District 24-5A Game Predictions, Week Three

The Pearland Oilers are the only team to defeat La Marque in the regular season since 2004. There's no reason not to think Tony Heath's team can't pull off the same feat it did last season in the 24-5A spotlight game of the week.

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.

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.

Galveston Ball (2-1) at Channelview (1-1): The Tors are coming off a 34-0 pasting of Washington that sent a clear message: they are the team to beat in 24-5A. Channelview will have to get WR Zach Loud involved early (no catches in his last game), but the Falcons' strength just happens to go against Ball's defensive strength, a secondary that enjoys laying out receivers as much as it does picking off passes. Galveston Ball by 14.

Clear Lake (3-0) at Dobie (0-2): The best story in 24-5A has been the rise of the Falcons, whose option offense is averaging more than 30 points a game. The defense hasn't been too shabby, either, having allowed just 26 points. QB Drew Decker and RB Michael Grant have combined for over 800 yards and nine touchdowns, providing a lethal combination that will be too much for the Longhorns to overcome. Clear Lake by 17.

Thursday's Game

Deer Park (2-1) 49, Clear Creek (1-3) 35: This was one of the more entertaining games of the season, as both teams combined for 932 yards of offense, with just one turnover. The story of the game was Deer RB Travis Carter, who mauled the Wildcats for 238 yards and four touchdowns, three of which came in the second half. Wildcat QB Neal Warden raked Deer Park for 285 yards and four TD passes, but the Wildcat defense was unable to make plays when needed.

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