KAZ’S FEARLESS FORECAST
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK (13-0) over NAVASOTA (13-0) 7 p.m. Friday at Turner Stadium in Humble—The Mustangs already have nine shutouts this season, which is more wins than many of the teams still in the state playoffs have and are banking heavily on their defense stopping the Rattlers’ potent offensive attack. It will probably come down to the team making the fewest mistakes that moves on to the state semifinal round next week.
NEDERLAND (12-1) over GEORGETOWN (13-0) 3 p.m. Saturday at Berry Center in Cypress—The Bulldogs are brimming with confidence after upsetting No. 1 Pearland Dawson in overtime last week and will not be intimidated by another undefeated playoff opponent.
NEWTON (12-0) over FRANKLIN (10-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin—The Eagles have yet to be tested this season, winning most of their games by two touchdowns or more. This game shouldn’t be another cakewalk, but the Eagles have plenty of ways to defeat an opponent.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS—Houston Lamar (13-0) over Houston North shore (12-1), Waco Midway (13-0) over Cedar Hill (9-4), Katy (13-0) over Cypress Ranch (9-4), Tyler (12-1) over Frisco (12-1), Fort Bend Marshall (13-0) over Houston Manor (10-3), Stephenville (11-1) over Kilgore (11-1), Carthage (11-2) over El Campo (13-0), Gilmer (12-1) over Henderson (9-4), Bellville (10-3) over Port Isabel (10-3), Daingerfield (10-3) over New Boston (12-0), Cameron Yoe (12-0) over Hallettsville (12-0), Hughes Spring (12-0) over Elysian Fields (10-3), Refugio (12-0) over East Bernard (12-0), Alto (11-2) over Mart (10-2), Mason (12-0) over Shiner (11-1), Munday (12-0) over Albany (11-1), Tenaha (8-4) over Frost (12-1), Burton (11-1) over Falls City (10-2).
COLLEGE—Navy (7-4) over Army (2-9), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9-2) over Jackson State (7-4).
Football Championship Subdivision Quarterfinals—Sam Houston State over Montana State, Georgia Southern over Old Dominion, North Dakota State over Wofford, East Washington over Illinois State.
PRO PICKS—Denver over Oakland (Thurs.), Chicago over Minnesota, Baltimore over Washington, Cleveland over Kansas City, Pittsburgh over San Diego, Indianapolis over Tennessee, NY Jets over Jacksonville, Atlanta over Carolina, Tampa Bay over Philadelphia, Buffalo over St. Louis, Dallas over Cincinnati, San Francisco over Miami, Seattle over Arizona, NY Giants over New Orleans, Green Bay over Detroit, Houston over New England (Monday Night Upset Special).