TOC Insider: Week 1 Class 5A 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 5A 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!

Aledo vs. Cedar Park at Baylor: The top two teams in THEOLDCOACH’s pre-season poll tangle to open the season and much like last year it should be a thriller. Aledo’s won an amazing five out of six state titles in the state’s second largest classification and even though the Bearcats lost some skill talent they’ll be plenty strong. Up front Kansas commit OL Hunter Harris teams with younger brother TCU commit Wes Harris to give Aledo plenty of strength. The defense brings back a lot of experience up front as well and they are led by Fresno State commit Patrick Peek in the secondary. Cedar Park had a late off-season coaching change, but the Timberwolves promoted from within so the continuity is there. CPHS has two versatile and talented playmakers in junior Jav Guidry and sophomore Elisha Guidry. Expect a closely contested matchup, turnovers and a late game winning drive made the difference for Aledo a year ago and the same can be said this time as these two on paper are eerily similar. Stepp’s Pick: Aledo by 3

Austin LBJ at Fort Worth Wyatt: No one thought much of LBJ a year ago, but the Jaguars became one of the state’s feel good stories in the playoffs advancing all the way to the state quarter-finals. The Jags are back for an encore and with an offense loaded with speed and experience and a true game changer on defense in DE Johnnie Williams LBJ is primed to make more noise. They’ll travel up to DFW to take on a Wyatt team coming off a trip to the playoffs a year ago, the Chaps bring back 18 starters but they lost their top playmaker in RB Javonte Adams who signed with Colorado State. Despite the long road trip expect LBJ to roll in this one. Stepp’s Pick: Austin LBJ by 24

Kerrville Tivy vs. Big Spring at San Angelo: In one of the state’s wildest endings a year ago, Big Spring edged Kerrville Tivy to open the 2014 season. This year’s game could be high scoring as well, but the clear edge this time goes to the Antlers. QB Cady Dyal and WR Hutch White are a lethal duo in the passing game and under HC David Jones, Tivy has made some defensive progress. Big Spring took some heavy losses due to graduation, they’ll move from a pass oriented team to a more ground and pound style behind 230lb RB Preston Alexander. Big Spring keeps this one close for a half, but Tivy blows this one open in the second half. Stepp’s Pick: Kerrville Tivy by 22

Port Lavaca Calhoun at Somerset: These two couldn’t have more divergent offensive styles, the Calhoun Sandcrabs are ground and pound all the way with their Slot-T offense while Somerset behind LSU commit QB Zadock Dinkelmann loves to put the ball in the air early and often. Calhoun was a state semifinalist in 2013, but the ‘Crabs are incredibly young this year and at times they had major issues with turnovers. Giving an offense like Somerset extra possessions is a recipe for disaster. Expect Somerset to jump out quick in this one and cruise as CHS isn’t built to play come from behind football. Stepp’s Pick: Somerset by 16

Corpus Christi King at Corpus Christi Flour Bluff: After going 7-4 in 6A a year ago, he King Mustangs have some retooling to do as graduation hit Coach Hesseltine’s squad hard. King lost nearly every productive rusher so expect them to take to the air more behind three year starter Spencer Manuel at QB. Flour Bluff has emerged as the class program along the larger schools in the Coastal Bend as the Hornets the past three years are 35-4 with a trip to the state quarter-finals in 2012. QB Cody Brewer is a prototype QB big and tall in the pocket with a rocket arm. He recently committed to Washington State to play for noted gunslinging HC Mike Leach. Reidel Clayton will place the ground game for Bluff, but they’ll be breaking in several new receivers. Regardless FBHS has a big edge in this one and should cruise. Stepp’s Pick: Corpus Christi Flour Bluff by 18

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Austin Vandegrift by 14 over Elgin

Alamo Heights by 12 over New Braunfels

San Antonio Sam Houston by 10 over Bandera

Laredo LBJ by 7 over Eagle Pass Winn

Corpus Christi Calallen by 13 over Mercedes

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