Central Texas FREE Insider: Week 10
Blake Gideon and Leander face rival Cedar Park
Blake Gideon and Leander face rival Cedar Park
Central Texas Editor
Posted Nov 8, 2007


There are plenty of huge games with playoff implications going on in the Austin area this week. There is the crazy scenario with 14-5A where five teams could end up with 4-3 district records. Then there are scenarios like 25-4A where simply, the winner of the Burnet-Marble Falls game is in the playoffs. That being said, Week 10 should be sa great one.

CLASS 5A

Leander at Cedar Park - A.C. Bible Stadium will be rocking as this game features two of the district's best ground attacks. Both of these teams run the ball and stop the run very well and they look dead even on paper. The difference however is Leander's pass defense, led by Blake Gideon. Also, Eric Massoni's confidence should be sky high after last week, giving the Lions the very slim edge. JEFF'S PICK: Leander 28, Cedar Park 27

Georgetown at McNeil - The Eagles have suffered some close losses as of late but they can make up for it with a win. The Eagles have the district's second best pass defense and will need to come through against McNeil's Jake Fenske. Georgetown's balanced offense is going up against a defense that gives up 422 yards per game, and the Eagles should make enough plays to get a victory. JEFF'S PICK: Georgetown 38, McNeil 28

Round Rock at Pflugerville - The Panthers will take their district leading rushing attack against 14-5A's best defense against the run. Neither of these teams throws the ball much, but when they do throw they look for the big play. Pflugerville's Jordan Huffman will be the best receiver on the field and Pflugerville's balance of Greg Nwoko and Zaviar Gooden will outlast the Marcus Jackson. JEFF'S PICK: Pflugerville 35, Round Rock 27

Westwood at Stony Point - To look at the "who beat who" debate, note that Stony Point lost to Cedar Park while Westwood defeated the Timberwolves two weeks ago. Stony Point's three-pronged offensive machine of Nyk McKissic, Ryan Nunn, and Seth Patterson should give the Warriors problems as Stony Point will continues what has already been the best football season in school history. JEFF'S PICK: Stony Point 35, Westwood 17

Anderson at Akins - These are two teams that are playing for pride as the Trojans, who started hot then slipped off of the radar, are finishing strong. Anderson rushed for 428 yards last week against Seguin and against the struggling Eagles, seniors R.P. Stuart and Patrick Kurunwune will look for another big night. They should get and finish Mark Reiland's first season on a high note. JEFF'S PICK: Anderson 49, Akins 14

Austin High at Bastrop - The Maroons will need some help to get a piece of the district championship, but however they are in the playoffs and already know they will be facing Smithson Valley in the bi-district round. The Bears have been shutout in their last two games and things will not get any easier this week. Look for the Maroons to win big in this one and get ready for the Rangers. JEFF'S PICK: Austin High 34, Bastrop 17

Seguin at Bowie - The Bulldogs have won with "Beamer Ball" in district play using defense and special teams to get the job done. Philander Moore had two punt returns for touchdowns last week against Bastrop and the Bears defense pitched their third shutout in 25-5A. They will get tested by Seguin's high powered offense and QB Kevin Smith, but they will get the victory on the road here. JEFF'S PICK: Bowie 24, Seguin 20

Westlake at San Marcos - The Rattlers rushing attack is one of Central Texas' best while the Chaps offense has been a one-man show of late with Ryan Swope putting up some gaudy numbers. There should be plenty of fireworks in this one and with back-to-back 50-point outings Westlake's offense has been rolling. Swope's ability gives Westlake the edge in a high-scoring affair. JEFF'S PICK: Westlake 45, San Marcos 42

CLASS 4A

Reagan at Lanier - One thing these two teams have in common is their lone 2007 win, both teams beat Johnston and enter the game with 1-9 records. Both teams have shown that they can compete when they take care of the football, which has not happened very often. Lanier's Xavier James is the best playmaker on the field and will lift the Vikings to a victory to close out the season. JEFF'S PICK: Lanier 28, Reagan 14

