Brazoswood (44th in the TPI 5A Rankings) at Pearland (5th): Quietly, Buccaneers head coach Dean DeAtley has put his 3-0 team back into the thick of the district race, where they will be tested by an Oilers team that vividly remembers the loss B-Wood handed them last season. To no surprise, the battle between Buccaneers RB Yobes Walker (583 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns) and Pearland's Kasey Carrier (752-8) will be the key to the game. Both teams can shut down the run, so don't be surprised if a passing play swings the momentum in this one. With that in mind, Bucs QB Shawn Gore and his 73 percent accuracy will be the difference in a close win. Brazoswood 17, Pearland 14.
Clear Lake (18th) at Clear Creek (38th): One thing is certain: this won't be a 6-3 game. The Falcons average 397 yards per game offensively, and the Wildcats (308 ypg) are capable of lighting up a scoreboard behind QB Neal Warden and a fleet corps of receivers. Lake's ground game plays right into the weakness of Creek's defense, which means QB Drew Decker and sledgehammer FB Michael Grant will be able to pound away on the Wildcats in the late stages. Clear Lake 38, Clear Creek 30.
Clear Brook (48th) at Alvin (69th): The Wolverines can move the ball with a methodical ground game led by Lane Berry and bruising Cornell Baxter, but the inability to hold on to the pigskin at crucial times (nine fumbles) has contributed largely to their 1-4 start. They should double their win total against a Yellowjacket team (36 points scored) that has struggled to generate offense in their new spread system. Big 6-5 QB Stephen Owens is slowly getting a feel for the offense, which could keep Alvin in the game, but it doesn't bode well for a team that ranks last in both total offense and defense in its district. Clear Brook 34, Alvin 14.
Player of the Week: Pearland RB Kasey Carrier ripped off 131 yards and scored three times as the Oilers paid Clear Lake back from a 2006 loss in the form of a 42-17 pasting. Carrier's second score gave Pearland the lead for good late in the second quarter, and his third TD of the night put the game away in the fourth quarter.
One to Watch: Clear Creek QB Neal Warden's 4.0 grade point average has drawn the attention of several Ivy League schools. The senior also has UTEP among several Division I programs keeping an eye on the Wildcat field general, who has 842 yards and eight TD passes and just one interception thus far.
Looking Ahead: Alvin at Clear Lake, Ball at Clear Brook, Clear Creek at Brazoswood. Pearland will be off.