Week 11 El Paso High School Football Preview and Predictions

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Thursday, November 7th

Eastwood Troopers (4-5, 3-1) @ El Dorado Aztecs (1-8, 1-3)

7:00 pm kickoff, Socorro Student Activities Center

Broadcasters: Mando Medina and Chris Gomez

Channels: El Dorado https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/el-dorado-aztecs/

Eastwood and El Dorado will be playing for pride to end the regular season.  The Troopers are the locked-in second seed out of District 1-5A DI while El Dorado has been eliminated from playoff contention.  Eastwood keeps reloading at quarterback as sophomore Andrew Martinez looks to be the guy for the future but can write his legacy with a nice playoff run and strong finish to the regular season.  El Dorado saw their star quarterback Chris Bustillos go down before their game against Chapin which has set the team back despite having some legit playmakers at the skill spot.  Eastwood is riding high and should take care of business.  

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Eastwood by 20

Friday, November 8th

#1 Americas Trailblazers (8-1, 4-0) @ #3 Montwood Rams (7-2, 4-0)

7:00 pm, Socorro Student Activities Center

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

ChannelsMontwood https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/montwood-rams/

The District 1-6A Championship is on the line between two east El Paso rivals.  Montwood has won six straight games, while Americas is on a five-game winning streak as they meet in a winner-take-all matchup.  Americas defense has recorded 70.5 sacks which is surely a city record and the most ever by an El Paso county team in a single season. Dylan Kemp is an edge rusher the Rams will have to identify.  The Rams’ defense will have figure out a way to slow down all-state running back Aaron Dumas who is averaging well over 200 yards per game this season.  Montwood has some playmakers of their own on both sides of the ball including quarterback Sebastian Galvan and speedy running back Chris Ramos.  Defensively Pedro Escobar and Neal Cardiel provide experience at the linebacker and safety spots.  The big key will be who wins the line of scrimmage, both teams are solid upfront on both sides of the ball and should give fans a real treat.  Montwood is red hot, but the Blazer defense ends up stealing the show, again.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Americas by 4

#2 Parkland Matadors (9-0, 4-0) @ #8 Canutillo Eagles (8-1, 4-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, C. Julius & Irene Lowenberg Stadium

Broadcasters: Mark Saldana and Andy Quintana

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

Parkland will be looking for their second straight district title, while Canutillo is searching for their 12th district title in school history.  The Eagles have not held up a district title trophy since 2016, although Canutillo head coach Scott Brooks has his team playing determined football down the stretch of the season with their tough defense and efficient running game featuring multiple playmakers.  Parkland has been steadily great all-season and looks like a team poised for a deep playoff run with veteran quarterback Gabe Herrera who has never lost a district game in his career at Parkland.  The Matadors look the be tough to stop, but anything can happen in a winner take-all game.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Parkland by 4

#4 Austin Panthers (7-2, 4-1) @ Burges Mustangs (8-1, 5-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, Mustang Stadium

Broadcasters: Paul David Oliver and Mark Mena

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

Another game with huge district title implications.  Burges has not won an outright district title since 1967 and their last share of the district title was back in 1970.  A Burges win gives the Mustangs an outright district title, while an Austin win creates a possible three-way share of the district title.  Austin’s last district title came back in 2008, so both programs are hungry to change history.  Burges has a dynamic running game with Tavorus Jones and Robert Hall that will be met by a sound Austin defense led by linebacker Will Rodriguez.  Austin has a pair of 1,000-yard rushers with Rodriguez and Isaiah Witterstauter.  Austin comes in much improved after their early season loss to Andress and Burges is one of the more talented teams among El Paso 5A schools.  This one will be very close, and it super hard to predict.  Burges’ playmakers give the Mustangs the edge on paper, but Austin always plays hard and with a purpose, should be one of the best games of the night.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Burges by 1

#7 Eastlake Falcons (5-4, 4-0) @ Bel Air Highlanders (3-6, 0-4)

7:00 pm kickoff, Bob Savage Field @ Highlander Stadium

Broadcasters: Sergio Robali and Henry Reyna

Channels: Bel Air https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/bel-air-highlanders/

Eastlake has clinched a share of the 1-5A DI title, but can secure an outright title with a win against another high-powered offensive unit in Bel Air.  The Highlanders are losers of their last four games but have an offense that is explosive and can give anyone issues if not prepared.  Highlander quarterback Adrian Parsons is among the state leaders in passing yards and touchdowns.  Eastlake has one of the state’s top passers as well in junior gunslinger Orion Olivas who has several weapons who make this Eastlake offense very difficult to defend. Olivas threw for 406 yards last week against Del Valle. The Falcon defense led by Shayden Muzio is an established unit that is playing very well as well.  Complimentary football has led Eastlake to a district title, but securing an outright title might not be as easy as most would think on paper.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts… Eastlake by 14

Horizon Scorpions (2-7, 0-4) @ Ysleta Indians (5-4, 2-2)

7:00 pm kickoff, Hutchins Stadium

Broadcasters: Paul Torres and Fonzie Gomez

Channels: Ysleta https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/ysleta-indians/

