TOC Insider: Week 5 Class 5A

Each week THEOLDCOACH breaks down the top matchups across the state, we'll give you our thoughts and predictions for all the big games across the state! Today we take a look at Week 5 In Class 5A!

Week 5 Class 5A Insider

Saginaw (3-0) at Wichita Falls Rider (1-2): One of the area’s more pleasant surprises is Saginaw who is off to an unbeaten start, the ‘Riders have an old school approach as they get it done with tough defense and a solid ground game. RB’s Jermaine Lewis and Kyran Jackson have combined for over 400 yards and six touchdowns in three games thus far. Rider’s played a very tough non-district slate that included two 6A opponents, and they have one of the state’s top receivers in Texas Tech commit T.J. Vasher. That experience and edge will go a long way along with this game being at Memorial Stadium. Stepp’s Pick: Wichita Falls Rider by 12

Mansfield Legacy (3-1, 1-0) vs. Mansfield Summit (4-0, 1-0): Legacy showed they’d be more than a pushover in the 14-5A race last week with a big 73-66 shootout win over Waxahachie last week. The Broncos got a huge game from QB Kendall Catalon who threw for 269 yards and five touchdowns, while also rushing for 167 yards, he teamed with RB Kameron Session who ran for 220 yard and three touchdowns. The Broncos offense will get a tougher test going against unbeaten Summit and a defense led by TCU commit DB Vernon Scott. The Jaguars blasted hapless Red Oak 45-6 a week ago, QB Braden Nolen had three touchdowns including one to 6’5 WR Curtis Hollis who could be a real matchup problem for the Broncos. Summit’s defense has been very underrated early on and they’ll find a way to contain Legacy, while the Jags offense will still run on all cylinders. Stepp’s Pick: Mansfield Summit by 7

Huntsville (2-1) vs. College Station A&M Consolidated (1-2): After blowing out Copperas Cove to open the season, the Tigers have dropped two in a row to Richmond Foster and Ft Bend Elkins. The positive for AMC is the two teams they’ve lost to are a combined 6-1. Huntsville has been a pleasant surprise and third year HC Rodney Southern thinks this may be his best team since arriving from Belton. However in their loss two weeks ago, the Hornets defense allowed nearly 600 yards to Magnolia West. That’s not a good recipe against a Consolidated offense that has big time ability to put up big numbers. Stepp’s Pick: College Station A&M Consolidated by 14

Georgetown (3-1, 0-1) vs. Cedar Park (4-0, 1-0): Cedar Park avenged a loss last year to Dripping Springs with a big 55-24 win. QB Max Sexton threw for 268 yards and a balanced rushing attack carried the way for the number one ranked Timberwolves. One of the more surprising results in the state last week was unbeaten Georgetown losing to former district bottom feeder Leander. The Eagles defense got handled by the Leander offense as they allowed nearly 500 yards of offense in the 34-24 loss. Trying to contain the versatile Cedar Park offensive attack is going to be too much to ask of a shaky Georgetown defense. Stepp’s Pick: Cedar Park by 17

Edinburg Vela (4-0) vs. Mission Sharyland (2-2): The two favorites in 31-5A hook up and is it a passing of the torch in the Valley?? Vela dropped a close one to Sharyland a year ago, but the Sabercats feel like it’s their time. Last week Vela blasted PSJA Memorial 55-14 as QB Fabian Pedraza accounted for three touchdowns as multiple Vela offensive players got into the act in the big win. They’ll take on the Valley’s best program the past five years in Sharyland, the Rattlers have been hurt by the opening of a new school but they are still formidable. The Rattlers defense led the way in a 16-14 win over a solid Laredo Alexander squad. Shary’s offense hasn’t been its usual explosive self and that’s put a lot of pressure on the Rattlers defense. That pressure will be too much against a Vela squad that is looking to make a statement. Stepp’s Pick: Edinburg Vela by 13

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

El Paso Chapin by 8 over El Paso Burges

Frisco Centennial by 7 over Frisco

Lufkin by 10 over Nacogdoches

Fort Bend Elkins by 14 over Texas City

Austin LBJ by 11 over Austin Reagan

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