Week Eight El Paso High School Football Preview and Predictions

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Thursday, October 17th

Coronado Thunderbirds (1-5, 0-1) @ #2 Franklin Cougars (5-1, 0-1)

6:00 pm kickoff, Sun Bowl

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

Channels: Franklin https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/franklin-cougars/

All eyes will be on how Franklin bounces back from their first loss in a close game with Americas, while Coronado is fighting for their season.  Franklin allowed 10 sacks last week against Americas and will also look to get their ground going as it was grounded last week by a stout Americas defense.  Franklin wide receiver Michael Haack continues to improve and will be a key piece in the Franklin offense.  Coronado will also be pressed to get their run game going as it’s been a struggle the past few weeks.  The Westside Bowl always brings out high emotion, but Franklin should bounce back in a rather easy fashion if Coronado does not show improvement marks.  The T-Birds are two losses away from being eliminated from playoff contention if the pace of the season from everyone else continues, so expect Coronado to lay it out all on the line, while Franklin looks to get back on track.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…Franklin by 28

Friday, October 18th

Ysleta Indians (3-3, 0-1) @ #3 Parkland Matadors (6-0, 1-0)

7:00 pm, Matador Stadium

Broadcasters: Peter Carrillo and Abel Carrillo

Channels: Parkland https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/parkland-matadors/

Parkland will look to stay unbeaten while Ysleta looks snap a two-game losing streak.   Parkland showed their experience strength after they outscored Hanks 35-20 in the second half of a tied halftime score.  Parkland’s Gabe Herrera threw six touchdown passes against Hanks, and now has 20 touchdowns on the season compared to just two interceptions in 163 pass attempts.  Ysleta will be tasked with stopping reigning Speaking Rock player of the Week and dangerous wide out Donta Hayes who leads the city with 10 touchdown receptions. Ysleta will have to value possessions and take care of the ball and methodically place the ball in hands of their playmaking wideouts Lucas Flores and Gio Martinez.  This could be a shootout, but Parkland’s pass rush could be the difference.  Ysleta keeps it close, but just like last week, Parkland pulls away with some big plays on both sides of the ball.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Parkland by 12

#6 Montwood Rams (4-2, 1-0) @ #3 Pebble Hills Spartans (4-2, 1-0)

Approx. 7:30 pm kickoff, Socorro Student Activities Center

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

Channels: Pebble Hills https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/pebble-hills-spartans/

In the best game of the night on paper, 1-6A posturing and positioning for a district title will take center stage at SAC.  During the Rams three game win streak, running back Chris Ramos is averaging 226.3 yards per game behind a big and improving offensive line.  In the same stretch, quarterback Sebastian Galvan has been efficient and has thrown nine touchdowns all while completing 72.3 percent of his passes during the win streak.  The Rams defense will face their toughest test since facing Midland Lee in the form of a high-powered Pebble Hills offense.  Spartans quarterback Sebastian Ochoa has thrown for 1,765 yards and 24 touchdowns with just one interception in 173 pass attempts.  Ochoa has run for seven rushing touchdowns and is averaging 7.3 yards per carry. He has several weapons including Isaiah Davis and Anthony Donacio, along with explosive running back Kyler Sanchez.  Defense might be optional in this potential shootout, but the defense that create the key stop should win. Should be a fun night at the SAC.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Montwood by 1

#5 Burges Mustangs (5-1, 2-0) @ El Paso Tigers (0-7, 0-3)

7:00 kickoff, R.R. Jones Stadium

Broadcasters: Mike Tipton and Mark Saldana 

Channels: El Paso https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/el-paso-tigers/

Burges is quietly looking like one of the top teams in the city, while El Paso continues reel.  Burges is averaging 236.5 rushing yards per game with Robert Hall and Tavorus Jones spearheaded a lethal rushing attack.  The Tigers continue to struggle but can give Burges fits in certain situations if the Mustangs come out flat.  Expect another big rushing game for the Mustangs. The Burges Mustangs are in first place and control their own destiny for a district title.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Burges by 24

