Sunday El Paso High School Football Notebook

Photo by Matt Metz

Chapin finds first win of the season in style

The Chapin Huskies scored a season-high 61 points and rolled to a nice district opening win last Thursday on homecoming night.

It’s been a slow start the perennial 5A power, but their week seven win shows the young Huskies may have grown up at the right time.

Chapin got it done with 359 rushing yards, Michael Smith ran in a pair of touchdown runs, and quarterback Ian Peterson threw three touchdown passes in the win.

The Husky defense picked off two passes and forced three fumbles giving Chapin a first place feeling after week one of district play.  The defense held Bel Air to just 434 yards after Bel Air came in averaging more than 600 yards per game during their now defunct three-game winning streak.

Americas proves their mettle

Americas proved to the city that they have the best defense and running game in the area.

Aaron Dumas was a workhorse, running for 199 yards and three touchdowns and the Blazer defense continues to improve to new heights.

By my unofficial count, the Blazers sacked Danny Walther seven times, three from Dylan Kemp, and linebacker Peter Velarde did a great job spying Walther all night as Americas defense kept the Franklin offense in a box all night with their great containment.

Americas took away Gabe Stonewall for Franklin and played great man coverage allowing their front four to create havoc.  In the second half when Walther and the offense got in a rhythm, Americas dialed up well-timed blitzes and hit home on those aggressive calls in a few in key spots.

The Blazer defense is for real, and well this Americas team is real and is still a young group with plenty of room to grow.

Gabe Herrera throws six touchdowns

Parkland quarterback Gabe Herrera put on a show Friday night.

The senior had an unusually rough first half thanks to a consistent Hanks pass rush, but the veteran surgically picked apart the Hanks defense in the second half.

Herrera completed seven passes in a row during a second half stretch, and finished the game with six touchdown passes, going 14-for-27 passing for 270 yards.  He found Donta Hayes four times for touchdown scores, while Jesse Sandoval was on the receiving end of the other two.

Parkland moved the pocket around in the second half with more sprint out/bootlegs, allowing Herrera to move a bit and get in a rhythm.  Parkland also was balanced with the run game which helped Herrera open thing up with big plays for touchdowns.  

The senior has now thrown for 1,663 yards and 20 touchdowns all while completing 59 percent of his 163 pass attempts.

Freshman kicker Julian Melucci wins it for Eastlake

One of the biggest plays from this past Friday came from a freshman kicker.

Eastlake’s Julian Melucci nailed a 45-yarder as time expired to give Eastlake a 24-21 win over Eastwood in their 1-5A DI opener.

Its been a solid season for Melucci who is 21-for-22 on extra point attempts and 2-2 on the season on field goal tries, giving Eastlake their second win of the season.

The Falcons got themselves a talented and clutch kicker who will be around for a few years, and more importantly start 1-0 in district play.


After a loss against Del Valle, Canutillo has rebounded nicely and has now won three in a row and look like a team that can contend for a district title.

A tough defense led by defense Josiah Holloway is proving to be tough and the Eagles gritty play on offense has them playing consistent ball control offense when their running game is consistent moving the chains.

Joaquin Carrasco has for 100-yards in back-to-back games, scoring five touchdowns combined in those last two games. Carrasco ran three t

Keep an eye out on the Eagles as District 1-5A DII gets underway.

Next week

Some key games to keep an eye one this week.


  • Franklin-Coronado

The Westside Bowl is always fun, how will Franklin bounce back from a tough loss in a question, and Coronado is basically playing for their season as the magic number in district 1-6A appears to be 3, and a 0-2 start will be hard to overcome for a playoff spot.

  • Pebble Hills-Montwood

The two teams chasing Franklin and Americas will face off in a huge district game on Friday.  This one is for playoff seeding and a chance at eliminating the other for a district title.  This one will be high scoring and fun to watch.

1-5A DI

  • Chapin-Eastlake

Chapin showed great improvement last week, and Eastlake is starting to gain confidence with their high-powered offense, very important game for the district title race.

  • Del Valle-Eastwood

This one could turn into a budding rivalry.  Del Valle is off to a 1-0 start in district play, and Eastwood has dealt with the injury bug during a losing streak.  Eastwood plays well at home and could give Del Valle fits, but the Conquistadores will be heavy favorites with their ball hawking defense.

1-5A DII

  • Canutillo-Riverside

We’ll find out how good Riverside can be this week as the Rangers have won three in a row and host Canutillo, both are 1-0 in district.  Controlling the line of scrimmage and playing good defense have been both teams calling cards this season.

2-5A DII

  • Bowie-Austin

Playoff seeding is on the line with Bowie and Austin hook up Friday night.  This will be a physical game and could decide the third and fourth seed in 2-5A DII.  Bowie still has a shot a district title if they can knock off Austin.