Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over FRIENDSWOOD—Last year the Mustangs lost in the closing seconds on an extra point when this Class 4A team was ranked in the Top Ten in the state. This year Friendswood is not ranked and the Mustangs already have lost a game in the final seconds on a two-point conversion. Let’s hope last week’s game officials don’t show up at Dan Hooks Stadium Friday night for this contest.

LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over NACOGDOCHES—Let’s hope the Battlin’ Bears play with the same intensity on the road this week that they did in their home opener last week.

VIDOR over BRIDGE CITY (Sat.)—This cross-county rivalry should be a hard-hitting battle from start to finish, with the Pirates using their home-field advantage to outlast the Big Red in a close game.

ORANGEFIELD over BUNA—The Bobcats subdued a gritty opponent in East Chambers last week and should be ready to help the Cougars open their season at home Friday. With a game already under their belts, the Bobcats shouldn’t have to worry about opening-game jitters that could very well perplex the Coogs.

EVADALE over DEWEYVILLE—The Pirates return home after an easy one-sided victory at Sabine Pass last week. Although the Rebels are also from District 14-A, they are expected to finish at the top of the standings at not at the bottom like the Sharks. This would be a nice upset victory for the Pirates,

IOTA over VINTON—The Lions open the 2011 campaign on the road to a team that has been a pretty rough customer over the years. Don’t know much about either team and hope we’ve got this one pegged wrong.

KANSAS over MCNEESE STATE—The Cowboys are starting the season with their “sacrificial lamb” game where they receive a nice payday to get whipped by a major college team. The Pokes have been known to hold their own until the bigger roster teams wear them down in the second half.

LAMAR over TEXAS COLLEGE—Don’t even know where Texas College is located, but the Cardinals should get the 2011 season started on the right foot.

HIGH SCHOOL—Nederland over Goose Creek Memorial, Beaumont West Brook over Beaumont Central, Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont Ozen, PNG over Crosby, Livingston over Jasper, Barbers Hill over Lumberton, Hamshire-Fannett over Anahuac, Hardin-Jefferson over Splendora, Silsbee over Cleveland, Colmesneil over High Island, West Hardin over Sabine Pass, Kelly over East Chambers, Woodville over Shepherd, Newton over Kirbyville, Groveton over Warren, West Sabine over Hemphill, Beaumont Legacy over Burkeville, Lufkin over Tyler Lee, Katy over Alief Taylor, Brenham over Lamar Consolidated (Sat.), Hardin over Tarkington, Coldspring over Madisonville, Huffman over Kashmere, Liberty over Huntington.

COLLEGE—Villanova over Temple, Rutgers over North Carolina Central, Connecticut over Fordham, Syracuse over Wake Forest, Louisville over Murray State, Northwestern State over Delta State, Georgia Tech over Western Carolina, Nicholls State over Evangel, Mississippi State over Memphis, Kentucky over Western Kentucky, Wisconsin over UNLV, Sam Houston State over Western Illinois, Stephen F. Austin over McMurry, Florida International over North Texas, Central Arkansas over Henderson State, Utah over Montana State, Idaho over Bowling Green, Arizona State over UC-Davis (all Thursday); Michigan State over Youngstown State and TCU over Baylor (both Friday); Boston College over Northwestern, Penn State over Indiana State, Virginia Tech over Appalachian State, Navy over Delaware, Pittsburgh over Buffalo, Auburn over Utah State, Alabama over Kent State, Clemson over Troy, Florida State over Louisiana-Monroe, North Carolina over James Madison, Tulane over Southeastern Louisiana, BYU over Ole Miss, North Carolina State over Liberty, Tennessee over Montana, Virginia over William & Mary, Duke over Richmond, South Carolina over East Carolina, Florida over Florida Atlantic, Grambling State over Alcorn State, Vanderbilt over Elon, Boise State over Georgia, Southern Miss over Louisiana Tech, Iowa over Tennessee Tech, Missouri over Miami, O., Ohio State over Akron, Purdue over Middle Tennessee, Illinois over Arkansas State, Michigan over Western Michigan, Nebraska over Chattanooga, Notre Dame over South Florida, Indiana over Ball State, Cincinnati over Austin Peay, Eastern Michigan over Howard, Iowa State over Northern Iowa, Kansas State over Eastern Kentucky, Northern Illinois over Army, Houston over UCLA, Arkansas over Missouri State, Oklahoma State over Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas over Rice, Texas Tech over Texas State, Oklahoma over Tulsa, Oregon over LSU, UTEP over Stony Brook, Air Force over South Dakota, USC over Minnesota, Oregon State over Sacramento State, Stanford over san Jose State, Washington State over Idaho State, Colorado State over New Mexico, California over Fresno State, Washington over Eastern Washington, Ohio over New Mexico State, Wyoming over Weber State, Arizona over Northern Arizona, San Diego State over Cal Poly, Hawaii over Colorado (all Sat.); West Virginia over Marshall and Texas A&M over SMU (both Sunday); Maryland over Miami (Mon.).