TOC Insider: Week 2 Class 5A Region I

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 5A Region I!

Week 2 Class 5A Region I Insider

Canutillo (0-1) at El Paso Eastwood (1-0): Canutillo started the season the same as last year, with a loss to El Paso Franklin. The Eagles well to Franklin 21-20 as their game winning goal was blocked. The performance for a team that many expected to be down was definitely a positive for Eagles fans looking for another deep playoff run. Eastwood also won a thriller a week ago edging Chapin 19-12 as the Troopers showed they were not just a high flying offense, but they can also get things done on defense. Despite missing several players with injuries WR Richie Rodriguez had a monster game with seven receptions for 158 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way. This will be a another close one, Canutillo was sloppy in Week 1 they’ll be sharper this week but Eastwood’s ability to throw the ball will give Canutillo fits. Stepp’s Pick: El Paso Eastwood by 8

Canyon Randall (1-0) at Lubbock Cooper (1-0): Perennial Panhandle power Canyon Randall got off to a strong start with a solid 29-14 win over Plainview. After trailing 14-6 early Randall RB Paul Terry stepped up rushing for three touchdowns and 186 yards to lead the way. Cooper only was able to play in one half but it was enough in a 21-10 “win” over Idalou. QB Jarrett Doege moved in from Iraan and stepped right in and made impact throwing for 159 yards and two touchdowns in just one half. He’ll need a big night against a physical and well coached team in Randall. It’ll be a contrast of styles for sure, we’ll give the edge to Randall as they have the deep playoff run experience and strong ground game which gives Cooper trouble. Stepp’s Pick: Canyon Randall by 9

Azle (1-0) at Waxahachie (1-0): Azle lost a strong senior class and many thought the Hornets would be down, but they made a big impact last week blowing past Granbury 49-7. RB Chase Smith had a big game with 177 rushing yards and two scores, while the Azle defense held Granbury’s offense totally in check. The Hornets will have a much tougher test this week as they try and contain the explosive Waxahachie attack. The Indians got down early to Midlothian but battled back for a 40-32 win as QB Jordan Kitna threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns, Texas Tech commit WR Jalen Reagor had 12 catches for 198 yards and two scores. Waxahachie’s big play ability and speed will prove to be the difference in this battle of teams clad in green. Stepp’s Pick: Waxahachie by 8

Fort Worth Arlington Heights (1-0) at Princeton (1-0): It was a huge night for Arlington Height QB Deion Hair’Griffin as the North Texas commit ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score to lead the ‘Jackets to a 48-14 win over Brewer. On defense big DL and SMU commit Patrick Jones anchors a strong front seven. Princeton got a tougher than expected test against Frisco Independence but the Panthers got the job done in a 39-27 win. RB George Flores had a monster game rushing for 235 yards and a touchdown. Princeton has good skill kids, but the edge in the trenches for Heights will give them an advantage on the road in what will be a tough environment. Stepp’s Pick: FW Arlington Heights by 7

Saginaw Boswell (1-0) at Cleburne (0-1): Boswell ended what was a fantastic opening week for EMSISD with a 48-0 thumping of Fort Worth Southwest. The Pioneers were led by QB Anthony Ramirez who ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing for another touchdown. In a supporting role RB Damon Williams chipped in over 100 yards rushing and a pair of scores. Boswell’s defense was up to the task as well holdin Southwest to just 94 yards of offense. The test will be tougher this week as Cleburne does have a dangerous offense despite coming off a loss to Mansfield Lake Ridge. The Yellow Jackets fell 52-26, but QB Trevon Bradley was solid in his debut throwing and rushing for a score. Cleburne’s defense has struggled the past two seasons getting stops and it may be more of the same this week. Stepp’s Pick: Saginaw Boswell by 16

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Rio Rancho, NM Cleveland by 10 over El Paso Del Valle

Amarillo by 13 over Wichita Falls Rider

Leander Vandegrift by 15 over Abilene Cooper

Saginaw by 3 over North Crowley

Everman by 28 over Fort Worth Southwest

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