Playoff Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK (7-3) over CLEVELAND (7-3) Sat. 6 p.m. at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown—The Mustangs appear to be peaking at the right time, going undefeated in District 21-3A for the seventh time in eight years. The Indians are no strangers to the playoffs and should give the ‘Stangs all they can handle.

COLDSPRING (10-0) OVER BRIDGE CITY (8-2) Sat. 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium in Mont Belvieu—The team that defeats Coldspring in the playoffs will probably emerge as the 2011 Class 3A Div. II state champion, so let’s hope the Cards can pull off this humongous upset.

VIDOR (8-2) over CROSBY (6-4) Thurs. 7:30 p.m. at Provost-Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont—This game will get the state playoffs started in Southeast Texas as the Pirates tied for the most wins in the school’s history. If the Pirates continue to play as well as they have all season long, they should advance to next week’s round.

NICHOLLS STATE over LAMAR—The Cards have a legitimate chance to log a Southland Conference victory in Thibodeau Saturday. Hopefully those last two thrashings by Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin won’t have any residual affects.

MCNEESE STATE over UT-SAN ANTONIO—This game will close out a somewhat disappointing home season for the Cowboys. The Pokes finally snapped their four-game losing streak last weekend with a victory over Nicholls State and will give them something on which to build if they can win this game and the finale against Lamar in Beaumont.    
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS—Thurs.—Tatum (8-2) over Woodville; Fri.—Beaumont West Brook (6-3) over Deer Park (8-2), Nederland (9-1) over Goose Creek Memorial (4-6), Barbers Hill (9-1) over Beaumont Ozen (5-5), Tyler Chapel Hill (10-0) over Jasper (6-4), Newton (8-2) over Jefferson (5-5), Beaumont Legacy Christian (8-2) over Hallettsville Sacred Heart (5-4), West Hardin (8-2) over Thrall (5-5). Sat.—Port Arthur Memorial (9-1) over Pasadena South Houston (3-7), Port Neches-Groves (7-3) over Dayton (7-3), Huffman (8-2) over Silsbee (8-2), Kirbyville (2-8) over Rusk (3-7), Moody (6-4) over West Sabine (4-6).

COLLEGE—Temple over Miami, O. (Wed.), Ohio over Central Michigan, Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech and Houston over Tulane (all Thurs.), South Florida over Syracuse (Fri.), Sam Houston State over Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin over Southeastern Louisiana, Texas State over Central Arkansas, Baylor over Kansas, Texas over Missouri, Kansas State over Texas A&M, Oklahoma State over Texas Tech, Northwestern over Rice, SMU over Navy, UTEP over East Carolina, Boise State over TCU, Troy over North Texas, Prairie View over Alcorn State, Grambling State over Texas Southern, LSU over Western Kentucky, Alabama over Mississippi State, Stanford over Oregon, Arkansas over Tennessee, Penn State over Nebraska, South Carolina over Florida, Clemson over Wake Forest, Michigan over Illinois, Michigan State over Iowa, Georgia over Auburn, Wisconsin over Minnesota, Arizona State over Washington State, USC over Washington, Cincinnati over West Virginia, Louisville over Pittsburgh, Ohio State over Purdue, Vanderbilt over Kentucky, Virginia over Duke, North Carolina State over Boston College, Eastern Michigan over Buffalo, Kent State over Akron, Air Force over Wyoming, BYU over Idaho, Utah State over San Jose State, Tulsa over Marshall, Florida State over Miami, Rutgers over Army, California over Oregon State, Nevada over Hawaii, UAB over Memphis, San Diego State over Colorado State, Arizona State over Washington State, Ole Miss over Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame over Maryland, Fresno State over New Mexico State, Utah over UCLA, Southern Miss over Central Florida, Arizona over Colorado, UNLV over New Mexico, Arkansas State over Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe over Middle Tennessee State, Florida International over Florida Atlantic, Jackson State over Alabama A&M, Alabama State over Southern, Arkansas-Pine Bluff over Southern.

PRO PICKS—San Diego over Oakland (Thurs.), Houston over Tampa Bay, Philadelphia over Arizona, Miami over Washington, Cleveland over St. Louis, New Orleans over Atlanta, Baltimore over Seattle, Detroit over Chicago, Dallas over Buffalo, Denver over Kansas City, Tennessee over Carolina, Pittsburgh over Cincinnati, Jacksonville over Indianapolis, San Francisco over NY Giants, New England over NY Jets, Green Bay over Minnesota (Monday Night).