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Franklin vs. Coronado “Westside Bowl”
It’s a tale of two seasons for the West Side Rivals… Franklin aiming for a district championship, and Coronado aiming for district relevance. The rivals will renew their West Side Bowl rivalry game Thursday, October 10 at the Sun Bowl. Franklin (5-1, 0-1) is coming off a tough 17-13 loss to Americas to open district play. Cougars have topped Rio Rancho Cleveland, Permian and Midland, but couldn’t get past Americas, and now must win out to have a shot at a district title. Quarterback Danny Walther has had a stellar season so far, throwing for 1,597 yards and 18 touchdowns in just six games this season. His top wideouts, seniors Gabe Stonewall (567 yards, 7 touchdowns) and Michael Haack (537 yards, 8 touchdowns), have been his go-to during the first six games, and they have proven to be Division 1 talents. David Powers leads a relentless defense, with 60 tackles and nine tackles for loss. Coronado (1-5, 0-1) will be heavy underdogs in this one, and will rely on QB Ben Carney, a rushing attack that will need to improve on their 3.7 yards per rush average, and a defense that must force turnovers. This could get ugly.
Prediction: Franklin 48 Coronado 10
Bowie vs. Austin Preview
Big district showdown at Baty-Simmang Stadium Friday night between rivals Bowie and Austin. The Bears (4-1, 2-0) come in with a modest three game win streak, and look to remain undefeated in district with a tough slate of games coming up against Burges and Andress. The Bears are led by senior quarterback Justin Diaz, who doesn’t throw it around that much (791 yards and 9 touchdowns) but has capable receivers in seniors Julian Hernandez and Carlos Varela. Senior Andrew Gallardo leads the run game with 338 yards and two scores, but it’s a balanced group with four different running backs able to step up. Austin (5-2, 2-1) counters with a huge run game, led by Isiah Witterstauter (975 yards and 12 touchdowns) and William Rodriguez III (805 yards and eight touchdowns), and with little to no passing game, this contest will fall on the shoulders of Witterstauter and Rodriguez. I feel the Panthers are up for the task. Even though Bowie leads the series, 6-4 the last ten years, my prediction is Austin with the win, 30-24.
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Montwood vs. Pebble Hills
Montwood takes on Pebble Hills is a huge District 1-6A showdown at the SAC this Friday night. Both teams come in to this contest with identical 4-2 records, the Rams have won three straight games, while the Spartans are riding a two-game winning streak. Both teams are quite explosive, therefore this game should be a high-scoring affair. The Spartans are led by QB Sebastian Ochoa, who’s one of the best duel threat signal callers in the city. Ochoa has thrown for 1,765 yards, to go along with 24 TD’s and has amassed 513 yards on the ground, along with 7 rushing scores.
Pebble Hills is also led by a pair of solid running backs in Kylar Sanchez and Anthony Donacio, as well as WR’s Isiah Davis, Jalen Partida and Arturo Salazar. Montwood comes in led by quarterback Sebastian Galvan, who’s thrown for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Rams are led by one of the top running backs in the city in Chris Ramos. Ramos has 790 yards on the ground to go along with 13 TD’s and 178 receiving yards. Montwood loves to air it out as well with wide outs Aaron “Mo” Morales, Carlos Flores, and Sal Soto.
This will be a back-and-forth game with a lot of drama and could come down to the wire. I like the Rams to prevail 45-40, and move on to 2-0 in district play.
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Friday’s District 1-5A, Division II showdown between the Canutillo Eagles (5-1, 1-0) and the Riverside Rangers (4-2, 1-0) will go a long ways in deciding who will challenge the Parkland Matadors (6-0, 1-0) for the district title.
After a humbling loss to Del Valle, Canutillo has put together two straight wins including their district opener last week over Ysleta. Riverside started the year 1-2 and has reeled off three consecutive wins including last week’s game over Horizon.
I love the way the Rangers are playing right now, but the Eagles will be too much to handle in this game. Despite losing senior running back Carlos Amato for the season, junior Joaquin Carrasco has rushed for 272 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. Look for Carrasco to come up big in this week’s game.
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Parkland vs. Ysleta Preview:
It looks like it’ll be another tough night for the Indians. It’s been a rough 2019 for Ysleta, coming off a year when this time last season they had won 6 straight going into their district showdown with Parkland. We finally got a glimpse of the Indians and who they are as a team last week in their tough road loss to Canutillo. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get easier. Parkland QB Gabe Herrera and WR Donta Hayes will be too much for the Indians to stop. Parkland will come away with their fourth-straight win over Ysleta. 42-28
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