Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over ORANGEFIELD—The Mustangs caught an open week just when they were hitting on all cylinders. The Bobcats didn’t come to life until the second half last week and came up with too little, too late against Hardin-Jefferson. Orangefield will be big underdogs this week, but then, so were the Texas Longhorns last Saturday.

LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BEAUMONT OZEN—The Battlin’ Bears lost last week to the team that’s supposed to win District 20-4A and they were in the game right to the end. After starting the season winless, the Panthers have come to life and won two district games in a row. The Bears will have their hands full Friday night in Beaumont.

BRIDGE CITY over HAMSHIRE-FANNETT—The Cards will have to play their best game of the year to get “off the Schneide” in District 21-3A competition. The Longhorns also are looking for their first district victory, so it should be quite a battle Friday night in Bridge City.

BEAUMONT CENTRAL over VIDOR—The Pirates got back on the winning track against winless Lumberton while the Jaguars fought and scrapped through three overtime periods before losing on a missed mandatory two-point conversion. This should be a real barn-burner with the winner making the fewest mistakes.

DEWEYVILLE over ANDERSON-SHIRO—The Pirates saw their hopes of an undefeated season come to a screeching halt, compliments of their longtime nemesis Corrigan-Camden, which remained undefeated for the season. They will rebound with a vengeance and get back to their winning ways.

KINDER over VINTON—This will be a great match-up of 5-1 teams, with the Lions having to contend with the Yellow Jackets, who are picked to win the district title, on their home field. The Lions lost a hard-fought 27-17 district opener last week to Welsh and are hoping to rebound back into the win column.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS over LAMAR—The Cardinals played one whale of a game against the No. 2-ranked Sam Houston State Bearkats, losing 14-3 in a game that was interrupted by thunderstorms. This game will be equally as tough, but the Redbirds welcoming their exes for their annual Homecoming extravaganza

McNEESE STATE over SAM HOUSTON STATE—Why the Cowboys picked a nationally-ranked opponent for their Homecoming game is a mystery to me. But as a loyal alum, we’ll be there with bells on hoping the two weeks of preparation for this encounter will result in a huge upset victory for the Pokes.

HIGH SCHOOL—Hardin-Jefferson over Buna, Livingston over Lumberton, Nederland over Port Neches-Groves, Beaumont West Brook over Channelview, North Shore over Baytown Sterling, Anahuac over Warren, East Chambers over Kirbyville, Hardin over Woodville (Sat.), Newton over Kountze, Sabine Pass over Burkeville, Houston St. Thomas over Beaumont Kelly, Beaumont Legacy over Cypress Christian, West Sabine over Alto, High Island over Good Samaritan Fellowship, Jasper over Diboll, Lufkin over Bryan, La Porte over Deer Park, Brenham over Bryan Rudder, Crosby over C.E. King, Dayton over New Caney Porter, Humble Summer Creek over Humble, Cleveland over Liberty, Coldspring over Huffman, Shepherd over Splendora, La Marque over KIPP Sunnyside.

COLLEGE—Miami over North Carolina (Thurs.); Louisville over Central Florida (Fri.); Nicholls State over Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Louisiana over Northwestern State, Oklahoma State over TCU, Texas Tech over West Virginia, Oklahoma over Kansas, Baylor over Iowa State, BYU over Houston, Cincinnati over Connecticut, Buffalo over Massachusetts, Memphis over SMU, Temple over Army, East Carolina over Southern Mississippi, North Texas over Louisiana Tech, Rice over New Mexico State, South Carolina over Tennessee, Georgia over Vanderbilt, Florida over Missouri, Texas A&M over Auburn, LSU over Ole Miss, Alabama over Arkansas, Jackson State over Grambling State, Prairie View over Mississippi Valley State, Alcorn State over Texas Southern, Southern over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Oregon over Washington State, Florida State over Clemson, Ohio State over Iowa, Stanford over UCLA, Arizona State over Washington, Michigan over Indiana, Northwestern over Minnesota, Fresno State over UNLV, Northern Illinois over Central Michigan, Virginia over Duke, Arizona over Utah, Boise State over Nevada, Oregon State over California, Wyoming over Colorado State, Georgia Tech over Syracuse, Wisconsin over Illinois, Michigan over Indiana, Wake Forest over Maryland, Akron over Miami, O., Ohio over Eastern Michigan, Toledo over Navy, Utah State over New Mexico, Notre Dame over Southern Cal, Pittsburgh over Old Dominion, Michigan State over Purdue, South Alabama over Kent State, Texas State over Georgia State.

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