Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
WEST ORANGE-STARK (8-1) over HUFFMAN-HARGRAVE (6-3) 7 p.m. Thurs. at Barbers Hill The Mustangs rolled through District 21-3A undefeated and are in the state playoffs for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. This will be a rubber game between the Mustangs and Falcons, who have won a playoff game against each other in Class 3A. WO-S hasn’t forgotten how Huffman marched downfield and kicked the winning field goal as time expired nine years ago. They avenge it tomorrow night.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE (5-4) over DAYTON (6-4) 7 p.m. Sat. at The Butch Thomas Center in Beaumont —The Broncos probably are on par with Vidor and will be just as salty on the field, too. The Battlin’ Bears, who defeated Vidor in a thrilling 17-13 regular-season finale, are slight underdogs in this Class 4A bi-district contest, but have been in that position many times this season and came out with a “W”.
COLDSPRING (8-1) over ORANGEFIELD (6-4) 7:30 p.m. Fri. at Huffman—The Bobcats, who ripped cross-county rival Bridge City 35-14 Friday night, will have their hands full with the Trojans, who have been ranked in the top 20 of the state high school poll throughout most of the regular season. But anything is possible, especially in the state playoffs.
DEWEYVILLE (9-1) over ROSEBUD-LOTT (8-2) 1 p.m. Sat. at Wood Forest Bank Stadium in The Woodlands—The Pirates have been winning big all season long and hopefully that trend will continue in the post-season. Deweyville out-gunned Groveton 52-20 last Friday and finished the season with a dazzling 9-1 record.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (7-3) over SAN ANTONIO CASTLE HILLS FIRST BAPTIST (10-0) 2 p.m. Sat. in San Antonio—The Lions faced this team in the playoffs last year and pulled out a hard-fought victory late in the second half. However, this time they must travel to San Antonio to take on this undefeated team that finished first in District 4. The Lions were third in District 5.
VINTON (8-2) over GENERAL TRASK (3-7) 7 p.m. Fri. at Lions Stadium in Vinton—The Lions came back from a 15-6 deficit with five minutes left in the game to score two touchdowns—the last with only 50 seconds left—to down Lake Arthur 19-15 Friday night. They will take on this team that was called Lake Providence until this fall which will make the five-hour trip to meet the Lions in the first round of the state tourney Friday night in Vinton.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN over LAMAR The Lumberjacks put up 38 points Saturday against McNeese, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Cowboys lit up the scoreboard with 69 points of their own. The Cards once again didn’t play two good halves of football and consequently their 21-17 halftime lead turned into an ugly 37-28 loss against Northwestern State in Natchitoches. The Big Red will have to play much better Saturday in Beaumont to beat the ‘Jacks.
McNEESE STATE over NORTHWESTERN STATE The Cowboys will need to take care of business against the Demons at Louis Bonnette Field in Lake Charles Saturday night and not be concerned about the results of the Sam Houston-Southeastern Louisiana game taking place in Hammond. But a Cowboy win and a Lion loss will throw the Southland Conference into a three-way tie and give the Pokes a chance for a post-season playoff bid.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS—Port Arthur Memorial (7-3) over Pasadena Memorial (4-6), Nederland (9-1) over Kingwood Park (6-4), Humble Summer Creek (10-0) over Beaumont Central (6-4), Crosby (9-1) over Port Neches-Groves (7-3), Silsbee (7-2) over Cleveland (7-2), Hardin-Jefferson (6-4) over Liberty (3-6), Jasper (6-3) over Palestine (8-2), White Oak (8-1) over East Chambers (7-3), Kirbyville (8-2) over Harmony (6-4), Newton (10-0) over Troup (5-4), Tatum (9-0) over Kountze (6-4), Lovelady (7-3) over Evadale (4-6), Houston Stratford (8-2) over Houston Waltrip (4-5), Friendswood (8-2) over Angleton (5-5), Elgin (10-0) over Waller (5-5), Brenham (9-1) over Georgetown Eastview (7-3), Waco La Vega (5-5) over Taylor (3-7), Houston Yates (7-3) over Columbia (3-6), Navasota (9-1) over Robinson (8-2), Carthage (9-1) over Mexia (4-6), Stafford (8-1) over Houston Furr (7-3), Waco Connally (8-2) over Madisonville (5-5), Fairfield (10-0) over Diboll (1-9), Sweeny (7-3) over Houston Worthing (7-2), Lorena (9-1) over Rockdale (6-4), Groesbeck (4-6) over Center (2-8), La Marque (7-3) over Houston Kashmere (6-4), Groveton (6-4) over Centerville (9-1), Corrigan-Camden (10-0) over Buffalo (5-5).
COLLEGE—Northern Illinois over Ball State, Kent State over Miami, O., (Both Today-Wed.); Clemson over Georgia Tech, Marshall over Tulsa (Both Thurs); Central Arkansas over Nicholls State, Sam Houston State over Southeastern Louisiana, Alabama over Mississippi State, Oregon over Utah, Florida State over Syracuse, Ohio State over Illinois, Baylor over Texas Tech, Stanford over USC, Auburn over Georgia, Oklahoma over Iowa State, South Carolina over Florida, Duke over Miami, Texas over Oklahoma State, UCLA over Washington, Michigan State over Nebraska, Central Florida over Temple, Louisville over Houston, Wisconsin over Indiana, Northern Illinois over Ball State, Arizona State over Oregon State, Vanderbilt over Kentucky, Central Michigan over Western Michigan, Virginia tech over Maryland, Boston college over North Carolina State, Cincinnati over Rutgers, North Carolina over Pittsburgh, Penn State over Purdue, Northwestern over Michigan, Florida Atlantic over Southern Miss, Akron over Massachusetts, East Carolina over UAB, SMU over Connecticut, West Virginia over Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette over Georgia State, Colorado over California, Boise State over Wyoming, Arizona State over Oregon State, Navy over South Alabama, San Jose State over Nevada, Colorado State over New Mexico, Memphis over South Florida, Rice over Louisiana Tech, Kansas State over TCU, Ole Miss over Troy, Arkansas State over Texas State, UTEP over Florida International, Arizona over Washington State, San Diego State over Hawaii, Alabama A&M over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Alabama State over Mississippi Valley State, Abilene Christian over Prairie View, Jackson State over Alcorn State, Howard over Texas Southern, Southern over Clark Atlanta.
PRO PICKS—Indianapolis over Tennessee (Thurs. Night); Chicago over Baltimore, Houston over Oakland, NY Jets over Buffalo, Atlanta over Tampa Bay, Detroit over Pittsburgh, Philadelphia over Washington, Cincinnati over Cleveland, Arizona over Jacksonville, San Diego over Miami, Seattle over Minnesota, New Orleans over San Francisco, NY Giants over Green Bay, Denver over Kansas City; Carolina over New England (Monday Night). Bye Week for Dallas and St. Louis.