TOC Insider: Week 9 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 statewide! Today we take a look at Week 9 In Class 3A!

TheOldCoach Week 9 Class 3A Insider

Wall (7-0, 3-0) at Brady (6-2, 3-1): Always powerful Wall will look to all but lock up another district title this week as their last serious regular season test awaits in Brady. The Hawks had the week off to get ready for Brady so the normally conservative offensive attack Wall typically employs may have a few tricks up their sleeve. Brady has won two in a row after a one point loss to Clyde, the Bulldogs rolled past Jim Ned 37-12. Wall’s talent and depth up front and the ability to execute in the ground game is simply too much for a good but not elite Brady squad. Stepp’ Pick: Wall by 18

Van Alstyne (5-2, 1-1) at Pottsboro (7-0, 2-0): One of the toughest districts in the state in 3A is the Division I Texoma district, several teams capable of making deep playoff runs reside in this loop. Van Alstyne is fresh off a 28-21 upset win over Pilot Point, it’s the Panthers first win over Pilot Point in 23 years. Trailing 21-7 in the third quarter, VA’s defense forced four turnovers to claw back into the game. Pottsboro has been nothing short of a juggernaut thus far, the Cardinals haven’t had a game closer than 37 points this year. One of the more impressive stats in the state. VAHS keeps this close for a while, but Pottsboro’s offense is just too explosive. Stepp’s Pick: Pottsboro by 24

Malakoff (7-0, 2-0) at Teague (5-1, 2-0): Once again Malakoff and Teague square off for the district title, a year ago an explosive Teague offense took down the Tigers and their ground based offense. This year Malakoff comes in as a slight favorite as the Tigers have rattled off seven straight wins, including a hard fought 33-27 win over Elkhart last week. EHS was driving for the potential go ahead score with under a minute left when Malakoff DB QT Barker stepped up and saved the win with an interception. Teague had one of their non-district games cancelled thus the reason the Lions have played just six games so far. Teague was tied with Palestine Westwood at 20 , at the midpoint of the second quarter when RB Mikkail Shepherd took over and the Lions rattled off 42 straight for a 62-20 win. Expect a shootout, both teams are loaded with playmakers but shootouts have generally favored Teague in recent years. Stepp’s Pick: Teague by 6

Waskom (7-0, 2-0) at West Rusk (7-0, 2-0): The biggest game in East Texas pits powerhouse Waskom and their flexbone offense against upstart West Rusk who is having their best season in years. The Wildcats drilled Winona 59-21 last week, Chan Amie is one of the most versatile players in all of East Texas and is a true difference maker all over the field. West Rusk had expectations of being very good, but who would have imagined the Raiders would be 7-0? WRHS got past Elysian Fielsds 53-48, but all the more impressive the Raiders trailed early 20-0. QB Dee Starling led the rally with five touchdowns and DB Kevin Jones had three interceptions to lead the rally. West Rusk will need to play their best game of the year to keep up with Waskom, the Raiders weakness is up front and that is something Waskom is fully capable of exploiting. Stepp’s Pick: Waskom by 17

Corrigan-Camden (4-3, 1-1) at Newton (3-4, 2-0): After playing a brutal non-district slate it appears Newton is starting to peak at just the right time. The Eagles have won their first two district games including a thriller last week over a very good Crockett team. Newton’s defense led by Louisiana-Lafayette commit LB Tanner Holmes will try to slow down the always speedy Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs. After allowing 71 points last week to Crockett, Corrigan bounced back for a 34-14 win over Hemphill. The Bulldogs don’t have the playmakers or the defense to keep up with a surging Newton Eagles bunch. Stepp’s Pick: Newton by 27

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

Brownfield by 28 over Slaton

Grandview by 27 over Glen Rose

Hitchcock by 17 over Rice Consolidated

Franklin by 38 over New Waverly

Jarrell by 21 over Marlin

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