Player of the Week: Madison QB Jeffery Lewis didn't account for much offense (33 total yards) but produced all three of the Marlins' touchdowns in a 22-0 win over Willowridge. Lewis rushed for a pair of scores while throwing for a third.
Game of the Week
*Aldine vs. Lamar (Delmar Stadium): This should be similar to the 38-35 shootout that the Mustangs won last season. Aldine must shake off the hangover that came from have North Shore on the ropes, only to lose 48-37 last week. The Mustangs showed they can run the ball with anyone (416 yards total) as QB Darron Thomas threw for three touchdowns and ran for 75 yards and another score. The Redskins will be able to match Aldine's firepower with QB Stick Johnson and the lethal 1-2 RB punch of Jeremy Craft and Kalvin Guyton. A 7-3 game won't happen here. Lamar by 4.
Davis vs. Sam Houston (Thursday night, Dyer Stadium): The season opener for both teams. Davis should score early and often against a Tigers team that has a lot of heart, but very little talent. Davis by 43.
Pasadena Memorial vs. Westbury (Thursday night, Butler Stadium): The Rebels came into the season with offensive issues which were only further exposed in a lackluster loss to Angleton. Memorial was holding its own against defending 24-5A champ Brazoswood before the rain forced them to settle for an official 7-7 tie. This should be an easy win for the Mavericks as QB Dylan Adamek should be quite productive. Memorial by 14.
Pearland at Madison: The Oilers will have to rely on their defense while the offense continues to find an identity beyond RB Kasey Carrier. Kempner pushed Pearland to the limit, but the Oilers come into Madison with a 1-0 mark. The Marlins' 22-0 pasting of Willowridge showed the area just how solid coach Ray Seals' defense is. Pearland could struggle here and while an upset is possible, Oilers coach Tony Heath should find a way for his team to win. Pearland by 7.
Milby at Sam Rayburn: Coach Mike Woodley's team comes off a 27-13 win over Waltrip and gets a second easy opponent in the form of a Buffaloes team that just squeaked by Northbrook. RB Charles Umunnakwe will have to be accounted for if Milby wants to break even in the early going of the season. Umunnakwe isn't the only offensive tool in the Rayburn shed; QB Catarino Cantu completed 14 passes for 151 yards and three scores in the Texans' win over Waltrip. This could get out of hand quick. Rayburn by 20.
Bellaire vs. Washington (Saturday night, Delmar Stadium): Both teams begin there seasons here. The Cards will have to get their passing game going, but will have a tough task as the defending district 20-4A champion War Eagles have one of the area's best secondaries. Washington by 16.
Texas City vs. Westside (Saturday night, Butler Stadium): The Stings couldn't hold on to a 23-9 lead against Austin Lake Travis, but coach Tim Finn's offense did much better than expected. TC has a solid secondary, which will get challenged by the Wolves and QB Michael Goodnight. TC handed Westside its only regular season loss last season, but look for the Wolves to return the favor. Westside by 9.
Looking Ahead: Caney Creek at Bellaire … Chavez at St. Thomas … Lamar at Brenham … Madison at Yates … Pasadena at Milby … Reagan at Sam Houston … Westbury at Worthing … Westside at Conroe.