Week Ten El Paso High School Football Preview and Predictions

Photo by Ruben Ramirez/El Paso Herald Post

Thursday, October 31st

El Dorado Aztecs (1-7, 1-1) @ Chapin Huskies (1-7, 1-1)

7:00 pm kickoff, Tony Shaw Field at Irvin Memorial Stadium

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

Channels: Chapin https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/chapin-huskies/

Playoff spots are on the line between Chapin and El Dorado.  If Chapin wins and Eastwood wins on Friday, the Huskies go to the playoffs.  If El Dorado wins, they would need Eastwood to beat Bel Air and Del Valle to beat Eastlake in order to clinch by the end of this week, if neither of those scenarios playout in the Aztecs favor they can keep their playoff hopes alive heading into the final week of the regular season.  Chapin has been using a ground and pound offensive attack with ball carriers Jacob Williamson and Michael Smith leading the Huskies to average 151 rushing yards per game.  El Dorado quarterback Chris Bustillos left the game last week with Eastlake with an injury and his status will be interesting in this important district game.  Chapin’s stout defense will have to find a way to slow down El Dorado’s talented wide out duo of Kris Martin and Chris Harris. Martin is on pace for a 1,000-yard season and Harris had 100 yards receiving last week against Eastlake.  El Dorado’s chances rely on the health of Bustillos as both programs have a lot to play for in this late season tilt.  This will be a close fought game the entire way.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….El Dorado by 2

Friday, November 1st

Riverside Rangers (4-4, 1-2) @ #2 Parkland Matadors (8-0, 3-0)

7:00 pm, Matador Stadium

Broadcasters: Abel Carrillo and Peter Carrillo

ChannelsParkland https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/parkland-matadors/

Parkland can get themselves one more step closer to a district title, while Riverside will be hoping to stay in the playoff race.  Riverside’s defense has been a big difference in their impressive turnaround in 2019 but will face the best offensive unit they have had to defend all season long.  Parkland is one three undefeated teams in all 5A II across the state and is riding a 12-game district win streak that dates to 2017.  Parkland quarterback Gabe Herrera set a career mark with seven touchdown passes last week against Horizon.  Parkland has been rolling and should to continue to roll against a tough Riverside club who hopes to find a way into the playoffs in the final week of the season.  A Parkland win and a Canutillo win sets up a winner take-all district title game between Parkland and Canutillo.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Parkland by 21

#6 Andress Eagles (6-2, 3-1) @ Bowie Bears (4-3, 2-2)

7:00 pm kickoff, Baty-Simmang Stadium

Broadcasters: Mark Saldana and Andy Quintana

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

Andress can lock in their 33rd playoff appearance in school history with a win, while Bowie would need to beat Andress and would still need some help to clinch this week.  Andress has won back-to-back games in convincing fashion after dropping their first district game since 2016 a few weeks ago against Burges.  Andress quarterback Jeremiah Tosky threw three touchdowns last week against El Paso High and appears healthy poised for another playoff run.  Andress has also ran for 1,569 yards as a team and average 6.3 yards per carry with numerous backs including Trevon Ware and Deandre Jones.  The Eagle defense has been solid all year and will have to contain Bowie quarterback Justin Diaz and versatile athlete Carlos Varela who is also one of the top defensive backs in the city and a top wideout.  Bowie will be hungry and will give Andress all they can handle in a close game early on, but the Eagles big play ability will help Andress seal a playoff spot which will be the most playoff appearances in El Paso.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Andress by 12

#8 Canutillo Eagles (7-1, 3-0) @ Horizon Scorpions (2-6, 0-3)

7:00 kickoff, Emperor Stadium

Broadcasters: Ryan Adams and Christian Molinar

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

Canutillo looks to keep their district title hopes alive during a trip to the High Desert to face Horizon.  Canutillo is finding different ways to win each week with their tough defense and effective run game.  Horizon has been competitive all year long as their young group continues to mature.  Keep an eye on sophomore running back Ernie Garcia who leads the Scorpions with 752 total rushing yards and five touchdowns. Canutillo has Joaquin Carrasco who has ran for 100 yards for more in three straight games.  Horizon fights early on, but Canutillo’s defense and physical run game gets stingy and sets up a district title game with Parkland in week 11.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Canutillo by 24

Bel Air Highlanders (3-5, 0-3) @ Eastwood (3-5, 2-1)

