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!

Week 2 Class 6A Region III Insider

Pearland (1-0) at Houston Memorial (0-1): Although Pearland did win their season opener, the Oilers weren’t dominating in a 41-20 win over The Woodlands College Park. The Oilers trailed at the half and led just 25-20 late in the third before pulling away late. RB Davier Pinkston led the way with 133 yards rushing and a touchdown, while the defense led by Houston commit LB Derek Parish and DB Kordell Caldwell held TWCP in check in the fourth. Memorial had a disappointing start to the season getting dominated by their long time rival Stratford 34-7. The task is much taller this week as Pearland will be looking to silence doubters after a less than stellar effort last week. Stepp’s Pick: Pearland by 20

Katy (1-0) at Fort Bend Travis (1-0): The K Train just keeps on rolling, Katy opened up the season last Thursday with an easy 46-0 win as RB Kyle Porter ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns. The Katy defense led by Houston commit DB Collin Wilder, Northwestern commits DB Travis Whillock and LB Paddy Fischer along with DB JoVanni Stewart held Kingwood to just 178 total yards. The test will be tougher this week against an explosive Travis offense that put up 50 points in an OT win over Katy Seven Lakes. QB Amryn Jeffey threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns, most of that went to WR Cameron Shankle who hauled in 14 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Travis won’t get shutout like they did last year, but they still have a long way to go before they can go toe to toe with Katy. Katy pulls away midway through the second quarter in this one. Stepp’s Pick: Katy by 26

Fort Bend Elkins (1-0) at Houston Lamar (1-0): Elkins despite being picked by many to have a down year, started out with an impressive win over Houston Bellaire 30-20. The Knights, helped by a Ross Blacklock blocked punt return for a TD jumped out to a 23-7 lead before hanging on late. They’ll have a tougher test this week with a Lamar squad they beat in a close one last year. The Texans went to Brenham and rolled past the Cubs 35-14 as their ground game was simply too much for a strong Lamar front. Houston commit OL Dixie Wooten matching up with Blacklock will be a fun one to watch in the trenches. Stepp’s Pick: Houston Lamar by 7

Manvel (0-1) at Galena Park North Shore (1-0): Manvel had the highest of high expectations heading into 2015 and they got a harsh dose of reality falling to a fired up Spring Westfield squad 29-26. Manvel led 20-7 before Westfield came storming back, TCU commit QB Deriq King accounted for all four Manvel scores, two through the air and two on the ground. Memphis commit WR Sean Dykes and Texas commit Reggie Hemphill-Mapps each caught touchdown passes. North Shore rolled past Clear Springs 49-13 last week Kansas commit (as a LB) QB Maciah Long threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns as the Mustangs look to have one of their most explosive offensive attacks in a while. The NSHS defense is outstanding led by LSU commit S Eric Monroe. Manvel’s offense couldn’t find a rhythm last week, expect that to change this week. Manvel makes a big statement this week. Stepp’s Pick: Manvel by 22

Humble Summer Creek (1-0) at Dickinson (1-0): Summer Creek had a disappointing debut in 5A last year and the Bulldogs are hoping to turn things around in 2015. They got off to a decent start last week knocking off Pasadena Memorial 27-21 as RB Broderick Jones ran for 210 yards and two touchdowns to pace a SCHS offense that totaled nearly 500 yards. When Summer Creek decides to throw, they have Texas A&M commit WR Zarrian Holcombe to rely on. They’ll have their hands full with a Dickinson squad that ripped Aldine MacArthur 61-7. Rice commit Jordan Myers had a big game rushing for 133 yards and four touchdowns, he ran a lot behind recent New Mexico verbal OL Anietie Etuk. The Gators defense led by SMU commit LB Blake Carlisle was smothering as well. The test for Dickinson will be a bit tougher this week, but expect the Gators to pass with flying colors. Stepp’s Pick: Dickinson by 14

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Katy Cinco Ranch by 11 over Jersey Village

Spring by 21 over Aldine Nimitz

Houston Reagan by 28 over Hempstead

Pearland Dawson by 14 over Magnolia West

Clear Creek by 12 over Alief Taylor

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