The Canutillo football team came up with another strong showing in dowing San Angelo Lake View, 27-10, Friday in Fort Stockton to claim an area round title in the Class 5A, Division II playoffs.
The defense came up big with three turnovers that resulted in 14 points, while the Canutillo running game was also very strong led by Andrew Alarcon and Ben Galaviz.
Canutillo has now won 11 straight games and is 11-1 on the season. The Eagles face Azel, a 45-20 winner vs. Burleson on Friday, in next week's third round of the state playoffs in Midland.
The Eagles are an interesting story. With 40-plus seniors on the roster, Canutillo has proven to people around the state they are a talented team and that football in El Paso has gotten better.
The Eagles have great leadership and chemistry. They get it done in all phases of the game and they play good, determined football.
Canutillo has gone on the road the past two years and played good football against good teams. The Eagles have a talented group of players, but most important they have good kids with great character and good leadership.
Whether they beat Azle or not, Canutillo has had a great two-year run of excellence on the football field and they have been a fun group to cover and report on.
As the high school football season winds down there have been many interesting and inspiring storylines.
But one of the storylines that has stuckout for me has been Del Valle senior quarterback Steven Montez. The talented signal caller has literally put the Conquistadores on his back and helped the Conquistadores into this weekend's Class 5A football area round playoffs.
That was never more evident than last week's 42-35 win vs. Chapin in which he accounted for all six touchdowns, three in the air and three on the ground. Montez willed the Conquistadores to the win and extended his high school career for at least one more week.
The 6-foot-5 Montez has never been better in his career than this year. He helped the team to impressive early season win against Rio Rancho Cleveland and Coronado and last week's showing against Chapin may have been his best ever in his career at DVHS.
Montez has grown a great deal in his three years as the starting quarterback. He has made strides in every facet of the game and his future is bright. He will sign scholarship papers to attend the University of Colorado early next year.
Montez is still receiving inquiries from colleges but he has stayed firm in his commitment to Colorado and he has stayed grounded in his commitment to his Del Valle teammates in search of postseason glory. Montez is also a talented basketball players and there were reports this summer he received interest from Division I schools for basketball.
The will to win and to get better as a QB has aided Montez in his stellar career at Del Valle and his numbers this season prove it. He has thrown for 42 touchdown and rushed for a hadful more. If there were any questions about his Division I ability, there shouldn't be anymore.
Montez has been impressive in many areas on and off the field during his career. On the field, he is a gifted athlete with a great arm and tremendous feel for the game. Off the field, he is a respectful kid. Who knows how long his high school football career will last but if this weekend is his last high school game as a football player at Del Valle, he's certainly given fans their worth.
vs. San angelo lake view
When: 5:30 p.m. today.
Where: Fort Stockton High School
Records: Canutillo is 10-1 overall; San Angelo Lake View is 5-6 overall.
Last week: Canutillo beat Ysleta, 63-28; San Angelo Lake View beat Canyon High, 26-21
Top players to watch: Canutillo has Javier Gomez, QB, (92 yards rushing and 96 yards passing last week vs. Ysleta); Andrew Alarcon, RB, (91 yards rushing last week); Ben Galaviz, Athlete; Bo Brooks, DB. San Angelo Lake View has Anthony Chappa, RB, (127 yards rushing, 2 TDs in win vs. Canyon); Donald Bowman, RB, (TD run vs. Canyon); Michael Clark, WR; Brandon Lee, DB/PK.
Felix Chávez: The Eagles have been a steady team all season long on both sides of the ball and this team is eager to win a second straight area round championship.
Canutillo 45, San Angeleo Lake View 24
Kristopher Rivera: I think the Eagles have the right components going into this game; great defense and tough-nosed players.
Canutillo 42, San Angeleo Lake View 28
SILVER CITY, N.M. – Dahlia Perez added her name as the next to sign on and join the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball program as announced by Head Coach Rusty Kennedy.
“Getting Dahlia is a real steal for us. She is a bigger guard who can score the ball and she will fit right in with our program and fill some of the scoring void that opens up when we lose these seven seniors,” Kennedy said. “I am excited to watch her develop and get the chance to coach her for the next four years!”
Perez, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Canutillo High School in El Paso, is already having a terrific senior season that includes 24.6 points per game and a high of 31. The accolades began to roll in for her during her sophomore season as she was named the Canutillo High School MVP for the second straight season, team captain, honorable mention All-District after averaging 12 points and five assists per game. Following her junior season, she was named to the First-Team All-District, All-Tournament Award, Offensive Player of the Year while averaging 17 points, seven steals, two steals and eight rebounds per game. She was solid from the outside connecting on 39 percent from three point range.
Perez joins Megan Looney as the two that have signed already to join the Lady Mustangs program next season.
