Photo by Ace Acosta
A look at some of the highlights from week two.
Franklin and Americas do it again
Excuse the repeat content, but Franklin and Americas took care of business against quality opponents for the second straight week.
Aaron Dumas ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback Mike Nowell was efficient with 152 yards passing completing 9-of-15 passes as Americas held off Midland Christian on the road 35-28 on Friday.
The Blazers of course have a stout defense which will be another strength as they helped snap a five-game win streak Midland Christian had against El Paso teams.
Patrick Melton’s offense is starting to develop three major targets in the passing game for accurate gunslinger Nowell to find. Ryan Acosta, Sir Drennan, and Evan Chislom all have complementary skills sets that provide tons of versatility in the Americas offense.
Franklin’s Danny Walther was outstanding last Thursday at Ratliff, throwing for 299 yards, three touchdowns, and added two more rushing touchdowns.
Franklin beat Permian 49-28 last Thursday, while it maybe a down year for the Mojo, Franklin came out strong and took care of business and this was no upset.
The Cougar defense did not allow a 100-yard rusher and recovered two fumbles in their big road win to help them start 2-0 just like Americas.
El Paso’s top two 6A teams continue to start the season strong and look to be Regional contenders come playoff time.
California vs. Texas in El Paso
For the first time ever, an El Paso High School football team played a team from California in a historic home matchup for Del Valle and Central Union from El Centro, California.
Del Valle came out on the short end of a 34-21 loss to a very good Central Union team.
The Spartans came into the game winning 24 total games over the past two seasons, led by Head Coach David Pena who has revived the program. Central Union lost in the San Diego Section City Championship game in 2018 and return most of the main players from that 12-1 team that made a deep playoff run.
Coach Pena is now 25-3 overall as a head coach and is 3-0 on the young season.
It was the first ever trip for Central to Texas and they traveled well as a group of about 100 or so parents and fans made the trip. They draw huge crowds back home in El Centro and have tremendous alumni support. They are a public school with an enrollment equal to a 5A DI or DII team in Texas.
Del Valle will play their third out of town opponent next week as they face Hutto from the Austin area for the first time ever as well.
Pebble Hills’s offense is strong in tough road loss
The Pebble Hills Spartans lost a close road loss to 2-6A opponent Midland High in a potential playoff preview.
Spartans quarterback Sebastian Ochoa is off to a great start to the season. The senior threw for 346 yards last week and has thrown four touchdowns in each of his two games. He’s also thrown 50 straight passes without an interception to start the season.
Senior wide out Isiah Davis is also off to a strong start with back-to-back 100 yard receiving games. Davis has FBS attention and has been offered by UTEP, his strong start may lead to more eyes coming his way.
Midland High ran for 343 yards and a two-point conversion on their final drive inside the final minute of the game polished off a home win for the Dawgs who come to El Paso to Franklin next week.
Pebble Hills has some work to do on defense but will be a tough out for anyone with the experience and talent Ochoa has. Their tough non-district schedule continues to test the young program.
Expect some defensive adjustments next week against Chapin as the Pebble Hills offense appears to be a major strength in what could be another special 2019 season for the Spartans.
District 1-5A DI goes winless for a second straight week.
For the second straight week, the six team District 1-5A DI finished winless.
Looking deeper, there actual credit needed to be given to these coaching staffs who have scheduled tough non-district games so far and most have been close losses with a possession or two difference.
This will be an interesting district once district play comes around, could be a scenario where everyone is in the hunt until the final seconds of the season.
A truly united moment between Eastwood and Plano
A touching moment was captured on video during Eastwood’s Thursday night game against Plano at The Star in Frisco.
With the emotions of the highly talked about Eastwood-Plano drama, and the tragic loss lifelong Eastwood Trooper Eddie Cruz. Cruz’s former teammate and current Eastwood senior defensive back Nathan Carranza was overcome with emotion during the national anthem, but as this game was supposed to do, Plano’s Dominick Herrera was there to comfort Carranza.
See the touching video story below….
This very moment is why this game was so important and talking heads like myself were so vocal about this needing to happen for both El Paso and the Dallas area. High school football is purely a beautiful game that brings communities together, and a prime example was this truly united moment between Eastwood and Plano.