Week Two El Paso High School Football Preview

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We take a close look at the games we’re covering this week, plus some quick thoughts on other games going on in week two.

Thursday, September 5th

El Dorado Aztecs (0-1) @ Coronado Thunderbirds (0-1)

7:00 pm kickoff, Quarles-Brooks Stadium

Broadcasters: Paul David Oliver and Shawn Murphy

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

Two teams looking for their first win of the season meet in a pre-district tilt. El Dorado quarterback Chris Bustillos threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, he also ran for 112 yards in their season opening loss to Pebble Hills.  His top target in the passing game was wideout Kris Martin who caught seven passes for 137 yards.  El Dorado struggled on defense and will have to win the line of scrimmage against a physical Coronado offense.  El Dorado’s early strength appears to be in the passing game but will have control the line of scrimmage as well and keep Bustillos upright.  The T-Bird’s offense will look to get on track as Andress held them to under 200 yards of total offense in week one.  Look for Coronado standout Davis Burns to have a big game on both sides of the ball in this one as the senior reached double digit tackle numbers last week and could be the spark Coronado needs on offense.  Both teams will be looking for early season identities all while trying to secure that coveted first win of the season.  This should be a close game early on, but I feel Coronado can wear down El Dorado and play keep away with a lead if the Aztecs have trouble putting up points.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…Coronado by 11

#4 Andress Eagles (1-0) @ Chapin Huskies (0-1)

6:30 pm kickoff, 6:15 pm pregame show, R.E. McKee Stadium

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

Channels: Andress and Chapin https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/andress-eagles/

Northeast rivals face off in a week two Thursday night matchup.  Andress’ defense is riding high after shutting down Coronado’s offense to open the season.  The Eagles held Coronado to under 200 yards of total offense and piled up 7.0 tackles for loss last week led by Kiante Liggins who had 12 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss.  Andress flexed their offensive depth as three different running backs along with quarterback Jeremiah Tosky ran for 202 yards with a 4.8 yard per carry average.  Chapin was shutout last week against a tough Midland Christian squad as the young Huskies try to figure things out with a new cast of players on both sides of the ball.  Chapin might run into another buzz saw as Andress seems to be rolling early in the season.  Rivalry games bring out the best of both teams, but the Eagles’ depth and experience should give the Eagles a comfortable win.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Andress by 24

Friday, September 4th

Montwood Rams (0-1) @ Eastlake Falcons (0-1)

7:00 pm kickoff, Socorro Student Activities Complex

Broadcasters: Paul Torres and Fonzie Gomez

Channels: Montwood and Eastlake https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/montwood-rams/

A SISD showdown invades the SAC Friday as Eastlake and Montwood look for their first win of the season.  Montwood took a tough loss on the road last week, allowing 21 fourth quarter points to fall to Los Fresnos 28-27 in the Rio Grande Valley.  Montwood quarterback Sebastian Galvan threw for 286 yards three touchdowns last week.  Running back Chris Ramos ran for 98 yards and added 42 yards receiving and is always a home threat with the ball in his hands.  Montwood receiver’s Aaron Morales and Carlos Flores where very productive in the season opener. Morales caught a pair of touchdown passes and Flores had 101 yards receiving and a touchdown. Eastlake will look to get their run game going, also find will try to find a way to stop the run as they allowed over 200-yards rushing against Canutillo last week.  Montwood seems to have things figured out on offense, and if the Falcons figure things out this could be a high scoring affair.  This will go either way as finishing drives with touchdowns and taking care of the football will be key for both sides.  Expect Montwood to bounce back in a big way.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…Montwood by 15

#6 Canutillo Eagles (1-0) @ Bel Air Highlanders (0-1)

