TOC Insider: Week 1 Class 5A 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 5A 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!

Mesquite Poteet at Lancaster: A year ago Lancaster made a major statement opening the season with a convincing win over the Pirates. Now the always talented Tigers have their eyes on another deep playoff run and why not? Talent like ATH Tyrell Alexander and WR Mark Mims pace the offense along with Kimball transfer Ryan Ross at QB. Baylor commit DB Kenan Ivy is the top player on defense that boasts ridiculous team speed. DE Hayward Turner is a guy who could really emerge as a pass rushing force as well. Poteet should be much improved on offense with junior QB Kaleb Fletcher leading the way, he’s got 12 games under his belt and is now a veteran leader of a fast paced attack. His top weapon is diminutive but speedy RB Walter Dawn. Poteet has to replace some leaders on defense, most notably LB Malik Jefferson who is now at Texas. This year the game will be closer, but edge to Lancaster the Tigers have experience and the talent to be a real contender in a rugged Region II. Stepp’s Pick: Lancaster by 10

Mansfield Summit at Wichita Falls: If you want a real sleeper for 2015, look no further than Mansfield Summit. The Jaguars made the area round of the playoffs last year, despite losing their QB Braden Nolen midway through the season. Summit got a big boost with WR Curtis Hollis, an outstanding basketball talent rejoined the football team. At 6’5 he’s a matchup nightmare in football and could really make an impact. The Summit defense should be stout as well led by TCU commit Vernon Scott in the secondary. Wichita Falls lost a strong group of seniors, so the Coyotes at least early may be doing some rebuilding. The defense, at least up front should be really good led by talented junior DL Michael Nash. The inexperience on the offensive side of the ball will be the undoing for Old High vs. a good Summit team, coached by former WFHS HC Travis Pride. Stepp’s Pick: Mansfield Summit by 14

Mansfield Timberview at Ennis: These two met up twice a year ago, Timberview won the regular season meeting, but in an area round thriller Ennis advanced and eventually brought home a state title. That loss no doubt weighs heavily on the minds of a Wolves team with their sights set on a state title. It starts at QB with Texas State commit Devin Williams, he’s started over 30 games in his high school career and he has the talent to go along with all that experience. His top target is Kansas commit WR Braylon Royal and he’s got several speedy and talented running backs to lean on, the one question for THS may be on the offensive line where graduation hurt. SMU commit LB Michael Badejo leads a fast and hard hitting defense. Ennis lost most of their key play makers, so there may be growing pains early. However, the Lions are confident they have their system in place and the young guys they plug in can step in and do the job. The Lions will be sky high playing at home, but Timberview finds a way to win what should be a thriller. Stepp’s Pick: Mansfield Timberview by 1

Lufkin at Longview: Both East Texas powerhouses had down years in 2014, in fact Longview ended Lufkin’s season in the first round of the playoffs and a week later Longview was upset in the area round of the playoffs. Offensively, Lufkin will have plenty of talent but its all very young, they’ll rely heavily on their defense led by DE Bronson Massie and DB Mister Calloway to hold the fort down while the young offense matures. Two youngster to watch are ATH Kordell Rodgers and WR Dhailon Phillips. Although a bit under the radar folks are very excited about this year’s Longview team, IF they can stay healthy. Health was a huge factor last year for Longview as they never could seem to get rolling at 100% efficiency. RB Tylan Miller will lead a talented group of skill players on offense, while as always Longview will feature a physical, old school defense with plenty of team speed. This game is at Longview and in this rivalry home field advantage tends to be huge. Stepp’s Pick: Longview by 5

Tyler John Tyler at Plano: A year ago John Tyler served notice they’d be a force with a dominating win over Plano to open the season at Rose Stadium. Now CUJO takes the long road trip to Plano to take on a solid but not vintage Wildcats team. The Lions have speed to burn on offense with Texas commit WR Damion Miller and ATH Bryson Smith, but the defense is solid with Houston commit Braylon Jones and DB Bryston Gipson leading the way. Plano relies heavily on a ball control offense led by RB Brandon Stephens who runs behind a very good OL with SMU commit Kadarius Smith leading the charge. The Wildcats defense is expected to be solid as a unit, no standouts but 1-11 good depth and above average speed. Plano will have a chip on their shoulder this year, the Wildcats are doubted by many and they want to prove last year’s blowout loss to JT was a fluke. This will be a game of tempo, if this one stays in the 20’s it’s Plano’s game but if it gets to a shootout lean to John Tyler. Stepp’s Pick: Plano by 3

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Wylie East by 13 over Red Oak

Marshall by 27 over Royse City

Dallas Wilson by 3 over Dallas Kimball

Cedar Hill by 17 over South Oak Cliff:

Texarkana Texas by 4 over Whitehouse


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