TOC Insider: Week 1 Class 6A Region II

Each week THEOLDCOACH breaks down the top matchups across the state, we'll give you our thoughts and predictions for each region in 6A and 5A! Today we take a look at Week 1 In Class 6A Region II!

It’s the first week of the regular season in Texas High School Football!! Each week we’ll take a look at the top five games in each region of 6A and 5A and give you my breakdown and picks, we’ll also give our picks on the next five big games as well!

Dallas Skyline at South Grand Prairie: Skyline on paper looks to be a team in transition, they’ve got a new coach and overall they seem to not have the depth of talent they’ve put together in years past. There’s still playmakers led by Texas Tech verbal Da’Leon Ward and WR Malik Webb but defensively the Raiders will have some youth. They’ll be tested by a SGP squad that has the makings of a real sleeper. The Warriors nearly knocked off Trinity in the bi-district playoffs last year and many of their playmakers are back in the fold. It starts with versatile QB Greg Eisworth who is a Mississippi verbal. The defense looks to be flat out loaded with playmakers Jeffrey Okudah and Texas State commit Chase Napoleon leading the way. SGP has a few holes to fill at the skill spots, but the Warriors typically have no issues filling those holes. This was a very close game a year ago, expect more of the same but this time look for the Warriors to come out on the winning end. Stepp’s Pick: South Grand Prairie by 7

Garland at Irving MacArthur: Garland hasn’t quite been their usual selves the past three years or so, talent has been siphoned away to other schools and they’ve had some bad luck with injuries. The Owls however are still a team not to be taken lightly. The Owls switched offensive systems last year and in year two they should be much more adept, it helps to have weapons like Melvin Loveless and Ladarreous Harris to get the ball to. The key will be QB Jacoby Williams and the defense staying healthy as depth is an issue. A tremendous senior class has folks at Irving Mac hopeful a breakout year is in the cards for the Cardinals (no pun intended). RB Artiss Henderson is a big time back who can carry the load, but QB Kane Hardin and WR Jeshua Hodges are capable of making plays when teams load up to slow Henderson. The defense has some youth and a few questions but Coach Basil thinks the talent is in place. This could be an early statement that Irving Mac is ready to challenge Skyline for the 9-6A crown. Stepp’s Pick: Irving MacArthur by 10

Lake Travis at Waco Midway: Midway served notice a year ago that they’d be a consistent force in the Central Texas area by opening the season with a road win over Lake Travis. The Panthers lost an outstanding group of seniors but they’ve proven under Coach Gambill they are more than capable of reloading. Rice commit QB Sam Glaesmann leads the way on offense, while SMU commit DB Christian Davis paces a fast and physical unit on defense. The biggest question for Midway will be youth at some of the other skill spots, if the Panthers have some guys ready to step in they’ll be tough to beat once again. Since moving to 6A three years ago, Lake Travis has been very good but they’ve yet to reach the elite status, they did make a run to the semi-finals in 2013 but aside from that LTHS has just been good. QB Charlie Brewer has good bloodlines and a total grasp of the system at Lake Travis, so look for the Cavaliers to be as efficient as ever running the spread. On defense keep an eye on California verbal DE Tevin Paul, who has big time pass rushing ability and quickness for a player his size. This should be a close one, but Lake Travis gets the nod avenging the opening loss from 2014. Stepp’s Pick: Lake Travis by 3

Southlake Carroll at. Austin Westlake: It’s the Todd Dodge bowl as current Westlake HC leads his team against Southlake Carroll. The Dragons won a close game at home a year ago, but with questions at QB this could be a real chance for the Chaparrals to make a statement. SLC isn’t devoid of talent as ATH Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR Zach Farrar and DB Obi Eboh lead the way. If QB Montana Murphy is available that gives the Dragons a great shot at this one, but if he’s not ready it could be tough. QB is one position that’s not a question for Westlake as Texas commit Sam Ehlinger leads the way. Westlake won the State 7on7 crown this summer, so there’s no question they will be able to put points up, the defense doesn’t have big names but they are solid across the board led by Max Mangum. Expect more of a shootout this year, but homefield advantage will again be a factor for the Austin area school in this one. Stepp’s Pick: Austin Westlake by 5

Klein Oak at Houston Langham Creek: It was a bit of a retrenching year for Klein Oak as after a couple of down years the Panthers bounced back with a run all the way to the State Quarter-Finals. Plenty of talent returns led by WR Austin Davis who is committed to Louisiana-Lafayette, Oak has a speedy backfield and if their young QB lives up to his potential Oak will score points. Oklahoma State commit Ryan McCollum leads the Panthers in the trenches, while DB Nygel King (a Houston commit) is the top playmaker on defense. Langham Creek, who actually won 17-6A a year ago over eventual state runner up Cy Ranch brings back a loaded offense as well. QB Paul Watson has weapons galore, most notably Texas A&M commit WR Quartney Davis and junior RB Toneil Carter. The question for the Lobos is in tight games against tough competition can their defense generate the stops? Expect a shootout here, but Klein Oak has the defense and big game experience in tight situations to get the job done. Stepp’s Pick: Klein Oak by 6

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Mesquite by 6 over Plano West

Rockwall by 4 over Denton Ryan

Copperas Cove by 7 over College Station A&M Consolidated

Round Rock Stony Point by 14 over Pfugerville Connally

Cy-Fair by 11 over The Woodlands

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