Give us your pre-season rankings in order.
Totally guessing but here it goes:
I love the different projections! New vibe this year on the thread.
My Top 10
#10 all the other teams in the city
3 El Dorado
7 Pebble Hills
1Montwood Fernandez and Ty get it done. Great offence good D.
2.Coronado has alot of weapons Herrera and Donitello.In 7 on 7 looked unstoppable.
2Eastwood should be really good offensively how ever there d is suspect secondary is terrible.Ochoa and Rios will get it done on the otherside.
3Eldo This team might miss the playoffs they have the biggest threat in the city Mr.Barfield however can he Carry this team all season??If he goes down so do they period.
4Dark horse Pebble Hills They have waited 2 years for the first playoff birth if they can only find a qb.
Franklin next year they will be back this year could be rough new young.Great Rb however no Qb.
6) Pebble Hills
First of all thank you EP Gridiron for continuing to support El Paso Football, I have been on these forums since the beginning back when Riverside was still running the show with Coach Work. Anyhow on to my Predictions.
Tale of the Tape from Last Year
Co-Champions El Dorado(6-1), Montwood(6-1), and Americas(6-1)
Just missed the Playoffs;
Not even close
#7 Pebble Hills
My prediction for this year
#1 El Dorado has the top returning player in the state, D-1 bound Barfield. If he has another season like he did last year they might go two deep in the playoffs. (3.069 yards passing 33 TD's and 1,582 and 22 td's) you read correctly not a misprint. Can anyone stop Cedarious? I believe they can slow him down but not stop him. He will have RB Davis (162 yards rushing) and RB Nick Leyva (260 yards rushing)in the backfield to help relieve some of that work. Cedarious will also have targets in Hill (561 yards 8 touchdowns) and McCoy ( 195 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns). A defense that ranked at the bottom last year will be lead by Kinsey (29 tackles), DB Avila (2 interceptions, 72 tackles) LB Croslen (97 takcles, 7 sacks), Gonzalez ( 76 tackles, 3 sacks), and Castillo 53 tackles. The O-line will be anchored by Assad.
#2 Franklin should be exciting to watch by El Paso Means on offense. They return the top running back in the district in Dominguez (1,349 yards rushing), and Crenshaw is also expected to see some carries out of the backfield. Top WR Lyles will help stretch the field with his speed and size (545 yards receiving and 6 td's). At QB the strong arm of Kelley as well as his tough running will be a factor. Look for young receivers like Lozano, Haack, Stonewall, and veteran Benitez to emerge. The defense will be much improved, look for LB Guttierez (85 tackles)and Sievek( 57 tackles) to lead the defense. Look out for DE Jhonny Cerros (48 tackles and 3 sacks). Also returning in the secondary are DB's Stonewall, Mcclain and Feste (45 tackles. Linemen Sullivan should anchor the 0-Line.
#3 Montwood return one of the top passers in the state QB Fernandez (3,3437 and 29 TD's) along with one of the top receivers in the state in WR Andrus (1,231 yards and 11 TD's) who will pair up with Cepeda (742 yards and 7 TD's). The defense will rely on it's strong secondary early on DB Andrus, DB Hernandez, and DB Revilla. Linebacker The line will be anchored by Chin and Andha. Coach Famaligi did a great job in his first year he will have some arsenal heading into the 2017 season.
#4 Coronado will have to win all the games they are suppose to, if not Eastwood can sneak up and get the last spot. They will have playmaker in Utility Player Herrera (279 yard receiving, 525 rushing, 48 yards passing), Donatelli (574 yards passing), RB Madrid (498 rushing). On defense will be led by a strong secondary in Alvarez (83 tackles and 3 interceptions) and Seabrook (53 tackles). Also helping out will be
Rey (66 tackles) and DE Mcfadin. Anchoring the O-line will be Valdez and Castro
#5 Eastwood- Darkhorse might be able to make a run if they pick up some momentum. The key will be QB Ochoa. We all saw him go down last year and that was the main factor in Eastwood missing the playoffs but him back that might lead a great turnaround.
