Game of the Week: Needville (2-0) at Sharpstown (2-0): The Blue Jays have jumped off to a quick start behind their defense and RB Thadeus Wilkerson. The 24-3A school will be challenged by a Sharpstown team that has risen up the TPI ranks with an offense averaging 35 points and more than 370 yards per game. Needville will have to contain QB Sam Carter and wideouts Darius Jones and James Richard, both of whom have been off to explosive starts. This could be a high-scoring affair, but it will be Apollos doing most of it. Sharpstown by 10.
Kashmere (0-1) at Washington (0-2): Longtime rivals square off at Delmar Stadium, but for the defending 20-4A champion War Eagles, this game is definitely a must-win. Washington has looked flat in both of its losses, including a brutal 34-0 pasting against Galveston Ball. Kashmere played well at times in its loss to Little Cypress-Mauriceville, but LB Tremaine Johnson and company should bring enough D to get the Rams their first W of the season. Kashmere by 7.
Austin (0-2) at Pasadena (1-1): Considered to be a surprise team in 20-4A, the Mustangs have taken beatings from Northbrook and Sam Rayburn by a combined 90-13. Pasadena is coming off a 35-2 win over Milby and should have no trouble unleashing RB D'Anthony Tabb on an overwhelmed Mustangs defense. Pasadena by 24.
Davis (2-0) at Stafford (0-2): QB John Castillo has been a big factor behind the Panthers' quick start. His passing, coupled with a stout defense that has made stops when needed, have Davis on the verge of a 4-0 start heading into an Oct. 5 clash against Washington. Stafford's offense has been nonexistent, and there's little reason to think it will show up here. Davis by 21.
Reagan (1-1) at Smiley (1-1): The 72 points piled up on Sam Houston is what the Bulldogs' offense needed, but they will have to come back to reality when taking on a Golden Eagles team coming off a heartbreaking loss to Sharpstown. For Smiley to bouce back, they will need a solid dose of RB Christian Terry, who is averaging more than eight yards per carry. Smiley by 7.