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Aaron Dumas runs wild in Las Cruces
Americas running back Aaron Dumas ran for a career high seven touchdowns, and 373 yards in a 55-13 win over Onate Friday night.
Dumas career high in rushing yards was set in his first varsity game last year a sophomore at 377 yards, and his production is taking off to another level through three games in 2019.
The seven touchdowns are now tied for second all-time in El Paso county with Austin’s Steven Lee who ran in seven touchdowns in 1985. Fabens running back Vincent Macias ran for nine rushing touchdowns in 1999 and is the leader.
The Blazer defense also had a big game as well, adding to their torrid start.
Americas recorded 9.0 sacks last night to put their season total in the sack department at 28.0 which according to MaxPreps.com is the third best mark in the entire country. Eight different Blazers have recorded sacks on the season led by Dylan Kemp who leads the team with 8.0 sacks.
Irvin’s Dominic Stiverson did it all against Ysleta
The Irvin Rockets are a young team who are figuring themselves out early in the season, but it was a veteran player in Dominic Stiverson who had a big game in a close loss to Ysleta.
The senior ran for 128 yards, caught seven passes for 56 yards and three receiving touchdowns. He also had a clutch interception late in the game that helped Irvin cut the lead in the fourth quarter.
On a team with a high number of sophomores and juniors, Stiverson took things into his own hands as Irvin starts the season 0-2 but heads into week four with tons of confidence.
Sophomore quarterback John Knuston threw for 249 yards and five touchdowns as well. Junior wide receiver Jose Mata caught six passes for 128 yards in a break out game.
Keep an eye on this young core, mixed a veteran play maker as Irvin looks to be a team that gets better every week as the schedule turns over.
Burges comes up with important non-district win
Burges put it all together in a big win against Eastlake Thursday night to open week three.
In a back-and-forth affair with a talented Eastlake team, the Mustangs defense and offensive line took things over in the fourth quarter helping the Mustangs avenge their loss to the Falcons from 2018.
The Mustangs offense line was solid on the Mustangs final three drives, while Robert Hall ran for 80 plus yards in the second half and scored the go-ahead touchdown from 15-yards out with 6:11 left in the game.
Burges’ defense kept Eastlake in third and long situations all night as the Falcons went 2-for-10 on third downs on the evening. A broken-up pass by Burges near the goal line won the game with a fourth down stop during a Eastlake red zone trip late in the game with the Mustangs up 35-27.
Head coach James Routledge continues to take the program to new heights and a win against an established 5A power in El Paso, despite their 2019 record, continues the Mustang up rise.
In two weeks, the Mustangs face their ultimate test: The Andress Eagles and their 18-game district winning streak. Burges continues to turn corners under Routledge and the October 4th match up with Andress will be a huge testament to where the talented Mustangs stand.
El Dorado Quarterback Chris Bustillos off to a hot start
Despite El Dorado’s 0-3 start, Aztec senior quarterback Chris Bustillos is having a nice start to the 2019 season.
In the first two games, Bustillo threw for 190 yards and ran for 100 yards in both games. Last week he threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns against an Andress defense who had not allowed a touchdown since the opening defensive drive of the season.
A true dual-threat, Bustillos showed flashes of major potential last season, and is starting to flourish in year two of coach David Telas’ offensive system.
Bustillo’s has explosive targets like Kris Martin, Chris Harris, Duane Nelson-Betts and Karmelus Card who give the Aztecs a potent attack of skill players with a veteran quarterback heading into week four.
El Dorado will be a team to keep an eye on this week as they take on Franklin and should be a sneaky contender in District 1-5A DI.
Interesting slate of games coming up in week four
There are some really good games next week, heating up the 2019 season.
It all starts Thursday with an interesting double header as Montwood hosts Odessa High and then El Dorado hosts Franklin.
Montwood-Odessa could be a potential playoff preview between District 1-6A and 2-6A. Odessa shutout Montwood last year at Ratliff Stadium.
Franklin has been off to a hot start this year, but if you’re into the “trap game” theory, this game is for you. El Dorado’s explosive offense makes this an interesting match up. Franklin is obviously the heavy favorite, but it will be interesting to see El Dorado’s offense against Franklin’s defense.
On Friday, Del Valle and Canutillo meet in Canutillo in what will be a very physical game between two teams with strong defensive units and two strong running games.
Andress will meet 2-6A opponent Frenship in Roswell.
Midland Lee is proving themselves to be a legit state title contender and will visit Eastwood on Friday. Eastwood has made great improvements after their opening week loss to Americas. It’s rare to see a state ranked team come into town, Trooper Stadium should be rocking Friday night.
It will be a long night at the SAC as a double header as two prime matchups featuring out of town teams.
Pebble Hills and San Angelo Central will start the evening with a 4 pm matinee. Pebble Hills’ offense will be a big key in this one, Central has beat the Spartans the past two years. 2017 they met in the bi-district round, and in 2018 Central beat Pebble Hills 31-20 in San Angelo during the regular season.
The night ends with the game of the night: Amarillo Tascosa and Americas which should be a classic battle, and a huge test for both teams.