TOC Big Game of the Week
The Woodlands (3-0) vs. George Ranch (2-1)
After laying a lick on Katy last week The Woodlands will have a shot to knock off a state champion in back-to-back games. As a matter of fact, The Woodlands has run the gauntlet of tough teams through the fist three weeks, but the defense has been dominant allowing only 10 points per game so far. In last week's 26-3 win, it limited Katy's star RB Deondrick Glass to 66 yards rushing. The defense is led by Michael Purcell.
George Ranch will come in and look to establish the run with Colorado RB commit Alex Fontenot, who has stepped in admirably as the top dog replacing Darius Anderson, who is now at TCU. If it wants a shot at winning this game it will need to control the ball and put some points on the board, but it will also need to start to have more success throwing the football to pull the upset. In a week two 14-point loss to Dickinson it passed for only 42 yards, a similar performance could likely result in a blowout this weekend.
Prospect Watch: Adam Beck
The Texas Hot 100 defensive back has already secured his first interception of the season and his size and aggressive nature in the defensive backfield makes him one of the absolute best in the state. He is committed to Texas Tech Red.
Best of the Rest
Katy (1-2) vs, Cinco Ranch (2-1)
This is a big game as many across the state are now wondering if Katy will be back on track to capture a district championship and push into the top ranks again by the time the playoffs roll around. The offense has struggled putting points on the board against the Woodlands in recent years, but good news for Tigers fans the team has averaged over 50 points per game over the last three years the week after the match-up with the Highlanders. Cinco Ranch will look to playmaking WR R.J. Sneed to lead the offensive charge.
Copperas Cove (2-0) vs. Sachse (3-0)
Cove had a 2015 season that was not typical as it ended with only three wins and ended its season with a loss at the hands of Rockwall in the first round of the playoffs. It has bounced back with two home wins, but it will be facing its first road test in 2016 and wil have to find a way to slow the offensive attack that is being executed right now by four-star quarterback Jalen Madden and a strong corps of receivers like Nate Shelton and Drue Jackson.
Austin Bowie (3-0) vs. Westlake (2-1)
This isn't a district match-up this season as Bowie is in Region 2 and Westlake finds itself in Region 4 in 2016, but this was a tough hard fought game last season and this year it figures to be more of the same. Bowie has won two of the last three and its defense has played strong at the start of the year. Westlake will be without star quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who is still recovering from a knee injury and it will turn to running back Nakia Watson to put points on the board.