Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over SILSBEE—This is the game for all of the marbles as far as the District 21-3A champion is concerned. The Tigers are averaging nearly 39 points per contest while the Mustangs have surrendered only 20 this season and none in the five district games. The Tigers will probably score—but not enough points to win the district title.
BRIDGE CITY over ORANGEFIELD—This important game in which the winner goes to the playoffs and the loser begins basketball practice should come down to the team with the best defense will extend their season. The Cardinals had better be able to stop the ground game while the Bobcats will need to put a bunch of points on the scoreboard. Home field advantage may have something to do with the winner, too.
VIDOR over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—The Bears dug themselves quite a hole by losing the Central Saturday night. Now they are faced with having to beat one of the best teams in District 20-4A just to grab that final playoff spot. The Pirates are comfortably in the playoffs, but can’t lose any momentum in this cross-county rivalry.
DEWEYVILLE over GROVETON—The Pirates need to win this final regular-season game to earn a berth in the state playoffs. They’ve had a great season and would put the icing on the cake with a win Friday night in front of their fans at Pirate Stadium.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over MAGNOLIA LEGACY PREP– The Lions will close out another fine season at noon Saturday in Orange after soundly defeating Houston Texas Christian 62-15 last week.
LAMAR over NICHOLLS STATE—If the 3-7 Cardinals are going to win a Southland Conference football game this season, they had better play one of their best games this week against the visiting Colonels from Nicholls State, who have posted only one win in eight games this season.
McNEESE STATE over UT-SAN ANTONIO—The 5-4 Roadrunners played nationally-ranked Louisiana Tech on even terms for three quarters before the No. 22-ranked Bulldogs pulled away for a 51-27 win last week. The Cowboys will have their work cut out, despite the fact UT-SA has dropped its last four games in a row. But the losses were to Rice, San Jose State, Utah State and Louisiana Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL—Hamshire-Fannett over Hardin-Jefferson, Beaumont Central over Nederland, Beaumont Ozen over Lumberton, Livingston over Port Neches-Groves, LaPorte over Port Arthur Memorial, Beaumont West Brook over Baytown Sterling, Jasper over Center, Anahuac over Kountze, Newton over Woodville, East Chambers over Hardin, Kirbyville over Warren, Hull-Daisetta over Colmesneil, Iola over West Hardin, West Sabine over Grapeland, Mount Enterprise over Evadale, Tenaha over Sabine Pass, Tomball Concordia Lutheran over Beaumont Kelly, Tomball Rosehill Christian over Beaumont Legacy, Chester over High Island, Katy over Memorial, North Shore over Deer Park, Brenham over Caney Creek, Crosby over New Caney Porter, Dayton over Humble Summer Creek, C.E. King over Humble, Barbers Hill over New Caney, Cleveland over Shepherd, Tarkington over Liberty, Huffman over Splendora, La Marque over Stafford.
COLLEGE—Ohio over Bowling Green (Wed.); Florida State over Virginia Tech and Arkansas State over Louisiana-Monroe ( Both Thurs.); Pittsburgh over Connecticut (Fri.); Sam Houston State over Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin over Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana Tech over Texas State, North Texas over South Alabama, Oklahoma over Baylor, Texas over Iowa State, Texas Tech over Kansas, Kansas State over TCU, Tulsa over Houston, SMU over Southern Miss, Central Florida over UTEP, Mississippi Valley State over Prairie View, Alcorn State over Texas Southern, Alabama over Texas A&M, Oregon over California, Notre Dame over Boston College, LSU over Mississippi State, Ohio State over Wisconsin, Georgia over Auburn, Florida over Louisiana-Lafayette, Clemson over Maryland, South Carolina over Arkansas, Louisville over Syracuse, Oregon State over Stanford, USC over Arizona State, Boise State over Hawaii, Nebraska over Penn State, Oklahoma State over West Virginia, Arizona over Colorado, UCLA over Washington State, San Diego State over Air Force, Akron over Massachusetts, Alabama A&M over Jackson State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff over Grambling State, Rutgers over Army, BYU over Idaho, Western Michigan over Buffalo, Central Michigan over Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati over Temple, Colorado State over UNLV, Western Kentucky over Florida Atlantic, Fresno State over Nevada, North Carolina over Georgia Tech, Minnesota over Illinois, Wisconsin over Indiana, Iowa over Purdue, Kent State over Miami, O., Arkansas State over Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall over UAB, Tulane over Memphis, Virginia over Miami, Vanderbilt over Ole Miss, Missouri over Tennessee, Troy over Navy, New Mexico over Wyoming, San Jose State over New Mexico State, Wake Forest over North Carolina State, Washington over Utah.
PRO PICKS—Indianapolis over Jacksonville (Thurs.); Houston over Chicago, Atlanta over New Orleans, Detroit over Minnesota, Denver over Carolina, San Diego over Tampa Bay, Miami over Tennessee, New England over Buffalo, Baltimore over Oakland, NY Giants over Cincinnati, Seattle over NY Jets, San Francisco over St. Louis, Dallas over Philadelphia, Pittsburgh over Kansas City (Monday Night). Open dates for Atlanta, Cleveland, Green Bay and Washington.