TOC Insider: Week 2 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 2 In Class 5A Region III!

Week 2 Class 5A Region III Insider

Austin Westlake (1-0) at Temple (1-0): One of the top matchups in the entire state this week features Austin Westlake fresh off a 20-17 win over Southlake Carroll taking on Temple. A year ago Westlake won a thriller and handed the Wildcats their only loss in the regular season. The Chaps are led by Texas commit QB Sam Ehlinger who is the headliner, but Westlake has a solid supporting cast around Ehlinger. Temple took down Round Rock in a hard fought 23-20 win, the Wildcats are similar to Westlake in that they have a headliner in Georgia WR commit Davion Curtis and a solid cast around him. Temple will have an edge in the speed department, but Westlake will have superior depth and the QB play may prove to be the difference in another close one. Stepp’s Pick: Austin Westlake by 7

College Station A&M Consolidated (1-0) at Richmond Foster (1-0): After a tough 2014 season, A&M Consolidated served notice in a blowout win over Copperas Cove 51-14. Tigers RB Tyri Merchant ran wild with 223 yards and two touchdowns, while QB Mason Hickman had 264 yards passing and three touchdowns. The fact Consol won isn’t surprising but the fact they won in such lopsided fashion is surprising. Foster had a much closer game than expected with a 45-42 win over Katy Tompkins. The Falcons put up an impressive 596 yards led by RB Quantonio Williams who ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, while Maryland commit WR Evan Fairs was one of a pair of 100 yard receivers along with Ceedee Lamb. Foster’s defense is better than the effort they showed last week, look for them to put forth a much stronger effort in their home opener. Stepp’s Pick: Richmond Foster by 4

Houston Stratford (1-0) at Alief Elsik (1-0): It was an impressive debut for Stratford as for the first time in several years they knocked off Spring Branch ISD rival Memorial with an impressive 34-7 win. Texas A&M commit RB Rakeem Boyd was solid rushing for a touchdown, but the real headliner was WR Torin Justice who had three touchdown receptions for the Spartans. Elsik has designs on being one of the top 6A programs in Houston, the Rams blew away South Houston in their opener 58-13. RB E.J. Davis had 138 yards rushing and three touchdowns. While a loaded defense featuring LB Dontavious Jackson S Chris Brown and Rice commit DE Javante Hubbard totally shut SHHS down. Stratford presents a much tougher challenge, this will be a close affair, but its Elsik’s defense that proves to be the difference maker in this one. Stepp’s Pick: Alief Elsik by 8

West Orange-Stark (1-0) at Port Neches-Groves (1-0): WOS won their annual grudge match with Little Cypress-Mauriceville 26-13 behind 216 yards passing and three touchdowns from QB Jack Dallas. It was a balanced attack for the Mustangs as RB Melech Edwards chipped in 116 yards rushing. WOS defense, long known as a strength will need to step up this week against a high powered Port Neches-Groves offense. The Indians blasted Clear Lake 52-0 last week as QB Adam Morse threw for five touchdown passes and 298 yards, while the PNG defense held Clear Lake to just 56 yards. WOS will keep this close, but PNG has way too much firepower. Stepp’s Pick: Port Neches-Groves by 14

Angleton (0-1) at Crosby (1-0): Despite high expectations, Angleton was a disappointment last week losing for the first time in several years to Brazoswood. The task gets tougher this week as they visit maybe the top 5A team in the Houston area in Crosby, who is opening up their remodeled stadium this week. The Cougars knocked off Nederland 35-18 last week, their dynamic RB tandem led the way as Carlos Grace ran for 142 yards and a touchdown, while Craig Williams ran for 65 yards but also caught a 60 yard touchdown pass. Crosby will need to cut down on the turnovers, the Cougars had three turnovers in the win. Coach Riordan is not happy with that number, expect a much cleaner game this week and Crosby’s defense will key in and slow down the Angleton ground game. Stepp’s Pick: Crosby by 22

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

College Station by 9 over Waco

Bryan by 14 over Conroe

Brenham by 7 over Liberty Hill

Nederland by 12 over Dayton

Texas City by 10 over LaMarque

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