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

Week 3 Class 6A Region IV Insider

Cibolo Steele (2-0) at San Antonio O’Connor (1-1): In the first two games of the year, Steele has been advertised, in a nutshell totally dominating. Last week against an overmatched Laredo United South squad the Knights won 45-0, they led 31-0 at the half. The defense anchored by Texas A&M commit Mark Jackson held LUS to just 64 total yards on the night. The defense will get a more difficult assignment this week against high octane O’Connor. The Panthers got their first win of the season last week, 60-49 over Alamo Heights. O’Connor had nearly 600 yards of offense led by RB Jamontae Edwards who ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns. O’Connor’s offense is facing a very tough task with Steele who is one of the state’s most physical defensive teams, they don’t allow yards easy and they still have the explosive offensive weapons to make a subpar defense like O’Connor pay. Stepp’s Pick: Cibolo Steele by 17

San Antonio Taft (1-1) at San Antonio Churchill (2-0): Unbeaten Churchill hasn’t been spectacular but they’ve been brutally efficient. The Chargers took care of Wagner 47-27 a week ago behind another big game from dynamic playmaker D’Andre Reed who is one of the Alamo City’s most versatile playmakers. Taft bounced back from a one point season opening loss to roll past Southwest 28-7. The Raiders known for a potent offense got a big effort from their defense in the win. They’ll present some challenges, especially on the edges for Churchill, but the Chargers superior depth in the trenches will take its toll on the smaller and thinner Raiders. Stepp’s Pick: San Antonio Churchill by 12

San Antonio Brandeis (0-2) at Pflugerville Hendrickson (1-1): It’s been a tough start for Jeff Fleener as HC as his Broncos have dropped two tough games to two of the top teams in San Antonio. Last week BHS ran into Judson who rolled to a 42-14 win. This week they’ll have to travel north on I-35 to take on a talented Hendrickson squad who barely fell to Judson 12-9 in the season opener. The Hawks offense had a big night last week in a 45-40 win over Belton. UTSA commit QB Carrington Kearney had a big hand in the win accounting for over 200 yards of offense and four touchdowns. Hendrickson’s skill talent is outstanding especially on defense where TCU commit KeShawn Somerville and Texas Tech commit DE Austin Deshay lead the way. Brandeis will put forth a good effort and keep this close, but Hendrickson’s playmakers make things happen late to propel the Hawks to win number two. Stepp’s Pick: Pflugerville Hendrickson by 12

Weslaco (2-0) at Corpus Christi King (2-0): Weslaco will make the trip up to Corpus Christi fresh off an emotional rivalry win over a scrappy Donna squad. The Panthers run oriented attack escaped Donna with a 20-13 win. They’ll have their toughest test of the young season against a solid King squad that most thought would be down this year. The Mustangs have been solid through two games, last week they ripped Corpus Christi Moody 43-0. RB Tristan Price led the way with 187 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. This game will be very quick, both prefer to stay on the ground and both defenses are good at stopping the run. King has a team speed edge and they have this one at home, so take the Mustangs to win a close one. Stepp’s Pick: Corpus Christi King by 7

Harlingen (0-1) at McAllen (1-1): For three quarters Harlingen at home went toe to toe with powerful San Antonio Reagan, but the Cardinals faded in a 42-28 loss. There’s a lot of positive to take from the loss as the Cardinals proved that even with a young team they can compete with one of Region IV’s top teams. McAllen showed some heart as well, after getting drilled by Odessa Permian to start the season the Bulldogs bounced back with a 28-0 shutout win over Edinburg. RB Josh McGowen is a heck of a player and a true difference maker for the Bulldogs, his ability to make big plays will help a team that is very young in the trenches find their way. Look for a close one between two of the Valley’s oldest and most traditional powers, but Harlingen’s big game experience and toughness prevail. Stepp’s Pick: Harlingen by 6

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Schertz Clemens by 7 over San Antonio Stevens

Converse Judson by 24 over San Antonio Warren

Smithson Valley by 14 over San Antonio East Central

Laredo United by 7 over San Antonio Clark

Los Fresnos by 9 over PSJA North

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