Friendswood (2) at Dickinson (14): The next two weeks will determine just how good the Mustangs are. Act One leads them to Sam Vitanza Stadium, where a rabid Gator crowd will be jacked up at the prospects of handing Friendswood the upset. Dickinson’s defense -- first in 23-4A -- is playing as well as it has since Warren Trahan arrived six years ago, and QB Clay Honeycutt (four total touchdowns) looked more than worthy of replacing the injured Brody Trahan in last week’s win over Angleton. As potent as both offenses are, this will come down to which defense can make the stop at the most critical time. Friendswood 24, Dickinson 22.
Angleton (25) at La Marque (1): Two disappointing offenses collide here, as the Wildcats have underachieved and the Cougars have lived vicariously through their defense. The focus for La Marque will be stopping RB D.J. Monroe and forcing the Wildcat passing game to step up, something the Cougars’ hasn’t done much of either. At some point, head coach Chris Jones’ attack will need to account for itself, as another lethargic effort heading into Friendswood next week isn’t going to cut it. La Marque 17, Angleton 6.
Texas City (11) at Santa Fe (39): This has not been a pleasant place for the Stings to play, as they have lost their last two times making the trip down Highway 6. After a week off, Texas City is healthy and locked in on staking its claim on one of the 23-4A postseason spots. As hard as the Indians have played, they simply don’t have the athletes to stay in this one. Texas City 39, Santa Fe 14.
Brazosport (23) at El Campo (4): Last week’s loss to La Marque was much closer than the 24-13 score indicated. The Exporters couldn’t hold on to the ball, something they definitely must do to pull off the upset over a Ricebirds team fresh off a bye week. B-Port can make a game of it with ball control, but El Campo’s defense is too much for the Exporters to overcome. El Campo 27, Brazosport 13.
Player of the Week: Friendswood QB Jacob Karam needed just 12 completions to net 277 yards and four touchdown passes as the Mustangs used a 35-point third quarter to destroy Santa Fe 56-6. Karam’s 1,051 passing yards are 403 more than anyone else in 23-4A, and his 13 TD passes rank him among the area’s top money passers.
Looking Ahead: The La Marque-Friendswood game is shaping up as a Game of the Year candidate, as this has been the one game Mustangs players have had circled on their calendars. Equally important will be the Dickinson-Texas City matchup, especially if the Gators head into Stingaree Stadium with an L on their 23-4A docket. Angleton and Brazosport meet in a contest that could leave the loser sharing the district cellar with Santa Fe.
If the Season Ended Today: Dickinson would hold the Division I seed, with Friendswood and La Marque representing the district in Division II.