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

Broadcasters: Michael Montes and Mark Mena 

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

Coming off an impressive season opening win, Canutillo looks to keep rolling while Bel Air continues to find ways to improve under first year head coach Eric Scogin.  Canutillo running back Carlos Amato started the season off with a bang running for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and he also took a kick back to the house for a score.  Canutillo’s defense played in Eastlake’s backfield all night long last week, racking up 19.0 tackles for loss.  Josiah Holloway is a major factor on defense for Canutillo and could be a defensive MVP candidate in District 1-5A DII.  Bel Air was good on offense last week against Austin but could not stop the physical run game as they allowed 481 rushing yards while Austin did not attempt a single pass.  Adrian Parsons had a nice opening game with 282 passing yards and three touchdowns.  Stopping the run will be key for Bel Air, I expect another big game from Carlos Amato and another strong performance by the Canutillo defense.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Canutillo by 23

Central Union Spartans (CA) (2-0) @ Del Valle Conquistadores (0-1)

6:30 pm kickoff, 6:15 pm pre-game show, Conquest Stadium

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

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

A scheduling issue led to a special week two California vs. Texas matchup here in El Paso. Del Valle’s defense was outstanding against Mayfield last week, but the Del Valle offense needs to find ways to score in the red zone against a very talented Central Union squad.  Central Quarterback Deniro Osuna looks the part of an elite quarterback.  The senior has great footwork and is a natural playmaker who can make plays outside of the pocket. He has completed 14-of-20 passes for 253 yards, and four touchdowns so far this season.  In two games, the Spartans have not allowed a touchdown and have outscored their two opponents 80-0.  Del Valle’s defense held Mayfield to under 150 total yards last week, and their run game could be a major factor with running back Joel Serrano who led Del Valle’s run game last week.  An interesting matchup that features a sound offensive unit from Central, and sound defensive unit from Del Valle. This one is tough to call, but Central’s defense could be at an advantage while Del Valle tries to figure things out on offense.   

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Central Union by 5

#5 Parkland Matadors (1-0) @ #7 Austin Panthers (1-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, R.E. McKee Stadium

Broadcasters: Mike Tipton and Mark Saldana

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

One of the best games of the night should take place in Central El Paso.  Both Parkland and Austin are coming off solid season opening wins and playoff appearances in 2018.  Parkland’s offense put up 41 points and Gabe Herrera threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns in a thrilling overtime win against Burges to open the season.  As expected, Donta Hayes and Jesse Sandoval both went over 100 yards receiving in the opening week as Parkland’s talented duo appears to already be in midseason form. Austin running back Isiah Witterstauter ran for 330 yards and five touchdowns as a sneaky player of the week candidate.  Austin did not attempt a pass and star linebacker Will Rodriguez had 17 tackles picking up right where he left off last season.  Contrasting offense styles means execution will be key and mistakes will be magnified.  A potential playoff matchup comes your way in week two, should be a close battle.  Tough to call a winner in this win, should come down to the final possession.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Parkland by 1

Riverside Rangers (1-0) @ #8 Burges Mustangs (0-1)

7:00 pm kickoff, Mustang Stadium

Broadcasters: Abel Carrillo and Peter Carrillo

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

Riverside, coming off a historic first win of the season, meets a hungry Burges team coming off a devasting overtime loss.  Burges debuted a few new playmakers like quarterback AJ Johnson and athlete Tavorus Jones who made some big plays last week.  Of course, running back Robert Hall is the major key in the Burges offense is a walking 100-yard rusher every time he steps out on the field.  Riverside beat a good 4A team in San Elizario last week and is playing with renewed energy with new head coach Gary Recoder.  They will have to clean up some mistakes along the offensive line, but Riverside looks to be much improved in 2019.  This is a game where Riverside can gain major confidence, but Burges is a playoff team looking to compete for a district title. Burges’ playmaker’s maybe too much for the Rangers in this one.   

