Photo by Ace Acosa/El Paso Herald Post
Bel Air’s offense is in high gear
For the third straight week, the Bel Air Highlanders are putting up video game type numbers which has sparked their three-game win streak.
Eric Scogin brought this high-flying offense over from Parkland and the results are starting to show for the Big Red.
Bel Air has averaged 669.7 yards of offense over the past three weeks, racking up a season high 768 yards last Friday against Ysleta which is the most offensive output by any city of El Paso team so far this year.
Quarterback Adrian Parsons threw the ball 49 times and completed 65.3 percent of his passes and threw six touchdowns against Ysleta this past Friday. Running back Deyvin Loray ran for 211 yards and a touchdown as well giving Bel Air a tough to defend attack.
Junior wide receiver Fernie Castillo has been consistent all season long and throw in sophomore Adam Gomez who has come along strong as of late and the Highlanders look to have one of the top offense’s in a wide open District 1-5A DI.
The Highlanders do have some work to do on the defensive side, but their offense is rolling under one of El Paso’s brightest offensive minds.
Del Valle back on track
A tough schedule to start the season has seemed to benefit a reloaded Del Valle program.
Despite an 0-3 record, Del Valle showed flashes of championship level football in each of their first three games, but just could not put it all together as they have a number of new faces on offense.
Back-to-back convincing wins shows Del Valle is back on track to get back to their usual winning ways.
The Conquistadores defense is an elite group that tackles well, covers well and has several experienced players who have been making plays week in and week out.
Quarterback Sebastian Carr is coming into his own and running back Joel Serrano has been playing on an all-district type level all season.
Keeping the tradition alive should not be a problem for Big Bad Blue whose confidence should be sky high as district play is on deck.
Andress defense shuts down Austin
The Andress defense faced a big test against the Austin run game last Friday, but the Eagles passed with flying colors and rebounded from a tough road loss against a 6A opponent.
By my unofficial count, the Andress defense had 12.0 tackles for loss, and held an Austin running game that came into the game averaged well over 300 yards to just 46 yards on the ground.
The Andress defense line including Travell Ware, Jajuan Pickens, Jordan Branon, Gustavo Gallardo were living in the Austin backfield all night, while star linebacker Kiante Liggins was crashing and closing gaps and finished off this nice sequence for an interception.
As you see, Gallardo drives the center back five yards, freeing up Liggins who tips the pass, and makes the sick catch for the interception. That was pretty much happening all night.
Andress plays another good ground game in Burges this coming week, which will be a district title game in just the second week of district play.
Montwood’s Chris Ramos off to good start
Montwood running back Chris Ramos is the Rams’ most experienced player and was clocked as the fastest 40-yard dash time among all running backs at the Blue-Grey Combine over the summer.
And the senior athlete has been tearing things up with pads on this fall.
Ramos ran for 289 yards and four touchdowns against Eastwood after running for 178 yards and four touchdowns the previous week.
He has averaged 233 yards per game on the ground in his last four games, and 13 touchdowns in that same span. The speedster also ran for five touchdowns against Eastlake in week two and is on pace for a huge senior year.
Ramos is a true hidden gem when it comes to recruiting and should pick up some recruiting steam with his tremendous production to start the 2019 season.
Light schedule for week six
District 1-6A, 1-5A DI, and 1-5A DII all have bye weeks in week six which means a light schedule is on tap for next week.
The game of the week on paper is a huge District 2-5A DII matchup between Burges and Andress which could decide the first place leader in district play.
Burges has not beaten Andress since 2012 as the Eagles boast a six game winning streak against their fellow district title contenders. Andress also has a 19-game district game winning streak on the line which dates back to 2016.