Matt Metz — Playerspictures.com
A look around some of the top story lines heading into the week seven as district play across the city gets underway.
- Coroando’s four game win streak
The Bird’s have played some good football since the end of the 2017 season winning six out of their last eight games since the end of the 2017 season, but have soared to new heights in Bob Anderson’s seventh year.
After losing a heart breaker in the season opener against 5A power Andress, the T-Birds have rattled off four straight win and have an eight-quarter scoreless streak after shutting out their last two opponents.
Coronado has workhorse Garrett Slaughter who is averaging five yards per carry behind a stout offensive line. Junior quarterback Ben Carney doesn’t make very many mistakes is slowly developing into another major play maker.
On defense Coronado has plenty of experience and athleticism dotted all through their starting lineup. In the secondary Davis Burns, Jonathan Seabrook, and Andrew Arbarca are proven play makers who produce every week. Then you have Town Talk Sports El Paso MVP candidate Carter McFaddin at linebacker who has 13 tackles for loss and five sacks along with fellow linebackers Patrick Barrett and Dominique Varela.
Watch for the T-Birds to become a factor in the 1-6A title race.
- Ysleta’s hot start
We predicted in the preseason that Ysleta had plenty of talent to be a playoff team, but little did we know they would be among the last two undefeated teams in the city.
Joziah Salazar has been a flat out stud throwing for 1,267 yards, and 11 touchdowns in the first five games of the season. He’s also rushed for five touchdowns leading a balanced offensive attack that also features three rushers with 25 carries or more who average four yards per rush.
The Indians have made the playoffs just twice since 2003 both coming in the 2014 and 2015 but look to be a surefire playoff team and a possible district title contender.
The biggest game of the year could come in a few weeks against Parkland in where they could control their own destiny for their first district title since 1997.
- Irvin’s hot start
There are two story book stories of the 2018 season in what Ysleta, and now after an exciting 49-35 win over El Paso, Irvin is starting to show they belong in the district title conversation after a 2-0 start to district D2 2-5A play.
Devin Driscoll’s is the district’s and TTSports El Paso MVP candidate so far running for 843 yards and nine touchdowns. Quarterback Jose Aguirre has been super-efficient throwing for 1,200 yards and completing well over 50 percent of his passes to go along with 13 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Joel Tarango is another big play threat along with Irvin who could tie their best start to a season since 2013 with a 6-1 record with a win over a tough Bowie team this week.
Irvin hasn’t made the playoffs since 2010 but is looking to break that streak as a district champion with a few tough district games coming up soon.
- Americas running back Aaron Dumas
There’s a long line of talented and prolific running backs that have come out of Americas High School.
John Lane, Jack Fields, Josh Fields, and midway through his sophomore year Aaron Dumas is already well on his way in etching his name as another.
Dumas is currently fifth in the state in total total rushing yards and has eight touchdowns. Dumas first varsity game saw him go off for 377 yards, and he’s yet to be held under 150 yards on the season and has ran for over 250 yards three times this year.
He’s listed at 5’9, 185 pounds, and should see his recruiting profile raise as he racks up yards, and continues to turn heads. Look for Dumas’ recruiting profile to explode when he is evaluated at camps he should be invited to over the off season.
His development has Americas in the playoff conversation as district play starts.
- Del Valle’s Raymond Montez continues to improve to new heights
The level of play Del Valle quarterback Raymond Montez has rose to ever since his first career start against Americas in the SAC as a sophomore has been remarkable.
Montez is putting some uber efficient numbers this year as a senior, completing 74 percent of his passes, he hasn’t thrown an INT, and has 13 touchdown passes. Of course, he has the athletic ability to rush for over 1,00 yards like he almost did last year, but his elite football IQ has led to 12 rushing touchdowns, on pace to smash his career high set last season a junior.
He’s also averaging 13.2 yards per completion, and has a great chemistry with veteran weapons Karch Gardiner, Danny Cortez, and Cauy Oropeza. This group has been playing together for a while, and you see their collective football IQ’s taking their athletic talent to a new level.
That aspect makes Del Valle a scary team that continues to develop into not only an offensive machine, but an efficient offensive machine that picks you apart from every angle with guys who understand what their coaches are trying to expose.
Montez is becoming a star with excellent numbers that show the game has slowed down for him which means Del Valle could be poised for a special playoff run with a veteran extension of a poised coach on the field who makes big play, after big play.
Del Valle is fun to watch, and Montez continues to show he can play on Saturday’s at the same level of his older bro.