TOC Insider: Week 1 Class 6A Region III

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 III!

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!

Katy Cinco Ranch at Cypress Ranch: It’s the battle of the Ranches to open the season. Cy Ranch made a stunning run to the state title game a year ago and with SMU commit QB Collin Rock leading the offense and Texas Tech commit LB Brayden Stringer anchoring the defense the Mustangs have the pieces in place to be a force once again. Cy Ranch despite the QB play prefers to line up and try to mash you behind their big offensive line. As always Cinco Ranch will be fast paced and will look to keep the game up tempo, TE Corey Rau, another SMU commit is a key figure along with LB Dami Ilesanmi who leads the Cougars on defense. Cy Ranch got better and better last year and a good piece of that nucleus returns, playing six extra games certainly helps some of the new faces be ready to roll for 2015. Stepp’s Pick: Cy Ranch by 6

Spring Westfield at Manvel: The marquee matchup in Greater Houston in Week 1 is without question Westfield vs. Manvel. Westfield made the deeper playoff run than Manvel a year ago, but Manvel served notice a year ago that they’d be a force with a dominating win. Arizona State commit QB Dillon Sterling-Cole and WR Tyrie Cleveland are a deadly combination, while Houston commit Ed Oliver demands constant double teams. The issue for Westfield will be developing a new running back as this will be vital in keeping the incredibly explosive Manvel attack off the field. TCU commit QB Deriq King is a smooth operator of the Mavericks spread, with weapons like Texas commit Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, Hunter Hagdorn and Memphis commit Sean Dykes at WR and Mississippi commit RB D’Vaughn Pennamon expect big point totals from MHS. The Mavs are solid up front as well with TCU commit Austin Myers and Missouri commit Mackenzie Nworah anchoring things. Manvel is no slouch on defense with LB Jordan Carmouche and S Deontay Anderson leading the back seven and DE Hasaun Glasgow leading the pass rush. Manvel’s totally dominated anyone not named Katy the past couple of years and although Westfield will be motivated to prove last year’s loss was a fluke, Manvel simply appears to be way too loaded. Stepp’s Pick: Manvel by 15

Fort Bend Hightower at Aldine Eisenhower: Hightower’s defense looks to be one of the best in the area with LB Clifton Lewis, DE Micheal Johnson and DL Darius Anderson leading the way. Hightower’s offense will be key to their chances of becoming an elite team, QB Neiko Hollins will be key and most of the Hurricanes offense will run through him. Texas State commit RB Robert Brown leads the Ike offense, the Eagles will bring a lot of speed to the table on both sides of the ball. Expect a low scoring defensive struggle in this one, Hightower’s got a few more playmakers and their defense is built to stop the run. Stepp’s Pick: Fort Bend Hightower by 7

Houston Lamar at Brenham: Although talented a lot of the Texans skill players most notably are unproven, so this will be a bit of a transitional year for Lamar. However, back in 2012 when it was thought to be a year of transition Lamar advanced all the way to the state title game. Brenham is a traditional power in Class 5A, but the Cubs also look to be in the boat of breaking in new players after two really strong seasons. Keep an eye on Lamar OL Dixie Wooten and Brenham DB Deon Earls as players to watch. We give the slight edge to Brenham, the Cubs have this one at home and have fared very well against foes from inside the loop at Cub Stadium in recent years. Stepp’s Pick: Brenham by 5

Pearland Dawson at Richmond George Ranch: One of the few teams in District 22-6A that was able to challenge eventual champion Manvel, was Pearland Dawson. The Eagles made an impressive debut in 6A advancing to the third round of the playoffs before falling to Katy. The Eagles will be very good offensively with Fresno State commit RB Saevion Johnson and WR Kaleb White pacing things. The defense does have some questions in the front seven and that could be a concern going against the George Ranch rushing offense led by Darius Anderson. Expect a lot of points in this one, George Ranch graduated a loaded class of seniors so their defense will feature plenty of youth as well. Slight edge to Dawson in this one. Stepp’s Pick: Pearland Dawson by 6

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Dickinson by 13 over Aldine MacArthur

Galena Park North Shore by 10 over Clear Springs

Katy Seven Lakes by 17 over Fort Bend Travis

Channelview by 14 over Dayton

Humble Atascocita by 12 over Clear Falls

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