Region III Division 2 Bi-District Playoff Predictions and Analysis
Katy (7-3) vs. Houston Stratford (5-3)
The Katy Tigers find themselves in a familiar position. Here they sit in week one of the play-offs. Looking ahead at what could be a clear path deep into November or beyond. After a sluggish 2 game losing streak to start the season, the Tigers have gone 7-1, and narrowly missed out on yet another 17-5A title after losing in overtime to Cinco Ranch last week. One of the strong points for the Tigers this year has been their defense. They were tops in 17-5A this year, only giving up about 256 yards of offense a game. The Tiger defense also proved to be very opportunistic forcing 17 fumbles, recovering 10, and intercepting the opposing quarterback 9 times this year.
The Houston Stratford Spartans completed their first regular season of the "post Andrew Luck era", sliding into the fourth play-off spot from 18-5A with two of the Spartans losses on the year coming against district powers Memorial and Starke Jesuit, and the third coming against Hastings early in the year, the Spartans should not be under estimated. They too play opportunistic football on defense giving up only 219 yards of offense to opposing teams this year, and grabbing 6 interceptions on the year.
With both teams lacking the star power on offense I would not look for a high scoring game, but it should be a great defensive battle and a game of field position. Look for ball security to play a big part in this one.
Katy by 14
Ahmard's take: Katy by 10
Humble (6-2) vs. Houston Chavez (5-3)
The Humble Wildcats ended up in second place in district 19-5A with their only loss on the district schedule coming at the hands of district champion Eisenhower. Wildcat quarterback Keith Baker threw for 1050 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season, the majority of which was to Junior wide receiver Darius Tubbs. Baker also added 6 more scores on the ground. The Wildcat defensive unit is led up front by big tackle LaMarc Strahan.
The Chavez Lobos were the fourth place team from district 20-5A. They had an up and down regular season, but coach Jackson will surely have his guys ready to go this week. The Lobos are led offensively by Junior quarterback Aundre Kelley who threw for over 1500 yards this year with 20 touchdowns. Also chipping in from the Lobo backfield is Junior running back Mark Cole who has run for almost 1200 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year. Keep an eye on Junior Safety Roland Veal who has been rising up the recruiting boards with his strong play this year.
Both teams have quarterbacks that can beat you with their arms or their legs, so look for the team whose signal caller can make the biggest difference Friday night to win the game.
Chavez by 7
Ahmard's take: Humble by 7
Beaumont West Brook (6-1) vs. Pasadena Memorial (4-5)
The Beaumont West Brook Bruins are coming off their first loss of the season to North Shore last week. The Bruins who had three games that were cancelled due to Hurricane Ike this year, managed to make it through to last week undefeated, before losing to the Mustangs. The Bruins are led offensively by running back Christine Michael who racked up just under 1000 yards with 18 touchdowns. Michael is one of the top recruits in the nation that has not settled where he will be playing ball next year. Bruins quarterback Christian Louis was thrown for over 1300 yards this year with 11 touchdowns. The Bruins are young on defense, but talented.
The Pasadena Memorial Mavericks can be summed up by one player, and one player alone. Bo Snelson. The talented Senior has amassed over 2200 yards of offense this year with 22 rushing touchdowns and 5 more passing. Wide receiver Chance Imhoff is a quality receiver who has over 700 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns to go with 5 more touchdowns on the ground. The Mavericks defense is young, but aggressive.
This one will be a battle of two of the better running backs in the Houston Area. Michael vs Snelson should be entertaining, but Michael has a better supporting cast.
West Brook by 14
Ahmard's take: West Brook by 7
Fort Bend Travis (6-2) vs. Dickinson (7-2)
The Fort Bend Travis Tigers have accomplished more in their first year of varsity football than most programs do in their first several years. The Tigers won the Zone B portion of district 23-5A this year, including a 43-35 last second win over Elkins that was viewed as the signature win in this years run. The Tigers clear leader on offense is quarterback Alex Bynum. He threw for 750 yards and 7 touchdowns and ran for 200 more with 3 touchdowns on the ground.
The Dickinson Gators are looking to right the ship after going 2-2 since losing Senior quarterback Brody Trahan. The Gators were undefeated before losing Trahan and have struggled since. Junior quarterback Clay Honeycutt has a lot of the tools to be a very good signal caller, and we'll see if he can put them all together. The Gator's defense however has been what has kept them in the last few games, only giving up 241 yards of offense a game this year.
Travis has been red hot and overachieving, but lack star power. Dickinson however has been slumping and has lost it's star power.
Travis by 14
Ahmard's take: Dickinson by 7
Katy Mayde Creek (5-4) vs. Strake Jesuit (8-1)
The Katy Mayde Creek Rams are the fourth place team from district 17-5A, and come into this week's game riding a 4 game losing streak. Junior quarterback Lucas Leonard cam in and sparked the offense last week. In his first start since week1 he threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for 2 more.
The Strake Jesuit Crusaders had yet another good season, dropping only one game all year and winning the 18-5A district title. The Crusaders only averaged a little over 285 yards of offense, and 27 points, a game. Their defense however is only giving up 219 yards of offense a game, and was tied for the district lead with 6 interceptions this year.
Stake continues to do well in public school competition and yet again is loaded with talent. Mayde Creek's tough games within their district has them battle tested.
Starke Jesuit by 10
Ahmard's take: Strake Jesuit by 14
Humble Atascocita (5-3) vs. Houston Madison (6-2)
The Humble Atascocita Eagles were the third place team in district 19-5A. Offensively the Eagles are led by a pair of talented Juniors in Kent Brooks and Quentin Parks. The Eagles defense were second in district 19-5A for the year giving up just over 260 yards of offense a game.
The Houston Madison Marlins come in as the District 20-5A Co-Champions. They are led by Senior quarterback Broderick Thomas Jr., who threw for 465 yards and 6 touchdowns and rushed for 629 more yards with 14 touchdowns. The Madison defense was 2nd in their district with 10 team interceptions, including 3 by Jeff Lewis. Atascocita has lots of young talent, but has been inconsistent. Madison on the other hand is Senior laden, and has played very wel all year. Broderick Thomas has been lights out.
Madison by 10
Ahmard's take: Madison by 14
Port Arthur Memorial (3-5) vs. La Porte (5-4)
The Port Arthur Memorial Titans were the fourth place team in 21-5A. They are coming off a win last week over Baytown Lee that clinched the play-off berth for the Titans. They are led offensively by Jareal Alexander who is a sort of do everything player. He had 600 yards passing with 4 touchdowns and 259 yards rushing with another score during the regular season.
The La Porte Bulldogs earned 3rd place in district 22-5A race this year, and still have a very young team. The are lead offensively by the "thunder and lightning" combo of Kendrick Perkins, and Anthony Webb. Combined the two have 1450 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Williams had over 800 passing yards and 6 touchdowns on the year.
Port Arthur Memorial back doored the play-offs, or more like won by default. La Porte won some big games down the stretch to earn their play-off spot.
Bulldogs by 14
Ahmard's take: La Porte by 10
Fort Bend Marshall (3-5) vs. Clear Brook (6-4)
The Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos had a tough year, that was riddled with injuries. They lost stand out running back Knile Davis early in the year, but others have taken up the slack, and they have done good despite the injuries. The Buffalo 's offense has only averaged a little over 250 yards a game, but the defense has stepped up, only giving up about 220 yards of offense a game.
The Clear Brook Wolverines to the surprise of many won the district 24-5A title this year. The Wolverines are led by quarterback Lane Berry and running back Brandon Ellison who together rushed for over 2000 yards and 20 touchdowns in the Wolverine's potent option attack. The Wolverine's offense was tops in 24-5A this year, but their defense was giving up over 310 yards a game in offense.
The Buffalo have done well this season despit the injury problems, but the Wolverines have come through the season unscathed and battle tested.
Clear Brook by 17
Ahamard's take: Clear Brook by 14
Regional Player of the Week: Broderick Thomas Jr., QB, Houston Madison
Senior quarterback Broderick Thomas Jr. has been lights out for the Marlins all year. He has definitely been the piece of the puzzle that put Madison over the top this season. Down the stretch this season, he has taken over games and put his team on his back. In week 8 Thomas accounted for 5 touchdowns against Chavez. Four on the ground and one through the air. In a week 10 win over Lamar he led all rushers in the game with 155 yards and scored 2 touchdowns to help the Marlins clinch the district title.