Region III Division 2 Area Playoff Predictions and Analysis
Katy (8-3) vs. Humble (7-2) Friday 7:00pm Turner Stadium, Humble
The Katy Tigers come off a very "Katy-ish" first round dominance over Stratford last week. Tigers running backs Michael Webber and Will Jsffery combined for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns to pace the offense. Quarterback Parker Ray contributed with 122 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. The Tiger defense held Stratford to only 230 yards offensively.
The Humble Wildcats are coming off a narrow defeat of Chavez last week in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The Wildcats built an early 31-14 halftime lead, and were able to hold off Chavez's comback to seal the 31-26 win. The Wildcats showed their quick strike capabilities last week scoring two touchdowns in their first 3 offensive plays. Quarterback Keith Baker had 161 passing yards and a touchdown to go with 135 rushing yards and another score. Running back Donovonn Young also contributed with a couple 30 yards touchdown runs.
Humble brings it's big play, quick strike offense up against Katy's grind it out clock controll offense. Both teams have some youth on the defensive side of the ball. It will most likely come down to who can impose their own offensive pace on the other team. The Bruins have done a good job protecting the ball all year and will need to continue to do so against a Dickinson team that can be opportunistic when given turnovers.
Katy by 7
Beaumont West Brook (7-1) vs. Dickinson (8-2) Saturday 1:00pm Stallworth Stadium, Baytown
The West Brook Bruins are coming off a 51-35 win over Pasadena Memorial in the first round last week. Christine Michael rushed for over 300 yards and had 6 touchdowns in the win. The Bruins have done a good job protecting the ball all year and will need to continue to do so against a Dickinson team that can be opportunistic when given turnovers.
The Dickinson Gators may have finally hit their stride since losing Brody Trahan. Jumior quarterback Clay Honeycutt seemed to finally get comfortable last week in the Gators 38-14 win over Travis. Honeycutt had 220 passing yards and 4 touchdowns in the win. Dickinson also had 165 rushing yards and touchdown on the ground in the win.
West Brook has one of the top talents in the state in Michael. Dickinson seemed to finally put it all together and play as a team last week. We'll see if they can carry the momentum over to this weeks game.
West Brook by 10
Houston Strake Jesuit (9-1) vs. Houston Madison (7-3) Friday 7:00pm Crusader Stadium, Houston
The Strake Jesuit Crusaders won their opening round play-off game in impressive fashion over Mayde Creek 37-21. The Crusaders were led offensively by quarterback James Scott who had 140 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and rushed for another score. The Crusaders are on an 8 game winning streak after losing their second game of the season to a tough Clear Lake team.
The Madison Marlins won their first round game over Atascocita 13-10. In a rare occurance the Marlins Broderick Thomas was held to only 15 rushing yards, but adapted well to score with his arm. Thomas threw for 164 passing yards and 2 touchdowns in the win, including the go ahead score to Jeffery Lewis with just over 2 minutes to go in the game. Lewis promptly cam back out on defense and intercepted an Atascocita pass as they were threatening to score with a little over a minute left in the game to seal the win.
The Crusaders have been cruising through most of the season, and didn't slow down any last week. The Marlins seemed to stumble for the first time last week. We'll see how the Marlins respond after last weeks close call.
Strake Jesuit by 10
La Porte (6-4) vs. Clear Brook (7-4) Saturday 1:00pm Abshire Stadium, Deer Park
The La Porte Bulldogs come off another impressive win, this time over Port Arthur Memorial last week to open the play-offs. The Bulldogs continued their impressive ground game last week as my self titled "thunder and lightning" duo of Kendrick Perkins and Anthony Webb. Perkins rushed for 202 yards and 4 touchdowns while Webb rushed for 124 and another score.
The Clear Brook Wolverines beat Marshall last week 34-12 in their opening round game of the playoffs. The story for the Wolverines offensively continued to be quarterback Lane Berry who rushed for 94 yards with 4 touchdowns and threw for another score to account for all of the Wolverines scores in the win. Running back Brandon Ellison was also impressive rushing for 90 yards on the day.
Both of these teams love to run. Clear Brook has their option attack, and La Porte has their duo of Perkins and Webb. I think La Porte can do a better job of throwing the ball if it comes down to it.
La Porte by 7
Regional Player of the Week: Christine Michael, RB, Beaumont West Brook Senior running back Christine Michael of West Brook has now gone over 1300 yards rushing for the year. His 304 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns last week was one of the best in the area. His much talked about recruitment has been on the front page of a lot of message boards all year, but he has not let it become a distraction in leading his team to a 7-1 record and an area round playoff match-up this week.