TOC Insider: Week 1 Class 6A Region IV

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 IV!

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!

Pflugerville Hendrickson at Converse Judson: One of the most talented teams in the Austin area hooks up with long time Alamo City power Judson. Hendrickson produces major FBS talent but they’ve yet to make a deep playoff push, while Judson surprised a lot of observers with a run to the state semi-finals. Sophomore QB Julon Williams burst on the scene a year ago as a freshman. A year of maturity and a full off-season has Rocket fans with high hopes that he can restore the glory. On defense the Rockets are anchored by Texas A&M commit DE Alton Robinson. Hendrickson has plenty of playmakers on defense as well with DB KeShawn Somerville (TCU commit) and Texas Tech commit Austin Deshay at DE. UTSA commit Carrington Kearney is a playmaker at QB for the Hawks as well. The front line talent for HHS is there, but they lost a deep group of seniors and the youth most notably in the trenches may be too tough to overcome on the road against a Judson team with experience in droves. Stepp’s Pick: Converse Judson by 6

San Antonio Madison at Cibolo Steele: Longtime powerhouse San Antonio Madison took a big step back last year under first year HC Mark Smith. The Mavericks on paper look to be improved, but they are running into a legit state title contender in Steele. The Knights look absolutely loaded on offense with Texas Tech commits Bryson Denley and Antoine Cox-Wesley leading the way, while junior QB Xavier Martin is already committed to Tech as well despite not starting a varsity game. Steele’s defense is headlined by DE Mark Jackson but across the board the Knights pride themselves on being fast, very sound and physical on the defensive side of the ball. Madison will be improved, but they have a long way to go to be back at the same type of level as Steele. Stepp’s Pick: Cibolo Steele by 21

San Antonio Johnson at San Antonio Brandeis:Two of the newer powers in San Antonio meet up and both have designs on glory in 2015. Johnson stumbled in 2014 after making an appearance in the semi-finals in 2013. The Jaguars have a lot of firepower back on offense led by QB Josh Theissen and RB Bradeon Williams. The big key for Johnson will be improving on the defensive side of the ball. Brandeis has a new HC in former Allen OC Jeff Fleener. Coach Fleener is hoping Brandeis can retain their tough and physical nature on the defensive side of the ball, while at the same time becoming more dynamic on offense. The talent is there with QB Paul Lozano and RB Jaylon Dukes, however you can still expect some growing pains while learning a new scheme. Fortunately for Brandeis the defense travels! Stepp’s Pick: San Antonio Brandeis by 8

San Angelo Central at Del Rio: San Angelo Central has designs on being the top team in West Texas this year and a good start will be critical. The Bobcats have big time talent on offense led by TCU commit QB Brennen Wooten and up front OL Braxton Webb who is committed to SMU. Will Vincent and Gehrig Scott are underrated on the defensive side of the ball and anchor a squad that has a loaded group of seniors and is primed for a big 2015. Del Rio is one of the toughest teams in South Texas and they’ve had this game circled on the calendar as a chance to make a statement. At home they’ll play tough, but the Bobcats pull away in the second half as they just have too many weapons. Stepp’s Pick: San Angelo Central by 17

Mission Sharyland at McAllen Memorial: McAllen Memorial wants to erase the memory of not only an upset playoff loss last year to Del Rio, but the Mustangs only regular season loss came at the hands of Sharyland. The Rattlers lost a real good senior class and the depth isn’t quite there for Coach Adame’s squad as now the new high school in town is starting to eat away at Sharyland’s talent base. The team will still be very quick and very efficient on offense, so they’ll pose a challenge for McAllen Memorial. The Mustangs have some game breakers of their own though, led by RB Trevor Speights and underrated WR D.J. Johnson. QB Jonathan Sanchez is an efficient operator of the offense, that firepower and motivation to make a statement to open the season will carry Memorial to an impressive win. Stepp’s Pick: McAllen Memorial by 11

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

San Antonio Churchill by 11 over San Antonio Clark

San Antonio East Central by 13 over San Marcos

Schertz Clemens by 6 over Laredo United

PSJA North by 21 over PSJA

Weslaco East by 9 over Brownsville Rivera

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