Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over HAMSHIRE-FANNETT—This is not only the first District 21-3A game for the Mustangs but also is Homecoming. Whatever alterations Head Coach Cornel Thompson made after the loss to Giddings paid off big-time as the ‘Stangs rolled over Kirbyville 55-7. Quarterback Jimmy Salter completed only 7-of-9 passes but five were for touchdowns.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BEAUMONT CENTRAL—The Battlin’ Bears suffered their first defeat of the season and it evened their District 20-4A record at 1-1. The Jags are winless in league play and hope to get into the playoff hunt at the expense of the visiting Bears. LCM needs to get another winning streak started Friday night in Beaumont.
BRIDGE CITY over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Hawks have had a hard time so far this season, but their slate is clean as district play begins. The Cards need to bear down and get it started on the right foot after having two weeks to prepare for this game.
SILSBEE over ORANGEFIELD—The Bobcats have come up with some big wins against talented teams, but this probably will be the best team they have faced since Coldspring. And the Tigers could come into this game a bit overconfident, which would be a gigantic mistake.
BEAUMONT OZEN over VIDOR—After hanging on for their first District 20-4A victory, the 4-1 Pirates will have their work cut out Saturday night in Beaumont’s Butch Thomas Stadium against a talented Panther team that has yet to lose a district game.
DEWEYVILLE over SAN AUGUSTINE—The Pirates have met every challenge head-on so far this season, so the start of District 10-2A Division II won’t be any different. Don’t know much about the visiting Wolves except they have a new coach who hopes to stop five straight losing seasons.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over BELLVILLE FAITH ACADEMY—The Lions buckled down when the going got tough Saturday evening in their impressive victory over Chester and should give the home crowd something to cheer about at Lions Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN STATE over LAMAR—The Cards will prove to be at the same level as rival McNeese if they can pull off the same upset over the Demons that the Cowboys did last week.
MCNEESE STATE over TEXAS STATE—This game is not a Southland Conference contest since Texas State decided to go “big time” and move up to Division I-A. However, this should be the Cowboys’ toughest opponent since the Kansas game and could result in the Pokes’ second loss of the season, although it’s a home game for the Cowboys.
HIGH SCHOOL—PNG over Lumberton, Livingston over Nederland, Beaumont West Brook over Baytown Sterling, Port Arthur Memorial over North Shore, Kirbyville over Huntington, Jasper over Center, East Chambers over Hardin, Kountze over Warren, Anahuac over Buna, Newton over Woodville, West Hardin over Lovelady, West Sabine over Colmesneil, Evadale over Burkeville, Hull-Daisetta over High Island, Beaumont Kelly over Houston St. Pius, Beaumont Legacy over Galveston O’Connell, Lufkin over The Woodlands, Channelview over La Porte, Brenham over Houston Spring Woods, Barbers Hill over North Forest, Dayton over Baytown Lee, Friendswood over La Marque, Liberty over Tarkington, Coldspring over Splendora, Huffman over Shepherd.
COLLEGE—Oregon over California and Middle Tennessee over Western Kentucky (both Thurs.), Boise State over Fresno State (Fri.), Sam Houston State over Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas over Nicholls State, South Alabama over UT-San Antonio, Oklahoma over Texas, Baylor over Iowa State, Texas Tech over Texas A&M, Houston over East Carolina, Rice over Memphis, TCU over San Diego State, Florida Atlantic over North Texas, Prairie View over Southern, Alabama State over Texas Southern, LSU over Florida, Alabama over Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State over Kansas, Stanford over Colorado, Nebraska over Ohio State, South Carolina over Kentucky, Virginia Tech over Miami, Clemson over Boston College, West Virginia over Connecticut, Arkansas over Auburn, Michigan over Northwestern, Georgia Tech over Maryland, Florida State over Wake Forest, Illinois over Indiana, Arizona State over Utah, Notre Dame over Air Force, Florida International over Akron, Alabama A&M over Mississippi Valley State, Arizona over Oregon State, Jackson State over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas State over Louisiana-Monroe, Army over Miami, O., Temple over Ball State, Western Michigan over Bowling Green, BYU over San Jose State, Ohio over Buffalo, Central Florida over Marshall, North Carolina State over Central Michigan, Toledo over Eastern Michigan, Georgia over Tennessee, Louisiana Tech over Idaho, Iowa over Penn State, Kansas State over Missouri, Northern Illinois over Kent State, Troy over Louisiana-Lafayette, North Carolina over Louisville, Purdue over Minnesota, Mississippi State over UAB, Southern Miss over Navy, Nevada over UNLV, Rutgers over Pittsburgh, Syracuse over Tulane, UCLA over Washington State, Wyoming over Utah State.
PRO PICKS—Houston over Oakland, Buffalo over Philadelphia, Cincinnati over Jacksonville, San Diego over Denver, Kansas City over Indianapolis, New England over NY Jets, Pittsburgh over Tennessee, Arizona over Minnesota, Green Bay over Atlanta, New Orleans over Carolina, NY Giants over Seattle, San Francisco over Tampa Bay, Detroit over Chicago (Monday Night). Dallas, St. Louis, Miami, Washington, Baltimore and Cleveland have bye week.