Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over ORANGEFIELD-The Mustangs will find out Friday night what a week off will do to the momentum they’ve built up during the first half of the season. The Bobcats, sitting right now in the third and final playoff spot, are coming off an impressive win and have plenty of momentum going into Dan Hooks Stadium.
BRIDGE CITY over HAMSHIRE-FANNETT-The Cardinals have licked their wounds all week from the Silsbee loss and are ready to take out their frustrations down the road against the Longhorns. However, the task won’t be an easy one, so the Redbirds had better have their game faces on.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BEAUMONT OZEN-The Bears have been playing quite well and putting plenty of points on the scoreboard. The Battlin’ Bears’ concern is about the Panthers’ speed and how a Saturday afternoon game (1 p.m. kickoff) might affect them.
VIDOR over BEAUMONT CENTRAL-The Pirates had quite a track meet in front of the home folks last week against Lumberton and take their show on the road to Beaumont at the Butch Thomas Complex for a Saturday night encounter. Both teams scored plenty of points last week and should also light up the scoreboard in this contest.
DEWEYVILLE over ANDERSON-SHIRO-Don’t know much about this District 12-2A II opponent that will be venturing into Pirate Stadium Friday night, but the Pirates had a knock-down, drag-out game last week at Corrigan-Camden and barely came up on the short end of a 33-30 score. The Pirates are determined to stay in the playoff hunt and the best way to do that is with a win Friday night at home.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over MOUNT CARMEL—This is another Saturday night contest this week for our local teams. The Lions have been playing good football and should be well rested and ready to resume action after a bye last week.
LAKE ARTHUR over VINTON—The Lions posted their first district victory last week, overwhelming winless East Beauregard 30-14 and upping their season record to 3-4. Lake Arthur stands at 6-1 with some very impressive victories under its belt.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS over LAMAR—The Cardinals are still searching for their first Southland Conference victory of the season and are hoping the third time is the charm. But the Redbirds are picking on a team that’s 3-1 in league play and will enjoy the home field advantage. That’s quite a big hurdle for the upstart Cards to overcome.
SAM HOUSTON STATE over McNEESE STATE—The Cowboys have dropped a couple of hard-fought SLC games and are looking to even their loop record at 2-2 against these 2-1 Bearkats, who were the preseason favorite to win the Southland title. Throw in the fact this game is in Huntsville and it looks like the Pokes are really behind the 8-ball.
HIGH SCHOOL—Buna over Hardin-Jefferson, Nederland over PN-G, Livingston over Lumberton, Beaumont West Brook over Channelview, East Chambers over Kirbyville, Newton over Kountze, Anahuac over Warren, Woodville over Hardin, Sabine Pass over Burkeville, Houston St. Thomas over Beaumont Kelly, Houston Cypress Christian over Beaumont Legacy, Chester over High Island, Lufkin over Bryan, North Shore over Baytown Sterling, LaPorte over Deer Park, Katy over Seven Lakes, Brenham over Bryan Rudder, Crosby over C.E. King, Dayton over New Caney Porter, Humble Summer Creek over Humble, Kingwood Park over New Caney, Friendswood over Goose Creek Memorial, Cleveland over Liberty, Coldspring over Huffman, Shepherd over Splendora, La Marque over KIPP Sunnyside.
COLLEGE—Houston over SMU, Oregon over Arizona State (both Thurs.); Syracuse over Connecticut (Fri.); Stephen F. Austin over Nicholls State, Texas over Baylor, TCU over Texas Tech, Oklahoma over Kansas, .Kansas State over West Virginia, Oklahoma State over Iowa State, Tulsa over Rice, UTEP over Tulane, LSU over Texas A&M, Alcorn State over Prairie View A&M, San Jose State over UT-San Antonio, Air Force over New Mexico, Northern Illinois over Akron, Alabama over Tennessee, South Carolina over Florida, Notre Dame over BYU, Ohio State over Purdue, Oregon State over Utah, USC over Colorado, Florida State over Miami, Georgia over Kentucky, Clemson over Virginia Tech, Stanford over California, Louisville over South Florida, Mississippi State over Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers over Temple, Cincinnati over Toledo, Louisiana Tech over Idaho, Boise State over UNLV, Michigan over Michigan State, Arizona over Washington, Arkansas-Pine Bluff over Southern, Army over Eastern Michigan, Vanderbilt over Auburn, Ball State over Central Michigan, Georgia Tech over Boston College, Bowling Green over Massachusetts, Pittsburgh over Buffalo, Central Florida over Memphis, North Carolina over Duke, East Carolina over UAB, South Alabama over Florida Atlantic, Troy over Florida International, Fresno State over Wyoming, Va.-Lynchburg over Grambling State, Indiana over Navy, Penn State over Iowa, Jackson State over Mississippi Valley State, Kent State over Western Michigan, Western Kentucky over Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall over Southern Miss, North Carolina State over Maryland, Wisconsin over Minnesota, Nebraska over Northwestern, Nevada over San Diego State, Utah State over New Mexico State, Virginia over Wake Forest.
PRO PICKS—Seattle over San Francisco (Thursday Night Upset Special); Arizona over Minnesota, Green Bay over St. Louis, Houston over Baltimore, NY Giants over Washington, Dallas over Carolina, New Orleans over Tampa Bay, Cleveland over Indianapolis, Buffalo over Tennessee, Oakland over Jacksonville, New England over NY Jets, Pittsburgh over Cincinnati, Chicago over Detroit (Monday Night). Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego have byes.