Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Mustangs’ Chain-Gang defense continues to baffle each opponent as the season progresses. Last week Hamshire-Fannett was forced into five turnovers that resulted in points for the ‘Stangs. The Hawks have played creditable football and could be a good test for WO-S.
PORT NECHES-GROVES over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—Both teams were earlier victims of the Mustangs and are much-improved since then. The Battlin’ Bears have been putting plenty of points on the scoreboard and will need that trend to continue in front of the home crowd Friday night.
JASPER over BRIDGE CITY—The Bulldogs have put down all but one opponent so far this season and are especially tough at home. The Cards came from behind to beat Buna in the fourth period last week and will hope that late momentum carries over Friday night in this non-district contest.
ORANGEFIELD over HAMSHIRE-FANNETT—Both teams ran into buzz saws last week and are ready to rebound and get back into the district race. The Bobcats won’t have an easy time of it, but hopefully will play well on the road this week.
VIDOR over BEAUMONT OZEN—This is a very important contest for the Pirates, after suffering their first loss of the season last week. They are still very much in the playoff picture and could still be the district champions if they pick up where they left off before last week.
DEWEYVILLE over WEST HARDIN— This will be the final tune-up for the Pirates before the tough district schedules kicks in. They need to continue doing the things that have produced those earlier victories.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over BRENHAM CHRISTIAN— The Lions got back to their winning ways last week at Brazosport and seem to do quite well on the road.
VINTON over ROSEPINE—The Lions got humbled 34-0 last week at Kinder and return to the friendlier confines of Lion Stadium for this district contest in hopes of leveling their season record at 3-3 and getting a district victory under their belts.
NORTHWESTERN STATE over LAMAR—This should be a pretty close game, but the Cards must travel to Natchitoches to face the Demons who lost last week in Lake Charles.
HIGH SCHOOL—Silsbee over Buna, Beaumont Central over Lumberton, Nederland over Livingston, Port Arthur Memorial over Channelview, Anahuac over Hardin, Newton over Kirbyville, East Chambers over Warren, Woodville over Kountze, Concordia Lutheran over Beaumont Kelly, Beaumont Legacy over Evadale, Hull-Daisetta over Galveston O’Connell, West Sabine over Burkeville, Colmesneil over Sabine Pass, Brenham over Willis, Crosby over New Caney, Dayton over Kingwood Park, Humble Summer Creek over C.E. King, Barbers Hill over Humble, Cleveland over Splendora, Coldspring over Tarkington, Huffman over Liberty.
COLLEGE—Arkansas State over Florida International, Central Florida over East Carolina, USC over Utah (all Thurs.); BYU over Utah State (Fri.); Sam Houston State over Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas over Nicholls State, UAB over Southeastern Louisiana, Texas over West Virginia, TCU over Iowa State, Oklahoma over Texas Tech, Kansas State over Kansas, New Mexico over Texas State, Houston over North Texas, Texas A&M over Ole Miss, Memphis over Rice, UTEP over SMU, Grambling State over Prairie View, Alabama State over Texas Southern, Air Force over Navy, Bowling Green over Akron, Alabama A&M over Mississippi Valley State, Alcorn over Southern, Stanford over Arizona, Auburn over Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff over Jackson State, Boston College over Army, Northern Illinois over Ball State, Boise State over Southern Mississippi, Ohio over Buffalo, UCLA over California, Toledo over Central Michigan, Cincinnati over Miami, O., Clemson over Georgia Tech, Fresno State over Colorado State, Rutgers over Connecticut, Duke over Virginia, Kent State over Eastern Michigan, LSU over Florida, Florida State over North Carolina State, South Carolina over Georgia, Hawaii over San Diego State, Idaho over New Mexico State, Wisconsin over Illinois, Michigan State over Indiana, Mississippi State over Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette over Tulane, Middle Tennessee State over Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech over UNLV, Tulsa over Marshall, Maryland over Wake Forest, Western Michigan over Massachusetts, Notre Dame over Miami, Michigan over Purdue, Missouri over Vanderbilt, Ohio State over Nebraska, Nevada over Wyoming, North Carolina over Virginia Tech, Northwestern over Penn State, Oregon over Washington, Oregon State over Washington State, Syracuse over Pittsburgh, South Florida over Temple.
PRO PICKS— St. Louis over Arizona (Thursday Night Upset Special); Baltimore over Kansas City, Atlanta over Washington, Pittsburgh over Philadelphia, Green Bay over Indianapolis, NY Giants over Cleveland, New Orleans over San Diego, Cincinnati over Miami, Seattle over Carolina, Chicago over Jacksonville, San Francisco over Buffalo, Minnesota over Tennessee, Denver over New England; Houston at NY Jets (Monday Night). Bye week for Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay.