TOC Insider: Week 6 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 6 Class 2A Insider

Harleton (1-3) at Maud (3-1): New HC Terry Ward’s squad is off to a slow start against a tough schedule at 1-3. The Wildcats fell to Linden-Kildare 34-21 a week ago as they led 21-20 in the third quarter, but the lead slipped away late as Harleton couldn’t stop the run. Maud hasn’t played as tough a schedule as Harleton but the Cardinals are formidable as they’ve got a balanced attack where multiple playmakers do damage. Three different players had rushing touchdowns and two different receivers hauled in touchdown passes in a 48-20 win over Queen City. On paper this looks like an extremely evenly matched game, look for this one to come down to turnovers late. Stepp’s Pick: Maud by 3

Banquete (2-2) at Refugio (3-1): The high school of a couple of famous sports writers has quite the task trying to slow down powerhouse Refugio. Banqeute was an upset loser last week to Bishop 15-3, they’ll need more offense for sure to keep up with Jaylon Mascorro and the Refugio offense. Mascorro was one of several starters benched for the first half of last week’s loss to Cameron Yoe, we’ll see if that action is a galvanizing force for the Bobcats as they try and make another deep playoff run. Stepp’s Pick: Refugio by 45

Lockney (3-1) at Vega (5-0): One of the more pleasant surprises out of the panhandle early on has been unbeaten Vega. The Longhorns who rolled past Shamrock last week 20-9 will get a tough test this week with a solid Lockney bunch. Lockney blasted Morton 31-6 last week, the Longhorns speed will be a tough matchup for Vega but expect an experienced VHS bunch to pull away late. Stepp’s Pick: Vega by 10

Sundown (2-3) at Iraan (5-0): Iraan, despite the transfer of their QB to Lubbock Cooper this off-season hasn’t missed a beat. The Braves are off to an impressive 5-0 start after ripping past Coahoma 39-0, in four of Iraan’s five wins they’ve allowed six points or less. Sundown is always a tough team, (as evidenced by their Roughnecks nickname) the schedule has been difficult including last week’s 41-14 loss to New Deal. Sundown is battle tested, but expect Iraan’s explosive offense to be the difference. Stepp’s Pick: Iraan by 14

Yorktown (4-1) vs. Bruni (5-0): Yorktown has been a pleasant surprise early on as the Bulldogs have won four of their first five games including last week’s 32-21 win over Woodsboro. It’ll be a tall order this week as they try and take out Bruni who has emerged as one of the top small school programs in South Texas. The Badgers spoiled LaVilla’s homecoming with an easy 40-6 win, Bruni returned every player from last year’s quarter-finalist team and they have hopes of a deeper run in 2015. Expect Yorktown to give Bruni a test, especially with their speed at the skill spots but Bruni’s got too much right now. Stepp’s Pick: Bruni by 17

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Quanah by 7 over Panhandle

Crane by 10 over Christoval

West Sabine by 21 over Hull-Daisetta

Tenaha by 13 over Santo

Bremond by 51 over Somerville

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