Week 1 saw some impressive performances as well as some surprises for the El Paso teams. As we head into Week 2, here are some of the games to watch involving teams from the Sun City.
Andress at Pebble Hills (Thursday September 7) 7 pm MST at The SAC
Both of these teams are coming off of impressive opening wins to start the season and this game will be a good measuring stick game for both teams. The Andress Eagles has plenty of speed on the outside with playmakers like Diego Lewis and quarterback Dominique Smith running the offense. On the other side, the Pebble Hills Spartans has plenty of playmakers on their own, including receivers Caleb Gerber and Kevin Averette to name a few.
Spartan head coach Mark Torres has talked about how much his team has improved and this game against Andress will be a good test. Also, Andress receiver Keshon White left last Friday’s game with an ankle injury and having him back on Thursday would give the Eagles another playmaker.
Last Result: El Paso Andress 35, El Paso Pebble Hills 27 (2016)
Eastwood at Bel Air (Friday September 8) 7 pm MST at Bel Air’s Highlander Stadium
The “Battle of the Helmet” is always an intense game but there are high stakes to this matchup for both sides. The Eastwood Troopers and the Bel Air Highlanders are both looking to avoid a 0-2 start after falling in their season openers.
The Troopers got a good game from sophomore starter Chris Castaneda last week at Midland Christian and he’ll have to put up that same kind of performance to help lead Eastwood to a win. Meanwhile, Isaac Ybarra leads the Highlander offense that is looking to get over the hump after falling oh-so-close to District 1-5A favorite Chapin last week. Can they finally break through this time around?
Last Result: El Paso Eastwood 50, El Paso Bel Air 20 (2016)
Chapin at Eastlake (Friday September 8) 7 pm MST at The SAC
The Chapin Huskies went on the road and held off a solid Bel Air team, while the Eastlake Falcons may have had one of the best performances last week shutting down Cedarious Barfield and the El Dorado Aztec offense.
Last year’s game was a defensive struggle with the Huskies coming out on top with a 14-0 win. This year, senior quarterbacks Anthony Baird (Chapin) and Justin White (Eastlake) are looking to add another quality win to their season and with plenty of playmakers on the outside for both teams, there could be a lot of exciting action on Friday at the SAC.
Last Result: El Paso Chapin 14, El Paso Eastlake 0 (2016)
El Paso Franklin at Odessa Permian (Friday September 8) 7 pm CST, at Ratliff Stadium, Odessa
Franklin looked very impressive in their season opener at home last week against Midland High while Permian was able to pull out a close win against a solid Austin Vandegrift team. The Cougars look to be much improved and have the playmakers in running back Seth Dominguez and junior receiver Khatib Lyles to give the MOJO trouble.
Meanwhile, Permian quarterback Steve Steen will lead a physical running attack and after a big game from Ed Williams last week (20 carries, 148 yards, 2 TD), they’ll look to impose their will on the Cougars in the trenches.
Last Result: Odessa Permian 61, El Paso Franklin 0 (2016)
El Paso Montwood at Midland High (Thursday September 7) at 7 pm CST Grande Communications Stadium, Midland
Montwood ended up blowing the doors off of Wolfforth Frenship in Week 1, putting up 70 points on the board thanks in large part to senior quarterback Andrew Fernandez. The Rams are considered to be one of the favorites in District 1-6A and now will have to show their ability to win a game on the road.
As for Midland, they had a tough first go-round against Franklin last week. New head coach Tim Anuskiewicz is still looking for playmakers to emerge after losing a strong senior class from a year ago. Junior running back Timothy Gates got off to a solid start last week but the Bulldogs are hoping to find more out of their team on a short week.
Last Result: Midland High 38, El Paso Montwood 28 (2016)
El Paso El Dorado at Wolfforth Frenship (Friday September 8) at 7 pm CST, Peoples Bank Stadium, Wolfforth
The El Dorado Aztecs struggled mightily on offense last week against the Eastlake Falcons as they were held to just 236 yards of total offense last Thursday after averaging more than 523 yards per game last season. Barfield had to work for everything he got last week as he and the Aztecs will look to rebound after being shut down by Eastlake.
Speaking of rough starts, Week 1 was a rough start of the Jay Northcutt era at Frenship, losing to a strong Montwood team 70-14. The Tigers are still adjusting to a spread offense and are also looking to bounce back. Scooter Garcia is a playmaker on both sides of the ball as a running back and middle linebacker, but who else can step up for Frenship?
Last Result: Wolfforth Frenship 42, El Paso El Dorado 28 (2016)
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