TOC Insider: Week 10 Class 6A

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 6A!

TheOldCoach Week 10 Class 6A Insider

El Paso El Dorado (5-3, 3-1) vs. El Paso Franklin (4-4, 3-1): The biggest game in El Paso this week has massive post season implications in an always balanced District 1-6A. The El Dorado Aztecs had no trouble blowing past Socorro 51-7 a week ago, the Aztecs have plenty of weapons led by WR Tyquez Hampton, the key is not turning the ball over and being sound on defense. Franklin lost a good senior class a year ago, but the young Cougars are making progress late in the year. FHS took care of arch rival Coronado 41-18 in their annual grudge match at the Sun Bowl. The winner of this one makes the playoffs, we look El Dorado and their dynamic skill talent. Stepp’s Pick: El Paso El Dorado by 9

Cedar Hill (8-0, 4-0) at Mansfield (7-1, 4-0): Despite winning back to back state titles there’s one team that has had Cedar Hill’s number of late and that’s been Mansfield. This year’s matchup is for outright district bragging rights and the winner will host a first round playoff game. Massive matchup indeed! CHHS rolled past rival DeSoto 26-2 last week as Avery Davis, Marquise Forman and Kaegun Williams combined for nearly 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground, Williams chipped in a 28 yard touchdown catch from Davis as well. The priority this week for CHHS is slowing down the Mansfield ground offense led by sensational junior RB Kennedy Brooks, last week Brooks ran for 326 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers 28-25 win over South Grand Prairie. Brooks has run for at least 230 yards in all four district games, can he get it done this week with Cedar Hill gunning for him? Mansfield may have to open the offense up some if they want to make it three in a row over Cedar Hill. Stepp’s Pick: Cedar Hill by 6

Round Rock Cedar Ridge (7-1, 4-1) at Pflugerville Hendrickson (7-1, 5-0): Hendrickson seized control of the District 15-6A race last week as they knocked off Round Rock 21-15. Two touchdown runs from QB Carrington Kearney and 119 yards rushing from D.J. Jackson propelled the Hawks in what was a slug fest. The pace could be a bit faster this week as Cedar Ridge and their high powered offense with a win can put themselves closer to a share of the school’s first ever district title. The Raiders blew past Rouse 38-6 last week as QB Garrett Sharp accounted for 286 yards and three touchdowns. Hendrickson in years past seemed to be a team that peaked too early and faded down the stretch, this year’s team appears to be the opposite of that trend. This is a team peaking at the right time and one that could be a tough out come playoff time. Stepp’s Pick: Pflugerville Hendrickson by 3

Clear Creek (8-0, 5-0) at Dickinson (8-0, 5-0): The biggest matchup of the year in 24-6A is this week as Clear Creek and Dickinson have been on a collision course. Clear Creek got a test from a solid Clear Springs squad but the Wildcats passed with a 49-34 win as RB Da’Von Smith ran for 172 yards and four touchdowns and QB Chase Hildreth had 293 yards in the air and two scores. They’ll have a tough time with the incredibly speedy Dickinson offense led by Jordan Myers who had 111 rushing yards and a touchdown, Jacoby Fowler chipped in 66 yards rushing and a score along with a 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Both teams are senior heavy and both have been in a lot of big game situations, there isn’t much either team hasn’t seen. This one comes down to turnovers and at home in a tough environment look for the Gators to come out on top with a close victory. One of the Gators defensive playmakers finds a way to get a big turnover. Stepp’s Pick: Dickinson by 7

San Antonio Churchill (5-3, 2-2) vs. San Antonio Johnson (5-3, 3-1): Winner of this game all but wraps up a playoff spot, while the loser still has a bit of work to do. Churchill rolled past Roosevelt last Saturday night 37-14 as Jordan Cardenas ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns, the Chargers are known as a grind it out team, but they do have a dynamic playmaker on both sides of the ball in D’Andre Reed. He’s the big X factor for the CHS. Johnson rolled past hapless Madison 36-7 as a balanced offense was key along with a defense that forced some turnovers. Johnson prides itself on balance and not being too reliant on a single playmaker, those attributes and good overall team speed make them a tough matchup for a slower team like Churchill. Stepp’s Pick: San Antonio Johnson by 14

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks:

San Angelo Central by 11 over Midland Lee

Dallas Jesuit by 18 over Irving MacArthur

Waco Midway by 10 over Belton

Katy Cinco Ranch by 6 over Houston Strake Jesuit

Los Fresnos by 16 over Brownsville Veterans Memorial

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