Central Texas FREE Insider: Week 9

Blake Gideon and Leander face McNeil

Two of the state's best prospects will be facing off this week when Leander's Blake Gideon will take the Lions into battle against his future Texas Longhorn teammate, Aaron Williams of McNeil. This is one of many storylines in what should be a wild week of football as the playoff pictures in Central Texas will either get clearer, or extremely messy after the Week 9 action.

Stony Point at Georgetown - If Stony Point wins, then they clinch at least a share of the distruct championship. Both defenses have been solid this season but the difference in this one will be Stony Point's multi-pronged offensive attack. QB Nyk McKissic has become more of a running threat lately allowing RB Ryan Nunn to run wild, which will give the Tigers enough to win this tough road game. JEFF'S PICK: Stony Point 24 Georgetown 17

McNeil at Leander - The Lions have lost two in a row and the health of Blake Gideon looks like a question mark after he suffered an apparent hip injury against Georgetown. The Mavs can score points with QB Jake Fenske leading the attack, but they have not been able to stop anyone. Leander might struggle offensively without Gideon, meaning Reggie Hodges will have to carry the load on the ground. JEFF'S PICK: Leander 31, McNeil 23

Cedar Park at Round Rock - Cedar Park cannot afford another district loss as a defeat will likely knock them out of playoff contention. Round Rock has gone almost exclusively to RB Marcus Jackson and the ground game for offense. Westwood's defense held Cedar Park's rushing attack in check last week and if the Dragons can get close to the effort, Jackson will will them to a big victory. JEFF'S PICK: Round Rock 17, Cedar Park 14

Pflugerville at Westwood - Two weeks ago this game might have looked one-sided, but it looks very interesting after the Warriors win over Cedar Park last week. Despite Westwood's front seven being strong enough to at least slow down Pflugerville's rushing attack, the Panthers defend the pass very well with the likes of Justin Sorrell and Zaviar Gooden, and the Warriors just won't score enough. JEFF'S PICK: Pflugerville 28, Westwood 14

Westlake at Akins - This game should not be very close as a Westlake victory will wrap up a playoff spot for the Chaps with only San Marcos left on the schedule. Akins has stuggled all season while the Chaps returned to form last week with a 56-27 win over Seguin, which virtually knocked the Matadors out of playoff contention. Look for the Chaps to pull away early and get ready for a huge game against San Marcos next week. JEFF'S PICK: Westlake 49, Akins 7

Seguin at Anderson - To make the playoffs, the Matadors will need to win out and get some help with either San Marcos or Westlake needing to lose twice. Seguin QB Kevin Smith continues to light up opposing defenses while Anderson's offense stuggled last week without QB Duncan McGee. This one should be a shootout, and even if McGee is out, Patrick Kurunwune and R.P. Stuart will give the Trojans enough on offense. JEFF'S PICK: Anderson 38, Seguin 35

Bastrop at Bowie - There are few teams in Central Texas that are playing defense as well as the Bulldogs, who got two defensive touchdowns last week and held Anderson to a mere 140 yards of total offense in a 45-0 victory. The Bears were held to a only 52 yards on offense last week against San Marcos and this week they face a much better defense. Bowie can clinch no worse than a share of the 25-5A title with a win, which they'll get. JEFF'S PICK: Bowie 31, Bastrop 14

San Marcos at Austin High - Both of these teams are coming off of impressive wins last week as both teams won by a combined score of 73-7. The Rattlers continue to have one of Central Texas' top ground attacks as they churned up 278 yards against Bastrop. Austin High beat Akins despite three turnovers. The Maroons will need to take better care of the football, but they should win what will be a close, physical battle. JEFF'S PICK: Austin High 24, San Marcos 21

Lanier at Johnston - It has been a long and tumultuious season for the Johnston Rams with the plug nearly being pulled on their season and with academic uncertainties at the school, this might be their final football game ever. The Rams are sure to be pumped up, but so will Lanier as the Vikings are in search of their first win of the season. This one should be close, but Johnston will fall just shy of their storybook ending. JEFF'S PICK: Lanier 18, Johnston 16

Elgin at LBJ - With things winding down, this game has a huge impact on who makes the playoffs and who stays at home. Both teams can run the football with Omasha Brantley leading the charge for LBJ while Derrick Falke has come on strong for Elgin as of late. This one should be a low scoring game, but look for LBJ WR Derrick Grant to make a big play to help the Jags get a much needed win as they push toward the playoffs. JEFF'S PICK: LBJ 21, Elgin 18

