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High School Playoff Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK (6-4) over HUNTINGTON (3-7) Thursday 7:30 p.m. at New Caney—Tomorrow (Thursday) begins the third and final segment of the 2018 season. The Mustangs had a tough time with the non-district games and then plowed through their four District 10-4A-II opponents and begin the state playoffs tomorrow against the fourth-place team from District 9-4A-II. WO-S must play with more intensity if they expect to reach the state finals this year.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE (5-5) over NAVASOTA (5-5) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Huffman—The Battling’ Bears finished the season with an impressive 18-0 shutout over Lumberton and are a distinct underdog against Navasota, which has an identical 5-5 record as LCM. The Bears’ defense has to pick up where it left off last week.
LAMAR over McNEESE STATE—This game would have had much more significance for the Cowboys if they weren’t upset 37-34 in two overtime periods at Northwestern State last Saturday. The Lamar Cardinals, on the other hand, have the longest winning streak (5 wins) of Division I schools in the state of Texas and will travel to Lake Charles Saturday really fired up. The Cowboys’ balloon burst Saturday.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS—Class 6A-Div. II–Beaumont West Brook (8-2) over Kingwood (7-3).
Class 5A-Div. I—Port Arthur Memorial (9-1) over Fort Bend Foster (6-4); Div. II—Nederland (9-1) over Houston Willowridge (7-3), Houston Manvel (8-2) over Barbers Hill (7-3), Port Neches-Groves (7-3) over Houston Northside (5-5).
Class 4A-Div. I—Carthage (10-0) over Waxahachie (5-4), Houston Furr (7-3) over Huffman (5-5), Splendora (9-1) over Houston North Forest (4-6), Lumberton (5-5) over Houston Wheatley (5-5); Div. II—Jasper (10-0) over Hamshire-Fannett (5-5), Silsbee (6-4) over Shepherd (6-4), Liberty (6-4) over Center (6-4).
Class 3A—Div. I—East Chambers (9-1) over Crockett (7-3), Diboll (9-1) over Buna (8-2), Woodville (10-0) over Coldspring (3-7); Div. II—Corrigan-Camden (8-2) over Elysian Fields (6-4), Daingerfield (6-3) over Anderson-Shiro (6-3), Waskom (9-1) over Hemphill (4-6), Newton (10-0) over Omaha Pewitt (8-2).
Class 2A—Div. I—Tenaha (7-3) over Shelbyville (5-5), Joaquin (8-2) over West Sabine (5-5), Garrison (8-2 ) over Groveton (5-5), San Augustine (8-2) over Timpson (4-6); Div. II—Lovelady (8-2) over Dawson (5-4), Evadale (7-3) over Frost (7-3), Mart (9-1) over West Hardin (5-5), Grapeland (9-1) over Hubbard (6-4).
Class 1A Six Man—Milford (9-1) over High Island (4-6).
COLLEGE—Northwestern State over Stephen F. Austin, Nicholls over Southeastern Louisiana, Incarnate Word over North Alabama, Toledo over Kent State, Houston over Tulane and North Texas over Florida Atlantic (all Thursday); Memphis over SMU and Boise State over New Mexico (all Friday); Central Arkansas over Abilene Christian, Sam Houston State over Houston Baptist, Michigan over Indiana, Pittsburgh over Wake Forest, Iowa over Illinois, Purdue over Wisconsin, Georgia Tech over Virginia, Northwestern over Minnesota, Clemson over Duke, Penn State over Rutgers, Texas Tech over Kansas State, East Carolina over Connecticut, Temple over South Florida, Georgia over Massachusetts, Georgia Southern over Coastal Carolina, Missouri over Tennessee, Kentucky over Middle Tennessee State, Ohio State over Maryland, North Carolina State over Louisville, Central Florida over Cincinnati, Auburn over Liberty, Florida International over Charlotte, BYU over New Mexico State, Wyoming over Air Force, Utah over Colorado, Utah State over Colorado State, Notre Dame over Syracuse, Appalachian State over Georgia State, Marshall over UT-San Antonio, California over Stanford (Upset Special), Oregon over Arizona State, Washington State over Arizona, Nevada over San Jose State, Baylor over TCU, Navy over Tulsa, Texas A&M over UAB, Mississippi State over Arkansas, Oklahoma State over West Virginia, Louisiana Tech over Southern Mississippi, Akron over Bowling Green, LSU over Rice, Ole Miss over Vanderbilt, Florida State over Boston College, Oklahoma over Kansas, Washington over Oregon State, Arkansas State over Louisiana-Monroe, Troy over Texas State, Louisiana-Lafayette over South Alabama, Miami over Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky over UTEP, Nebraska over Michigan State, Texas over Iowa State, Southern Cal over UCLA, Fresno State over San Diego State, Hawaii over UNLV.
PRO PICKS—Seattle over Green Bay (Thursday Night); Houston over Washington, Pittsburgh over Jacksonville, NY Giants over Tampa Bay, Dallas over Atlanta, Baltimore over Cincinnati, Carolina over Detroit, Indianapolis over Tennessee, LA Chargers over Denver, New Orleans over Philadelphia, Arizona over Oakland, Chicago over Minnesota (all Sunday); Kansas City over LA Rams (Monday Night Upset Special). Bye Week for Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, NY Jets and San Francisco.