With Parkland losing 35-14 to a terrible Wichita Falls team (finished 3-7); makes me wonder as a fan when they will schedule teams that actually challenge them in their pre-district games. Coaching and not preparing their athletes for better competition is what doomed them in this round
We have so many teams waste money traveling out of town to play stronger teams. Sorry, it has not worked. When you get of EP the athlete is much different in football. Not putting down our kids, but it is a totally different kid of game and it is made up of bigger, faster, stronger kids. It’s not gonna change.
Like I said earlier in the year Parkland is El Paso most overrated team!!!!Hats off to the kids that busted there tails but if the would have been challenged earlier in the season things could have been different.
It is not just about size like they've said here before it is what is done before and after the season, if you are trying to prepare for a run during the season it is too late you are already behind the rest of the state!
I’m all for playing tougher teams. There is no doubt that makes you a better team. 5-As like Parkland with talent should be playing 6-A kids. But even so, what hurts a team like Parkland is you go into District play and spend a month and a half playing weaker teams. That does not help. Maybe if schedule could be set up where you could play say a couple of non district games against tougher comp. towards end of district play. I’m just not a big fan of teams traveling 12 plus hours in September to play someone when they could easily play someone of same caliber in Odessa basin area. Then they come back and play a week district schedule. Really don’t think that helps.
I give canutillo all the credit for a great season that yr. However, the stars lined up that yr as it is well documented that many of those kids had played together since they were little. Let’s remember, that the Permians and Lees of the olden days bred those kids to play football together since they were little, and middle schools ran the same plays, etc.... still do. There’s a gap in our coaches abilities to employee their personnel in our middle schools
I’ve only seen a few playoff games in person. El Paso vs Permian or Panhandle teams.
It always came down to the same ole things. Penalties, muffed punt returns. Bad turnovers. Dropped passes at the worst times. It wasn’t always just a speed or size difference that caused the losses. Heck, who knows how Del Valle does bobs Cooper if they aren’t picked off like 6 times. At least 3 of those were returned for TDs. That’s just not acceptable.ya
I've been to near a hundred out of town El Paso games over the years. El Paso teams have gotten better, but other teams have improved too. I watch HS football all over Texas as a hobby and a trend I have noticed is the size, agility, and athleticism of all players is increasing to a level un-thinkable 20 years ago. When I was in high school, the biggest player on our team was 6'2, 235. The next was 225 and about 6 feet. All the rest were about 170-180. This year I saw a team with 3 offensive lineman over 400 lbs. The o'line averaged about 340. El Paso teams can compete, but need to develop game plans and techniques to get around the size difference they will face out of town. I believe playing only El Paso schools will hurt come play-off time. The El Paso teams generally don't have a lot of size and the tactics that work against each other ain't gonna cut it when play-off time arrives. Playing out of town teams early will give them exposure to what comes ahead in the play-offs. Maybe develop a game plan to get around the size difference.
Job security. 11-1 is all that matters. How can you be #1 and not play any 6A or big 5 A teams every year? Hope it changes but I have a feeling we will be here again talking about a weak schedule