TOC Insider: Week 5 Class 4A

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 4A!

Week 5 Class 4A Insider

Andrews (4-0) at Sweetwater (4-0): A battle of old school West Texas powers with Mustang nicknames and stadiums called the Mustang Bowl, who have re-established themselves as factors in Class 4A. Andrews rolled past Monahans 48-27 led by QB Triston Williams who threw for 331 yards and four touchdowns to pace the Mustangs. Sweetwater quickly jumped out on rival Snyder last week and cruised to a 44-29 win over the Tigers. Despite graduating a lot of good offensive talent, Sweetwater hasn’t missed a beat, QB Joshua Alvarado had another big night for the Mustangs in the win. Expect a lot of points in this one, neither defense will sleep well this week, but Andrews may have a slight edge as they look to have just a bit more firepower. Stepp’s Pick: Andrews by 7

Carthage (3-1) vs. Gilmer (4-0) at Longview: After a subpar (by their standards) 2014 season, Carthage looks to have bounced back as the Bulldogs are off to a 3-1 start. The Bulldogs won a war with a tough Gladewater squad beating the Bears 29-28, WR Hunter Townsend had a pair of touchdown receptions to lead what was a balanced offensive effort. Gilmer won their 20th straight game as they knocked off Daingerfield 43-27. Texas commit versatile RB/LB Demarco Boyd had touchdowns on both sides of the ball while QB Zac Spears tossed three touchdowns to pace the Buckeyes attack. Expect a raucous atmosphere at Lobo Stadium for a Saturday night neutral site showdown, Gilmer’s got a long winning pedigree and Carthage is still trying to get back to their levels from 2008-2013, a win here would go a long way but Gilmer still finds a way to hold on. Stepp’s Pick: Gilmer by 4

China Spring (4-0) vs. Fairfield (3-1): A big matchup between powers in Central Texas features upstart China Spring against Division II power Fairfield. China Spring was one of the first teams in Central Texas to embrace the spread offense, but the Cougars defense has been getting it done lately as in last week’s 33-7 win over Bullard CSHS allowed just over 200 yards of offense and didn’t allow a score until late in the fourth quarter. They’ll have to try and contain Fairfield star and Texas A&M commit Charles Oliver this week as he leads a strong group. Fairfield rolled past Robinson 70-35 last week as Oliver ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns and he mixed in a 70 yard touchdown reception as well. Oliver will be the focus of China Spring’s defense and it’ll be on the secondary options for Fairfield to step up. Stepp’s Pick: China Spring by 10

Liberty Hill (2-2) vs. Abilene Wylie (3-1): A big time matchup in Class 4A pits two perennial state title contenders who play among the toughest non-district schedules in the state. Liberty Hill is fresh off a 47-7 rout of Waco Connally last week, the Panthers and their Slot-T offense ground out 427 rushing yards and had two rushers top the 100 yard mark. They’ll find the going much tougher against the always stout Wylie defense. Last week the Bulldogs knocked off 5A Birdville 27-7 allowing just 178 total yards of offense. One dimensional offensive attacks typically don’t fare well against Wylie and the Bulldogs defense gets the job done again this week. Stepp’s Pick: Abilene Wylie by 6

West Orange-Stark (4-0) vs. Richmond Foster (3-1): How can a team that played for a state title a year ago and is undefeated be so under the radar? Such is the case for the Mustangs who get it done the old school way with physical and fast defense and an efficient offense. They don’t have the usual star power, yet top to bottom this is a complete squad. Last week the Mustangs knocked off a good Silsbee squad 49-30 as QB Jack Dallas threw for 181 yards and had four total touchdowns, WOS had a pair of 100 yard rushers as they rolled up over 500 yards of offense. Foster, one of the state’s top 5A teams bounced back from their first loss of the season with a convincing 33-0 win over Fort Bend Marshall. WR’s Ceedee Lamb and Maryland commit Evan Fairs will give a talented WOS secondary issues and Foster’s depth in the trenches will wear down a WOS team that lacks depth. Stepp’s Pick: Richmond Foster by 13

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Orange Grove by 14 over Rockport-Fulton

Alvarado by 2 over Stephenville

Argyle by 8 over Paris

Athens by 7 over Robinson

Giddings by 13 over Sealy

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