Travis at McCallum - The Knights are right in the thick of the playoff race thanks to last week's over Elgin. Travis had to rally from an early deficit to defeat Reagan and cannot afford to make the same mistakes against McCallum that allowed the Raiders to hang around in the game. McCallum QB Kevin Lusson had a big game last week and if he can come through, the Knights will get the win and inch closer towards a playoff berth. JEFF'S PICK: McCallum 45, Travis 38

Crockett at Reagan - This game pits two teams that are looking for a big win to help them build some momentum going into next season. The Raiders came up with some big plays to give Travis fits last week while Crockett and the week off due to Johnston's forfiet. Look for Crockett RB Darrell Cantu-Harkless to continue what has been a solid junior season (498 yards, four touchdowns) and lift the Cougars to victory. JEFF'S PICK: Crockett 32, Reagan 20

Lampasas at Vista Ridge - To make the playoffs the Rangers will need to win out, which would include beating Connally on the road next week, then count on some help. All they can do for right now is take care of what is in front of them and that is a Lampasas team that is looking trying to avoid a winless season. The Rangers beat Burnet last week, which likely knocked the Bulldogs from playoff contention, and should win big here. JEFF'S PICK: Vista Ridge 31, Lampasas 7

Burnet at Dripping Springs - The Bulldogs likely saw their postseason dreams go up in smoke last week with a loss to Vista Ridge as they now trail Connally and Marble Falls by two games with two left to play. This game should be a close one since the Tigers are still looking for their first district victory of the season. This one should come down to the wire, but the edge will goes to Burnet and the foot of K Ross Evans. JEFF'S PICK: Burnet 24, Dripping Springs 23

Lake Travis at Marble Falls - The Mustangs can lock up a playoff spot with a win, so look for them to throw everything, including the kitchen sink at the Cavaliers, who are riding high after last week's win over Connally. Two of the area's top juniors meet in this one with Lake Travis' Garrett Gilbert facing Marble Falls' two way standout Thor Woerner. The advatage however goes to Gilbert and the Cavs dynamic offense. JEFF'S PICK: Lake Travis 31, Marble Falls 24

Connally at Hendrickson - The Hawks got a boost last week with the return of injured QB Spencer Otto in a rout of Lampasas. Connally could not climb out of a 24-0 hole to Lake Travis and fell despite all-world efforts from both Darius Darks and Chase Harper. Hendrickson rushed for 278 yards against Lampasas, but the Cougars run defense should be up the challenge and if they are, Connally gets the win in this one. JEFF'S PICK: Connally 28, Hendrickson 19

Schertz Clemens at Lehman - It looked like for the second year in a row that the Buffaloes would enjoy an outstanding season after losing a stellar senior class. It has not exactly worked out that way as they have dropped four of their last five after a 3-0 start. This week however they run up against a struggling Lehman team and should bounce back big time after a heartbreaking triple overtime loss to Hays that offically ended their playoff hopes. JEFF'S PICK: Clemens 42, Lehman 14

New Braunfels at Lockhart - Lockhart finally got in the win column in 2007 with a big victory over Lehman last week, but do not expect the Lions to make it two wins in a row. New Braunfels QB Ryan Perez is in the running for Central Texas MVP honors this season and the Unicorns might be the least talked about 8-0 team in all of Class 4A. Look for the Unicorns to lock up the district title by putting this one away early. JEFF'S PICK: New Braunfels 38, Lockhart 16

Hays at New Braunfels Canyon - Canyon got themselves back in the playoff picture with last week's win over Del Valle and with the one-two punch backfield punch of Tyler Denson and Robert Clay, the Cougars will be able to hang with the Rebels. The key will be how much Bob Shelton's team has left in the tank after three straight emotionally and physically draining games. The safe bet is to look for Clayton Rogers to will Hays to another win. JEFF'S PICK; Hays 28, Canyon 26

Del Valle at Schertz Steele - The key here is how will Steele respond from their first loss of the season, which was a 35-0 shutout against one of the area's best teams. Four turnovers killed Del Valle against Canyon, as did their inability to stop the run as the Cougars rushed for 248 yards. Both of these teams have been in big games this season, but look for Del Valle to ride the legs of RB Travis Collins-Johnson to the upset win in a sqeaker. JEFF'S PICK: Del Valle 20, Steele 19

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