Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Mustangs will clinch another District 21-3A championship if they win the final regular-season game on the 2011 schedule Friday night against the Hawks. The key for the ‘Stangs is to continue to improve and to keep everyone healthy for the playoffs.

NEDERLAND over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—It would be a shot-in-the-arm if the Battlin’ Bears could pull off an upset in this season finale against the Bulldogs, who have won their first outright district crown since the mid-1960’s. If that doesn’t happen, let’s hope the Bears at least have something on which to build for next season.

BRIDGE CITY over ORANGEFIELD—This game—the Bayou Bowl– has always been a war and Friday night’s encounter at F.L. McClain Stadium in Orangefield should be no exception. A Cardinal win will put them in the playoffs while the Bobcats must win by at least seven points to earn a bid in the post-season.

VIDOR over LIVINGSTON—This is a big order for the Pirates, but it certainly would make their trip to the playoffs much more memorable with an upset win in the last regular-season game.

DEWEYVILLE over HEMPHILL—The Pirates have had an up-and-down ride through the District 10-2A Division II schedule this fall and a big win in the season’s finale would jump-start the program for next year.

ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over ALVIN LIVING STONES CHRISTIAN—The Lions would like to end the regular season on a positive note before embarking into the state playoffs.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN over LAMAR—The Cards are finding the sledding quite tough their initial season in the Southland Conference. Saturday’s contest against the Lumberjacks won’t be any easier.

MCNEESE STATE over NICHOLLS STATE—The Cowboys hope to snap their horrendous four-game losing streak in their final home game of the season at the expense of the Colonels Saturday night.

HIGH SCHOOL—Silsbee over Hamshire-Fannett, PNG over Beaumont Central, Port Arthur Memorial over Baytown Sterling, Jasper over Diboll, Kirbyville over Center, Newton over Kountze, Woodville over Buna, East Chambers over Warren, West Sabine over Hull-Daisetta, Burkeville over Sabine Pass, Evadale over High Island, Beaumont Kelly over Houston Christian, Brenham over Stratford, Barbers Hill over Crosby, Cleveland over Tarkington, Coldspring over Liberty, Splendora over Shepherd; La Porte over Beaumont West Brook, Beaumont Ozen over Lumberton, Katy over Cinco Ranch (all Saturday).

COLLEGE—Temple over Ohio U.(today), Miami, O. over Akron, Florida State over Boston College, South Alabama over Mississippi Valley State and Central Florida over Tulsa (all Thurs.), Southern Cal over Colorado and Central Michigan over Kent State (both Fri.), Sam Houston State over Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State over Central Arkansas, Texas State over Prairie View, Oklahoma over Texas A&M, Oklahoma State over Kansas State, Texas over Texas Tech, Iowa State over Kansas, Missouri over Baylor, Houston over UAB, UTEP over Rice, SMU over Tulane, TCU over Wyoming, Texas Southern over Southern, LSU over Alabama, Stanford over Oregon State, Boise State over UNLV, Oregon over Washington, South Carolina over Arkansas, Michigan State over Minnesota, Wisconsin over Purdue, Nebraska over Northwestern, Michigan over Iowa, Georgia over New Mexico State, Arizona State over UCLA, Cincinnati over Pittsburgh, West Virginia over Louisville, Eastern Michigan over Ball State, Ole Miss over Kentucky, Rutgers over South Florida, Virginia over Maryland, Connecticut over Syracuse, Miami over Duke, Ohio State over Indiana, Florida over Vanderbilt, Air Force over Army, North Carolina over North Carolina State, California over Washington State, Notre Dame over Wake Forest, Southern Miss over East Carolina, San Jose State over Idaho, Utah over Arizona, San Diego State over New Mexico, Fresno State over Louisiana Tech, Hawaii over Utah State, Navy over Troy, Louisiana-Lafayette over Louisiana-Monroe, Florida International over Western Kentucky, Tennessee over Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas State over Florida Atlantic, Alabama A&M over Alcorn State, Alabama State over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jackson State over Grambling State, Mississippi State over Tennessee-Martin, Northern Illinois over Bowling Green and Toledo over Western Michigan (both Tues.).

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