In addition to the players we featured in Sunday's El Paso Times as players to watch out for (Jordan Enriquez, Josh Gallegos, Rashad Still, Alvin Warren and Bryan Urrutia), here are some players to keep an eye on for the 2014-15 season:
Steven Montez, Del Valle
Delindo Lewis, Andresss
Abraham Gamboa, Coronado
Tristen Licon, Americas
Estefan Calderon, Franklin
Alex Reyes, El Dorado
Marc Gonzalez, Canutillo
Irvin Bosquez, Tornillo
James Williams, Eastwood
Sergio Marrufo, Bowie
The Franklin football team lost a tough one to Amarillo Tascosa, 31-28, on Thursday in the Class 6A football playoffs. The Cougars ended their season 9-2.
The 31-28 loss to the Rebels must have stung hard for the Cougars. A win and they would have earned the chance to play Odessa Permian in the area round playoffs and that would have been a winnable game to advance to the regional quarterfinals.
Franklin played hard and did the best it could without starting quarterback Baylor Romney, who was injured early in the game and did not return. The Cougars battled back from a 28-14 deficiti to tie the game late only to lose on a last second field goal.
It was a special year for the Cougars, who had one of the best offenses I've ever seen in my years covering prep football. Romney, RB Nick Bingham and wide receivers Gustavo Dorsett, Aaron Smith, Braxton Hatch and Chris Hutchinson made up one of the most explosive offenses in the state. And they did it against good teams like San Angelo Central, Midland and Canutillo.
The Cougars are disappointed in losing early in the playoffs, but the season they had was a good one and it was fun to watch them play as the season developed.
Lubbock Monterey (4-6)
Oct. 29 Odessa 45, Lubbock Monterey 7
Sept. 5 Lubbock Monterey 19, Hereford 0
Sept. 11 Canyon Randall 22, Lubbock Monterey 10
Sept. 19 Lubbock Monterey 54, Lubbock High 19
Sept. 26 Lubbock Monterey 77, Amarillo Caprock 59
Oct. 3 Amarillo Palo Duro 55, Lubbock Monterey 41
Oct. 10 Frenship 63, Lubbock Monterey 28
Oct. 17 Lubbock Monterey 39, Lubbock Coronado 35
Oct. 23 Amarillo 42, Lubbock Coronado 12
Nov. 7 Amarillo Tascosa 35, Lubbock Coronado 28
Aug. 29 Americas 35, Carlsbad 19
Sept. 5 Rio Rancho (N.M.) 46, Chapin 18
Sept. 12 Odessa Permian 21, Americas 14
Sept. 19 Midland Christian 35, Americas 10
Sept. 26 Americas 37, Eastwood 30
Oct. 3 Americas 28, Montwood 17
Oct. 9 Americas 58, Americas 21
Oct. 17. Franklin 41, Americas 38
Oct. 31 Americas 42, Coronado 21
Nov. 6 El Dorado 66, Americas 43
Girls High School Basketball
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Americas at Las Cruces, 7 p.m.
El Dorado at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
Del Valle at Fabens, 7:15 p.m.
Horizon 42, Bowie 23
Socorro def. Irvin, 34-33
Leading scorers: Irvin: Leslie Brogdom 15, Rebecca Rojas 9; Socorro: Paulina Diaz 10, Yazmin Garcia 11
Eastlake def. Frankin, 36-33
Leading scorers: Eastlake: Caitie Aguirre 12. Franklin Home: Cristina Carreon 12
Jefferson def. Riverside, 51-40
Leading scorers: Riverside: Jasmine 17; Jefferson: Vianca Sanchez 14; Deyadira Ornelas 10
Bel Air def. Montwood 51-26
Leading scorers: Montwood: Reagan G, 10. Bel Air: Pam Herrera 20; Shannon Powell 12
Parkland def. Canutillo 43-36
Leading scorers: Canutillo: Sam Villanueva 14; Parkland: Jocelyn gandara 13; Shawnte Nixon 12
Clint def. El Paso High 43-19
Leading scorers: El Paso High: A. Mendoza 6; Clint: Gabby Pineda 14; Desiree Reazola 12
Austin def. San Elizario 36-24
Leading scorers: Austi: Shalaya Armstead 14 points
Chapin def. Las Cruces Onate 66-32
Leading scorers: Alexis Winters 21; Cierra Winters 11; Dominique Lamons 12
Eastwood def. Loretto 60-35
Leading scorers: Loretto 35 : Yasmin lopez 15. Eastwood: Jackie Saucedo 13; Christina Eckels 12; Sophia Bryant 10.
Andress def. Hanks 53-49
Leading scorers -- Hanks: Ariel Blair 30. Andress: Jordan Pinson 16; Brittney Goff 9; Sydney Abbott 9;
Here is The Texas High School Coaches Association coaches poll released by TheAthleticsDepartment.com. The poll is voted on by a panel of THSCA members. The poll is displayed with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team's ranking in last week's poll:
Class 6A, Region I
Others receiving votes: El Paso Franklin 12; Abilene 5; Mansfield 4; Arlington Lamar 3; Coppell 3; El Paso El Dorado 3; Keller Fossil Ridge 3; Wolfforth Frenship 3; Arlington Bowie 1; Denton Ryan 1.
