Week 4 Review
Navasota starts 0-4
Though losing non-district games is never the end of the world, for Navasota it's just surprising. The Rattlers had to deal with not only the loss of their coach, Lee Fedora, but also had the task of replacing some big time talent. So far, things have not gone all that well as Navasota sits at 0-4 heading into their bye week. The Rattlers showed promise, losing by only one to 5A Magnolia West in week two, but dropped back-to-back games to Waller (24-12) and Stafford (51-6) the past two weeks. Can the Rattlers recover and turns things around in district play?
Carthage beats Gilmer
It was a game that got all the attention out East as the Buckeyes of Gilmer and the Carthage Bulldogs went at it on a Saturday night. The first half ended up being all Carthage, as the 4-time state champs had a 49-17 lead at one point before Gilmer attempted to make a late push. Junior RB Keaontay Ingram ran for over 200 yards in the win that broke Gilmer's 23-game regular season winning streak. This game will only make both teams better moving forward and both could very well end up in the state semifinals in December.
Is it Navarro's year?
Navarro may not be that household name like Cuero, but the Panthers are going to be a team to watch all season. They may not have the shutout streak going like West Orange-Stark, but the Panthers have been thorough in their first four contests. Navarro has already defeated two highly ranked team (Giddings, La Grange) in the area and has a 210 to 52 scoring advantage during that stretch. Right now the Gobblers are still ranked a slot higher, but this is about as close as it gets. The Panthers will now get their shot at 2A power Refugio in week five.
Week 5 Previews
Giddings (3-1) Vs. Brownwood (1-2)
This game is going to have a playoff feel to it. For one, this game is going to be played at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a popular spot for high school post season matchups. Secondly, both of these teams are solid and will both be in the playoffs when that time comes. The Lions are 1-2 but are better than their record shows and Giddings has only lost one game to #3 Geronimo Navarro.
Josh's Pick: Giddings by 7.
Terrell (3-1) Vs. Kaufman (2-2)
Terrell had a very strong 2015 season in 5A, going 11-2 while advancing to the third round of the playoffs. It appears the Tigers have not dropped off much from that, going 3-1 in the early going with the only loss coming to regional power Kennedale. This week they get another shot at a top 25 team in Kaufman. Currently the Lions are a second tier team, but are capable of beating anyone on any give night.
Josh's Pick: Terrell by 14.
Columbia (3-1) Vs. El Campo (4-0)
How good is Columbia? That is a question we will probably have answered this week. The Roughnecks had an impressive win over 3A top 10 La Marque, but El Campo is the team that would really impress people across the state. The Ricebirds had little problems in the first three weeks before getting pushed by Wharton in week four.
Josh's Pick: El Campo by 17.
Silsbee (1-2) Vs. West Orange-Stark (4-0)
This may not be a game that is close, but there are more intriguing reasons to keep an eye on this score. In four games, West Orange-Stark has yet to give up a point. It has not been all cupcakes either, with two shutouts versus 5A competition backed up by another blowout over an upstart Bridge City team. Silsbee does appear to be down a bit, but can they manage to break the streak the Mustangs currently have going?
Josh's Pick: West Orange-Stark by 35.
Paris Vs. Argyle - Argyle by 24
Connally Vs. La Vega - La Vega by 21
Liberty-Eylau Vs. Pleasant Grove - Liberty-Eylau by 3
Palestine Vs. Kilgore - Kilgore by 1
Gilmer Vs. Nacogdoches - Gilmer by 3
Carrollton Ranchview Vs. Krum - Krum by 7
Graham Vs. Stephenville - Graham by 17