7:00 pm kickoff, Trooper Stadium

Broadcasters: Paul Torres and Fonzie Gomez

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

Eastwood can lock up a playoff spot with a win as the both teams enter this week going in opposite directions.  Bel Air was on a three-game win steak before district play started has lost three straight and is one loss away from being eliminated from playoff contention.  The Big Red have a good and explosive offense but will have to stop the run game in order to stop their losing skid.  Eastwood is riding high as they’ve won in back-to-back weeks and look be a team you wouldn’t want to play as of now with their defense has been a solid part of this turnaround from a 1-5 start.  Bel Air will be energized from this long-standing rivalry that started in 1963.  Eastwood has not lost to Bel Air since 2010.  I expect Bel Air to jump out to a lead, but Eastwood has been through a lot this year and should fight back for another exciting win.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts… Eastwood by 5

Ysleta Indians (4-4, 1-2) @ Hanks Knights (4-4, 1-2)

7:00 pm kickoff, Excalibur Stadium

Broadcasters: Sergio Robali and Henry Reyna

Channels: Hanks https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/hanks-knights/

Another game with “win and you’re in” implications as Ysleta ventures off the Reservation to play Hanks in an important district tilt.  If Hanks wins, they are officially in the playoffs, for Ysleta they need a win and some help to clinch this week, but a win by Ysleta will turn the District 1-5A DII playoff race into a wild finish in the final week.  This game features two very good offensive units that can put up points and will gave fans a show.  The quarterback battle is a fun one with Aaron Molina from Hanks and Adrian Jacquez-Castaneda from Ysleta.  However Jacquez-Castaneda is out with an an injury and Lucas Flores who has played wide receiver most of the season has take over at quarterback for the Indians. Hanks big play ability is a difference maker and the Knights will be hungry after falling last week in the final seconds against Canutillo.  Should be a high scoring game, Molina and the offense get Hanks in the playoffs for the second straight year.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Hanks by 12

Del Valle Conquistadores (4-4, 2-1) @ Eastlake Falcons (4-4, 3-0)

7:30 pm kickoff, Socorro Student Activities Complex

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

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

A district title is on the line between two programs who are starting to be become heated rivals. Del Valle has won the last three matchups with Eastlake and will be looking to secure a playoff spot with a win.  Eastlake is already in the playoffs and can lockup a share of the district title with a win on Friday.  The two key matchups to follow closely will be Eastlake’s passing game against a good Del Valle defense, and Del Valle running back Joel Serrano against an improving Eastlake defense.  Winning the line of scrimmage will be key for Del Valle, while Eastlake needs to take care of the ball and not give away any possessions.  This one will come down to the wire, turnovers and taking advantage of turnovers will be the theme in this one.  The team who plays the cleaner game wins. This one is too close to call, straight guessing on this prediction.  This district title and playoff picture for 1-5A DI can get weird or be fully set after some of the outcomes this week.  

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…..Del Valle by 1

Saturday, November 2nd

#5 Franklin Cougars (6-2, 1-2) @ #7 Pebble Hills Spartans (4-4, 1-2)

10:00 am kickoff, Socorro Student Activities Center

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

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

A pair teams trying to overcome multiple injuries will battle things out for a playoff spot Saturday morning at the SAC.  Franklin can secure a playoff spot with a win; Pebble Hills can get closer to a playoff spot, but all signs point to next week’s game against Coronado as their chance to legitimately clinch a playoff spot.  It will be a battle of top tier quarterbacks between Pebble Hills’ Sebastian Ochoa and Franklin’s Danny Walther.  Both defensive units will look to bounce back from being blown out last week.  Expect both teams to leave it all on the line, this one should be very interesting finish.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Franklin by 9

Other games

Thursday

  • Montwood (6-2, 3-0) @ Socorro (0-8, 0-3)

Montwood has won five straight and will continue to roll this week.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts…..Montwood by 30

Friday

  •  Coronado (2-6, 1-2) @ #1 Americas (7-1, 3-0)

Americas should continue to roll and continue to produce eye popping stats.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Americas by 24

  • Burges (7-1, 4-0) @ Irvin (2-5, 1-3)

Burges locks up a share of the district title with a win.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Burges by 20

  • Jefferson (2-6, 1-3) @ El Paso (0-9, 0-5)

Jefferson still has playoff hopes but needs to win and have Andress beat Bowie to set up a play in game in the Battle of the Southside next week.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Jefferson by 4

Last week prediction record: 11-1

Season record: 88-24

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