Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
KAZ’S FEARLESS FORECAST
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—The Mustangs have a habit of defeating schools larger than them in the scrimmages and the pre-district portion of their schedule. And apparently this year is no different after the ‘Stangs edged past both Nederland and Vidor in scrimmages the last two weeks. But this game is for “real” and is a cross-town rivalry. And the Battlin’ Bears appear ready for the challenge on their home field. The stage may be set for a huge upset!!!
KIRBYVILLE over BRIDGE CITY—Although the Cardinals are hosting a school much smaller than them Friday night, the Wildcats are very feisty and should give the Redbirds all they can handle and then some. The Big Red is coming off a 2-8 season and will be very young, especially on offense. The defensive line has great size and should be responsible for any early-season success.
ORANGEFIELD over BUNA—The Bobcats should find out real quickly exactly how they will fare on the road. The Cougars were in the same district with Orangefield last year, so the two teams should be fairly familiar with each other. The game could very well go down to the final play of the fourth quarter.
DEWEYVILLE over EAST CHAMBERS—The Pirates will need to come out firing on all cylinders and keep it up all four periods if they expect to upset the Buccaneers on their home turf. Both teams more than likely will earn a playoff berth when the season ends in November and should wage quite a battle Friday night in Winnie.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over COOLIDGE (BRYAN ALLEN ACADEMY)—The Lions have a new head coach in Tyler Sanders, new uniforms and different plays than they ran last season. The boys from Bryan hope to make his debut one he will remember this Saturday.
PENSACOLA ESCAMBIA over VIDOR (Sat.)—The Pirates will be on the bus to Florida much longer than they will be on the field Saturday. The Gators won the District 1-6A championship last season by running the Triple Option offense and rarely throwing the football. The Pirates like to run the ball, too, which could make for a fast game. Escambia High is the school Emmitt Smith attended many years ago and he is supposed to be on hand for this game Saturday.
LAMAR over GRAMBLING—The Cards are hoping to get the 2014 football season started on the right foot and should be successful if they can keep the mistakes at a minimum. The optimism is sky-high that this will be the Big Red’s breakout season to be in the midst of the competition for the Southland Conference championship and Head Coach Ray Woodard even guaranteed Sunday night that Lamar will have a winning season in 2014.
HIGH SCHOOL—Lumberton over Hamshire-Fannett (at Lamar) Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont Ozen (both Thurs.); Silsbee over Barbers Hill, Jasper over Hardin-Jefferson, Beaumont Central over Beaumont West Brook, Dayton over Channelview, Nederland over Crosby, New Caney over Diboll, Cleveland over Shepherd, Huffman over Houston Kashmere, Splendora over Tarkington, Coldspring over Huntsville, Liberty over Anahuac, Hardin over Beaumont Legacy Christian, Woodville over New Waverly, Garrison over San Augustine, Hemphill over Hull-Daisetta, Newton over Tatum, Lovelady over Colmesneil, Grapeland over West Hardin, Evadale over Galveston O’Connell, Cushing over Sabine Pass, West Sabine over Burkeville, Groveton over Trinity, Houston The Village School over Beaumont Kelly, High Island over Houston Emory-Weiner (Sat.).
COLLEGE—Georgia State over Abilene Christian (Wed.); Missouri State over Northwestern State, South Carolina over Texas A&M, Wake Forest over Louisiana-Monroe, Tulsa over Tulane, Ole Miss over Boise State, Vanderbilt over Temple, Washington State over Rutgers (all Thurs.); BYU over UConn, Bowling Green over Western Kentucky, Colorado over Colorado State, Houston over UT-San Antonio, Arizona over UNLV all Friday); Sacramento State over Incarnate Word, Texas Tech over Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State over Alabama State, Kansas State over Stephen F. Austin, Air Force over Nicholls State, Southeastern Louisiana over Jacksonville, Michigan over Appalachian State, Troy over UAB, Northwestern over California, North Carolina State over Georgia Southern, Nebraska over Florida Atlantic, Boston College over Massachusetts, Marshall over Miami, O., TCU over Samford, Notre Dame over Rice, Alabama over West Virginia, Auburn over Arkansas, Georgia over Clemson, Kent State over Ohio, Oklahoma over Louisiana Tech, Purdue over Western Michigan, Florida over Idaho, USC over Fresno State, Mississippi State over Southern Miss, Washington over Hawaii, Florida State over Oklahoma State, Texas over North Texas, New Mexico over UTEP, LSU over Wisconsin (all Sat.); Tennessee over Utah State and Baylor over LSU (both Sun.); Louisville over Miami (Monday Night).