Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over PORT NECHES-GROVES—The Mustangs didn’t play their best game but still managed to get past cross-town rival Little Cypress-Mauriceville last week. But they will have to improve dramatically to find a way to beat these talented Indians at The Reservation Friday night who are coming off an impressive 52-0 victory over Clear Lake.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BARBERS HILL—Both teams are coming off tough losses to good teams and are certain to correct some of the mistakes that led to their respective demise last week. The Battlin’ Bears have the home-field advantage which may be just enough to get past these high-flying Eagles.
NEWTON over BRIDGE CITY—We’re going to keep picking the Cardinals to lose to teams that are supposed to beat them and the Cards are going to continue to pull off huge upsets on Friday nights. The Big Red played well at Kirbyville last week and will have to play even better Friday in front of the home fans against this playoff-bound team.
KIRBYVILLE over ORANGEFIELD—The Wildcats obviously didn’t take Bridge City very seriously last week and will pay the price in practice this week. The Bobcats gained a ton of confidence with their win over Buna last week but will have to play much better to subdue this angry bunch coming down from Kirbyville this week.
JASPER over VIDOR—The Bulldogs had a relatively easy time with Hardin-Jefferson last week, but will have to contend with the Pirates’ running attack Friday night, which should present some problems.
DEWEYVILLE over WARREN—The Pirates ran into a buzz-saw when they played East Chambers last week and saw many areas in their game that need immediate attention. Warren will be gunning for its second straight victory of the young season.
HUNTSVILLE ALPHA OMEGA ACADEMY over ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN—The Lions are still smarting from their opening-season 89-45 loss Saturday and need to find more defense for this road game.
LAMAR over BACONE—The Cards enter this season full of hope and optimism that this will be a better season than last year. However, they will not be able to gauge their improvement from this initial victory.
LSU over McNEESE STATE—My Cowboys are opening the new season with their “sacrificial lamb” game in which they receive a healthy stipend for a painful butt-kicking.
HIGH SCHOOL—Beaumont West Brook over Beaumont Ozen, Nederland over Dayton, Hamshire-Fannett over Anahuac, Silsbee over Coldspring, Center over Buna, East Chambers over Tarkington, Kountze over Shepherd, Woodville over Joaquin, Hardin-Jefferson over Beaumont Kelly, West Hardin over Colmesneil, Hull-Daisetta over Burkeville, Evadale over Beaumont Legacy Christian Academy, Brenham over Liberty Hill, Crosby over Angleton, North Shore Galena Park over Tomball Memorial, Huffman over New Caney, Baytown Sterling over Baytown Goose Creek Memorial, Cleveland over Livingston, Splendora over San Augustine, Houston Foster over A&M Consolidated, Texas City over LaMarque.
COLLEGE—Central Arkansas over Samford, Southeastern Louisiana over Northwestern State, Fresno State over Abilene Christian, South Carolina over North Carolina, Central Florida over Florida International, Oklahoma State over Central Michigan, Utah over Michigan, TCU over Minnesota, Wake Forest over Elon, Georgia Tech over Alcorn State, Toledo over Stony Brook, Utah State over South Utah, San Jose State over New Hampshire, Nevada over UC-Davis, Duke over Tulane, Ohio over Idaho, Arizona over Texas-San Antonio, Colorado over Hawaii and Vanderbilt over Western Kentucky (all Thurs.); Baylor over SMU, Georgia State over Charlotte, Michigan State over Western Michigan, Illinois over Kent State, Army over Fordham, Syracuse over Rhode Island, Oregon State over Weber State and Boise State over Washington (all Friday); Texas A&M-Kingsville over Incarnate Word, Texas Tech over Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin over Northern Arizona, Houston Baptist over Bethany College, Old Dominion over Eastern Michigan, Florida over New Mexico State, Penn State over Temple, Tulsa over Florida Atlantic, UCLA over Virginia, Stanford over Northwestern, Auburn over Louisville, Texas A&M over Arizona State, Nebraska over BYU, North Carolina State over Troy, Northern Illinois over UNLV, Oklahoma over Akron, Tennessee over Bowling Green, Georgia over Louisiana-Monroe, Kentucky over Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkansas over UTEP, West Virginia over Georgia Southern, Notre Dame over Texas, Florida State over Texas State, Alabama over Wisconsin, Mississippi State over Southern Miss, USC over Arkansas State, (all Sat.); Marshall over Purdue, (Sun.); Ohio State over Virginia Tech (Mon.).