The Indians are in the playoffs for the first time since 2015 and will be the third seed out District 1-5A DII as their game against the young Horizon Scorpions will be for pride.  Lucas Flores has moved to quarterback full time and will be looking to sharpen things up before the playoffs, making his third career start at quarterback this week.  Flores hooked up with Gio Martinez nine times for 199 yards and three scores last week in a big win over Hanks. The talented Martinez had the game winning score in the final minutes off a jet sweep.  Horizon will be a team to keep an eye on in the future, running back Ernie Garcia will headline a talented sophomore class that has a lot build on and learn from this seven-game losing streak.  Ysleta should cruise into the playoffs, but the young Scorpions will be a team to watch next season.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Ysleta by 10

Chapin Huskies (2-7, 2-2) @ Del Valle Conquistadores (4-5, 2-2)

7:00 pm kickoff, Conquest Stadium

Broadcasters: Alex Rodriguez and Shawn Murphy

Channels: Del Valle https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/del-valle-conquistadores/

Playoff seeding in the 5A DI bracket will be finalized when the clock strikes zeroes between these two-yearly playoff teams.  Chapin and Del Valle both extended playoff appearance streak’s that pan across a decade.  Chapin is in the playoffs for the 17th straight year, while Big Bad Blue is in for the 16th straight season.  Chapin has a new quarterback in Demian Rodriguez who has moved over from the defensive side due to multiple injuries at that position.  Rodriguez ran for over 100 yards and three touchdowns last week in a win over El Dorado.  Chapin’s defense is a very physical unit with a stout front seven that will have to slow down Del Valle’s tough running game led by running back Joel Serrano.  Del Valle should handle business on senior night, but the Huskies are playing with lots of confidence despite their overall record.     

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…..Del Valle by 12

Bowie Bears (4-4, 2-3) @ Jefferson Silver Foxes (3-6, 2-3)

7:00 pm kickoff, Sun Bowl

Broadcasters: Mike Tipton and Mark Saldana

Channels: Jefferson  https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/jefferson-silver-foxes/

A rivalry that dates to 1950 will decide the fourth playoff spot in 2-5A DII. In 2017 Jefferson upset Bowie to set up a coin flip for the fourth spot, in 2019, winner of this proud rivalry gets in without a coin flip this time around.  Jefferson looks to get their running game going with sophomore stud Arturo Rubio who has 857 rushing yards while sophomore quarterback Nathan Alacla has run for five touchdowns and averages 5.2 yards per carry.  Bowie will look to bounce back after getting shutout at the hands of the Andress Eagles last week.  Bowie has good team speed and is the favorite, but the Battle of the Southside looks to be a toss up with the hard fighting Foxes looking for their second playoff appearance under Tony Martinez. 

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Bowie by 7

Hanks Knights (4-4, 2-2) @ Riverside Rangers (4-5, 2-2)

7:00 pm kickoff, Tom Work Riverfront Stadium

Broadcasters: Ryan Adams and Christian Molinar

Channels: Riverside https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/riverside-rangers/

Riverside is hungry for their first playoff berth since 2011, while Hanks is looking to bounce back from a two-game losing slide.  Hanks’ offense has been the story all season for the Knights and will need a big night from their stars Aaron Molina and Mykal Blanco to make a playoff bracket for the second straight season.  Riverside’s future is certainly bright, and the Rangers will look to take a major growing leap by upsetting Hanks and making a major mark under first year head coach Gary Recoder.  The Ranger defense shut down Parkland’s running game last week, that confidence might carry over, but Blanco should keep the Knights playing into the bi-district round.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Hanks by 4

Pebble Hills Spartans (4-5, 1-3) @ Coronado Thunderbirds (2-7, 1-3)

7:00 pm kickoff, Quarles-Brooks Stadium

Broadcasters: Michael Montes

Channels: Coronado https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/coronado-t-birds/

The Coronado-Pebble Hills game will have the eyes from all over west Texas looking at this one.  An important game not just to decide the final playoff spot in 1-6A, but playoff seeding for rest of 1-6A hinges on this one.  2-6A schools from the Permian Basin and Lubbock/Amarillo area will certainly be interested in terms of bi-district matchup pairings.  The Spartans are led by quarterback Sebastian Ochoa who is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the Region.  Coronado will rely on defensive playmaker Davis Burns and quarterback Ben Carney to get them in the playoffs for a third straight season.  Expect both coaching staffs to lay it out all on the line in this win and you’re in situation.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Pebble Hills by 9

Other games

Thursday

  • Socorro (0-9, 0-4) @ #5 Franklin (7-2, 2-2)

Franklin will be rooting for their rivals to upset Pebble Hills in hopes of hosting a bi-district playoff game at Cougar Stadium.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts…..Franklin by 30

Friday

  •  Irvin (2-6, 1-4) @ #6 Andress (7-2, 4-1)

Andress rolls and will hope for an Austin loss.  Irvin took some lumps this year but should be very competitive in 2020.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Andress by 20

Last week prediction record: 9-3

Season record: 97-27

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