TOC Insider: Week 2 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 2 In Class 6A Region IV!

Week 2 Class 6A Region IV Insider

Converse Judson (1-0) at San Antonio Brandeis (0-1): Judson brought their defense to Austin last week and that unit led by Texas A&M commit DE Alton Robinson led the way in a hard fought 12-9 win. They may need a little more from the offense and QB Julon Williams this week as they take on a Brandeis squad hungry to erase the memory of a bad loss to open the season. The Broncos in their first game under new HC Jeff Fleener took it on the chin in a 36-14 loss to San Antonio Johnson. RB Jaylon Dukes did run for 148 yards and two scores, but three turnovers were the Broncos undoing. Look for a much better effort at home on Thursday from Brandeis but Judson’s defense looks to be ready to rise to the occasion once more. Look for the Rockets to win another slugfest. Stepp’s Pick: Converse Judson by 6

San Antonio Reagan (1-0) at Harlingen (0-0): What was supposed to be one of the top games in San Antonio last week turned into a laugher as the Reagan Rattlers rolled past O’Connor 42-19. Baylor commit QB Kellen Mond was solid accounting for three total touchdowns, while backfield mate RB Marquis Duncan had 104 rushing yards and a pair of scores in the win. They’ll walk into a major hornets nest this week down in the Valley as they take on Harlingen. It wasn’t that long ago the Cardinals were going toe to toe with some of the state’s top teams, they haven’t had that kind of team in a few years but you can always count on a Manny Gomez coached team to be fast and physical. Harlingen will keep this closer than many will think at home, but in the end Reagan led by Mond pulls away. Stepp’s Pick: San Antonio Reagan by 14

San Antonio Brennan (1-0) at Smithson Valley (1-0): Brennan went up to the Austin area and rolled past Leander Rouse 31-13, this year’s Bears team was thought by many to be down but after one game indications are they’ll still be a threat in the Alamo City. RB Jahmyl Jeter ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, while the defense led by Tulsa commit LB D.J. Allen held Rouse to just 177 yards. Smithson Valley also had a long road trip last week as they went out Midland and squeaked by Lee 21-14. QB Josh Adkins didn’t put up huge numbers but three short touchdown runs proved to be the difference as the Rangers got a tough road win. Expect a low scoring defensive struggle, but Brennan’s got a definite team speed advantage and their big play ability will crack the code on the Smithson Valley defense. Stepp’s Pick: San Antonio Brennan by 10

San Antonio Warren (0-1) at Abilene (1-0): Speaking of long road trips San Antonio Warren has one this week as they head out to Abilene to take on the Eagles. Warren was not sharp in their opener a 42-21 loss to San Antonio Roosevelt. Abilene traveled to the DFW area and knocked off Colleyville Heritage 35-21 a week ago. RB Abram Smith made his return and he had quite the impact rushing for 178 yards and three touchdowns, he’s a big time impact player for the Warbirds. The Abilene defense is led by LB Ronnell Sims who is the unquestioned team leader. Beating Abilene at Shotwell Stadium is a tall order, especially for a team that is struggling like San Antonio Warren. Stepp’s Pick: Abilene by 21

PSJA North (1-0) at Brownsville Veterans Memorial (1-0): If there was a statement made by anyone in the Rio Grande Valley it was by PSJA North as they blasted PSJA 75-26. QB George Olivarez leads an experienced attack for the Raiders as he accounted for seven touchdowns and 353 yards of offense. They’ll match scores with Veterans Memorial who won a thriller with Donna 49-42. The Chargers were led by QB Marcus Castillo who ran for 278 yards and four touchdowns along with throwing for a touchdown. This will be a shootout, whichever defense can step up and get a few stops will decide this one. We give the edge to North as they’ve got more experience returning and that makes a difference. Stepp’s Pick: PSJA North by 7

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Schertz Clemens by 10 over San Antonio MacArthur

Corpus Christi Carroll by 3 over Gregory-Portland

Laredo United by 7 over Mission Sharyland

McAllen Memorial by 20 over Edinburg Economedes

Weslaco East by 3 over San Benito

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