TOC Insider: Week 4 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 4 In Class 5A Region III!

Week 4 Class 5A Region III Insider

Manor (1-2) at Killeen (1-2): Manor’s played a really tough schedule, three 6A opponents and Killeen will make the fourth in a row. In last week’s 37-27 loss to San Antonio Brennan, QB Johnny Gaston threw for 181 yards and three touchdowns. But Manor’s ground game has struggled the past two weeks, the Mustangs will need to get that doing this week against a Killeen squad that’s not as strong against the run. Last week Killeen got handled by Austin Vandegrift 43-22, they could struggle this week as Manor’s versatility could be an issue. Stepp’s Pick: Manor by 7

Crosby (3-0, 1-0) vs. Humble (2-1, 1-0): Crosby is off to a 3-0 start despite not having their top two running backs in the fold last week as both Carlos Grace and Craig Williams are both battling injuries. It doesn’t matter as Crosby just keeps finding a way to win. If you want to watch one of the top interior lineman in the state check out Crosby OL and Houston commit Keenan Murphy. Humble is always one of the most athletic teams in Greater Houston and they are fresh off a dominating 33-14 win over Humble Kingwood Park. RB Terio Brown led the way with 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Expect Crosby to get their toughest test of the year thus far, but the Cougars are poised to move to 4-0 this week. Stepp’s Pick: Crosby by 12

Fort Bend Marshall (2-0) at Richmond Foster (2-1): After a week off Marshall gets back on the grind taking on a very strong Richmond Foster squad who is coming off their first loss of the year to 6A Houston Reagan. The Buffaloes love to run the football and they rely heavily on their solid defense, keep an eye on QB Jeremy Smith for the Buffaloes, he’s one of several game breakers on defense. PAT’s did Foster in last week in their 28-26 loss to Houston Reagan, as two missed PAT’s proved to be the difference. WR Evan Fairs, a Maryland commit did haul in a pair of touchdown passes in the loss but three interceptions and a lost fumble were costly. If Foster secures the football they should have enough balance and depth in the trenches to win a close one. Stepp’s Pick: Richmond Foster by 7

Richmond George Ranch (3-0) at Port Arthur Memorial (1-2): George Ranch is off to a sizzling 3-0 start as RB Darius Anderson, a Missouri commit didn’t play in last week’s win but no worries Alez Fonenot was outstanding rushing for 218 yards and two touchdowns. They’ll take on another 6A opponent in the always dangerous and athletic PA Memorial. Baylor commit RB Kameron Martin is as good as advertised but the supporting cast has been shaky. Teams have simply loaded up the box and dared the Titans to beat them with the pass and thus far they haven’t been able to get it done. Stepp’s Pick: Richmond George Ranch by 8

Cuero (2-1) at Port Lavaca Calhoun (3-0): Cuero rolled past Smithville last week 31-10; freshman running back Keiran Grant had another strong game rushing for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Gobblers will try and find a way to contain the always potent Slot-T offense of Port Lavaca Calhoun which is averaging over 40 points a game. Last week the Sandcrabs had their hands full but knocked off previously unbeaten 6A Corpus Christi Carroll 31-27. Cuero’s very explosive but they are also young, Calhoun knows their system incredibly well and despite his downplaying nature every year Richard Whitaker will have Calhoun ready to go at 4-0. Stepp’s Pick: Port Lavaca Calhoun by 10

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

College Station by 10 over Elgin

Killeen Ellison by 15 over Pflugerville Connally

Houston King by 14 over New Caney

Port Neches-Groves by 20 over Tyler Chapel Hill

Galveston Ball by 28 over Houston Wheatley

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