Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Bridge City’s Austin Fitts sees open field against the LCM Bears in the 62-35 homecoming victory. RECORD PHOTO: Tishy Bryant
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Mustangs appear to really be rolling with their sights focused on another playoff run. But before that can happen, they must take care of business the next two weeks, and I’m sure Coach T will make sure 100 per cent emphasis will be on the Hawks Friday night.
JASPER over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—The Bulldogs are sitting in a first-place tie in District 10-4A-I with Huffman while the Bears are sitting in the middle of the pack, knowing another loss might eliminate them from playoff contention. The Bears must find some defense, pronto!!
BRIDGE CITY over HUFFMAN—Both teams have 5-2 overall records and I know the Falcons haven’t played any tougher competition than the Cardinals. The Falcons may have the home field advantage in this one, but that should be all.
ORANGEFIELD over LIBERTY—The Bobcats’ scoring machine was thwarted last week by the WO-S Mustangs, but that happens to most of the ‘Stangs’ opponents. This game should be a confidence-booster for the ‘Cats.
BEAUMONT CENTRAL over VIDOR—Neither team is living up to their preseason billing, although the Jags stand at 3-1 in District 22-5A play and still have a chance to win the league crown, or at least get into the post-season playoffs next month. The Pirates are 2-2 in district competition and desperately need to win this week to remain alive for a playoff berth.
DEWEYVILLE over HEMPHILL—This game could be billed as the battle between to two winless teams in District 11-3A-II. The Hornets are 3-4 overall while the Pirates stand at 2-5.
LAMAR over CENTRAL ARKANSAS—Both teams are coming off tough losses last weekend and want to remain in the hunt for the Southland Conference title or at least an invite to the post-season tournament. The winner will still have a shot while the loser will have to wait until next year.
McNEESE STATE over NORTHWESTERN STATE—The Demons have always given the Cowboys fits, regardless of the prevailing records. McNeese is still undefeated with a 6-0 record while the Demons posted their first victory of the season last week at the expense of the Lamar Cardinals. A huge crowd is expected at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles for this 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.
HIGH SCHOOL—Port Neches-Groves over Beaumont Ozen, Lumberton over Baytown Goose Creek Memorial, Nederland over Baytown Lee, LaPorte over Beaumont West Brook, Centerville over West Hardin, Silsbee over Cleveland, Newton over Corrigan-Camden, Hull-Daisetta over Anderson-Shiro, Normangee over Evadale, Anahuac over Warren, East Chambers over Buna, Kirbyville over Hardin, Woodville over Kountze, Beaumont Kelly over St. Thomas Catholic, Beaumont Legacy Christian over Brazos Christian, Brenham over Tomball, Houston Stratford over Tomball Memorial, Richmond Foster over Port Lavaca-Calhoun, Coldspring over Tarkington, Madisonville over Shepherd, LaMarque over Houston Kashmere, Crosby over New Caney; Barbers Hill over Humble (Sat.).
COLLEGE—UCLA over California, Temple over East Carolina, Appalachian State over Georgia Southern (All Thurs.); Memphis over Tulsa, Utah State over San Diego State (Both Fri.); Southeastern Louisiana over Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word over Abilene Christian, Sam Houston State over Nicholls State, Ohio State over Rutgers, Baylor over Iowa State, Utah over Southern Cal, Clemson over Miami, LSU over Western Kentucky, Michigan State over Indiana, Texas A&M over Ole Miss, Alabama over Tennessee, Stanford over Washington, Oklahoma State over Kansas, Oklahoma over Texas Tech, Northwestern over Nebraska, Boise State over Wyoming, Houston over Central Florida, Duke over Virginia Tech, Navy over Tulane, South Florida over SMU, Cincinnati over Connecticut, Texas over Kansas State, Rice over Army, Southern Miss over Charlotte, Louisiana Tech over Middle Tennessee State, Marshall over North Texas, Florida International over Old Dominion, UTEP over Florida Atlantic, Auburn over Arkansas, Missouri over Vanderbilt, Mississippi State over Kentucky, Pittsburgh over Syracuse, Ohio over Buffalo, North Carolina State over Wake Forest, Boston College over Louisville, Grambling State over Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, James Madison over Richmond, Penn State over Maryland, North Carolina over Virginia, William & Mary over Hampton, Florida State over Georgia Tech, Bowling Green over Kent State, Western Michigan over Miami, O., Central Michigan over Ball State, Missouri State over South Dakota, Northern Illinois over Eastern Michigan, Southern over Texas Southern, Texas State over South Alabama, Air Force over Fresno State, Arizona over Washington State, Nevada over Hawaii, San Jose State over New Mexico, New Mexico State over Troy, Colorado over Oregon State.
PRO PICKS—Seattle over San Francisco (Thursday Night); Houston over Miami, Buffalo over Jacksonville, Atlanta over Tennessee, Pittsburgh over Kansas City, St. Louis over Cleveland, Washington over Tampa Bay, Minnesota over Detroit, Indianapolis over New Orleans, New England over NY Jets, San Diego over Oakland, NY Giants over Dallas, Carolina over Philadelphia; Arizona over Baltimore (Monday Night). Bye Week for Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver and Green Bay.