McCallum at Crockett - The Knights rallied from a four touchdown deficit to down Travis in triple overtime at House Park last week. QB Kevin Lusson has put the McCallum offense on his back and is carrying the Knights to what looks to be another postseason berth. Crockett's Darrell Cantu-Harkless can make big plays, but he and the Cougars will not make enough to top the Knights. JEFF'S PICK: McCallum 35, Crockett 21

LBJ at Travis - The Rebels were in control of their own destiny until midway through the third quarter of last week's game against McCallum when they let a 28-0 lead go down the tubes. Now they have to beat LBJ and hope for help, and both of those scenarios are big time if's, especially with the Jags coming off of a big win over Elgin. The Jags will move on to face Brenham in the playoffs. JEFF'S PICK: LBJ 38, Travis 28

Manor at Elgin - Manor is in the playoffs while Elgin is playing their final game of the 2007 season. The Mustangs offense attacks teams in a variety of ways and QB Riley Beecher has been the catalyst. Elgin's Derrick Falke averages over eight yards per carry and both offenses should thrive in this one. The Mustangs however have a few more weapons, which should get them the win. JEFF'S PICK: Manor 35, Elgin 31

Vista Ridge at Connally - It is a long shot for the Rangers to make the playoffs, and beating Connally will be a tall order. The Cougars are starting to peak and Darius Darks has been playing very well at quarterback, giving Connally an offense to go along with a solid defense. The Rangers have won two games in a row, but their winning streak will stop as Connally is tough to beat at home. JEFF'S PICK: Connally 24, Vista Ridge 14

Hendrickson at Lake Travis - Losses to Burnet and Connally by a combined three points will likely keep Hendrickson at home for the playoffs. Garrett Gilbert has not thrown for fewer than 210 yards in a district game this season and a had a season high 370 yards and four touchdowns against Marble Falls. Look for Gilbert and the Cavaliers to finish off a 9-1 regular season. JEFF'S PICK: Lake Travis 38, Hendrickson 21

Marble Falls at Burnet - The game of the week will have the winner advancing to the playoffs. The Bulldogs have had an emotionally draining season with many close calls and one has to wonder if they have enough left in the tank against a good Marble Falls team. The homefield advantage will help Burnet, but two-way star Thor Woerner will lift the Mustangs to the win and the playoffs. JEFF'S PICK: Marble Falls 21, Burnet 20

Dripping Springs at Lampasas - Both teams have had dissapointing seasons and a win to cap off 2007 would be a nice jumping off point into the offseason. Dripping Springs has been more competitive and has more weapons on offense. The Badgers have been shutout three times in 25-4A play and things will likely not get better this week as the Tigers should win big. JEFF'S PICK: Dripping Springs 35, Lampasas 14

Schertz Steele at Hays - The Rebels are tough to beat at home, but the Knights have shown that they are for real as their lone loss this season was on the road against New Braunfels. Hays's last four games have been decided by a touchdown or less and the big question is if they can pull out another close one. Canyon nipped them last week, and the Knights will not allow them to get it done this week. JEFF'S PICK: Steele 24, Hays 23

Lockhart at Del Valle - These are two teams that are playing for pride and trying to get a win to end the season. The advantage lies with the Cardinals who are looking to break out offensively after scoring a total of 24 points in losses to Canyon and Steele. The Lions have struggled this season but did get a win over Lehman last week. Del Valle just has too much for them to handle. JEFF'S PICK: Del Valle 42, Lockhart 21

Lehman at New Braunfels - This should really not be much of game. The schedule worked out in the Unicorns favor has hopefully, for their sake, they can put this one away early and avoid any injuries heading into what should be a dogfight with Connally in the bi district round next week. Look for the Unicorns to get up early and then call off the dogs against the Lobos. JEFF'S PICK: New Braunfels 42, Lehman 14

New Braunfels Canyon at Schertz Clemens - The running back battle in this one should be a dandy to watch with Canyon's Robert Clay going head-to-head with Clemens' 1,000 yard rusher Charles Ross. The difference in this game however will be Canyon QB Tyler Denson, who makes plays with his arm and with his feet. The Cougars should pull this one out with a playoff berth on the line. JEFF'S PICK: Canyon 28, Clemens 21



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