Week Five El Paso High School Football Preview and Predictions

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Thursday, September 26th

#3 Pebble Hills Spartans (2-2) @ Eastlake Falcons (1-3)

7:00 pm kickoff, Socorro Student Activities Complex

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

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

A pair of high flying offense looks to light up the scoreboard Thursday at the SAC. Both passing game’s rank in the top 30 in the state in terms of passing yards and have dual-threat quarterbacks who can really light it up.  Sebastian Ochoa for Pebble Hills averages 16.4 yards per completion and has thrown just one interception in 114 pass attempts.  Eastlake quarterback Orion Olivas averages 13.3 yards per completion, and averages 4.5 yards per carry.  Valuing possessions will be key for each offense, while their defense’s will look to create turnovers.  Lots of offensive talent will be all over the field, should be a wild shootout to start the week.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…Pebble Hills by 8

Friday, September 27th

#5 Andress Eagles (3-1)#7 Austin Panthers (3-1)

7:00 kickoff, R.E. McKee Stadium

Broadcasters: Alex Nicolas and Tony Grijalva

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

District play begins with two ranked teams who feel they can each take the district title.  Andress comes in after a loss to 6A Frenship but brings an 18-game district winning streak dating back to 2016.  The Eagle defense allowed a season high 51 points last week against a high flying passing attack and will now face a ground and pound attack from Austin.  Austin is averaging 316.8 rushing yards per game, and as a team the Panthers are averaging 7.9 yards per carry on the season.  Will Rodriguez is having an MVP type of year and will have to produce a big game for the Panthers to knock off Andress.  This will be a close game that will come down to turnovers, and field position. If Austin controls the ball they have a chance, while Andress will look to generate big plays for points.  Should come down to the wire.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts… Andress by 4

Eastwood Troopers (1-3) @ Montwood Rams (2-2)

7:30 pm kickoff, Socorro Student Activities Complex

Broadcasters: Mark Mena and Mark Saldana

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

Former district rivals face off in the nightcap of a SAC double header.  Both teams have played tough non-district schedules and will look for one more tough tune up before district play starts.  Montwood had a nice bounce back last week against Odessa High as running back Chris Ramos had a career day with 178 rushing yards, and four rushing touchdowns.  Eastwood quarterback Chris Castaneda has run for 100 yards or more in four straight games and has scored four rushing touchdowns during the same span.  Every time Montwood and Eastwood hook up, wild things happen. Expect the fireworks to start in the pregame warmups and last until time runs out on the clock.  Lots of points will be scored at the SAC Friday night.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…Eastwood by 3

#8 Hanks Knights (3-0) @ Del Valle Conquistadores (1-3)

7 pm kickoff, Conquest Stadium

Broadcasters: Chris Gomez and Alex Rodriguez

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

Del Valle picked up their first win of the season last week in a resounding way against Canutillo, while Hanks looks to stay unbeaten. Hanks’ offense is averaging 374.3 yards per game through the air, and quarterback Aaron Molina is playing like a District 1-5A DII MVP.  Mykal Blanco is less than 200 yards away from the city’s all-time receiving record.  Del Valle’s strength has been their sound defense and will be the best defensive unit Hanks has faced this year.  Meanwhile Joel Serrano will be a key target for the Hanks defense  The running back ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns last week against Canutillo. Hanks has not beat Del Valle since 1997 and this will be Hanks best chance since 2015.  Del Valle’s defense will be prepared, can Hanks turn the corner?

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Del Valle by 7

Chapin Huskies (0-4) @ Franklin Cougars (4-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, Cougar Stadium

Chapin Huskies (0-4) @ Franklin Cougars (4-0)

7:00 pm kickoff, Cougar Stadium

Broadcasters: Abel Carrillo and Peter Carrillo

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

Two teams off to opposite starts meet in one final non-district match up.  Franklin leads the state in total yards after putting up 698 yards last week against El Dorado.  Franklin’s Danny Walther is the leader for TownTalk Sports El Paso MVP with a stellar season so far. It doesn’t just revolve around Walther, Franklin has several weapons among their skill player’s, and their offensive line is the best in West Texas.  Chapin continues a rebuilding year and will look to keep improving against another formidable opponent.  The young Huskies have played a tough non-district schedule which is a good learning tool for this young team.  Franklin will roll.  