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Burges by 21

El Paso Tigers (0-1) @ Ysleta Indians (1-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, Hutchins Stadium

Broadcasters: Sergio Robali and Henry Renya

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

Ysleta came out strong against Jefferson last week, while El Paso made a few mistakes keeping them short of a victory in the season opener.  Ysleta showed off their speed and offensive depth and sprinted past Jefferson to open the season.  Ysleta quarterback Adrian Jacquez just needed 10 completions to toss three touchdowns and 232 yards, he also ran for three more scores on the ground.  El Paso’s strong defense will be tested by a versatile Ysleta offense that will dish the ball to several experienced playmakers.  Senior quarterback Zach Rodriguez for El Paso will have to have a big game as putting up points will be a key to hang with the speedy Indians all year long.  El Paso defense will keep thing close early on, but I see Ysleta’s speed and talent running away with this one late. 

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…..Ysleta by 19

Hanks Knights (1-0) @ Bowie Bears (1-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, Baty-Simmang Stadium

Broadcasters: Christian Molinar and Ryan Adams

Channels: Irvin https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/irvin-rockets/

There will be tons of speed on the field for both sides as Hanks looks avenge last year’s loss to Bowie.  Hanks flexed their offensive muscle, as their high-flying offense put more than 600 yards in an easy week one win against Socorro.  Quarterback Aaron Molina threw for 370 yards and six touchdowns, while all-world wide receiver Mykal Blanco went for 296 receiving yards, five touchdowns and he added another score via a kick return.  Bowie picked apart Silver City in week one, throwing the ball a surprising 23 times and kept things balanced on offense with their usual strong run game.  Justin Diaz gives Bowie tons of options at quarterback, while running back Willie Carrasco looks to become one of the top running backs in District 2-5A DII after a strong week one showing.  Bowie’s Carlos Varela is the Bears’ most experienced player and he caught 8 passes for 119 yards this week.  It will be interesting to see if Bowie continues to air it out or plays keep away with their run game keeping the Hanks high powered offense on the sideline with a slower pace.  This game should be very fun and a true chess match between coaching staffs.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts……Hanks by 4

Jefferson Silver Foxes (0-1) @ San Elizario Eagles (0-1)

7:00 pm kickoff, Eagle Stadium

Broadcasters: Chris Gomez and Alex Rodriguez

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

With both teams coming off season opening losses, this one should be close and physical.  San Eli is led by workhorse running back Ray Acevedo who ran for 150 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries last week against Riverside.  San Eli’s defense recorded five sacks against Riverside and is a unit that will force Jefferson’s multiple offense to play disciplined and have a clean game.  This should be another close chess match between coaching staffs with execution and turnovers being major factors.  This one should go back and forth, but Ray Acevedo is a real one and should have a big game in front of his home crowd.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….San Eli by 7

Other games

Thursday

  • Eastwood (0-1) @ Plano (0-1), 6:00 pm kickoff

The entire state of Texas will be tuned into this one, Eastwood must figure things out along the offensive line in a hurry.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Plano by 24

  • #1 Franklin (1-0) @ Odessa Permian (0-1), 5:30 pm kickoff

Franklin is riding high after a big win against Rio Rancho Cleveland.  Permian is young, but they are Permian and will be tough like usual.  Franklin can pull the upset but will have to stop the run.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Permian by 2

Friday

  • Pebble Hills (1-0) @ Midland High (0-1), 6:30 pm

Pebble Hills rolled in week one, and they should be able to do the same on the road against a District 2-6A opponent.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Pebble Hills by 17 

  • #2 Americas (1-0) @ Midland Christian (1-0), 6 pm

Americas had a strong showing in week one and will be out for revenge after hitting just a field goal in the game against Midland Christian last year.  MCS will still be toying with their QB situation while Americas should grab a hard-fought win on the road.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts…Americas by 3

  • Clint (1-0) @ Irvin (0-0), 7 pm

We didn’t get to see the Rockets last week due to a turf issue then a weather issue.  Clint is always tough and beat a good Monahans team last week.  Irvin must play a perfect game to keep up with Clint.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts…Clint by 10   

  • Socorro (0-1) @ Horizon (1-0)

Horizon picked up a nice win at El Paso last week, while Socorro showed a new offense against Hanks. This could be a very close game. This will be a close and hard fought game.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Horizon by 2

Last week prediction record: 9-5

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