Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK (10-0) over CLEVELAND (7-3) 7 p.m. Friday, Butch Thomas Beaumont ISD Complex The best thing that could happen to the Mustangs is to completely forget that they met these same Indians in the first round of the playoffs last season and exited with an impressive 58-14 victory. Obviously Cleveland is a better team this year—but so are the Mustangs.
COLDSPRING (8-2) over BRIDGE CITY (5-5) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ray Maddry Memorial Stadium, Channelview The Cardinals need to remember that they almost upset this District 22-3A champion last year when they were undefeated, losing 7-0. Two opponents already put hickeys on Coldspring this season.
HUMBLE SUMMER CREEK (10-0) over VIDOR (9-1) 7 p.m. Friday at Clyde Abshier Stadium, Deer Park Because the Pirates finished second in District 20-4A they must take on undefeated and state-ranked Summer Creek in the “big school” Division I. If the Pirates can pull off this major upset, Summer Creek won’t be the only undefeated team to fall in this first round of the state playoffs.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (8-2) over SAN ANTONIO CASTLE HILLS FIRST BAPTIST (5-5) 2 p.m. Saturday at Lions Field in Orange The Lions finished in a first-place tie in district play and won the tie-breaker to earn the home field in this TAPPS state playoff game, which should help them get to the next round.
DEWEYVILLE (8-2) earned a first-round bye in Class 2A, Division II.
McNEESE STATE over LAMAR The Cardinals almost pulled off the upset the first time these two rivals met after Lamar re-started their football program and they are much-improved since then. The big question is how much more improved are the Cowboys? That will be answered at 7 p.m. Saturday on Louis Bonnette Field in Lake Charles.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS: Class 5A, Division II—Houston Manvel (9-1) over Port Arthur Memorial (8-2).
Class 4A, Division I—Nederland (9-1) over Dayton (9-1); Division II—Crosby (7-3) over Beaumont Ozen (4-6).
Class 3A, Division I—Silsbee (8-2) over Huffman (7-3); Division II—Jasper (8-2) over Groesbeck (6-4).
Class 2A, Division I—Troup (9-1) over East Chambers (8-2), White Oak (8-2) over Anahuac (5-5), Newton (10-0) has first-round bye.
Class A, Division I—Colmesneil (6-3) over Bosequeville, West Sabine (10-0) over Timpson, Hull Daisetta (6-3) has a first-round bye; Division II—Bremond over Evadale (3-7).
COLLEGE—Northern Illinois over Toledo, Ball State over Ohio (Today-Wed.); Southeastern Louisiana over Nicholls State, North Carolina over Virginia (Thurs.); Air Force over Hawaii, Florida Atlantic over Florida International (Fri.); Stephen F. Austin over Northwestern State, Texas A&M over Sam Houston State, Central Arkansas over Eastern Illinois, Kansas State over Baylor, Oklahoma State over Texas Tech, Marshall over Houston, SMU over Rice, UTEP over Southern Miss, Navy over Texas State, UT-San Antonio over Idaho, Louisiana-Monroe over North Texas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff over Prairie View, Mississippi Valley State over Texas Southern, Alabama over Western Carolina, Oregon over Stanford, Notre Dame over Wake Forest, Georgia over Georgia Southern, Ohio State over Wisconsin, Florida over Jacksonville State, Florida State over Maryland, LSU over Ole Miss, Clemson over North Carolina State, South Carolina over Wofford, Oregon State over California, Oklahoma over West Virginia, USC over UCLA, Nebraska over Minnesota, Utah State over Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State over Arkansas, Cincinnati over Rutgers, Auburn over Alabama A&M, Jackson State over Alcorn State, Arizona over Utah, Arizona State over Washington State, Arkansas State over Troy, Army over Temple, Boise State over Colorado State, Virginia Tech over Boston College, BYU over San Jose State, Buffalo over Massachusetts, Tulsa over Central Florida, Miami, O. over Central Michigan, Washington over Colorado, Georgia Tech over Duke, East Carolina over Tulane, Western Michigan over Eastern Michigan, Purdue over Illinois, Penn State over Indiana, Michigan over Iowa, Kansas over Iowa State, Kentucky over Samford, Louisiana-Lafayette over Western Kentucky, Miami over South Florida, Michigan State over Northwestern, Middle Tennessee State over South Alabama, Missouri over Syracuse, Nevada over New Mexico, Vanderbilt over Tennessee, UAB over Memphis, Wyoming over UNLV.
PRO PICKS—Buffalo over Miami (Thurs.); Dallas over Cleveland, St. Louis over NY Jets, Houston over Jacksonville, Cincinnati over Kansas City, Washington over Philadelphia, Green Bay over Detroit, Atlanta over Arizona, Tampa Bay over Carolina, New Orleans over Oakland, Denver over San Diego, New England over Indianapolis, Baltimore over Pittsburgh, Chicago over San Francisco (Monday Night). Bye week for Seattle, Minnesota, NY Giants and Tennessee,