4 El Paso area high school football teams set for Sweet 16 matchups
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Four El Paso high school football teams are preparing for their upcoming matchups in the Sweet 16 of the 2022 UIL Football State Championships.
In Class 6A, the Eastlake boys’ soccer team will travel to McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, TX to take on Plano (17-4-3) on Friday, April 8.
The Falcons are coming off a 3-2 regional semifinal win over Trinity in overtime last Thursday in Lubbock.
This will be Eastlake’s second consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16 after reaching the Elite 8 (Regional Finals) in 2021.
In Class 5A, the Del Valle boys will travel to Wichita Falls for their Sweet 16 game against Grapevine (20-0-2).
Del Valle is looking to follow up their win on Friday after beating Bel Air 1-0 in a Lower Valley Regional quarter-final last week.
In Class 4A, the San Elizario boys and girls will travel Friday to Northwest ISD Stadium in Justin, Texas for their respective games. in Odessa.
The San Elizario boys led by head coach Max Sappenfield will face Castleberry (20-5-1).
The Eagles have been dominant on both sides of the ball as they have scored 11 goals in total in their last three games while keeping their opponents scoreless in every game.
They will be looking to maintain their spectacular play in their next game of the tournament.
“The kids want more,” San Eli boys head coach Max Sappenfield said. “We are winning and we would like to win more, we would like to win more. I think it’s totally possible and we expect to win, but anything can happen. Castleberry is a high quality team.
Meanwhile, the San Elizario Girls will play Argyle (23-1-1).
Argyle is a team the Lady Eagles know well. Last year, Argyle beat San Elizario 5-0 in the Sweet 16 round.
Head Coach Miguel Mendez and his team are ready to put this result behind them in pursuit of a win.
“We’re going to compete, we’re going to compete for every ball in every part of the court,” Mendez said. “Results will come and whatever our mentality and attitude, we will be positive and we will give everything we have.”
Here is an overview of Friday’s schedule:
UIL Soccer State Playoffs – Regional Semi-Finals
Class 6A boys
Eastlake vs. Plano – Friday, April 8, 4 p.m., McKinney ISD Stadium
Class 5A boys
Del Valle vs. Grapevine – Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m., Wichita Falls Memorial Stadium
Class 4A boys
San Elizario vs. Castleberry – Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m. Northwest ISD Stadium
Class 4A Girls
San Elizario vs. Argyle – Friday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. Northwest ISD Stadium