny Walther had a huge game against the Black Cats in their early season matchup and rely upon Michael Haack and Gabe Stonewall for production.  Both teams seem to be evenly matched, although winning a playoff game at Ratliff against Permian is always an extreme challenge.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Permian by 9

Frenship Tigers (7-3) @ Americas Trailblazers (9-1)

Class 6A DII bi-district round game

6:00 pm kickoff, Socorro Student Activities Complex

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

Channels: Americas https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/americas-trail-blazers/

Americas’ dream 2019 season rolls into the playoffs as they will host perennial playoff power Frenship.  Frenship has seemed to transition well into their coaching transition with third year head coach Jay Northcutt as the Tigers are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 when Americas beat Frenship in the bi-district round.  The Tigers have a very talented quarterback in Donovan Smith who has thrown for 2,865 yards and 24 touchdowns and is verbally committed to Texas Tech.  Drew Hocutt, Cooper Scott, and Jordan Maden are his three leading receivers who will test a very good Americas defense.  Americas ended the regular season leading the nation in sacks with a defense filled with depth and talent.  The Blazers picked off five passes in the District 1-6A championship game last week.  On offense, the Blazers are explosively balanced with Aaron Dumas at running back and quarterback Michael Nowell’s efficient play.   Could be a very high scoring game, although if the Americas defense produces like they have all season, then it should be a big win for Americas.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…..Americas by 7

Lubbock Coronado Mustangs (6-4) @ Eastwood Troopers (5-5)

Class 5A DI bi-district round game

6:30 pm kickoff, Trooper Stadium

Broadcasters: Paul Torres and Fonzie Gomez

Channels: Eastwood https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/eastwood-troopers/

Eastwood hosts a playoff game for the second straight season as pass happy Lubbock Coronado visits the Sun City.  Coronado has not lost to an El Paso team in the playoffs since 2007 and has beat an El Paso team in the playoffs each of the last three seasons.  As usual, Coronado has a stud quarterback.  Junior Sawyer Robinson is finishing up his second season as a starter with 3,000-plus passing yards just like he did as a sophomore in 2018.  The 6’4, 200-pound Robinson is a 3-star prospect with offers from Wisconsin, Texas Tech and Washington State.    Jon Hernandez is his favorite target who has hauled in 60 catches for 1,003 yards and 10 touchdown receptions.  Eric Martnez and Cory Ferriera also get involved in the passing game which averages 334.3 yards per game.  Eastwood will be hoping for more sophomore magic from Andrew Martinez who has really come on strong for the Troop after taking over for the injured Chris Castaneda.  Eastwood’s defense led by Rudy Tellez and Nathan Carranza will face the best quarterback and wide receiver group they have faced all year long.  Eastwood should keep it close, although Robinson’s big play ability could be a major difference.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Coronado by 12

Ysleta Indians (6-4) @ Burges Mustangs (8-2)

Class 5A DII bi-district round game

7:00 pm kickoff, Mustangs Stadium

Broadcasters: Sergio Robali and Henry Reyna and Andy Quintana

Channels: Burges https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/burges-mustangs/

A rematch of the 2015 bi-district classic in where Burges won a back-and-forth affair at Mustang Stadium to hoist a gold ball.  2015 was the first year of the Mustang’s now five-year playoff appearance streak.  Despite a tough loss last week to Austin, the Mustangs still come in as the favorite against an explosive Ysleta team.  Burges has three talented athletes in their backfield with quarterback Audwin Caldwell and running backs Tavorus Jones and Robert Hall.  Alec Marenco could be the 2-5A DII defensive MVP along with fellow linebacker Daniel Solis who has had a good year.  Lucas Flores has really settled in at quarterback for Ysleta and has thrown for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns in just three games. Gio Martinez has 983 receiving yards on the season, while Ysleta defensive end Jeremy Flores has 7.0 sacks on the season.  This will be a very entertaining game, Ysleta will be in this one from start to finish, can Burges bounce back from a disappointing loss last week?

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Burges by 2

Bowie Bears (5-4) @ Parkland Matadors (10-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, Matador Stadium

Broadcasters: Mike Tiption and Mark Saldana and Chris Gomez

Channels: Parkland https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/parkland-matadors/

Parkland continues to look like a sleeper favorite in the 5A DII Region I bracket and will now prove their worth against a feisty Bowie squad.  Bowie and Parkland met in the 2016 bi-district round in which Parkland advanced.  Bowie knocked Parkland out of the bi-district round in 2013 which was the last time Bowie won a bi-district championship.  Parkland is of course led by quarterback Gabe Herrera who has never lost to an El Paso team as a starter.  Parkland has playmakers all over the field with wideouts Donta Hayes and Jesse Sandoval.  Xavier Simmons, Jeremiah Norris, Richard Hernandez and Anthony Quintero are just a few names on defense that make major impacts.  Bowie will rely upon the experience of Justin Diaz and Carlos Varela who are dangerous tandem that make plays on both sides of the ball.  Bowie always plays hard and Parkland will get a good test in the effort department.  Parkland should roll.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Parkland by 35

Saturday November 15th

Lubbock Monterey Plainsmen (5-5) @ Eastlake Falcons (6-4)

Class 5A DI bi-district round game

12:00 pm kickoff, Socorro Student Activities Complex

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

Channels: Eastlake https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/eastlake-falcons/

A fun matchup concludes a big week of local playoff football as Monterey and Eastlake meet in a playoff matinee at the SAC.  This will be the second ever matchup between Eastlake and Monterey as the Plainsmen defeated the Falcons in the 2016 area round of the Class 5A playoffs.  Eastlake has quickly matured in their eight years of varsity play and have one of El Paso’s best quarterbacks at the helm.  Orion Olivas has thrown for 3,372 yards on the season with 32 touchdowns for the Falcons.  Wide receiver Matthew Jones comes into the game tied for the state lead in receptions, his 91 receptions puts him eight receptions shy of the city record for catches in a season.  Athlete Blas Compean averages 18.5 yards per reception with nine touchdowns and has three interceptions on defense.  Monterey will counter with dual-threat quarterback Coreon Bailey who has thrown for 21 touchdowns while completing 61 percent of his passes and has five rushing touchdowns.  Wide receiver Tyrie Tipton will be a matchup problem for Eastlake has the senior has 1,239 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns.  The scoreboard at the SAC will be flashing big scores and highlights all afternoon.  Whoever takes care of the ball better, wins.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Monterey by 2

Other games


  • Del Valle (5-5) @ Abilene Cooper (9-1)
  • Class 5A DI bi-district round game

Del Valle drew a tough bi-district opponent with a good defense, plus a six plus hour road trip.  Cooper’s Noah Garcia is just shy of 2,000 yards rushing on the season.  Big Bad Blue will fight, but Cooper’s big ability with Garcia might be a little too much.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Cooper by 20

Last week prediction record: 10-2

Season record: 107-29