Region III Division 1 Area Playoff Predictions and Analysis
Magnolia (7-3) vs. Nederland (5-4), 1 p.m. Saturday Moorhead Stadium, Conroe
The Magnolia Bulldogs come off a big 26-14 win over Buda Hays last week. Senior running back Sean McKeown had two touchdowns in the win and running back Alex Smith had the other offensive score on a 42 yard score in the first quarter. Defensively the Bulldogs got a boost from Dai'Jon Chaney who had a 70 interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
The Nederland Bulldogs are coming off a 35-34 win over a tough C.E.King team last week. Running back Wareall Grogan led the charge for the Bulldogs with 210 rushing yards and a touchdown in the win. Grant Lovelady's touchdown dive with just under seven minutes to play last week put the Bulldogs ahead for good. They had to hold off a late charge by King, but a late fumble recovery secured the victory for Nederland.
Both of these schools have solid running games, and both teams also benifited from big defensive plays last week to help win their games. Which ever team can play the cleanest game with the fewest mental mistakes should secure the win.
Nederland by 7
Houston Westbury (8-1) vs. Friendswood (8-1), 1 p.m. Saturday Galena Park ISD Stadium, Galena Park
The Westbury Rebels come off an impressive performance over Wheatley in the opening round last week. The Rebels had 300 yards rushing on the day, led of course by Charles Simms who had 120 of those yards with a touchdown. The Rebels defense had 2 interceptions and a fumble in last weeks win.
The Friendswood Mustangs won a close one 28-26 over Lamar Consolodated last week. The story continued to be Karam, Gautreaux, and Fitzpatrick. Karam had 212 passing yards with a touchdown and 2 more on the ground. Fitzpatrick had caught the game winner in the third quarter, and Gautreaux contributed on both sides of the ball including an interception return for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter.
Both these teams have the ability to chew up some yards and put a lot of points on the board. Westbury tends to get theirs on the ground, and Friendswood through the air. This should be a sluggfest!
Friendswood by 7
Lockhart (8-3) vs. Beaumont Central (7-3), 7 p.m. Saturday Rhodes Stadium, Katy
The Lockhart Lions are coming off what many consider an upset win over Huntsville last week. The Lions were led by Dominique Hardaway who rushed for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. Richard Ybarra and Zach Leija both chipped in with a touchdown a piece. Leija's was the game winner with 12 seconds left in the game.
The Beaumont Central Jaguars shut out a tough North Forest team last week 21-0. The Jaguars Mike Richard and David Mayfield each had a rushing touchdown in the victory. Brenan Jackson threw and caught touchdown passes in the win as well. The Jaguars defense held North Forest to only 145 yards of total offense and 7 first downs.
Both teams love to run the ball here, and both proved to be effective at it last week. Look for a quick game decided by 1 or 2 big plays.
Beaumont Central by 10
Houston Davis (9-1) vs. Angleton (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday Memorial Stadium, Alvin
The Houston Davis Panthers beat Worthing last week 13-6 to earn their second round match-up. The game was a defensive struggle that saw both teams combine for only 20 first downs. The Panthers Chris Pruitt blocked a punt late to set up the go ahead touchdown by John Castillo with 3:34 left in the game.
The Angleton Wildcats won a shootout last week with Foster 55-51. Quandre Diggs had 320 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns to lead the Wildcats. Diggs had rushing yards, passing yards, and receiving yards in the win.Henry Josey will be out again this week, but would likely return next week if the Wildcats Advance.
I am not too sure that Davis's team speed matches up too well with Angleton, but if they can take advantage of Josey being out, maybe they can pull off the upset.
Angleton by 14
Regional Player of the Week, Quandre Diggs, ATH, Angleton
Sophomore Qb/RB Quandre Diggs rushed for 320 yards last week, and had rushing touchdowns of 70, 70, 48, 46, and 63. Needless to say he is an explosive player who has the ablity to score from anywhere on the field. Diggs threw a pass, caught a pass, and obviously had some rushes in the win last week. He is the brother of former Longhorn and now Charger Queinten Jammer and despite only being a sophomore is all over the recruiting radars already.