Class 6A, Region II
Others receiving votes: Round Rock 13; Conroe Oak Ridge 3; Copperas Cove 2; Pflugerville Hendrickson 2.
Class 6A, Region III
Others receiving votes: Galena Park North Shore 6; Channelview 4; Deer Park 4; Houston Eisenhower 4; La Porte 4; Fort Bend Hightower 3; Friendswood 3; Houston Cy-Fair 3; League City Clear Creek 2; Houston Cypress Woods 1.
Class 6A, Region IV
Others receiving votes: McAllen 8; Corpus Christi Ray 5; Weslaco East 5; San Antonio Johnson 4; Corpus Christi King 3; Laredo United 2; Los Fresnos 2; San Antonio East Central 1; San Antonio MacArthur 1; San Antonio Stevens 1; Weslaco 1.
Class 5A, Region I
Others receiving votes: Denton 12; El Paso Andress 12; Wichita Falls 9; Everman 7; El Paso Eastlake 6; Wichita Falls Rider 5; Lubbock-Cooper 4; Abilene Cooper 3.
Class 5A, Region II
Others receiving votes: Lufkin 10; Mansfield Summit 8; Dallas Hillcrest 6; Frisco Heritage 3; Wylie 2; Frisco Lone Star 1; Terrell 1.
Class 5A, Region III
Others receiving votes: Brenham 8; College Station 6; Hutto 6; College Station A&M Consolidated 4; Houston Madison 3; Fort Bend Marshall 2; Beaumont Central 1.
Class 5A, Region IV
Others receiving votes: Victoria West 11; Kerrville Tivy 8; Uvalde 7; Mercedes 6; San Antonio Southside 3; Bastrop 2; Gregory-Portland 1.
Class 4A, Division I, Region I
Others receiving votes: Borger 2; Fabens 1; Levelland 1.
Class 4A, Division I, Region II
Others receiving votes: Paris North Lamar 4; Kaufman 2.
Class 4A, Division I, Region III
Others receiving votes: Kilgore 1; Needville 1; Sealy 1.
Class 4A, Division I, Region IV
Others receiving votes: Pleasanton 6; China Spring 4; Zapata 4; La Feria 3; Taylor 1.
Class 4A, Division II, Region I
Others receiving votes: Dallas Lincoln 4; Fort Stockton 4; Dallas Madison 3; Aubrey 2; Venus 2; Bonham 1.
Class 4A, Division II, Region II
Others receiving votes: Texarkana Pleasant Grove 5; Lorena 2; Cleveland Tarkington 1; Madisonville 1.
Class 4A, Division II, Region III
Others receiving votes: Houston Kashmere 5; Houston Worthing 1.
Class 4A, Division II, Region IV
Others receiving votes: Lytle 1; Raymondville 1.
Class 3A, Division I, Region I
Others receiving votes: Childress 4; Boyd 3; Ponder 1.
Class 3A, Division I, Region II
Others receiving votes: Redwater 3; Caddo Mills 1; Commerce 1.
Class 3A, Division I, Region III
Others receiving votes: Comanche 1; Kountze 1; Palestine Westwood 1.
Class 3A, Division I, Region IV
Others receiving votes: Aransas Pass 8; Luling 1; Lyford 1.
Class 3A, Division II, Region I
Others receiving votes: Colorado City Colorado 3; Wichita Falls City View 3; Alpine 1.
Class 3A, Division II, Region II
Others receiving votes: Diana New Diana 2; Winona 2; Alba-Golden 1; Howe 1; Linden-Kildare 1.
Class 3A, Division II, Region III
Others receiving votes: Dublin 4; Maypearl 3; Blooming Grove 2; Marlin 2; Clifton 1; New Waverly 1.
Class 3A, Division II, Region IV
Others receiving votes: Wallis Brazos 2; Stockdale 1.
Class 2A, Division I, Region I
Others receiving votes: Forsan 3; Panhandle 3; Christoval 2; Anson 1; McCamey 1.
Class 2A, Division I, Region II
Others receiving votes: Wolfe City 7; Valley Mills 4; Clarksville 2; Axtell 1; Blue Ridge 1.
Class 2A, Division I, Region III
Others receiving votes: Ore City 5; San Augustine 5; Big Sandy 2; Joaquin 1.
Class 2A, Division I, Region IV
Others receiving votes: Corpus Christi London 5; Brackettville Brackett 4; Flatonia 2; Thrall 2; Sabinal 1.
Class 2A, Division II, Region I
Others receiving votes: Sundown 4; Smyer 2; Wheeler 1.
Class 2A, Division II, Region II
Others receiving votes: Roscoe 3; Haskell 2; Wink 2; Menard 1; Van Horn 1.
Class 2A, Division II, Region III
Others receiving votes: Dallas Gateway Charter 4; Timpson 4; Overton 3; Maud 2; Meridian 1; Mount Enterprise 1.
Class 2A, Division II, Region IV
Others receiving votes: Charlotte 3; Rocksprings 2; Woodsboro 2; Agua Dulce 1.