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Coronado, Franklin meet in District 1-6A football clash at Sun Bowl Stadium

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT – Sept. 7, 2023) – Coronado and Franklin resume their football rivalry in the first of two football games featuring El Paso ISD schools that will be played in Sun Bowl Stadium during the next two weeks of the high school football season.  

The Thunderbirds and Cougars kick things off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Franklin (2-0) is coming off a win against Andress while Coronado (1-1) is looking to bounce back after a close loss on the road against Canutillo. Franklin and Coronado first played in 1995 at Thunderbird Stadium. 

On Saturday, Sept. 16, Jefferson (0-2) and Bowie (1-1) renew a long-standing South Side rivalry in the Sun Bowl in a non-district matchup. The Silver Foxes and Bears are one of the city’s oldest rivalry series, having first played in 1949. This year’s edition of the matchup will kick off at 11 a.m. Bowie won its most recent game at Horizon, 28-16. Jefferson lost at home against Irvin, 10-3. 

El Paso ISD schools have played games at the stadium on the UTEP campus for more than 15 years. The Sun Bowl is not only home to the UTEP football team, but also the site of the annual Sun Bowl game, the country’s second-oldest bowl game. 

Thursday, Sept. 7 

District 1-6A 

• Franklin at Coronado* at Sun Bowl Stadium, 6 p.m. 

Friday, Sept. 8 

District 1-4A 

• Austin at Canutillo 
• Ysleta at Bowie 
• Hanks at Irvin 

District 1-5A 

• Andress at Del Valle 
Burges at Parkland 
• San Elizario at El Paso 
• Jefferson at Riverside 

* Denotes district game 
All games begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted