Region III Division 1
Friendswood (10-1) vs. Beaumont Central (9-3) Saturday 6:00pm Woodforest Stadium, The Woodlands
With the Region III Division 1 title up for grabs Saturday night, we should get a good game between two styled offenses. Both Schools have won some big games throughout the year to get where they are.
The Friendswood Mustangs made it to the playoffs via a 7-1 regular season record, with their lone loss of the season coming on the road in week 5 to Angleton. The Mustangs faced what has proven to be their toughest test thus far in their playoff run during week 1 of the post season. They did come out victorius in the end over Lamar Consilidated 28-24.They have since had back to back convincing wins over Westbury and Magnolia, and now find themselves only three wins from the promise land.
The usual players were key in last weeks victory, and will likely need to be key in this weeks contest for the Mustangs to come away with the win. Texas Tech commit Jacob Karam leads the offense. and has been impressive all year. His maturation has taken fromt of the Mustang faithful over the last three years and has now culminated in a great Senior year. Running back Andrew Cole has been impressive since taking over the backfield duties earlier in the year out of need. The team needed a running back and Andrew stepped up and filled the void for the team. He has proved to be a very good weapon over the year, and had a big week last week with 216 rushing yards and two touchdown as well as two more receiving touchdowns. Andre Geautreaux and Austin Fitzpatrick will need to continue their successful seasons as well for the Mustangs to have continued success.
The Beaumont Central Jaguars fought their way to a 7-2 regular season record with their two losses coming at the hands of Lumberton and Port Neches Groves. The Jaguars handled their first round opponent with ease, shutting out Northforest 21-0 to open the post season. The Jaguars however have faced tough competition the last couple weeks in a 24-21 win over Lockhart and 35-34 win over Angleton to find themselves in this weeks match-ups.
The key players for the Jaguars has been the group of backs they use. Many contributers include quarterback Mike Richard who has led the team this year accounting for 13 touchdowns. Other key contributers at the running back position are Nijel Daw, Keith O'neil, David Mayfield, and Charles Thomas.
Look for the game to be a matc-up to see which team can impose it's offensive will on the other with the most effect. Friendswood loves to throw, and Central loves to run. Somethings got to give.
Prediction: Friendswood by 14
Ahmard's pick: Friendswood by 7
Region III Division 2
Dayton (11-1) vs. Brenham (8-4) Saturday 6:00pm, Rhodes Stadium, Katy
Two teams that are no stranger to playoff success will be squaring up in what should be a great game Saturday night in Katy. To the winner....The Region III Division 2 title and a match-up in the Semi-finals with the winner of Kerrville Tivy and Pflugerville Hendrickson.
The Dayton Broncos amassed an 8-1 regular season record with their sole loss coming at the hands of Friendswood in week 1. Dayton has not had much of a problem dispatching their playoff opponents thus far, but have definitely had to work to get where they are. The Broncos beat Livingston in the opening round 39-28, then scored 28 unanswered second half points in a 42-14 win over Elgin in round two. Last weeks 28-13 win over Terry landed them in this weeks contest.
The Broncos are pretty much led by the two headed monster of Cody Green and A.J. Dugat. As they go, so go the Brocos. Green, a Nebraska commit, has had a wonderful Senior year after missing his Junior year to injury. Dugat, currently a Houston commit, has had an equally impressive year statistically. So much success in fact that his stock has continued to rise, and now has several teams still trying to lure him away from his comittment to the Coogs.
The Brenham Cubs stumbled out of the gate early on in the season, but recovered nicely to finish at 6-3 during the regular season. The Cubs beat Manor in the opening round of the playoffs 54-20 at Kyle Field, then followed it up with wins over Crosby and El Campo to get to where they are now.
The Washington brothers have been key cogs to the Cubs success on the field this year. Kendrick and Kendrell have combined to score 15 touchdowns on the year. Sophomore quarterback Ty Schlottman has done well since taking over the reigns, throwing for 6 touchdowns and rushing for another 3. Keith Sanders has held his own at running back as well this year, surpassing 700 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns on the year.
Brenham plays some pretty stout defens, so we will see what happens this week against the quick score Broncos offense. Yet againn, something has got to give.
Prediction: Dayton by 10
Ahmard's pick: Dayton by 14
Regional Player of the Week: Andrew Cole, RB, Friendswood In a Mustang offens usually defined by it's star quarterback, Andrew Cole came out last week and showed that the Mustangs are never very far away from the grind it out running game. Cole rushed for 216 yards last week with 2 rushing touchdows, and added 64 receiving yards and two more scores in the Mustangs win last week. Although Cole is being recruited as a Safety at the next level, he has proved to be a formidable change of pace to the Mustangs normal "air it out" offense.