The Woodlands vs. Port Arthur Memorial
"It's our year" is the attitude that the Highlander team has right now, and for the moment, it seems to be so. Their defense gave up its first points of the season last week against Clear Lake, but the win (and the momentum) is still present. This week, it's Port Arthur Memorial's turn to try and play the spoiler. I would not count on that to happen.
This Woodlands team is playing well and as a unit. Quarterback Andy McCloud is playing some good ball and has multiple options to go to through the air. That, along with Daniel Lasco in the backfield, equals win No. 4.
The Woodlands by 21
College Park vs. Katy Morton Ranch
It's safe to say that many believed that Morton Ranch would be good, but few could have predicated what has been going on over the past few weeks. Offensively, the Mavericks are quite sound with quarterback Joe Mitchell running the show. This week, the Morton Ranch defense will face a string ground game against College Park with quarterback Taylor Parsons leading the way. Should be a good one, but I think the Mavericks will pull this one off late.
Morton Ranch by 10
Lufkin vs. North Shore
The Panthers have played some intense teams so far, but they may not have faced a defense as tough as North Shore's. The reigning regional finalists have had an extended break due to Hurricane Ike and will likely be ready to knock around some heads on the gridiron. In this match up I do see North Shore coming out on top, but I don't believe it will be an old-school domination.
It's the Mustangs' third game and they may be a bit rusty, but still win.
North Shore by 14
Oak Ridge vs. Lamar Consolidated
The defending 4A champions have struggled so far, but did find a win last week. This week the Mustangs face off against Oak Ridge, which is 2-1. I see this game being heavy on the ground with Marcel Threat (Lamar) and Co. against Fredie Dotson (Oak Ridge). This game will stay close, but I see Lamar coming away with a win in this one. It seems like each week the Mustangs are getting better at finishing games. And they should finish this one with win No. 2.
Lamar Consolidated by 7
Conroe vs. Katy Seven Lakes
These two teams may be considered to be polar opposites. While Seven Lakes has a deadly air assault, Conroe favors the ground game a little more. This will make for an interesting match up. The Tigers proved last week that they could rack up some points as they hung 56 on Westside, while Seven Lakes slipped by Baytown Lee. I see the advantage leaning towards Conroe. Look for running back Lou Greenwood (and a host of others) to wear down the Spartan defense and roll to victory.
Conroe by 10
New Caney vs. Baytown Sterling
In the first 5A year in more than a decade, New Caney will take on Sterling this week after being blanked by Cleveland last week. There is quite a bit of fight in the 59 North Eagles, but this may be another battle in which they fall. Sterling quarterback Keagan Kogut has been putting up good numbers so far this season and is doing damage by air (625 yards) and some by ground (116 yards).
The Eagles will hang tough, but fall late in the game.
Sterling by 7
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