#8 Del Valle Conquistadores (3-3, 1-0) @ Eastwood Troopers (1-5, 0-1)

7:00 pm kickoff, Trooper Stadium

Broadcasters: Paul Torres and Fonzie Gomez

Channels: Eastwood https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/eastwood-troopers/

Del Valle looks to add to their winning streak, while injuries and misfortune continue to plague a hungry Eastwood team.  Del Valle has now won three in a row after a 0-3 start using an effective and efficient run attack mixed with some sound defense.  Del Valle running back Joel Serrano has ran for over 100-yards in each game during their three-game win streak, while quarterback Sebastian Carr has thrown five touchdowns in the last two weeks combined.  Eastwood’s Aidan Garcia had a nice game last week in a comeback attempt loss against Eastlake.  The Troopers will be in must-win mode in order to avoid an 0-2 start in district play and keep their playoff hopes alive.  Look for the Troopers to come out hungry, but Del Valle’s defense is on a mission.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts… Del Valle by 5

Austin Panthers (4-2, 1-1) @ Bowie Bears (4-1, 2-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, Baty-Simmang Stadium

Broadcasters: Paul David Oliver and Mark Mena

Channels: Bowie https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/bowie-bears/

It’s the time of the year where playoff seeding means everything, and this Bowie-Austin game will decide some seeding, and maybe even a district title contender.  A win puts Bowie on a path to possibly win a district title, and a win for Austin keeps them in the race for at least a second-place seed in the playoffs.  For Bowie, district title hopes start this week by playing a perfect game.  This old school rivalry will be a physical brawl, with the team able to collect more first downs, and less penalties yards will come out with a win and a shot at a decent seed for the playoffs.  Bowie has been playing well all year and will continue to shock people in the city.  The Bears are for real.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Bowie by 6

Canutillo Eagles (5-1, 1-0) @ Riverside Rangers (4-2, 1-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, Tom Work Riverfront Stadium

Broadcasters: Ryan Adams and Christian Molinar

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

Another district game where seeding and playoff positioning will be dictated after the result.  Riverside has been a surprise team in their first year under head coach Gary Recoder.  The Rangers received some love in our TownTalk Sports El Paso Super 8 Poll thanks to their excellent defense and three game win streak.  A win or quality showing against a good Canutillo team will show how far this program has come along.  Canutillo’s defense tightened up and their run game was effective in a nice win against Ysleta last week. Field position, and turnovers will be key in this matchup.  Canutillo’s experience could be the difference, but the high-energy Rangers have upset on their minds.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Canutillo by 10

Other games

Thursday

  • Socorro (0-6, 0-1) @ #1 Americas (5-1, 1-0) 

Americas is on a mission to rep the City of El Paso and play into December.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Americas by 30

Friday

  •  Chapin (1-5, 1-0) @ Eastlake (2-4, 1-0)

Chapin was the surprise of week seven as was Eastlake’s last second win against Eastwood.  A close game to decide the driver seat of the 1-5A DI district title race.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Eastlake by 4

  • #7 Andress (4-2, 0-1) @ Jefferson (2-4, 1-2)

It will be interesting to see how Andress bounces back from a heart breaking loss then a bye week, Jefferson gave Burges issues in the first half last week.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Andress by 21

  • Horizon (2-4, 0-1) @ Hanks (3-2, 0-1)

Both teams need a win, could be a lot closer than most think, but expect Hanks to bounce back on offense while Horizon continue to develop their young talent.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts…Hanks by 9

  • El Dorado (0-6, 0-1) @ Bel Air (3-3, 0-1)

Could be a shootout with lots of points and yards, look for El Dorado to pull the mild upset and turn 1-5A DI into a crazy race for fourth place.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts…El Dorado by 2

Last week prediction record: 11-1

Season record: 67-21