As usual, it’s Wednesday and I’m just getting this out. All season, I’ve aimed for Monday, hopes for Tuesday, and actually finished on Wednesday. Maybe I’ll do better next season. Anyway, let’s get on with it.
Last week, I was correct on seven of the eight games. Not bad for a man that can’t tell the difference in a gut feeling and indigestion. I’m going out on a limb this week and picking the TAPPS games as well. With my limited knowledge of the private school teams, I’m running the risk of having a terrible percentage.
#1 Strawn vs #4 Oakwood
6:00 PM Thursday at Alvarado
Oakwood has been playing well, and they kept me from going 100% last week. They defeated Richland Springs 65-55, but appeared winded late in the game. They’ll have to dig deep to have a chance to win this week because Strawn is on another level.
Most expect this game to be over at halftime. Personally, I think Strawn wins, probably by the mercy rule, but I’m giving Oakwood a little credit- I think they can take it into the second half.
#3 Follett vs #7 Jayton
6:00 PM Thursday at Amarillo Highland Park
I’ve known Follett was good, but I didn’t realize how good. Follett’s scores have been deceiving because of Coach Copley’s plan for building a program. Instead of fortyfiving opponents, he gave younger players game time. They’ll be depending heavily on Barber, but he won’t be the only player Jayton will need to worry about.
As I said in a previous article, Jayton destroyed my playoff bracket with their domination of Blackwell. I said I wouldn’t pick against them because of that, but I’m doing it anyway. I think Jayton will go down swinging, but their season ends here.
#3 Milford vs #17 Leakey
7:30 PM Friday at Burnet
Leakey was hesitant to make the switch to sixman, but this season has them wishing they had done it sooner. Their 12-1 record is the best in school history. (They won the 8-man championship in 1975 with an 11-1 record) Sadly, the clock is about to strike midnight on the Eagles’ Cinderella season. Coach Williams will have them as ready as he can, but their schedule hasn’t prepared them for a game like this.
Milford is loaded on offense, and has one of the best defensive players I’ve seen in six-man. Corbin Schrotke seems to feed on contact, and will likely be in on over half of the tackles.
I expect Milford be the victor at the half.
#1 McLean vs #2 Garden City
2:00 PM Saturday at Levelland
I predicted this game long before the season started. Garden City is good, really good, but McLean is in a league of their own. I think Garden City can make this game go the distance, but I doubt their ability to stop Ben Crockett and company. McLean wins and earns the right to play for the big trophy.
With snow and ice predicted for this weekend, this game may get rescheduled to Monday at 6:00 PM.
TAPPS Championship games
Instead of saying “limited knowledge of the private school teams”, I should have said “no knowledge of private school teams”. I’m going to predict the games, but my picks will be purely guesswork.
#1 Bulverde Bracken vs #3 Huntsville Alpha Omega
11:00 AM Thursday at Waco Midway
Bracken by 45+
#1 Austin Veritas vs #4 Gainesville Lone Star North
3:00 PM Thursday at Waco Midway
Lone Star North by 10
#1 Baytown Christian vs #3 Weatherford Christian
7:00 PM Thursday at Waco Midway
Baytown by 45