TOC Insider: Week 3 Class 6A 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 3 In Class 6A Region I!

Week 3 Class 6A Region I Insider

El Paso Americas (2-0) at Odessa Permian (2-0): Few teams in West Texas have been more impressive early on that Odessa Permian. The Panthers have blitzed through two Valley opponents by a combined 133-21 score, including a 63-7 win over Mission Veterans Memorial last week. The Panthers have skill weapons galore with RB Brandon Bailey and WR’s Kobe Robinson, Dexter Neboh and Javorian Miller leading the way. The defense has playmakers as well highlighted by versatile DB Desmon Smith. Americas has been solid to open as well, the Trailblazers went to the Albuquerque area last week and took down Rio Rancho High 33-21, QB Eric Foster and RB Josh Fields each topped 100 yards rushing. AHS will look to try and run the ball right at Permian and play keep away from the explosive MOJO attack. That plan will allow them to keep it close, but Permian’s just got too many weapons and with this game being at Ratliff, expect the MOJO fans to be in a frenzy. Stepp’s Pick: Odessa Permian by 14

Arlington Martin (1-1) at South Grand Prairie (1-1): After opening the season with a bang and blowing DeSoto out, the Warriors put forth a subpar effort and were knocked off by Skyline 24-22. WR Tyler Wilson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and had 92 receiving yards and a touchdown, but MHS failed to get RB Nick Smith untracked. SGP won a slugfest with South Oak Cliff beating the talented 5A program 14-10. SGP’s defense anchored by junior DB Jeffrey Odukah contained the Bears attack, while Mississippi commit QB Greg Eisworth had a hand in both touchdowns and ran for 191 yards. Expect another low scoring slugfest as both teams are solid defensively. Don’t expect Martin to have two bad games in a row, they’ve got more firepower on offense and more balance to boot. Stepp’s Pick: Arlington Martin by 10

Rowlett (2-0) at Keller (2-0): One of the better area matchups features two good teams looking to make the jump into the area’s elite. Rowlett travels across the metroplex to take on a Keller in a battle of 2-0 teams. Rowlett rolled past Lake Highlands 44-21 last week, Arkansas State commit QB Logan Bonner continues his hot start as he threw for 195 yards and four touchdowns. In two games he has eight touchdown passes and no interceptions. The Rowlett offense will get a test this week going against a Keller defense led by Texas Tech commit Houston Miller. Teams can’t pay too much attention to Miller, as Spencer Misko, just a junior is a big time player as well. Keller’s offense is solid as well with QB Caleb Griffin running the show along with Texas State commit RB Tyler Tutt and WR Cameron Johnson. Look for a close game, both teams have firepower, but the edge goes to Keller who is at home and plays more solid defense. Stepp’s Pick: Keller by 4

McKinney Boyd (1-1) at Allen (2-0): The opener in District 6-6A will be fascinating to watch, Allen is on an incredible winning streak that has reached 44 games and they have some uncertainty at QB. They have two guys in Mitchell Jonke and Oregon commit Seth Green capable of leading the offense and it appears whoever has the hot hand will lead the team. In Week 1 it was Jonke, last week it was Green who powered the Eagles to a 56-20 win over Viera, FL. Green threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns, while also running for two scores. As long as Greg Little is blocking up front expect Allen to have its way on the line of scrimmage. Allen’s defense led by Levi Onwuzurike, Jacob Yandell, Jaylon Jones and Anthony Taylor was again outstanding. McKinney Boyd after surprising Mesquite Horn to open the season stumbled on the road last week losing at Coppell 34-14. The Broncos offense which was so good against Horn stumbled especially trying to run the football. Boyd must try and run the ball and control the clock to have a chance, but that’s easier said than done against one of the state’s top defensive units. Stepp’s Pick: Allen by 18

Mansfield (1-1) vs. Mansfield Summit (2-0): Throw the records out in rivalry games and Mansfield’s most bitter rivalry should be a fantastic game as both teams have the looks of teams who can make playoff noise. Mansfield after a season opening stumble to Flower Mound Marcus bounced back in a big way with an impressive win over Waco Midway. Mansfield made a couple of tweaks to the offense and it appeared to be work out as QB Dameron Smith came in and threw four touchdown passes, two to Saiid Adebo while RB Kennedy Brooks ran wild with 317 yards rushing and two scores. Expect Mansfield to stick with this lineup as the ability to throw the ball gives Brooks plenty of room to do damage. Summit’s been very impressive as well, the Jaguars offense has been on fire as QB Braden Nolen threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 49-21 win over Birdville. The Jags defense highlighted by TCU commit DB Vernon Scott has been very good to start as well. Mansfield’s size up front, depth and speed will cause Summit some issues, this one will be close for three quarters but look for the Tigers to pull away in the final frame. Stepp’s Pick: Mansfield by 9

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

San Angelo Central by 10 over El Paso Franklin

Amarillo by 14 over El Paso Montwood

Arlington Lamar by 15 over Justin Northwest

Plano East by 17 over Flower Mound

Broken Arrow, OK by 8 over Coppell

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