#6 Americas- Henderson is good but not Jack Fields good will have to throw the ball in order to have an opportunity
#7 Pebble Hills- The same repeat all hype but at the end the same result. THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!!
#8 El Paso Socorro-Bulldogs, sorry you might improve by winning two more games than last year but still won't be enough.
MVP- of the district, the city, and perhaps the State CEDARIOUS BARFIELD- El Dorado
Offense MVP- Andrew Fernandez- Montwood
Defensive MVP- Toss UP
This will be a fun year, can anyone stop Cedarious? I see Franklin being the biggest threat? But really from 1-5 all those teams are really close. I see Eastwood as the Darkhorse that can go from not making the playoffs a year ago to winning it all if they can get some mometum going, and if they can keep their qb healthy. Franklin has some major offense as does Montwood. The difference is that I think Franklin will finally play some good defense this year. If they can that can propel them to #1. Coronado has a core that is capable of making a run. That team is hungry for the playoffs as they have not been close in the Anderson era. Montwood has two playmaker that could definitely be playing division one football a year from now. Coach Famalagi definitely gets the most from his players. Coach Lopez got the swagger knocked out of him last year, will he be able to recover??? Coach Melton for the first time in a long time will not have a running back name fields. Plenty of talent their, if they can get some offense going they might surprise us.
King has great insight appreciate it.
Okay so now that we got all the information from all the schools.? Why don't you 6a schools try and win at least one game in the playoffs!!!! there's a lot of personal stats but not enough winning(YOU KNOW LIKE 5a SCHOOLS) 😬
Mark my words El Paso will never be able to compete at the 6a Level. Only person that ever did on a consistent basis was the great Tony Grijalva at Franklin when his Black Swarm defense was dominating el Paso and giving those great Cedric Benson Midland Lee Football teams all they could handle. Region 1 in 6a is the toughest region in the Texas and the U.S.
Constant top 25 teams in the nation are there, not just one but many of them like the likes of;
Allen has multiple state championships and those same years top 5 rankings in the nation. Just look at their stadium and other resources. Allen is Texas football
De Soto last year was their first state championship but they have been atop of the state and national rankings year in and year out
Cedar Hill- Three time state champion
South Lake Carroll- Multiple State Championships in many sports
Euless Trinity- Has a history of its own
Other Top Teams- Denton Guyer, Mansfield, Arlington Martin, Arlington Bowie, Duncanville, Abilene, Keller, and San Angelo Central
Then you have Panhandle Teams with State Championships such as
Odessa Permian- go read a book or watch a movie about them
Midland Lee- Multiple state championships
These State Championship teams will have the likes of 6-10 sometimes even more division 1 players. You think any school in El Paso has at least 3 division 1 players this year?????? The proof is in the pudding enough said.
Funny I don't know where you have been but as far as I'm concerned 5A schools always put up a good fight against a 6a, but a 6a here should beat the 5a and the fact of the matter is 6a cannot and I repeat cannot compete with other six A's out of town can you tell me WHY.
Flint that is right, that year that Canutillo went to the final four. Guess what???? They lost to Franklin at Canutillo, it should have been a beat down but a couple of touchdowns got called back.
Also in 2015 Canutillo missed the playoffs and wentb5-5. But enough about Canutillo. Lets keep this thread going on 1-6a predictions. Fans with teams insight share it. For example a new transfer just came in, or a stud player moved, or any other good news.
I go for CanLOLs.What's your school (don't tell me your going to hide behind your name,I always ask and only Kingsrealm has had the guts to tell me what team he goes for SO TELL ME YOUR TEAM and don't tell me ALEDO. LOL
I'm waiting.Your team please.
So I have a list on all the CHOKERS FRANKLIN,Coronado,Montwood,El Dorado,Americas ,for the most part these are the one and done teams .These are the teams that DISAPPOINT every year.They get all excited cause they beat a 5a team by a point. You guys should beat us by five touchdowns every time you guys play us that's why when you guys go to the playoffs you guys are weak because you can't compete with schools your size and that's a FACT .I Knew you weren't going to tell me your team.lol
Allen 6A 8,000 studens.
