Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over NEDERLAND—Everybody always picks Nederland to win this annual lid-lifter, but very rarely do the Bulldogs emerge with a victory. So we’ll just pick the Mustangs to win this game at Provost-Umphrey Stadium on the Lamar University campus.

LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over GOOSE CREEK MEMORIAL—The Battlin’ Bears should get the 2011 season started on the right foot in front of their fans in this home opener.

TEXARKANA TEXAS HIGH over VIDOR (at Lufkin)— Texas High is potent year in and year out and they should have enough weapons to subdue the stubborn Pirates in this Saturday night contest.

BRIDGE CITY over SHEPHERD—This opening game on the road for the Cardinals could start off tough, but the cream will rise to the top and the Big Red should emerge victorious.

ORANGEFIELD over EAST CHAMBERS—This is going to be one tough game for the Bobcats, but the home-field advantage and the fact the Bucs get better as the season progresses gives the ‘Cats a chance to start the season off on the right foot.

DEWEYVILLE over SABINE PASS—Hopefully the Pirates can overpower the Sharks and chalk up an opening-game victory because the competition gets stronger very quickly.

HOUSTON CHRISTIAN over COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN—This is the first game in the school’s history and it happens on the road. An upset would be great for this inaugural event.

HIGH SCHOOL—Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont Central, Jasper over Lumberton, Beaumont West Brook over Beaumont Ozen and PNG over Gregory-Portland (both Sat.), Silsbee over Houston Waltrip, Splendora over Hamshire-Fannett, Huffman over Hardin-Jefferson, Coldspring over Kirbyville, Hull-Daisetta over Kountze, Woodville over Corrigan-Camden, West Hardin over Warren, Evadale over Galveston O’Connell, West Sabine over Timpson.