Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over HAMSHIRE-FANNETT—This will be a District 21-3A battle of winless teams that both played lousy games last week. However, the Mustangs are the least lousy of the two so they should win this game Friday night at Dan Hooks Stadium in West Orange. And it’s homecoming for the ‘Stangs.

LIVINGSTON over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—It would be great for the Battlin’ Bears to get off the schneide for the first time in a couple of years in District 20-4A action. But it’s going to take a better effort than the Bears put forth in their first three league games this season. Perhaps the home field advantage will make a difference.

SILSBEE over BRIDGE CITY—The Cardinals proved to be better “mudders” than the team that invaded Tiger Stadium last week. This battle of the two unbeatens could prove to be one of the better games on tap this week. And an upset is not out of the realm of possibilities, either.

ORANGEFIELD over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Bobcats will have to play sound football to beat the Hawks on their home field. But they are coming off a big win and want to protect their share of the top spot in District 21-3A.

VIDOR over PORT NECHES-GROVES—This game should have statewide interest, especially since Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine picked the Pirates to capture the District 20-4A championship. But with the Indians undefeated for the year and the game scheduled for the friendly confines of the new Reservation, a Vidor win would make Campbell look like a genius. And we certainly wouldn’t want to spoil his image.

WARREN over DEWEYVILLE—This is a contest to see which team garners its first District 23-2A victory of the season. Warren has the home field advantage which should make a difference in this near-equal match-up.

KINDER over VINTON—The Yellow Jackets have been a tough team to beat since the years when Head Coach Johnny Buck was on the sidelines. His winning tradition still has remnants which could spell the difference in this tussle Saturday night at Lions stadium.

MCNEESE STATE over NORTHWESTERN STATE—The Cowboys always play well in front of their exes at Homecoming, despite the fact the winless Demons have always given them problems in the past.  But the visitors will need more than a brilliant head coach from Orangefield (Bradley Peveto) to upset the Cowboy’s homecoming Saturday night because the Pokes are still smarting over losing to SFA 16-13 Saturday in the Southland Conference opener.

HIGH SCHOOL—Beaumont Central over Nederland, Lumberton over Beaumont Ozen, Beaumont West Brook over Baytown Lee (Thurs.), Port Arthur Memorial over Baytown Sterling, North Shore over Channelview, East Chambers over Anahuac, Kountze over Hardin, Jasper over Huntington, Center over Diboll, Carthage over Rusk, Kirbyville over Hemphill, Newton over San Augustine, Woodville over Shelbyville, Chester over Burkeville, Evadale over High Island, Colmesneil over Hull-Daisetta, West Hardin over Sabine Pass, Beaumont Kelly over Houston St. Thomas, The Woodlands Christian over Beaumont Legacy.

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

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