Kaz's Fearless Forecast
WEST ORANGE-STARK over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—If last year’s results have any bearing on Friday night’s game in Bear Stadium, this could be another defensive struggle with only a late Mustang touchdown making the difference in the final score. However, with a game already under their belts, WO-S should have a definite advantage in this cross-county rivalry.
BRIDGE CITY over KOUNTZE—The Cards had a couple of big plays that spelled the difference in their 23-15 victory over Liberty last week while the Lions didn’t have many positive moments in their 59-0 loss to Woodville. But the Big Red better not get over-confident for this road game.
ORANGEFIELD over BUNA—The Coogs won their first six games last year and are on their way of doing it again this season. This Class 2A foe will prove to be just as tough as East Chambers was last week, but the Bobcats need to give Head Coach Brian Huckabay his first victory at Orangefield.
VIDOR over HOUSTON ST. THOMAS—The Pirates are living up to expectations, but the folks in Houston don’t know or care much about Golden Triangle hype. The Pirates beat one TAPPS team on the road and should return from the Bayou City with another “W” on their worksheet.
EVADALE over DEWEYVILLE—This foe should be a lot stronger than last week’s home opener against Sabine Pass. If the Pirates continue to improve, they could make a monkey of this prognosticator.
VINTON over RABOUIN—We know nothing about the Lions’ opponent in their season lid-lifter and actually not much about Vinton, except they traditionally win their home opener, so Saturday night’s game should be no exception.
MCNEESE STATE over HENDERSON STATE—The Cowboys have been waiting almost 10 months to make amends for their subpar season last year and should get the 2009 season rolling with a big win.
HIGH SCHOOL—Liberty over Hamshire-Fannett, Woodville over Hardin-Jefferson, Silsbee over Diboll, Beaumont West Brook over Beaumont Central, Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont Ozen, Lumberton over Barbers Hill, Port Neches-Groves over Crosby, Hardin over Tarkington, Newton over East Chambers, Kirbyville over Jasper, Anahuac over Danbury, Beaumont Kelly over Hitchcock, Chester over Beaumont Legacy, Warren over Trinity.
COLLEGE—South Carolina over North Carolina State, Utah over Utah State, Oregon over Boise State, Bowling Green over Troy and Ball State over North Texas (all Thurs.), Tulsa over Tulane (Fri.), Ohio State over Navy, Penn State over Akron, Michigan over Western Michigan, Connecticut over Ohio, Notre Dame over Nevada, Georgia over Oklahoma State, Kentucky over Miami, O., Oklahoma over BYU, Missouri over Illinois, Rice over UAB, Wake Forest over Baylor, Minnesota over Syracuse, Army over Eastern Michigan, Wisconsin over Northern Illinois, Purdue over Toledo, Stanford over Washington State, Auburn over Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M over New Mexico, Alabama over Virginia Tech, New Mexico State over Idaho, UTEP over Buffalo, California over Maryland, USC over San Jose State, Arizona over Central Michigan, UCLA over San Diego State, LSU over Washington, Nebraska over Florida Atlantic, Clemson over Middle Tennessee State, Texas over Louisiana-Monroe, Tennessee over Western Kentucky, Ole Miss over Memphis and Colorado over Colorado State (both Sunday), Rutgers over Cincinnati and Florida State over Miami (both Monday).