I’m late getting this out, but better late than never. Someday I’ll get done on a Tuesday afternoon.
1. Hay Springs vs Wilcox-Hildreth
7:00 PM Friday November 16
UNK Cope Stadium Kearney, NE
This is the big show in Nebraska. I never expected either of these teams to be vying for the title, but what do I know? Both stepped up their game at the right time- proving they are hungry.
The spreads have Hay Springs winning by two, but everyone knows I’m a sucker for the underdogs. I’ll take Wilcox-Hildreth by 10.
2. Arickaree-Woodlin at Kit Carson
1:00 PM Saturday Nov 17
It’s no surprise that Kit Carson is playing in the Colorado semifinals. They have been at, or near, the top of our Colorado rankings for most of the season. Arickaree-Woodlin has been in the mix and seems to be peaking at the right time. By the numbers, Kit Carson is a 16 point favorite but I think that’s a little conservative.
My pick- Kit Carson by 22.
3. Ropes vs Grady
7:30 PM Thursday Nov 15 at Borden County
Some people will see this as an unimportant game, but I bet you can’t convince these teams of that. It is playoff time in Texas, and nobody wants their season to end.
To make things more interesting, Ropes’ power rating is only .02 points higher than Grady’s. That makes Ropes the favorite by 0. A neutral field playoff game with a zero point spread- how could you ask for a better matchup?
I’m taking Ropes, but I won’t be surprised if this one goes into overtime.
4. Paducah vs Aspermont
7:30 PM Friday Nov 16 at Guthrie
This is another Texas playoff game that could go either way. Our spreads have Paducah as a two point underdog, but I think they can get the win. Don’t go to this one if you need to be home early.
My pick- Paducah by 10
5. Walnut Springs vs Kopperl
6:30 PM Thursday Nov 16 at Hico
This is the only Texas UIL Division II game this week that expected to be competitive. Kopperl is a solid team, and possibly more talented, but Walnut Springs has far more playoff experience. Our numbers have Walnut Springs winning by 5, but I think they’ll win by more than that.
If you can’t make it to this one, you can listen live at http://mixlr.com/sixmania1
6. Union Hill vs Coolidge
7:30 PM Friday Nov 16 at Mabank
A huge first round game between top 10 teams in Texas UIL Division I. #5 Union Hill is a 22 point favorite over #9 Coolidge, but I think it will be closer than that. Coolidge earned their ranking, so don’t underestimate them.
I believe Union Hill gets the win, but they will have to bring their A game to do it. Brad Kuza and I will be there to broadcast this one from the sidelines, and Brandi will be working her magic with a camera. You can listen to the game at