TOC Insider: Week 5 Class 3A

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 3A!

Week 5 Class 3A Insider

Clyde (3-1) vs. Wall (4-0): Perennial power Wall will look to keep their stranglehold on their top standing in 3A Division I out west against up and comer Clyde. The Bulldogs got the offense going in a big way last week drilling Colorado City 50-20, QB Tanner Riley had a big night as he spread the ball around to multiple playmakers in the Bulldogs homecoming win. The Clyde defense will have their hands full trying to slow down the Wall ground game which picks up yards in chunks and eats time up. The Hawks rolled past Lago Vista 43-21 last week as QB Bryce Dierschke accounted for 229 yards of offense and two touchdowns, versatile Tyler Hurtado ran for 75 yards and two scores and had 62 receiving yards and a score as well. Wall’s experience and depth in the trenches will be key in this big early district matchup, Clyde keeps it close for a while but Wall pulls away late. Stepp’s Pick: Wall by 14

Pottsboro (4-0) vs. Howe (4-0): It looks to be another big year in Texoma at the 3A level and Pottsboro and Howe are right among the top teams in this part of the state. Pottsboro’s offense has been tremendous all year and last week was no different in a 45-8 rout of Bowie. QB Zane Pritchett ran for 156 yards and two scores on just ten carries and tossed another two touchdowns as the Cardinals got up big and sat most of their starters in the second half. Howe’s Slot T offense will look to play keep away from the Cardinals much like they did last week in a 49-0 win over Ponder. RB Tyler Grisham was the star for Howe with 175 yards rushing and four touchdowns along with a touchdown catch in the easy win. Howe’s hands will be more than full with Pottsboro as the Cardinals speed and depth will overwhelm the unbeaten Bulldogs. Stepp’s Pick: Pottsboro by 17

Scurry-Rosser (4-0) vs. Malakoff (4-0): Surprising Scurry-Rosser had a tough first year in 3A Division I but the Wildcats appear to have found their stride in year two, now they have a big test against a very strong and also unbeaten Malakoff bunch. The Wildcats blew past Eustace 56-29 and are averaging nearly 40 points per game. Malakoff rolled past Edgewood 48-27 behind four touchdown passes from QB Judd Miller, the Tigers defense struggled against the ground oriented attack of Eustace so look for S-R which has more speed than Eustace to try and exploit that weakness. However, Coach Driskell’s bunch at Malakoff will make the necessary adjustments against a more conventional attack of Scurry-Rosser. Stepp’s Pick: Malakoff by 8

Cameron Yoe (3-1) vs. Refugio (3-0): One of the state’s biggest games features three time defending 3A state champion Yoe against 2A powerhouse Refugio. A year ago, Refugio hosted Cameron and pulled the upset over the Yoemen. That ended a tough non-district stretch for Yoe, who then got red hot in the playoffs and rolled to the state title. Refugio saw their season ended by Mason in the state quarter-finals a year ago, so Refugio won the battle and Yoe won the war. After losing to China Spring a couple of weeks ago, Yoe bounced back with a solid 37-8 win over a good Whitney squad. RB Traion Smith led the Yoemen with 127 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Refugio drilled San Diego 60-7 last week as QB Jaylon Mascorro accounted for four touchdowns, while RB Isaiah Perez had 117 yards rushing and three touchdowns. This time it’s Refugio taking the long road trip and they are going against a very experienced squad in Yoe who will be out to make a major statement against the top power in South Texas. Stepp’s Pick: Cameron Yoe by 15

Elysian Fields (3-1) vs. Waskom (4-0): Maybe the biggest game in all of East Texas this week pits two long time rivals looking to make a major statement. The two schools are just ten miles apart and both have spent all year in the top five in 3A Division II. Last week Elysian Fields needed all of their offensive firepower and then some in a 50-44 loss to West Sabine, they’ll have to be better on defense to contain RB Chan Amie and that Waskom option offense. Waskom was thought to take a step back this year, but the Wildcats have been much better than expected early on and their kids flat out know how to win these kind of games. Stepp’s Pick: Waskom by 8

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Mineola by 27 over Omaha Paul Pewitt

Shallowater by 14 over Idalou

Trinity by 7 over Jewett Leon

Odem by 20 over Marion

West by 4 over Hillsboro

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