Katy 6A 7,400 students.
Desoto 6A 5,900 students.
Franklin 6A 3,400 students.
Montwood same as Franklin
Anericas same as Montwood. etc.....
5a schools give 6a teams a heck of a game for the most part and you know Canutes does and we have half the student's you have, so NO EXCUSES. This is what I think that's a HUGH problem in 6a ,they have the( I) syndrome alot of individuals playing for stats in comparison to 5a its about the TEAM ,of course my opinion.
Please guys, stick to 1-6A predictions.
Do not sleep on or underestimate Pebble Hills. They have a very talented skill position group led by Caleb Gerber. The QB is a short QB and that is a detriment to him seeing downfield. It does not take away from his leadership. The defense has a really good MLB but lacks size up front. They'll have to play a very fast brand of defensive football by swarming to the ball.
1.Eastwood-Terrific QB and they have a chip on their shoulder
2.El Dorado- Best offensive weapon in El Paso and he's their QB. Will defense stop being a sieve
3. Montwood- QB needs to look for sophomore Chris Ramos. O-line will be stout
4.Pebble Hills- My playoff Sleeper
5 Franklin- I am not sure what they have
6.Americas- could easily jump if they get good QB play and their new RB1 steps it up. He is a fast kid
7.Coronado- No knowledge on them
8. Socorro- Still maturing.
First off No one is quiting on this Team There's a Junior Qb who will be the Starter and We have some of the Best Recievers in the City not to mention Two Great Running backs and a Defence who flies to the ball so before you Start saying Eastwood is done get your Facts right cause Eastwood will make the playoffs
I disagree completely.Seith is a D 1 athlete a great leader he can't be replaced.The Qb is the most important player on offense. Receiving corps will have timing issues along with a the new Qb learning curve to the speed of Varsity.On that note there line and running game a really good however defence secondary are small don't like to hit and will get scored on can they keep up I don't think so.
1 Montwood best offence 2Eldo best player in the city 3 Coronado starting young players last 2 years will pay off.4Americas speed 5Eastwood best coaching Franklin had alot of Qb trouble in the spring offensive has one Wr and a great Rb and we know has no D I'm confused as to why the high ranking in some people polls Coach Walkers last year!!
Eastwood has the best coaching? Maybe the best coach celebrations after a touchdown or big play. Best coached teams made the playoffs.
Eastwood will be Fine They got some Great Kids on this Team and Many will step up like Last Year so Don't sleep on them cause I still believe they will make playoffs this year
Just like in 2014 when sophomore Mark Torrez and sophomore Adrian quiroz were the Qb and center leading a young team to beat a very talented Americas team lead by Isaac Washington and Q drennan. The difference with this year is the age of this team. Senior heavy we core and db group so maybe you should just watch the team instead of commenting on what you think cause you have no real facts commenting or proving why Eastwood will drop out of playoff picture
How I see 1-6A finishing when the season is done and over with.
The fact of the matter is everyone else is being selfish for trying to convince Seth to play most of all coach Lopez. If coach Lopez wouldn't have tried to convince him to play before the summer and just let him decide on his own, this decision would have been made long before Spring Ball and the summer. The coach still tried to convince him to play, thus making the decision much harder. Lets face it after this year 95% of these seniors are off to either college or the work force. High school ball is the highest level they will ever play so trying to convince someone to risk his future as a D1 player or potential pro player is selfish on their part, Furthermore putting a players career in jeopardy to win games and pad his record as a coach is very selfish. If Seth decided to play football just to please his coaches and teammates and happen to get hurt, they aren't going to care. They will just say "oh man, sorry Seth, maybe you shouldn't have played hopefully you can recover in time to play baseball at Tech, Good luck, See you around". now he just becomes "a could have been". Nothing wrong with being a little selfish you do you Seth. People that really care for you know you made the right decision and will never convince you otherwise. People that still try and convince this kid to play football are the selfish ones. Smart decision to hang up the football cleats, and concentrate on bigger and better games after high school.