Sunday High School Football Notebook

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Aaron Dumas continues torrid, historic pace

Americas running back Aaron Dumas continues to prove each week that he is the best in the state with another historic performance this past week.

Dumas ran for a career high 381 yards officially counted by Americas, I had Dumas had 385 yards and four touchdowns which set the single season record rushing touchdown record in El Paso as Dumas now has 30 rushing touchdowns.

Americas head coach Patrick Melton tweeted at us after the game saying Dumas played Friday afternoon’s game while battling the flu,

Austin’s Steven Lee rushed for 29 touchdowns in 1985, Lee led the state in rushing yards that season and Dumas is currently second in the state according to Max Preps behind Keandre Miller from Mt. Enterprise.

Dumas has now rushed for 2,275 yards on the season giving him back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons with 45 career rushing touchdowns.  The city record for rushing yards in a season 2, 812 set by former Parkland Matador and UTEP Miner Deion Hankins with Dumas is 2,800 yards and some change away from snapping.

The 5’11, 190-pound Dumas already has a handful of FBS offers and is a player that should be on every FBS programs radar as his historic career unfolds every week.

1-6A playoff race

The 1-6A race for the final two spots is still very wide open.

With Franklin and Pebble Hills losing and Coronado winning, four of the six teams remain alive heading into the final two weeks.

Franklin will lock in a playoff spot if they can beat Pebble Hills on Saturday and will also need for Montwood to beat Socorro next Thursday to officially clinch.

Pebble Hills can lock up a playoff spot if they win out, but if they lose to Franklin and Coronado loses to Americas, then Coronado and Americas will play for the final playoff in the final week of the regular season.

Socorro is also alive, but they too would need to win out and would need some help.

Americas clinched a playoff berth and is slated be in the DI 6A Bracket, Montwood is in the playoffs is slated be in the DI 6A Bracket.

1-5A DI playoff race

Eastwood and Del Valle are the only teams remaining that control their own destinies, if the Troop beat Bel Air next week they are in, and if Del Valle wins against Eastlake, Del Valle is in.

Del Valle also gets in with an El Dorado loss no matter their outcome against Eastlake. 

Everyone else is still alive as well, but Bel Air and El Dorado would have to win out plus get some help.  Chapin gets in with a in over El Dorado on Thursday mixed with an Eastwood win would seal up the all four 1-5A DI playoff spots as Chapin would have tiebreakers over El Dorado and Bel Air and Eastwood would have the third seed locked up.

If El Dorado beats Chapin, and Eastwood beats Bel Air and Del Valle beats Eastlake, El Dorado is in the playoffs as that will lock Eastlake, Del Valle, Eastwood, and El Dorado in the playoffs.

If El Dorado beats Chapin and Bel Air upsets Eastwood, mayhem could ensue in the final week of the regular season.

Eastlake is in the playoffs and can lock up a share of the district title with a win against Del Valle on Friday.

1-5A DII playoff race

Despite a tough loss last week, Hanks can win this week against Ysleta and they clinch a playoff spot for the second straight season.

Ysleta needs to beak Hanks, then have Riverside lose to Parkland coupled with a Horizon loss to Canutillo.

After that it gets muddy for everyone else.

Riverside is still alive but might want to see Ysleta beat Hanks next week, so it sets up a defacto play in game with Hanks in the final week of the regular season. If Hanks wins and Riverside loses to Parkland it would put the Rangers in must win mode against Hanks, and they would be scoreboard watching looking for help in the final week of the regular season as well.

If Horizon loses to Canutillo this coming week they are eliminated.

Parkland and Canutillo are in the playoffs.

2-5A DII playoff race

This district playoff race is pretty much cut and dry, but if Bowie beats Andress things can get interesting.

If Andress beats Bowie they are in the playoffs, Bowie gets in if they beat Andress and would need to Jefferson to lose to El Paso. 

If Bowie beats Andress and Irvin loses along with Jefferson falling to El Paso, both Andress and Bowie would be in the playoffs heading into the final week of the season.

Jefferson is still alive but needs to win out plus have Bowie lose to Andress, same scenario for Irvin in terms of winning out although Irvin would need major help from Jefferson in the final two weeks.

El Paso is eliminated, and Austin and Burges have clinched playoff berths.

To see the full standings, click here.

Eastlake wins three in a row

The Eastlake Falcons continue their upward swing as they won four in a row with a complete game against El Dorado.

The Falcon offense has been consistent all season long, but their defense has been solid over the past two weeks and especially Friday night in where they held an explosive quarterback in Chris Bustillos in check.

Players like Blas Compean, Daine Kirtley, Korbyn Wells, Shayden Muzio, among others have contributed to their defensive improvement and gives the Falcons a shot at a district title this coming week.

Kitley and Compean are also key contributors on the offensive side of the ball assisting quarterback Orion Olivas and talented wide receiver Matthew Jones.

A 1-5A DI district title game takes place next Friday as Del Valle will challenge Eastlake.

Canutillo keeps finding ways to win

In what is becoming a weekly theme, Canutillo figures out gutsy ways to keep their winning ways alive.

The Eagles had two players rush for over 150 rushing yards as Joaquin Carrasco ran for 255 yards and a pair of scores and LJ Martin ran for 169 yards and a touchdown in a dramatic 38-35 win over Hanks.

Carrasco has now rushed for 100 yards or more in three straight games giving the Eagles another legit weapon out of the backfield.

Photo by Abel Carrillo

Canutillo keeps playing with heart and finding ways to win setting them up with another playoff berth in the rich history of their football program.

Dylan Kemp’s sack attack continues

Just like his teammate on the offensive side, Americas defensive end Dylan Kemp is turning in a historic season in his own right.

Kemp posted a career high 8.5 sacks against Pebble Hills and was living in the Spartans backfield with 13 total tackles.

According to Max Preps, Kemp leads the nation in sacks with 26.0 and started the season with 6.0 sacks against Eastwood.

Kemp accelerates off the ball like a sprinter running a short distance race, he is so quick you really see him engage with blockers and he has excellent pursuit angles which also him to not miss very many tackles. 

He is a special talent who still has more time left to improve his craft in his budding career.

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