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Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over LIBERTY— If the Mustangs can beat the Liberty Panthers Friday, they will at least finish in a tie for the District 10-4A-II championship when the regular season ends next weekend. But the ‘Stangs had better not look past this week, because Liberty is hungry for a piece of that league title.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over HUFFMAN—The Battlin’ Bears appear headed for the playoffs but must keep playing consistently to assure that feat. The Bears’ defense pitched a 21-0 shutout at Livingston last week and is hopeful of a repeat performance at Huffman Friday night.
BRIDGE CITY over LIVINGSTON-Both teams are searching for their first district victory, with the visitors anxious to post their first win of the long season.
ORANGEFIELD over WARREN—The Bobcats catch a winless Warren team in their final game of the year at F.L. McClain Stadium. Wins in the final two games will give the ‘Cats a respectable 6-4 overall season.
VIDOR over BAYTOWN LEE—Who would have thought the Pirates would be without a district victory going into the ninth game? Despite their murderous schedule, the Pirates can finish the season at .500 (5-5) with a pair of wins in the final two games.
SAN AUGUSTINE over DEWEYVILLE—The Pirates can throw a monkey wrench into the Wolves’ hopes for an undefeated district schedule. But they will have to play much better than in the last couple of games.
LAMAR over CENTRAL ARKANSAS (Upset Special)—The Cardinals could very well run into a buzz-saw on their trip to Arkansas Saturday. But the Redbirds are riding a three-game winning streak in which they were underdogs, so one more upset victory would be nice.
McNEESE STATE over SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA—The Lions have always been tough on the Cowboys and things don’t look any different this year at Hammond. The Pokes threw their helmets back into the race for the Southland Conference championship by upsetting favorite Central Arkansas 23-21 Saturday.
HIGH SCHOOL—Beaumont West Brook over Deer Park, Port Arthur Memorial over Houston Wisdom, Barbers Hill over Port Neches-Groves, Nederland over Crosby, Lumberton over Splendora, Silsbee over Hamshire-Fannett, Jasper over Tarkington, East Chambers over Anahuac, Buna over Hardin, Woodville over Kirbyville, Anderson-Shiro over Kountze, Newton over Corrigan-Camden, West Sabine over Hull-Daisetta, Evadale over Colmesneil, Grapeland over West Hardin, Beaumont Kelly over Tyler All-Saints, High Island over Lovett’s Chapel.
COLLEGE—Toledo over Ball State (Today); Central Florida over Temple, Northern Illinois over Akron and Ohio over Western Michigan (All Thursday); Virginia over Pittsburgh and Middle Tennessee State over Western Kentucky (All Friday); Northwestern State over Abilene Christian, Nicholls State over Houston Baptist, Sam Houston State over Incarnate Word, Army over Air Force, Liberty over Massachusetts, Clemson over Louisville, Memphis over East Carolina, Michigan State over Maryland, Ole Miss over South Carolina, Syracuse over Wake Forest, Auburn over Texas A&M, Georgia Tech over North Carolina, Texas State over Georgia State, Georgia Southern over Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall over Southern Mississippi, Grambling State over Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State over Prairie View, Alabama State over Texas Southern, North Carolina State over Florida State, Georgia over Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette over Troy, South Florida over Tulane, Tennessee over Charlotte, Florida over Missouri, Boston College over Virginia Tech, Appalachian State over Coastal Carolina, Duke over Miami, Florida International over Florida Atlantic, Mississippi State over Louisiana Tech, UAB over UT-San Antonio, Alabama over LSU, Eastern Michigan over Central Michigan, Iowa State over Kansas, Ohio State over Nebraska, Wisconsin over Rutgers, Iowa over Purdue, Minnesota over Illinois, Cincinnati over Navy, Michigan over Penn State, Notre Dame over Northwestern, Oklahoma State over Baylor, Arkansas State over South Alabama, Arkansas-Pine Bluff over Alabama A&M, TCU over Kansas State, Rice over UTEP, Texas over West Virginia (Upset Special), Tulsa over Connecticut, Houston over SMU, Oklahoma over Texas Tech, San Jose State over Wyoming, New Mexico State over Alcorn State, Utah over Arizona State, Idaho over North Dakota, Oregon over UCLA, Washington over Stanford, Southern Cal over Oregon State, Boise State over BYU, San Diego State over New Mexico, Fresno State over UNLV, Washington State over California, Utah State over Hawaii.
PRO PICKS—San Francisco over Oakland (Thursday Night); NY Jets over Miami, Washington over Atlanta, Minnesota over Detroit, Kansas City over Cleveland, Carolina over Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh over Baltimore, Chicago over Buffalo, Houston over Denver (Upset Special), Seattle over LA Chargers, LA Rams over New Orleans, New England over Green Bay (All Sunday); Dallas over Tennessee (Monday Night). Bye week for Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, NY Giants and Philadelphia.