TheOldCoach 3A Week 11 Outlook

TheOldCoach's Josh Pratt looks back on week 10 and previews some of the bigger matchups coming up in week 11!

Week 10 Review
Malakoff survives Teague
For the past several years, the Malakoff/Teague series has been one of the top to watch in the state.  This year, no one was cheated out of the money they spent on a ticket.  Teague was ahead by three points with approximately three minutes to go.  The Lions had the ball - fourth and goal on the Tigers one.  The run was stuffed.  The Tigers, showing championship poise, proceeded to drive 99-yard yards in just minutes to go up for good to claim the 9-3A district championship.  In addition to the big win for Malakoff, this lets us know that Teague is still dangerous and can make a run.  

Rockdale goes undefeated in division one's toughest district
The Rockdale Tigers opened a lot of eyes after they scored 80 points in a big win over Cameron Yoe this year.  The Yoemen have played in the past four state championship games, but this may be the year for the team across the county.  The Tigers followed that up with another impressive 27-21 win over the Franklin Lions last week.  You never want to look too far into the future, but a Rockdale/Malakoff third round game would be very intriguing.  

Elysian Fields blows out West Rusk, 
The Yellowjackets of Elysian Fields sent a message to all other teams in the region last Friday with a 54-16 win over West Rusk.  The offensive execution was key, as Elysian Fields totaled nearly 500 yards in the win.  Logan Hughes threw for over 250 yards while running back TJ Ratliffe ran for 100 yards and crossed the goal line twice in the win.  

Week 11 Preview
Hitchcock (7-2/4-0) Vs. La Marque (7-2/4-1)
A few weeks ago, this would have been considered a toss up game.  That was mainly because it was hard to gauge the strength of La Marque based on the schedule.  After a 28-14 loss to Hempstead, things have become clear.  Hitchcock did defeat Hempstead earlier in the season, 44-12. Though this game is not as intriguing as it could have been, it still has potential to be close. 
Josh's Pick: Hitchcock by 21. 

Coldspring (4-4/4-1) Vs. Woodville (8-1/5-0)
This district showdown mirrors its district counterpart (Hitchcock/La Marque).  Coming into this season, many felt that Coldspring was going to be a major player in the region, much like La Marque.  The 4-4 record has cooled those talks, but a win in this game could re-energize all of that.  Coldspring surprisingly fell to Buna two weeks ago, 40-35.  If Coldspring wins, we could see a three-way tie for first. 
Josh's Pick: Woodville by 17. 

Cisco (7-1/4-0) Vs. Eastland (7-2/4-0)
This is the matchup that everyone has been looking forward to.  With Canadian in the mix, things are a bit more uncertain, but there is no doubt these are two of the tops teams in the region.  Eastland has completely dominated their district schedule, with a 226 to 50 scoring advantage in four games.  There is not much difference for Cisco, with a 212 to 61 advantage against those same opponents. 
Josh's Pick: Cisco by 3. 

East Bernard (7-1/5-0) Vs. Boling (8-1/5-0)
Team's such as Lexington and Odem could be on the same level, but East Bernard and Boling will both be in the regional title conversation.  East Bernard's only hiccup of the year came to Hithcock way back in week two, 24-19.  Boling is in the same boat, with their lone loss coming to Hallettsville in week three, 28-7.  Both Hitchcock and Hallettsville are highly ranked teams in division one. 
Josh's Pick: Boling by 3. 

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