Football fans, this will be a feast of incredible games this weekend as the Regional Semis have snuck up on us.
Let's take a look at the Games of the Week and throw out some "fearless" predictions.
Here we go.
It's Katy vs North Shore... Again. Let's not rehash all of the times they've played in the past... that was the past.
North Shore's offense is starting to ramp up as super-freak Zach Evans is revving his engine. The OL is solid and QB Dematrius Davis (Va Tech-commit) makes good decisions. The key on offense is if North Shore can loosen up the front seven of Katy, meaning plays downfield to Shadrach Banks (Texas A&M-commit) and crew. Banks didn't play in the first game, and the 'Stangs lost.
Katy's defense is nice. Ty Cana is a beast at MLB and teams up with wily senior Jaylen Phillips. They are really good. The secondary is on point with Bryan Massey (UTSA-commit). He runs the show in the back.
When Katy has the ball, it's all about WR Jordan Patrick -- a great HS football player who is as slippery as they come. Will Ron Hoff play? Most likely. Don't sleep on Katy's TEs and full-back. They make plays also. The OL wore out North Shore's defense in Week 1. Can they do it again?
Special teams and turnovers will play big roles in this game, but it's going to be man-on-man football in the trenches.
PREDICTION: North Shore wins when it counts and advances to Regional Finals.
THE GALLERY FROM KATY vs CY-FAIR by Bradley Collier and STRAKE JESUIT VS WEST BROOK by Andy Tolbert
Atascocita faces a solid Tompkins squad this weekend. The Eagles ran the table after getting smashed by Katy in Week 2. Tompkins lost a tight battle against Katy on the KUBE 57 Game of the Week for the district title.
I really like Tompkins QB Jalen Milroe (Texas-commit) and their big WRs, but the Eagles are loaded all over the field. They are big up front and their LBs are fast and physical.
Atascocita wins the WR battle with four skills who can go get it. Brice Matthews is a solid QB and the OL does a good job protecting him.
Tompkins has been in two playoffs tough battles against Travis and Cy Falls, while Atascocita has cruised.
PREDICTION: Time runs out on Tompkins' historic season.
In Region II, Klein Oak faces Rockwall, while The Woodlands faces Prosper.
Let's talk KO first, The Panthers face Rockwall, which won in a shootout against super-power Allen. Panther Dwight McGlothern is a special talent in all three phases (WR, DB, KR), but the Oak offense won't be able to keep up with the Rockwall scoring attack.
The Woodlands is a new team... QB Cody Howard (Baylor baseball-commit) is now the new signal-caller; RB Bryeton Gilford returns after suspension and move-in Brenden Lankford-Johnson has emerged as a big-time WR. Malik Johnson (Kansas-commit) is another playmaker for coach Jim Rapp, while the defense is bend-but-don't-break.
PREDICTIONS: Rockwall and The Woodlands
Let's talk Class DI 6A Region III.
Cypress Creek faces Strake Jesuit as two high-powered offenses do battle. This will be explosive. Cougar Julian Uwadia can sling it around the yard to the likes of Eddie Jimmerson, Legend Grigsby and Cogan Derousselle, who can all stretch the field. Strake Jesuit took down 2018 state finalist West Brook with Dylan Campbell doing it all and scoring seven times out of the backfield. Cypress Creek has a bit more defense with Josh White (LSU) patrolling the middle of the field.
Humble plays Katy Taylor's big, strong offensive line. This is a tough one to call because the styles are so differing. VYPE goes with Taylor because the 'Stangs can ball-control with the best of them.
PREDICTION: Cy Creek makes a few more stops and Taylor pushes around Humble.
Klein Collins and Westfield have always been a pair of power programs on the north side. The Tigers face Dallas Jesuit, who beat 2018 state champ Longview last weekend. Westfield plays Midway.
Collins plays great defense and loves to run the ball with Braelon Bridges (over 1,000 yards). However, the Tigers are too one-dimensional to slow down Dallas Jesuit.
Westfield is a rough-and-tumble squad, who can intimidate with their physical play. The Mustang defense is nasty with Peavy and a tough front seven. QB Cardale Williams, RB Kendal Taylor and WR Malachi Jones are the offensive headliners for Westfield. Can a sophomore QB lead Westfield to state?
PREDICTIONS: Dallas Jesuit and Westfield advance.
And here we go.
It's the most exciting 6-week ride in all of high school sports – the UIL football playoffs.
We will be looking at the Class 6A brackets in H-Town.
CAN ANYONE MAKE A RUN IN DI, REGION II?
Cypress Ranch faces Stony Point; Klein Oak opens with Aldine MacArthur; Cypress Woods faces Cedar Ridge and Spring hosts The Woodlands.
Can any of these teams make a run to the Regional Semis? Not likely. No. 11 Klein Oak is VYPE's top-ranked team in this side of the bracket. Oak should get by MacArthur but that could be a wrap.
No. 17 Cypress Woods should get by Cedar Ridge, but then would face the winner of The Woodlands and No. 20 Spring. That game is up for grabs, but VYPE is going with the Lions. Cypress Ranch should get by Stony Point, but have been very inconsistent this year.
No one gets past the third round from the city.
THE REGION (III) OF DOOM
The "Region of Doom" is Region III. No. 3 Cy-Fair should face No. 1 Katy in the second round, while No. 2 North Shore will likely get Pearland Dawson in Round 2. In the bottom part of the bracket, No. 4 Atascocita will face No. 5 Dickinson in the second round – the winner will play No. 7 Tompkins in Round 3.
Prediction? North Shore will face Atascocita again in the Regional Finals.
TOMBALL MEMORIAL COULD SHOCK DII, REGION II
Going to the DII level, it's somewhat wide open. Bridgeland will play in its first-ever playoff game and will need a huge effort to get by Vandegrift.
No. 10 Klein Collins won their district again and faces Dekaney in Round I. They should be on to Round II to face an undefeated Vandegrift. That could be the end of the line. No. 6 Westfield will have its hands full against Klein Cain, but will get by to play No. 14 Tomball Memorial. Tomball Memorial is built for a playoff run with a good running attack and solid defense. They will get the farthest in this region by a Houston-area team.
IT'S A WIDE-OPEN DII, REGION III
This bracket is a mystery. Cypress Creek will likely beat Westside to face Mayde Creek. West Brook and Strake Jesuit will match-up in the second round. Memorial will use a ground attack to get by the Heights, while Katy Taylor should push around Elkins. Humble will be dangerous and get by CE King, while George Ranch will wrap up Clear Falls' high-powered offense.
So, who are the favorites to get out of the Region? Strake Jesuit and Humble are our best guess.