This weekend's high school games to watch

This weekend's high school games to watch
October 18, 2012, 3:45 pm
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No matter where you live in the Houston area, there are plenty of great games to catch where you are. Here are some of our favorites for Week 7.

North:

Klein Collins 6-1 (4-1) vs Spring Dekaney 4-1 (3-1) -- 7:00 p.m. Friday @ George Stadium

Klein Collins survived a close call last week against Kingwood in a game televised on CSN Houston. The Tigers needed that win because everyone is chasing Spring Westfield at this point. Now Klein Collins has the defending state champs in another must win game. For Spring Dekaney, running back Trey Williams carried them to the title last year before heading off to Texas A&M, but the Wildcats didn’t slip much thanks to Demarcus Felton, who already has more than 1,000 yards rushing to go with his 12 touchdowns.

Best of the Rest:

Huntsville 4-2 (3-1) vs Magnolia West 4-3 (3-2) -- 7:30 p.m. Friday @ Mustang Stadium (Magnolia)

A key matchup for the playoffs in district 18-4A. Magnolia West already has two losses in district play but faces the bottom two teams in district after Friday’s game with Huntsville.  As for the Hornets, they only have one district loss but Brenham still looms on the schedule. Three losses might not make the postseason.

Waltrip 4-1 (3-1) vs North Forest 7-0 (5-0) -- 7:00 p.m. Friday @ Jones-Cowart Stadium

A battle for the lead in district 21-4A. Waltrip has just one loss but it was to Sharpstown, who trails the Rams in the schedule. North Forest is giving hope to an area that desperately needs it. The Bulldogs have shut out their last three opponents and has outscored everyone by an unbelievable 374-25.

South:

Wharton 6-1 (3-0) vs El Campo 6-0 (2-0) -- 7:30 p.m. Friday @ Ricebird Stadium (El Campo)

It’s southwest, but it’s far enough south to qualify here. El Campo is undefeated again as it hosts Wharton in a key 25-3A matchup. The Ricebirds are led by a balanced ground attack that has five players with at least five rushing touchdowns. Wharton’s only blemish on its schedule is a one point loss on the road at Cuero. 

Best of the Rest:

Yates 6-1 (3-0) vs Furr 4-1 (2-1) -- 7:00 p.m. Friday @ Barnett Stadium

Yates has typically been the top dog in whichever HISD district its been in and this year is no exception. The Lions are off to a 3-0 start in 23-3A and only 4A North Forest was able to get the better of Yates this season. Furr needs this win to have any hope of winning the district. The Brahmas already lost to Kashmere, the district’s other undefeated team, so another loss would be a fatal blow to its chances.

Fort Bend Willowridge 3-3 (2-1) vs Fort Bend Ridge Point 3-3 (2-1) -- 6:00 p.m. Saturday @ Hall Stadium

Ridge Point is in its first year of varsity play but the Panthers find themselves in the middle of the playoff hunt. There are four teams tied at 2-1 in 22-4A, all chasing Marshall. Five teams for four playoff spots, this game could go a long way to determine which team is on the outside looking in.

East:

Nederland 5-1 (3-0) vs Port Neches-Groves 2-4 (1-2) 7:30 p.m. @ Indian Stadium (PNG)

Don’t let the records fool you, they don’t mean a thing when these two teams take the field. The Reservation will be packed on both sides with close to 20,000 fans hanging on every play. PNG’s QB A.J. Smith is the key on offense for the Indians with eight touchdown passes and six on the ground. Nederland’s Carson Raines does Smith one better with eight scoring strikes and seven touchdown runs.

Best of the Rest:

Deer Park 4-3 (2-1) vs La Porte 5-1 (2-0) -- 7:00 p.m. @ Bulldog Stadium (La Porte)

Deer Park is in a tie for third place in 21-5A with Port Aruthur Memorial, but with North Shore still ahead on the schedule the Deer can’t afford another loss if it still holds district title hopes. La Porte runs a gauntlet with games against the Deer, North Shore and PA Memorial among the final four games of its regular season and it stars with Deer Park on Friday.      

Coldspring-Oakhurst 5-2 (3-0) vs Huffman Hargrave 5-1 (2-0) -- 7:30 p.m. @ Huffman Hargrave

These two teams are the class of 22-3A and this game will likely determine who walks away with the district crown.

West:

Katy 6-0 (3-0) vs Katy Seven Lakes 4-2 (3-0) -- 7:00 p.m. Friday @ Rhodes Stadium

Seven Lakes is the latest Katy school to try to topple the Tigers perch as the king of the hill. First-year coach Lydell Wilson knows how to win, having led Lamar Consolidated to a state title but this might be the best Katy team in the last five years.

Best of the Rest:

Aldine 4-2 (2-0) vs Alief Elsik 4-3 (2-1) -- 7:00 p.m. Friday @ Crump Stadium

Aldine will go as far as running back Derrick Brown can take them. So far, Brown’s 914 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns have the Eagles in a tie with Alief Taylor for the top spot in 18-5A. There are five teams that will be competing for the four playoff spots, a loss by Elsik will tie them for the most losses among the five.

Fort Bend Austin 4-2 (3-0) vs Fort Bend Travis 3-3 (2-1) -- 6:00 p.m. Saturday @ Mercer Stadium

Austin’s win over Bush last week gave it the inside track at the 23-5A title. There are five teams still fighting for the remaining three playoff spots. Travis is in good position to claim one of them but a loss will push them to the brink.