Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over PORT NECHES-GROVES—This Friday night game at The Reservation should give those preseason prognosticating eggheads their first indication of whether Silsbee is really the team to beat in 21-3A by how badly the Mustangs lose to PNG, if they lose at all. After all, the Indians haven’t defeated the Mustangs in a LONG time, although they’ve been favored to do it EVERY time.

SILSBEE over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—This is the second tough team the Bears will face on their killer non-district schedule. And the Tigers come to town favored like they were last week, wondering if Ol’ Man Upset is going to get them again. But the Bears are going to have to find more offense if they plan on surprising these angry Tigers.

JASPER over ORANGEFIELD—The Bobcats did a marvelous job of coming back from a fourth-period deficit to pull out that 22-21 victory over a scrappy East Chambers team last week. And they will be hosting another playoff-bound eleven Friday night who appear to be getting better each week.

VIDOR over BRIDGE CITY—The Cardinals seem to be jumping right out of the frying pan and into the fire as they travel to Pirate Stadium for their encounter with Vidor Friday night after facing perhaps the best team in Class 2A last week. And this Class 4A team seems to be in midseason form already, so it could be another long night for the Redbirds.

DEWEYVILLE over EVADALE—Let’s hope last week’s blowout victory over Sabine Pass didn’t go to the Pirates’ heads because this week’s foe is a much more formidable opponent that’s licking their wounds from last week’s defeat from Warren. The Pirates need to continue playing well in this home opener.

ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over HOUSTON EMERY WEINER—The Lions return to the friendly confines of Lions Stadium for this Saturday afternoon game that kicks off at 4:20 p.m.

LOUISIANA TECH over LAMAR—The Big Red had their fun last week lambasting Oklahoma Panhandle State 75-0, but now they must face a bona fide winner from Division I in Ruston, who suffered a loss last Saturday  and is very eager to even their record at the expense of the Cardinals.

McNEESE STATE over ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF—The Cowboys are playing someone their own size this week on Louis Bonnette Field in Lake Charles after their stunning 53-21 upset win over South Florida Saturday night in Tampa.

HIGH SCHOOL—Beaumont West Brook over Beaumont Central, Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont Ozen, Barbers Hill over Lumberton, Livingston over Dayton, Nederland over Goose Creek Memorial, Hamshire-Fannett over Anahuac, Hardin-Jefferson over Splendora, Kirbyville over Buna, Hull-Daisetta over Kountze, West Hardin over Sabine Pass, Newton over Liberty, Warren over Burkeville, Alvin Living Stones over High Island, Woodville over Shepherd, West Sabine over Hemphill, Lufkin over Tyler Lee, Crosby over Willis, Cleveland over Madisonville, Tarkington over Hardin, Navasota over Coldspring, Huffman over Houston Worthing, Texas City over La Marque.

COLLEGE—Arizona State over Sacramento State, East Carolina over Florida Atlantic (Both Thurs.); Boston College over Wake Forest, Central Florida over Florida International (Both Fri.); TCU over Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State over Southern, Texas Tech over Stephen F. Austin, Western Michigan over Nicholls State, Texas A&M over Sam Houston State, Colorado over Central Arkansas, Ohio State over San Diego State, Oregon over Virginia, Stanford over San Jose State, Georgia over South Carolina, Clemson over South Carolina State, Louisville over Eastern Kentucky, Florida over Miami, LSU over UAB, Oklahoma State over UT-San Antonio, Michigan over Notre Dame, Texas over BYU, Oklahoma over West Virginia, Nebraska over Southern Mississippi, Boise State over UT-Martin, Northwestern over Syracuse, Wisconsin over Tennessee Tech, Southern Cal over Washington State, Oregon State over Hawaii, Utah State over Air Force, Arizona over UNLV,  Arkansas over Samford, Auburn over Arkansas State, Ball State over Army, Baylor over Buffalo, Bowling Green over Kent State, California over Portland State, Cincinnati over Illinois, Tulsa over Colorado State, Duke over Memphis, Fresno State over Cal Poly, Houston over Temple, Wyoming over Idaho, Indiana over Navy, Iowa over Missouri State, Kansas over South Dakota, Kansas State over Louisiana-Lafayette, Kentucky over Miami, O., Louisiana-Monroe over Grambling, Marshall over Gardner-Webb, Maryland over Old Dominion, Minnesota over New Mexico State, Ole Miss over Southeast Missouri. Mississippi State over Alcorn State, Missouri over Toledo, North Carolina State over Richmond, Nevada over UC-Davis, UTEP over New Mexico, North Carolina over Middle Tennessee, Ohio over North Texas, Penn State over Eastern  Michigan, Purdue over Indiana State, Rutgers over Norfolk State, SMU over Montana State, Tulane over South Alabama, Michigan State over South Florida, Tennessee over Western Kentucky, Troy over Savannah State, Utah over Weber State, Vanderbilt over Austin Peay, Virginia Tech over Western Carolina.

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