KAZ’S FEARLESS FORECAST
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over SILSBEE—The Mustangs have gone a long time since they lost a district game, but they are in jeopardy of starting off 2018 in the loss column if they continue playing like they did in the first six non-district games. The Tigers are 3-3 to start district play and have also played some tough teams. Perhaps playing the game in Dan Hooks Stadium will make the difference Friday night.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BRIDGE CITY—This is normally a classic shoot-out between the two Orange County rivals and I look for this to be no different. Both teams got off to slow starts and each enter this District 11-4A-II opener with identical 1-4 records. The team making the fewest mistakes should be the winner.
VIDOR over SANTA FE—The Pirates are coming off two heart-breaking losses to two playoff-bound teams and are ready to get into the victory column Friday at Pirate Stadium.
EAST CHAMBERS over ORANGEFIELD—Although the Bobcats and East Chambers have an identical 4-1 record and 1-1 in district play, the Buccaneers are tough to beat in Winnie. The Buccaneers thumped previously undefeated Hardin 57-7 last week and have had an extra day to get ready for the Bobcats. But don’t sell the ‘Cats short. This could be an upset in the making.
DEWEYVILLE over SHELBYVILLE—The Pirates (2-3) have won one more pre-district game than this week’s opponent and are coming off a narrow 24-21 victory over Beaumont Kelly last week while Shelbyville (1-4) was idle.
INCARNATE WORD over LAMAR—The Cardinals have shown they can hang with most Southland Conference teams until late in the second half when they seem to run out of gas or talent. This opponent has shown it can defeat good teams, which may not be the case Saturday.
HIGH SCHOOL—Beaumont United over C. E. King, Beaumont West Brook over Channelview, Port Arthur Memorial over New Caney, Nederland over Dayton, Crosby over Port Neches-Groves, Lumberton over Huffman, Hamshire-Fannett over Hardin-Jefferson, Jasper over Shepherd, Anahuac over Warren, Woodville over Buna, Hardin over Kirbyville, Newton over Kountze, Hull-Daisetta over San Augustine, Groveton over West Sabine, West Hardin over Burkeville, The Woodlands Legacy Prep over Beaumont Legacy Christian.
COLLEGE—TCU over Texas Tech and Georgia Southern over Texas State (both Thursday); South Florida over Tulsa, Utah over Arizona and San Diego State over Air Force (all Friday); Nicholls State over Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas over Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Louisiana over Houston Baptist, Sam Houston State over Northwestern State, Boston College over Louisville, Miami over Virginia, Toledo over Eastern Michigan, Texas A&M over South Carolina, Coastal Carolina over Louisiana-Monroe, Purdue over Illinois, Central Michigan over Ball State, Georgia Tech over Duke, Maryland over Rutgers, Virginia Tech over North Carolina, Western Kentucky over Charlotte, Houston over East Carolina, Buffalo over Akron, Old Dominion over Marshall, Middle Tennessee State over Florida International, Miami, O. over Kent State, Utah State over UNLV, Colorado State over New Mexico, Troy over Liberty, Notre Dame over Pittsburgh, Colorado over Southern Cal, Army over San Jose State, Washington over Oregon, Northern Illinois over Ohio, Louisiana Tech over UT-San Antonio, Western Michigan over Bowling Green, Ole Miss over Arkansas, Michigan over Wisconsin, Ohio State over Minnesota, Temple over Navy, West Virginia over Iowa State, North Texas over Southern Mississippi, Northwestern over Nebraska, Iowa over Indiana, Central Florida over Memphis, Texas over Baylor, Alabama over Missouri, Florida over Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State over Kansas State, UAB over Rice, Georgia over LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette over New Mexico State, Penn State over Michigan State, BYU over Hawaii, California over UCLA, Fresno State over Wyoming, Boise State over Nevada.
PRO PICKS—Philadelphia over NY Giants (Thursday Night); Houston over Buffalo, Oakland over Seattle (at London), Chicago over Miami, NY Jets over Indianapolis, Atlanta over Tampa Bay, Cincinnati over Pittsburgh, Minnesota over Arizona, Cleveland over LA Chargers, Washington over Carolina, LA Rams over Denver, Jacksonville over Dallas, Tennessee over Baltimore, New England over Kansas City (all Sunday); Green Bay over San Francisco (Monday Night). Bye Week for Detroit and New Orleans.