Game of the Week: Elsik (0-2) at Westside (1-1): Wolves QB Michael Goodnight has completed 71 percent of his passes, most of which have gone to wideouts Arvin Jackson and Mike Smith. Westside needs to shake off last week's 34-27 loss to Conroe in order to take down an Elsik team who needs its defense to come together. The Rams have been torched for 76 points in their two losses. A showdown between Goodnight and Elsik RB Jeremy Hills will be a thrilling one, one in which the Rams will finally get back into the win column. Elsik by 6.
Chavez (1-1) at Rosenberg Terry (0-2): The normally pass-happy Lobos have become ground-pounders behind the RB duo of Brian Eurysthee and Mark Cole. This has become an important game for the Rangers, who have not mustered much offense. Terry's defense has played well, but has been worn down because of an offense that can't sustain drives. Now would be a good time for the Rangers to return to playing like the team many expected to be a 24-4A sleeper. Terry by 10.
Scarborough (0-2) at Sam Houston (0-2): The worst teams the TPI polls will face off in a game in which the winner will have to cling tightly to the memories of this night. After all, it will likely be the only win either will get. There's not much left to be said on this one. Scarborough by 35.
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.
Thursday night's game
Lamar (2-1) 43, Port Arthur Memorial (1-2): What was billed as an offensive showdown was decided by the half as the Redskins rolled to a 26-2 halftime lead. Lamar amassed 375 of its 466 yards on the ground, 220 of them from Jeremy Craft, who also scored three touchdowns. Titans QB Harry Brown completed 15 passes for 149 yards, but could not get Memorial's offense going until well after the issue had been decided. The win sets Lamar up with a five-star matchup against defending 20-5A champion Westside next Saturday night.