District 23-4A Game Predictions

Two 3-0 teams will play at Etheridge Stadium tonight, but either Pearland or La Marque will have a loss tagged to them by game's end. Meanwhile, Friendswood and Texas City are among the District 23-4A teams expected to win big.

Game of the Week: Pearland (3-0) at La Marque (3-0): This game will have more subplots than an episode of Dynasty. The big question is just how vulnerable are the Cougars, who were this close to suffering a monumental upset at La Porte. QB Jarius Kerlegan will need more help from his teammates to keep La Marque undefeated. Pearland began shaking off its rust with a methodical 21-0 win over Memorial last week. RB Kasey Carrier could have a field day against a Cougar defense that has struggled against the run over the last two weeks. Pearland by 12.

Friendswood (3-0) at Clear Brook (0-3): The Mustangs finally got their offense rolling in last week's shootout over Dayton. QB Jacob Karam and WR Matt McLaren are establishing themselves as one the area's top pass-catch combos and the defense is making big plays when they count. The Wolverines' option game is their best chance to pull the upset; you can't win if you don't have the ball. However, the Brook secondary won't be able withstand a Friendswood team beginning to hit its stride. Friendswood by 19.

Texas City (1-2) at Seven Lakes (0-3): Last week's win over Alvin began a three-week stretch where the Stingarees should be favored to win. The offense still hasn't found balance outside of handing the ball off to RB Johnny Thomas, but Tim Finn's team will find a way to win for a second straight week. Seven Lakes QB Dalton Livingston will put up decent numbers, but most of them will be well after this one is decided. Texas City by 14.

Angleton (1-2) at Brazoswood (1-0-1): This is a critical game for the psyche of the Wildcats, who have looked flat in two straight losses. Defenses have held RB D.J. Monroe in check and the passing game has not be able to take advantage of teams stacking eight in the box. The Buccaneers have the home field and the defense to contain Angleton, whose defense gave up a whopping 386 yards on the ground in last week's loss to Hastings. Brazoswood by 10.

Santa Fe (1-2) at St. Thomas (0-3): Indians head coach Brent Southworth earned his first win last week as his offense is beginning to take shape. RB Bryan Russell is one of the district's hidden gems. He won't hiding much longer if he continues to have games like he did last week (24-126-1). Santa Fe should go into district play next week riding the momentum of a winning streak. Santa Fe by 10.

Bellaire (1-1) at Dickinson (3-0): The Cardinals have the misfortune of visiting a Gators team that has lived up to its lofty expectations thus far. Dickinson QB Brodie Trahan will hurt Bellaire with his arm and his legs as he has led an offense that has no problem scoring, something that will continue here. Dickinson by 29.

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