When you live in Houston — the home of Region III football — only a handful of high school powerhouses can claim your crown and advance to play in the 6A state semifinals.
This fall the Division I-6A race in Region III comes down to one unbeaten squad without much of a track record, Dickinson (10-0), a couple of 9-1 powers with recent pedigree, Pearland and Lamar, and a few outside hopes for Cinco Ranch (8-2), Elsik (9-1), Cy Ranch (7-2) and even North Shore (6-4).
Experience tells me the bi-district winners this week will be:
Cy Ranch, Cinco Ranch, North Shore, Elsik, Cy-Fair, Lamar, Pearland and Dickinson although the final four favorites could be pushed in this weekend’s postseason openers by underdogs like Seven Lakes (8-2).
In Division II-6A, I won’t be stepping on a limb to suggest that Katy (9-1) and unbeaten Manvel (10-0) will meet for the Region III crown in December — unless miraculous upsets happen.
Seven-time state champions, the Katy Tigers should walk through Westside (4-6), Langham Creek (9-1) and either La Porte (6-4) or Hightower (7-3) to reach the regional final.
Manvel is also expected to slay Beaumont West Brook (5-5), Clear Creek (7-3) and either Memorial (7-3) or Cy Woods (6-4) before clashing with the Tigers.
First-round winners in this region will be: Langham Creek, Katy, La Porte, Hightower, Memorial, Katy Taylor (6-3), Manvel and Clear Creek (7-3).
Other 6A powerhouses I see dominating their region include Cibolo Steele (10-0) in Division II-6A, Region IV. Steele would represent a state semifinal for either Katy or Manvel.
Up in Division I-6A, Region IV has no clear favorite, but Converse Judson (6-4) lurks, and that’s always a significant program.
That’s enough forecasting for now as Regions I and II are also loaded for UIL gold.



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