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Montwood on four game winning streak
The Montwood Rams overcame a 1-2 start and have won four in a row in impressive fashion.
Montwood took a tough loss to state ranked Midland Lee in where they allowed 72 points, but since then have allowed just an average of 21 points per game during their win streak, and average 47 points per game on the offensive side.
Rams quarterback Sebastian Galvan has thrown 18 touchdown passes and just two interceptions during the win streak, while the Rams defense shut down Pebble Hills high-flying passing game to start district play 2-0.
With the experience of Chris Ramos mixed with the poise and production Galvan is providing along with a solid defensive unit that has been yielding the big play, keep an eye out on Montwood to be the next challenger for a District 1-6A title.
Eastlake is 2-0 to start district play
Eastlake is another team who started slow but is picking up steam to start district play.
Quarterback Orion Olivas has been good all season long, but the Falcons defense has stepped up to another level over the past two weeks.
Eastlake held Eastwood to just 34 rushing yards and forced Chapin into a 0-for-7 mark on third down conversions, both are major improvements in consecutive weeks for Eastlake who also snuffed out a goal line stand to keep their shutout alive against Chapin.
Both Eastwood and Chapin put beatings on Eastlake last year and the Falcons bounced back in 2019 for a 2-0 start in district play.
The Falcons have one of the top offensive units in the city but if their defense continues to play at a high level the ceiling will be very high for this improving team who sits all alone in first place in District 1-5A DI.
Eastwood with a gutsy overtime win
A week after losing to a last second 45-yard field goal, Eastwood blocked a short field goal attempt in overtime to stun Del Valle.
The Troopers used three quarterbacks and were down 28-14 in the fourth quarter before mounting an unreal comeback on homecoming.
Down 28-14 heading to the fourth quarter, the Troop sent Andrew Martinez in at quarterback and sophomore led two touchdowns drives including a rushing touchdown from Martinez to send it to overtime.
Credit to the Eastwood defense who also stepped up in the final quarter giving the Troopers one of the more interesting comeback wins of 2019 season.
Austin bounces back
The Austin Panthers have bounced back nicely after losing their first district game to Andress.
After a 40-7 loss to Andress, the Panthers have won three straight including a comeback win against Bowie this past week.
Austin has a pair of rushers in Isaiah Witterstauter and Will Rodriguez who should both eclipse 1,000 yards rushing for a rushing attack that averages well over 300 yards per game.
The Panthers still have district title hopes with Burges being their last game of the season. They host Irvin this week followed up with a bye week then their potential district title game with Burges.
Hanks’ offense explodes
Hanks put up 684 yards of offense in a 75-30 win over Horizon to give the Knights their first district win of 2019.
Mykal Blanco caught seven passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns, while Aaron Molina went a perfect 12-for-12 passing for 356 yards and six touchdowns.
The six touchdowns through the air marks the third time this year Molina has thrown for six touchdowns in a game. Blanco leads the city in touchdown receptions in 2019 with 17 touchdown receptions and has reached the 1,000 mark for the third time in his career on just 45 receptions this season.
Look at ahead at next week’s big games
- Franklin – Montwood, Thursday
Franklin and Montwood figure to be “big” schools in the 6A playoff bracket, putting them in the DI bracket assuming both teams make the playoffs. This game could decide either a home playoff game or road game in the bi-district round. Very important game in the 1-6A standings. Montwood could lock up a playoff spot next week with a win and some help on Friday.
- Pebble Hills – Americas, Friday
Pebble Hills gets their crack at Americas, the Blazers are rolling but will face Sebastian Ochoa who can put up points and numbers. Another game that will determine seeding with potential playoff teams facing off. Americas locks up a playoff spot with a win.
- Socorro – Coronado, Friday
The loser will be officially eliminated from playoff contention.
- Eastwood – Chapin, Friday
Winner gets the inside track for a playoff spot, this is a huge game in regard to possible tie breakers at the end of the season.
- El Dorado – Eastlake, Friday
Eastlake can lock up a playoff spot with a win, but El Dorado has played well the past two weeks and could give the Falcons all they could handle. Should be an aerial display from both clubs. Eastlake could lock up an early playoff spot with a win.
- Hanks – Canutllo, Friday
Hanks gets a big road test against a good defensive unit in Canutillo.
- Riverside – Ysleta, Friday
A rivalry game on the Indians’ homecoming and a chance for Riverside to help their playoff chances. Should be a very close game on the Reservation.
- Bowie – Burges, Friday
Bowie will be looking to bounce back and could give Burges some issues, although the Mustangs have been red hot and are poised to clinch an outright district title. Burges clinches a playoff spot with a win.