On a beautiful Friday night, El Paso teams squared up for week five action, and it was quite the night filled with upsets, showdowns, beat-downs and win streaks kept alive. While next week might not fill up a slate as interesting as this one, week five will be one to hold on for El Paso fans.
Del Valle 50 (5-1, 4-0) – Parkland 24 (4-2, 2-2)
Coming into this game, Parkland was on a mission for a statement win. They haven’t beat Del Valle, one of their 2-5A foes, in their stadium ever, and this seemed like the year to do so, with standout running back Deion Hankins having another breakout year and Parkland entering the game 4-1.
However, Del Valle was able to get an early jumpstart on Parkland and led 29-10 at the half. They would then use strong defense during the second half to solidify the win, thus securing the first place spot in 2-5A.
Canutillo 12 (4-2, 2-2) – Horizon 8 (1-4, 1-2)
Not sure what’s going on with Canutillo this season, who was projected to emerge as one of the defining threats in 2-5A this season. This week, the Eagles faced an underdog team in Horizon, but they struggled throughout the game to secure a win over this squad.
Both teams went scoreless in the first half, and it was actually Horizon who took the lead going into the fourth quarter, 8-6. Canutillo was lucky to break away with a touchdown and hold defensively for a win.
Riverside 33 (2-3, 1-2) – Hanks 21 (2-4, 1-3)
Another game in 2-5A action showed a shocker as the struggling Riverside Rangers upset the Hanks Knights. In Hanks’ stadium, Riverside put up 26 points in the first quarter to take a commanding 26-7 lead. The Knights were forced to claw back in to the matchup throughout the entire game and could only put up 14 points in the second half, which was not enough to avoid the upset.
Hanks, now with a disappointing 1-3 record is tasked with having to beat out the likes of Eastlake, Bel Air and Del Valle for the remainder of the year if they have any hopes at making playoffs.
Pebble Hills 31 (5-0, 2-0) – Coronado 20 (2-3, 1-1)
After an impressive victory over Americas last week, Coronado was coming into last night’s game with the hopes to rise up the district 1-6A rankings with a huge win over the likes of Pebble Hills, who has looked solid all season.
Their hopes were put on the back-burner early as Pebble Hills started off fierce, leading 23-0 at the half. Coronado had to play catch up the entire game, but their 20 points in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough for them to come back from the large deficit.
Next, Coronado will square up against Eastwood, which will likely be an early battle for the last playoff spot in 1-6A.
Montwood 61 (5-0, 2-0) El Dorado 42 (2-3, 1-1)
After sliding by Eastwood in a shootout last week, El Dorado was riding high going into their rivalry game against Montwood. And, at the beginning of the game, it looked as if El Dorado would stay with them throughout the entire game for a shootout, as the score was an interesting 20-14 at the end of the first.
Montwood quarterback Andrew Fernandez threw six touchdowns and outscored the Aztecs from the second quarter to the fourth, 34-21. El Dorado tried to get some late shots in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Montwood defense.
Montwood next week will have to take on a red-hot Franklin team that won a shootout against Eastwood.
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