Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over BEAUMONT CENTRAL—Neither the Jags nor the Mustangs want to lose two games in a row, but it will happen to one of them. The Mustangs really didn’t lose 37-34 to at Port Neches-Groves last Friday, they merely ran out of time driving for the winning touchdown. And Toby Foreman’s Jags jumped out to a 14-0 lead and then the defense surrendered 33 straight points to West Brook. Which team will get back to the win column? My choice is Cornel Thompson, who has much more experience correcting game-losing mistakes.

BRIDGE CITY over BEAUMONT KELLY—After getting man-handled by Newton and Vidor, the Cards will welcome a less potent opponent before starting District 21-3A warfare in two weeks.

NEWTON over ORANGEFIELD—The Bobcats do wonderfully as the underdog, so let’s hope they can pull off the trifecta Friday night in the piney woods of Newton. After all, stranger things have happened on Friday the 13th!!!

VIDOR over HOUSTON CLEAR BROOK—The Pirates are hosting an opponent that was picked to finish third in District 24-5A and has been to the state playoffs the past two years. The Wolverines were 6-6 last season and are coming off a 13-0 blanking by Seven Lakes last Thursday. This will probably be the Pirates’ toughest test so far this season.

DEWEYVILLE over SAN AUGUSTINE—This will by far be the toughest opponent the Pirates have faced so far this year and they are on the road to boot. But the Pirates continue to play better each week and will really have to do so Friday night to remain undefeated.

BELLVILLE FAITH ACADEMY over ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN—The Lions are going to have to get better on defense Friday night in order to get back into that win column.

OKLAHOMA STATE over LAMAR—This team is much different and more talented than both the team from the Panhandle of this state and even Louisiana Tech. Whatever big bucks the Cards earn from this mismatch will hopefully come without too many bumps and bruises.

McNEESE STATE over WEST ALABAMA—The Cowboys went into their home opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ranked 18th in the nation and then put a 58-14 walloping on the visitors, rolling up 528 yards of offense. The Pokes remain home for this week’s encounter with West Alabama, which shouldn’t hurt their rankings any.

HIGH SCHOOL—East Chambers over Hamshire-Fannett, Hardin-Jefferson over Tarkington, Buna over Liberty, Cedar Hill over Beaumont Ozen (Sat.), Nederland over Angleton, Humble Summer Creek over Port Neches-Groves, Silsbee over Lumberton, Houston Lamar over Beaumont West Brook, Port Arthur Memorial over Houston Westside, Evadale over Bay Area Christian, Trinity over Kountze, Jasper over Kirbyville, Groveton over Hull-Daisetta, Warren over Burkeville, Danbury over Anahuac, Corrigan-Camden over Woodville, West Sabine over West Hardin, Galveston O’Connell over Sabine Pass, Houston Lutheran North over Beaumont Legacy, Lufkin over Nacogdoches, Crosby over Barbers Hill, Dayton over New Caney, Sealy over Cleveland, La Marque over Coldspring, Galena Park over Huffman, Shepherd over The Woodlands Christian, Huntington over Splendora.

COLLEGE—Arkansas State over Troy, Tulane over Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech over TCU (Thurs.); Sam Houston State over Texas Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette over Nicholls State, Cincinnati over Northwestern State, South Dakota State over Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin over McMurry State, Central Arkansas over Tennessee- Martin, Boise State over Air Force, Alabama over Texas A&M, Arizona over UT-San Antonio, Arizona State over Wisconsin, Arkansas over Southern Miss, Stanford over Army, Auburn over Mississippi State, Utah over Oregon State, Southern Cal over Boston College, Ohio State over California, Fresno State over Colorado, Colorado State over Cal Poly, Georgia Tech over Duke, Virginia Tech over East Carolina, Florida State over Nevada, Northern Illinois over Idaho, Indiana over Bowling Green, Iowa over Iowa State, Rice over Kansas, LSU over Kent State, Kansas State over Massachusetts, Louisville over Kentucky, Wake Forest over Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall over Ohio, Maryland over Connecticut, Middle Tennessee over Memphis, Michigan over Akron, Michigan State over Youngstown State, Minnesota over Western Illinois, Ole Miss over Texas, Navy over Delaware, Nebraska over UCLA, Pittsburgh over New Mexico, UTEP over New Mexico State, Ball State over North Texas, Northwestern over Western Michigan, Notre Dame over Purdue, Oklahoma over Tulsa, Oregon over Tennessee, Penn State over Central Florida, Rutgers over Eastern Michigan, Western Kentucky over South Alabama, South Carolina over Vanderbilt, South Florida over Florida Atlantic, Syracuse over Wagner, Temple over Fordham, UNLV over Central Michigan, Utah State over Weber State, Washington over Illinois, Washington State over Southern Utah, West Virginia over Georgia State, Wyoming over Northern Colorado.

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