Kaz's Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over SILSBEE—This opponent has never been an easy one for the Mustangs and Friday night looks to be no different. The Tigers may be the best 1-4 team in the state of Texas. It still looks like the winner of this game should be the favorite to win the District 21-3A title.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over NEDERLAND—The Battlin’ Bears dropped their first two District 20-4A contests to teams probably headed to the playoffs. The Bulldogs are frequent visitors to the playoffs, but some hard-luck injuries early in the season probably nixed that trend. The Bears have a chance to win this road game but it certainly won’t be a gimme.
BRIDGE CITY over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Cardinals blasted through their pre-district schedule with a dazzling 4-1 worksheet. Now that the games really count, the Big Red must maintain their 80 per cent winning record. Both teams are coming off a bye week and should have some new wrinkles in their offense and defense.
ORANGEFIELD over HAMSHIRE-FANNETT—The winless Longhorns might see this “new start” as an opportunity to get the district schedule started on the right foot. The Bobcats must see that this doesn’t happen and continue to play the sound football they have exhibited it the last few games.
VIDOR over BEAUMONT OZEN—The Pirates made plenty of mistakes last week against previously-undefeated Lumberton, but they played well when the game was on the line, which is the sign of a great team. But they had better be careful not to look past Ozen to the PNG game, or they could get socked with their second district loss.
DEWEYVILLE over KOUNTZE—This would be a great time to snap a losing streak, but it must be done on the road against a team just as hungry for a district win.
LAKE ARTHUR over VINTON—This is a tough opponent, especially when the game is on the road. Hopefully the Lions will prove us wrong and spring a big upset.
MCNEESE STATE over STEPHEN F. AUSTIN—Both the Cowboys and Lumberjacks go into Southland Conference play with identical 3-1 records, but the Pokes are ranked in the Top 20 because of strength of schedule. But the Cowboys have always had a tough time against the ‘Jacks, especially in Nacogdoches.
HIGH SCHOOL—Beaumont Central over Lumberton, PNG over Livingston, Beaumont West Brook over Channelview, North Shore over Port Arthur Memorial, East Chambers over Hardin, Buna over Warren, Baytown Sterling over Baytown Lee, Carthage over Center, Jasper over Diboll, Rusk over Huntington, Newton over Woodville, Kirbyville over Shelbyville, Hemphill over San Augustine, Hull-Daisetta over Chester, Colmesneil over Sabine Pass, Evadale over Burkeville, West Hardin over High Island, Beaumont Kelly over Midland Christian, Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian over Beaumont Legacy.
COLLEGE—Missouri over Nebraska (Thurs.), Louisiana Tech over Nevada (Fri.), Texas State over Southeastern Louisiana, Sam Houston State over Nicholls State, Central Arkansas over Northwestern State, Texas over Colorado, Oklahoma State over Texas A&M, Texas Tech over Kansas State, Kansas over Iowa State, Oklahoma over Baylor, West Virginia over Syracuse, Michigan State over Illinois, Virginia Tech over Boston College, Central Michigan over Eastern Michigan, North Carolina State over Duke, Wake Forest over Maryland, Indiana over Virginia, Minnesota over Purdue, Pittsburgh over Connecticut, Northwestern over Miami, O., Alabama over Ole Miss, Temple over Ball State, Vanderbilt over Army, Wyoming over New Mexico, Houston over Mississippi State, Washington over Arizona, Bowling Green over Kent State, Oregon State over Stanford, Georgia over Tennessee, Marshall over Tulane, Georgia Tech over Florida State, Ohio State over Wisconsin, Penn State over Eastern Illinois, Miami over Florida A&M, Washington State over Arizona State, Ohio over Akron, Utah over Colorado State, Oregon over UCLA, Toledo over Western Michigan, Louisville over Southern Mississippi, South Carolina over Kentucky, Auburn over Arkansas, Navy over Rice, TCU over Air Force, East Carolina over SMU, LSU over Florida, Iowa over Michigan, Utah State over New Mexico State, UTEP over Memphis, Idaho over San Jose State, BYU over UNLV, Hawaii over Fresno State, Western Kentucky over Florida International, Louisiana-Lafayette over North Texas.
PRO PICKS—Minnesota over St. Louis, Dallas over Kansas City, Carolina over Washington, Philadelphia over Tampa Bay, NY Giants over Oakland, Buffalo over Cleveland, Baltimore over Cincinnati, Pittsburgh over Detroit, San Francisco over Atlanta, New England over Denver, Houston over Arizona, Jacksonville over Seattle, Indianapolis over Tennessee, NY Jets over Miami (Monday Night). Bye Week: Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans and San Diego.