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Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over LIBERTY– The luster came off of the hype for this game when the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks upset the Panthers Friday night erasing the advance stories about two undefeated teams clashing for the sole possession of first place in District 12-4A II. Instead, the Mustangs will come off their bye week ready to crush Liberty and probably will do it!!!
BRIDGE CITY over NAVASOTA—Since last season when the Rattlers changed their head coach and district in which to play they’ve transformed from a state powerhouse to a 2-6 team this year. The Cardinals are flying high atop the District 10-4A-I standings and must be wary of a Navasota upset. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen in Big Red’s final home game of the season.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over CLEVELAND—Although the Indians haven’t done much in district play, they would love to close out their season Friday night on a winning note. We said last week that the Battlin’ Bears must run the table to have a shot at the playoffs and they took a giant step last week
ORANGEFIELD over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Bobcats are faced with the monumental task of beating the team that beat the team that beat them. We’re talking about Liberty that fell victim to the Hawks last week after beating the Bobcats in the district opener. An Orangefield victory Friday night will make this analogy much easier to comprehend.
DEWEYVILLE over WEST SABINE—The Tigers are still looking for their first District 12-2A-I victory and must get it in Pirates Stadium. The Pirates are fresh off a 40-6 thrashing of West Hardin and want to close out their home schedule on a winning note.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over BRAZOSPORT CHRISTIAN-Both teams seem to be evenly matched and both need a victory Friday night. The Lions have the disadvantage of being on the road for this contest and need to play better than they did last week against undefeated Covenant Christian.
LAMAR over HOUSTON BAPTIST—The Cards fought a gallant battle Saturday at undefeated Central Arkansas and have a good chance of running the proverbial table if they can grab a victory Saturday night at Provost-Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont Saturday night.
McNEESE STATE over ABILENE CHRISTIAN—The Cowboys picked a pretty tough opponent to play their Homecoming game against. But if there’s one thing I recall in my 50-plus homecomings, it’s that the Cowboys don’t lose many games in front of the exes.
HIGH SCHOOL—Port Arthur Memorial over Baytown Lee, Nederland over Lumberton, Beaumont Central over Livingston, Beaumont West Brook over Conroe Oak Ridge, Sabine Pass over Colmesneil, Hitchcock over East Chambers, Houston St. Pius over Beaumont Kelly, Silsbee over Huffman, Jasper over Huntington, Buna over Warren, Kirbyville over Trinity, Coldspring over Kountze, Anahuac over Hardin, Newton over Hemphill, Hull-Daisetta over Burkeville, Lovelady over West Hardin, High Island over Leverette’s Chapel, Beaumont Legacy Christian over Rosehill Christian, Port Neches-Groves over Beaumont Ozen (Sat.).
COLLEGE—Virginia Tech over Pittsburgh, Toledo over Ohio, Akron over Buffalo, Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, USC over California (all Thurs.); Air Force over Fresno State, South Florida over Navy, San Diego State over Utah State (all Fri.); Central Arkansas over Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin over Incarnate Word, Northwestern State over Nicholls State, Sam Houston State over Texas Southern, Eastern Michigan over Miami, O., East Carolina over Connecticut, Ohio State over Northwestern, Michigan over Michigan State, Clemson over Florida State, Washington over Utah, Texas A&M over New Mexico State, Louisville over Virginia, Nebraska over Wisconsin, Houston over Central Florida, West Virginia over Oklahoma State, Boise State over Wyoming, Florida over Georgia, Oklahoma over Kansas, Tennessee over South Carolina, Auburn over Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee State over Florida International, Western Kentucky over Florida Atlantic, Temple over Cincinnati, Wake Forest over Army, TCU over Texas Tech, Penn State over Purdue, Maryland over Indiana, Minnesota over Illinois, Central Michigan over Kent State, Kansas State over Iowa State, North Carolina State over Boston College, Notre Dame over Miami, Baylor over Texas, Memphis over Tulsa, SMU over Tulane, Washington State over Oregon State, Stanford over Arizona, Southern Mississippi over Marshall, Georgia Tech over Duke, Louisiana Tech over Rice, North Texas over UT-San Antonio, Kentucky over Missouri, Arkansas State over Louisiana-Monroe, Old Dominion over UTEP, Oregon over Arizona State, UNLV over San Jose State, Hawaii over New Mexico, Alabama State over Alabama A&M, Southern over Alcorn State, Grambling State over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Prairie View A&M over Jackson State, Massachusetts over Wagner.
PRO PICKS—Tennessee over Jacksonville (Thursday Night); Houston over Detroit, Cincinnati over Washington, Arizona over Carolina, Kansas City over Indianapolis, NY Jets over Cleveland, New England over Buffalo, Seattle over New Orleans, Oakland over Tampa Bay, Denver over San Diego, Green Bay over Atlanta, Dallas over Philadelphia; Minnesota over Chicago (Monday Night), Bye week for Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, NY Giants, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.