TheOldCoach 4A Week 4 Outlook

TheOldCoach's Josh Pratt looks back on week three and previews some of the bigger matchups coming up in week four!

Week 3 Review

 

Alvarado tops Kennedale

To be the best you have to beat the best, and that is what Alvarado did last Friday night in a 21-14 victory over Kennedale.  The Wildcats had been in the top five of our 4A poll, but Alvarado had be lingering just slightly below in the top 20.  There are still some other really good teams out of region II, such as Mineral Wells, Liberty-Eylau and Terrell, but this does let us know that the Indians should be a player for the regional crown when the playoffs get underway in a few months.  

 

Celina continues to struggle

Something about Celina just does not seem right this year.  The Bobcats began the season with a surprising loss to Princeton (42-27) and this past week and were handled pretty easily by Argyle, 43-14.  Things are not all that bad though, as the rest of the non-district if favorable and the district appears to be winnable.  

 

West Orange-Stark/China Spring rolls on

West Orange-Stark has not missed a beat so far in 2016, posting three shutouts in a row while scoring over 40 points in each of those contests.  When will the Mustangs give up a point?  It more than likely is not going to happen this week with KIPP Northeast on the schedule.  Equally as impressive has been China Spring in DI.  The Cougars have jumped all the way up to number two in TheOldCoach poll and has completely dominated their first three opponents.  

 

Week 4 Games to Watch

 

Alvarado (2-1) Vs. Brownwood (1-2)

Even at 1-2, Brownwood would still have to be considered very dangerous.  The Lions played a solid Canyon team tight and only lost to state power Liberty Hill by one.  Alvarado is jumping in the polls quicker than anyone else at this point with their big victory over Kennedale.  

Josh’s Pick: Brownwood by 3.

 

Atlanta (1-1) Vs. Liberty-Eylau (0-3)

No one ever wants to start the season off with an 0-3 record.  Though Liberty-Eylau has failed to win a game in the early going, things are not all that bad.  The Leopards were competitive in games with Gilmer and Carthage, which are consistently two of the best out East.  Atlanta is also no slouch but this could be the week for a win.

Josh’s Pick: Liberty-Eylau by 10.

 

Gilmer (3-0) Vs. Carthage (2-0)
All eyes in East Texas are going to be on the mega matchup for week four.  Gilmer has been on an absolute offensive tear in their first three games, scoring over 60 in each and averaging 64.  Carthage has been somewhat more conventional with their scores but did defeat Liberty-Eylau by a slightly larger margin than Gilmer.  

Josh’s Pick: Carthage by 3.

 

La Grange (1-1) Vs. Navarro (3-0)
Defensively, La Grange has been exceptional in their first few games.  The Leopards held a usually power Argyle team to just 14 points and shutout La Vernia this past week.  The problem is no more than two touchdowns have been scored in either contest.  Navarro has had a slightly lighter schedule, but does have an impressive 16-point win over Giddings.

Josh’s Pick: Navarro by 14.

 

Others:
Argyle (3-0) Vs. Abilene Wylie (2-1) - Argyle by 7

Mineral Wells (3-0) Vs. Iowa Park (3-0) - Mineral Wells by 3

Stafford (3-0) Vs. Navasota (0-3) - Stafford by 17

Van (3-0) Vs. Palestine (3-0) - Van by 14

Yoakum (2-1) Vs. Giddings (2-1) - Giddings by 7

La Vega (3-0) Vs. Mexia (2-1) - La Vega by 14


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