Upcoming Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over BRIDGE CITY-The Mustangs are really on some kind of a roll, undefeated in all eight games this season with six of them being shutouts. The Cards are merely trying to nab that final playoff position, but a loss Friday night at Dan Hooks Stadium will certainly not help their cause. The Big Red needs an upset victory in the worst way!!!

LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BEAUMONT CENTRAL-The loser of this game will be hard-pressed to secure that important fourth playoff position that is still up for grabs. The Battlin’ Bears have the advantage going into this Saturday night contest in Beaumont, but a loss to Central will give the Jags that edge for the playoff spot.

ORANGEFIELD OVER BUNA-These two teams are as evenly matched as their records indicate and this game will be a battle for survival in the District 21-3A playoff chase. Both teams must win this game to even have an outside shot at a possible playoff berth. This is the final regular-season game for the Cougars, while the Bobcats have two games remaining, including this one.

VIDOR over LIVINGSTON-If Vidor fans come to Pirate Stadium Friday night thinking this game will be an easy one for their hometown heroes, they had better think again. Livingston has the same District 20-4A record as the Pirates, so Vidor had better batten down the hatches for an all-out war.

NEW WAVERLY over DEWEYVILLE-The Pirates will have their backs against the wall in this important District 12-2A-I clash at New Waverly, which is 3-0 in district play and 7-1 for the season. The Pirates have had a fine season so far, winning six of their eight games and could put the icing on the cake with an upset victory Friday night.

ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over HOUSTON TEXAS CHRISTIAN-The Lions fell behind to Alvin Living Stones last week and couldn’t launch a comeback and came up on the short end of a 31-20 score. But they return home for this Saturday night contest that kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be ready to avenge last week’s loss on the road.

VINTON over DE QUINCY-The Lions ran into a buzz saw last week in the form of the Welsh Greyhounds who put a 47-16 whipping on them. Vinton finishes the 2012 regular season at De Quincy and would like to end it on a positive note.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN over LAMAR-The McNeese Cowboys had a tough time subduing the Lumberjacks in front of a friendly Homecoming crowd last Saturday night so the Cardinals will have their hands full Saturday in Nacogdoches.

McNEESE STATE over NICHOLLS STATE-The Cowboys have always had trouble playing the Nicholls State Colonels, especially when the game is in Thibodaux, La. This year the Colonels share the bottom rung of the Southland Conference standings with Lamar, each with 0-4 loop marks, but the Pokes had better beware!!!

HIGH SCHOOL—Silsbee over Hardin-Jefferson, Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont West Brook, Port Neches-Groves over Beaumont Ozen, Nederland over Lumberton, Jasper over Huntington, Kirbyville over Kountze, East Chambers over Anahuac, Newton over Hardin, Woodville over Warren, Houston St. Thomas over Beaumont Kelly, The Woodlands Christian over Beaumont Legacy, Hull-Daisetta over West Hardin, Deer Park over Channelview, North Shore over LaPorte, Brenham over Huntsville, Crosby over Humble, Kingwood Park over C.E King, Humble Summer Creek over Barbers Hill, New Caney over New Caney Porter, Coldspring over Cleveland, Huffman over Tarkington, Shepherd over Liberty, La Marque over Columbia; Tenaha over Evadale,  Lufkin over Oak Ridge, Katy over Cinco Ranch, (all Sat.).

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

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