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts….Franklin by 30

Bel Air Highlanders (2-2) @ Ysleta Indians (3-1)

7:00 pm kickoff, Hutchins Stadium

Broadcasters: Sergio Robali and Henry Reyna

Channels:  Ysleta and Bel Air https://www.towntalksportselpaso.com/ysleta-indians/

Two high-powered offense’s square off in rivalry game that started back in 1960.  Bel Air leads the series 25-15-1, but Ysleta has won four of the last six matchups.  The Highlanders have posted 62 points in back-to-back weeks all while putting up more than 600 yards in both wins as Adrian Parsons comes into the week fourth in the state in touchdown passes.  Parsons’ main target is Fernie Castillo who has 28 catches for 391 yards and three touchdowns, although Parsons has completed nine or more passes to five different receivers.  Ysleta will look to bounce back after a shocking blowout loss to Bowie last week.  The Indians are averaging 334 yards per game and will look cut down on the turnovers this week.  Should be a high scoring game with lots of emotion.  Another close one that will come down to the wire.

Town Talk Sports El Paso Predicts…..Bel Air by 3

Jefferson Silver Foxes (1-3) @ Irvin Rockets (1-2)

7:00 pm kickoff, Tony Shaw Memorial Field

Broadcasters: Bill Coon and Andy Quintana

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

An important district opener for both teams as both will look to play spoiler during district play. A win gives you a potential tie breaker win, which could become important down the stretch of the regular season.  The Foxes have found an offensive strength, running for 293 yards per game so far this season.  Sophomore Arturo Rubio is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and has ran for more than 140 yards in back-to-back game. Irvin has also found a ground game as two-way player Dominic Stiverson has ran for 100 or more yards in back-to-back game is Irvin’s best defensive player. Field position and finishing drives will key for both teams.  Whoever takes care of ball, wins.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Irvin by 6

Canutillo Eagles (3-1) @ Coronado Thunderbirds (1-3)

7:00 pm kickoff, Quarles-Brooks Stadium

Broadcasters: Paul Torres and Fonzie Gomez

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

Both teams suffered tough losses last week and will look to bounce back as district play nears.  Canutillo has been without leading rusher Carlos Amato the past two weeks and was held to just three points against a good Canutillo defense last week.  Coronado picked off three passes last week, Davis Burns had 18 tackles and an interception in the close loss to Eastlake.  Burns is a game changer on defense and must be game planned for.  A must-win for both teams with district play on the horizon in two weeks.  Expect Coronado to have another strong defensive performance

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Coronado by 4

Cathedral Fighting Irish (1-3) @ Riverside Rangers (2-2)

7:00 pm kickoff, Tom Work Riverfront Stadium

Broadcasters: Ryan Adams and Christian Molina

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

The Rangers have played well on defense the past few weeks and will look to head into district play with a winning overall record.  Cathedral was shutout last week against Fabens and will continue their early schedule on the road.  Riverside is improving each week and will be a team to watch come district play if they continue to improve this week.  I feel the Rangers defense will have another strong performance the Rangers should pick up a easy win at home.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Riverside by 11

Other games

Friday

  • El Dorado (0-4) @ #2 Americas (3-1), 4 pm @ SAC

Too much Aaron Dumas in this one, El Dorado will be battle tested once district play starts.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Americas by 30

  • Socorro (0-4) @ #4 Parkland (4-0), 7 pm @ Matador Stadium

Parkland should continue to roll.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Parkland by 20

  • Horizon (2-2) @ Santa Teresa (4-0), 7pm @ Santa Teresa

Horizon’s young talent should continue to grow with a nice road win against unbeaten Santa Teresa.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Horizon by 10

  • El Paso (0-4) @ Bowie (2-1), 7 pm @ Baty-Simmang Stadium

Bowie is playing with tons of confidence and should roll easily in this one.

TownTalk Sports El Paso Predicts….Bowie by 20

Last week prediction record: 10-6

Season record: 45-15

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