TOC Insider: Week 5 Class 2A

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 2A Insider

Canadian (4-0) vs. Albany (4-0): One of the state’s biggest matchups in Class 2A is a one year neutral site agreement to be played in Vernon. Canadian, last year’s Division I champion has won 19 straight games and thus far it seems the Wildcats are unstoppable. They’ve outscored opponents 191-33 and really only once were they even challenged in a 31-14 win over Bushland to open the season. The Wildcats got down early against Childress but led by 620 yards of offense they cruised to a 52-13 win. Perennial Division II power Albany gets the job done, but the Lions prefer an old school route of running the football and playing defense. They were the state runner up in Division II a year ago and much like Canadian, they return most of the team. The Lions cruised past Anson 42-20 last week, but trying to contain the versatile Canadian offense is a tall order, look for AHS to try and control tempo and keep this close for a half but Canadian pulls away in the third. Stepp’s Pick: Canadian by 17

Seagraves (3-1) vs. Stanton (2-2): Seagraves had no trouble with much larger school Lamesa last week as the Eagles blasted LHS 62-20 as RB Cory Kyle continued his fantastic season with 157 yards rushing and four touchdowns. The Eagles are looking to close non-district with a bang, but Stanton is a tough out. The Buffaloes defense has been good early on, but at times they’ve lacked firepower as was evident in last week’s 14-0 loss to Abernathy. Lacking firepower is not a good recipe against a Seagraves team that was a state semi-finalist a year ago and has designs on a state title in 2015. Stepp’s Pick: Seagraves by 20

Alto (4-0) vs. Tenaha (0-3): It’s been a tough go early for Tenaha under new HC Craig Horn, the Tigers always play a tough non-district slate and this year is no exception as they’ve taken on several larger schools. Things don’t get much easier this week as 4-0 Alto visits. The Yellowjackets blasted Buffalo 74-21 last week as QB Keenan Johnson had another monster game. Alto’s got a bit too much firepower for a young and still adjusting Tenaha squad, but make no mistakes Tenaha will be in the mix once the playoffs roll around. Stepp’s Pick: Alto by 16

Axtell (3-1) vs. Holland (2-2): It’ll be a contrast of styles in this one as ground oriented Axtell will try and contain a strong passing attack of the Holland Hornets. The Longhorns dropped their first game of the season last week to a very good Tolar squad 30-27. Axtell, trailing 28-27 was lining up for game winning two point conversion when a fumble was returned the other way for two points and a heartbreaking defeat. Holland led by all-state QB Seth Spinn had no trouble rolling past Bartlett 42-0, Spinn had 298 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Hornets. Stepp’s Pick: Holland by 11

Shiner (4-0) vs. Rice Consolidated (1-3): Ground oriented Shiner is off to a strong start at 4-0 after the Comanches beat Lexington 49-28 as RB Dadrian Taylor had a big night. They’ll punch well above their weight class this week against 3A Division I Rice Consolidated, the Raiders are off to a slow start after a 41-22 loss to Wallis Brazos. Rice has been good offensively they’ve got good speed across the board but they just haven’t been able to consistently get stops and that will be their undoing against Shiner, who has played in a ton of big games and knows how to execute their old school attack. Stepp’s Pick: Shiner by 10

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Panhandle by 17 over Sunray

Abernathy by 7 over Childress

Breckenridge by 11 over Hico

West Sabine by 14 over Deweyville

Bruni by 27 over La Villa

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