District 20-5A Preview -- Week 5

District play begins its second week, with Westbury and its surprising offensive attack taking on Westside team that knows a thing or two about moving the ball.

Chavez (39th in the TPI 5A Rankings) at Sam Houston (77th): Trust us, the Lobos won't score seven points like they did in last week's loss to Lamar. Nothing spells "get well game" better than seeing the Tigers on the schedule. The good news for Sam Houston is that they are just one score away from surpassing the 14 points they tallied last season. Expect a lot of Lobo RB Brian Eurysthee and a host of other Chavez players making frequent visits into the end zone. Chavez 56, Sam Houston 0.

Lamar (9th) at Milby (76th): The Redskins' offense has been in fits and starts thus far. Facing a Buffaloes team that has struggled defensively is a sign Lamar will be doing a lot of starting here. Redskin RB Jeremy Craft is averaging 9.9 yards per carry (555 rushing yards) and should be able to equal his prolific production. Milby QB Mark Jackson has been a bright spot for an offense that has managed just 42 points in their 1-3 start. That kind of offensive inconsistency won't cut it against a surging Redskins team. Lamar 41, Milby 7.

Westside (20th) at Westbury (50th): Quick, who leads 20-5A in total offense? If you guessed Westside, you'd be wrong. The Rebels average 569 yards per game, mostly behind the running duo of Josh Fields (607 yards rushing, tops in the district) and Charles Sims (488 yards). This game will be closer than most expect, especially considering the Wolves have had trouble stopping the run. Still, Westbury's D won't have an answer for Westside QB Michael Goodnight, who has the keys to the district's second-best offense. Westbury can't afford to get into a shootout here; if it's that the case, advantage: Wolves. Westside 31, Westbury 21.

Bellaire (58th) at Madison (56th): Neither offense has been lights out (or on), which means this will be a low-scoring affair. The Cards hope QB Adrian Nelson can build off the confidence gained in last week's win over Sam Houston. If so, WR Glynn King is the type of player that can turn a game around. Marlins QB Jeffery Lewis has improved as a passer, but it's his running ability that will make the difference in this one. Madison 21, Bellaire 17.

Player of the Week: Lamar QB Alvin "Stick" Johnson stuck it Westside in the Redskins' 28-7 win over the Wolves. Normally known as a running quarterback, Johnson was near-perfect passing, completing 10 of 12 passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns. He has thrown just one interception in 52 attempts this season.

One to Watch For: Only a sophomore, Lamar WR Joshua Gordon is already hitting the radar screen of college scouts. At 6-4, 200 pounds, Gordon has the size that screams Division I prospect. His play has also said it as well; three of his nine catches have gone for touchdowns. Gordon is averaging more than 20 yards per catch, giving the Redskins another weapon for an already potent attack.

Looking Ahead: Bellaire at Chavez (Thursday), Lamar at Westbury (Saturday), Westside at Madison, Sam Houston at Milby.


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