TOC Insider: Week 1 Class 5A 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 5A 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!

Manor at Arlington Sam Houston: Manor makes a rare trip up I-35 to the DFW area to take on Sam Houston who was one of the more pleasant surprises in 6A a year ago. The Texans lost most of their skill players so job one for Coach Criss is trying to fill those holes. They’ll be going up against a strong Manor defense led by LSU commit Erick Fowler. Coach Sadd Jackson has raved about this group of seniors at Manor and they certainly have the talent to be a factor. The long road trip will be tough, but Sam Houston’s offensive inexperience plays a role in this matchup. Stepp’s Pick: Manor by 7

Copperas Cove at College Station A&M Consolidated: Copperas Cove has the look of team that could be poised to do some really good things in 2015. It starts up front with Baylor commit OL J.P. Urquidez leading the way. Cove traditionally is very good at the skill spots and there’s no doubt the Bulldawgs will be loaded with talented playmakers. Defensively, there are a few questions but New Mexico State commit DB Shamad Lomax back the ‘Dawgs will have a playmaker in the secondary. 2014 was a rough year for Consolidated as the Tigers struggled with injuries in their first year at the new 5A level in several years. Expect a close game once again as these two tend to play thrillers, but edge to Cove, just to a few too many playmakers. Stepp’s Pick: Copperas Cove by 6

Crosby at Nederland: Crosby broke through with a huge 2014 season, the Cougars advanced all the way to the semi-finals a year ago. With a strong core of playmakers back CHS has their eyes on a state title, RB’s Carlos Grace and Craig Williams pace what should be one of the top ground attacks in the state while WR Mannie Netherly will be a huge target in the passing game for QB Tristan Cotton. Houston commit Keenan Murphy is one of the state’s top interior lineman. Nederland is always one of the toughest matchups in SE Texas, the Bulldogs have tradition and are always well coached. Beating them at home is never easy, but Crosby is flat out loaded and their staff has been through some big games as well. Stepp’s Pick: Crosby by 12

Fort Bend Elkins at Houston Bellaire: After losing their top playmaker from a year ago, there are a lot of questions surrounding Elkins heading into 2015. The Knights always have good speed and talent, but with the enrollment still on the downward slide, depth especially in the trenches. The headliner for Bellaire is TCU is WR Courtney Lark, he’s one of the state’s top deep threats. Expect Bellaire to be very efficient and potent on offense, but the Cardinals defense has questions. So the true battle will be which group; Elkins offense or Bellaire defense will win the battle will likely win this game. Stepp’s Pick: Houston Bellaire by 3

Richmond Foster at Katy Tompkins:Foster may have been the best 9-2 team in the state a year ago, the Falcons just had the tough draw of a difficult bi-district opponent. The Falcons are talented at the skill spots with Maryland WR Evan Fairs along with WR Ceedee Lamb. Foster will have speed to burn and plenty of experience at the rest of the skill spots. The Foster defense is loaded with playmakers in the secondary as Houston commit Patrick Rosette and DB Tykenzie Daniels make life difficult for opposing QBs. The defensive line has some question marks, but Coach McDowell is confident some young guys will step up. Tompkins is in just their second year of existence and they have to deal with their only true playmaker Christian Wallace transferring back to Sealy. THS will be more competitive in 2015 but they have a long way to go. Stepp’s Pick: Richmond Foster by 27

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Hutto by 24 over Bastrop Cedar Creek

Temple by 9 over Round Rock

Houston Stratford by 3 over Houston Memorial

Waller by 17 over Houston Yates

Galveston Ball by 2 over LaMarque


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