FREE Central Texas Insider: Week 5

Can Aaron Williams and McNeil top Cedar Park?

There are several big games in the Austin area this week. Nearly every game in District 14-5A is huge and none looks bigger on paper than Georgetown and Pflugerville. Austin High and Anderson face off in a big game for both teams at House Park while LBJ and Reagan renew one of the area's most heated rivalries at Nelson Field.

Georgetown (3-1, 1-0) at Pflugerville (3-1, 0-1) - The Eagles shut down a very good rushing attack last week, so can they do it for the second week in a row? Not this week. The Panthers rarely lose two straight district games with the thought of falling into an 0-2 hole in their minds, they should protect home field and slug out a victory. JEFF'S PICK: Pflugerville 20, Georgetown 17

Leander (3-1, 1-0) at Westwood (2-2, 0-1) - The Warriors defense gave up 170 yards to Round Rock's Marcus Jackson last week, but he needed 38 carries to get there showing they can stop the run. Westwood will make it close, but the Lions big play ability with Blake Gideon and Reggie Hodges will previal. JEFF'S PICK: Leander 24, Westwood 21

McNeil (3-1, 0-1) at Cedar Park (3-1, 0-1) - The Timberwolves vaunted rushing attack managed only 55 yards on 19 carries against Georgetown. The Mavericks are using Texas pledge Aaron Williams more and more on offense as he gives them a home run threat in the backfield and his presence is why the Mavericks will avoid an 0-2 start and pull the upset. JEFF'S PICK: McNeil 31, Cedar Park 30

Round Rock (3-1, 1-0) at Stony Point (3-1, 1-0)- The battle of running backs will be a good one with the Dragons' Marcus Jackson squaring off with the Tigers' Ryan Nunn. But quarterback play will be the key in this game and with the way Nykolas McKissic has been playing, it is hard to pick against the Tigers. JEFF'S PICK: Stony Point 24, Round Rock 23

Anderson (3-1, 0-1) at Austin High (3-1, 1-0) - The Trojans got off to a great 3-0 start but could not hold a 24-13 halftime lead against San Marcos last week. The Maroons got Emory Blake last week, and Davis Collins is likely to return this week which does not bode well for the Trojans. The Maroons just have too many weapons on their side. JEFF'S PICK: Austin High 34, Anderson 24

Bowie (2-2, 1-0) at San Marcos (2-2, 1-0) - The Bulldogs threw for over 200 yards in last week's win over Akins as the pass helped open up the run. The Rattlers got a huge win over Anderson and the winner of this game has an excellent shot of making the playoffs. Bowie's passing game is the key, and that will be the difference in a Bulldog victory. JEFF'S PICK: Bowie 27, San Marcos 21

Westlake (2-2, 0-1) at Bastrop (0-4, 0-1) - This game is intersting with the angle of the Chaps facing former coaching legend Ron Schroeder. Westlake has plenty of motivtion this week after falling to Austin High for the second year in a row. Ryan Swope had over 200 yards on the ground last week and the Chaps should roll. JEFF'S PICK: Westlake 38, Bastrop 14

Segiun (1-3, 1-0) at Akins (1-3, 0-1) - The Matadors picked up their first win of the season using a balanced offensive attack and a huge special teams play to get by Bastrop. The Eagles were shutout by Bowie last week and things do not appear to be looking up for head coach Mike Zierlein in his first season. JEFF'S PICK: Seguin 35, Akins 14

LBJ (4-1, 3-0) at Reagan (1-3, 1-1) - This game was once upon a time for city bragging right. In recent years LBJ has flourished under Coach Claude Mathis while the future of Reagan (for a variety of reasons) reportedly is cloudy. That being said, this game will be over early as the Jags look ahead to next week's showdown with McCallum. JEFF'S PICK: LBJ 49, Reagan 14

Manor (4-1, 3-0) at Johnston (0-5, 0-3) - The Rams best chance for a victory probably slipped away with their 28-17 loss to Reagan earlier this season. Manor is rolling right now and could be 5-0 after falling to Kingsville King in an overtime season opener. The Mustangs will get this game wrapped up early and get ready for a make-or-break back stretch. JEFF'S PICK: Manor 42, Johnston 7

Elgin (1-2, 1-1) at Lanier (0-5, 0-3) - Elgin got their first win of the season in their first time all season to play back-to-back games this season. Derrick Faulke had a breakout game last week going over 100 yards on the ground for the first time this season. Not much has gone right for Lanier this season, and Elgin should make it two in a row. JEFF'S PICK: Elgin 35, Lanier 14

Travis (3-1, 1-1) at Crockett (0-4, 0-3) - The Rebels took a week off after winning their first district game with a huge victory on the road against Elgin. The week off should help against a Crockett team that has better talent than their record indicates. This one could be interesting, but Travis will come out on top. JEFF'S PICK: Travis 35, Crockett 24

Vista Ridge (0-4, 0-1) at Lake Travis (3-1, 1-0) - The Cavaliers return home this week after a convincing win over Burnet, which helped put them back in the Statewide Top 20. Garrett Gilbert took home player of the week honors with effort last week and the Lake Travis defense has played very well in their last two games. JEFF'S PICK: Lake Travis 35, Vista Ridge 14

Burnet (1-3, 0-1) at Lampasas (0-4, 0-1) - Having faced state ranked Brownwood, Lake Travis, and 3A power Liberty Hill already, the Bulldogs have been in some tough ball games. That should bode well for Coach Doyle Walker's team as Burnet faces a Lampasas team that has not gotten on track yet this season and was shutout last week. JEFF'S PICK: Burnet 38, Lampasas 20

Connally (2-2, 1-0) at Marble Falls (3-1, 1-0) - Connally may have finally found an answer at quarterback as Jacob Wertz, the Cougars third option under center, played well against Dripping Springs last week. The Mustangs will face their toughest oppenent today and they should so well, but Connally has more experience and talent. JEFF'S PICK: Connally 24, Marble Falls 17

Dripping Springs (2-2, 0-1) at Hendrickson (1-3) - The Tigers lost a close one to Connally last week and they still look like the team to beat for the third playoff spot. Connally was able to throw on the Tigers last week, which gives Hendrickson a chance to pull off the upset if Spencer Otto can get on a roll with his receivers. JEFF'S PICK: Dripping Spring 21, Hendrickson 19

Lehman (1-3, 0-1) at Hays (3-1, 1-0) - The Rebels are quitely having a solid season and they are at home this week to face Lehman at Bob Shelton Stadium, which marks the second meeting between the two schools. The Rebels offense exploded last week with over 500 yards in a win against Lockhart, and they should have similar success this week. JEFF'S PICK: Hays 42, Lehman 14

New Braunfels (4-0, 1-0) at Del Valle (3-1, 1-0) - The Cardinals have been in a salty mood since losing to Marble Falls, winning their last two games by a combined score of 131-20. But they welcome a New Braunfels team that had a hard fought win over Clemens last week and this one will to go to the Unicorns in a slugfest. JEFF'S PICK: New Braunfels 20, Del Valle 12

Lockhart (0-3, 0-1) at Canyon (1-3, 0-1) - In order to avoid missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the Cougars need a win badly this week. They gave up a lot of big plays to Steele last week, including a kickoff return for a touchdown and a blocked punt return for a score. Look for them to get things turned around this week. JEFF'S PICK: Canyon 30, Lockhart 6 Recommended Stories

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