West Orange-Stark, Newton still alive

West Orange-Stark and Newton helmets

No. 12 WO-S (11-2) vs. No. 5 La Grange (13-0)

Moorhead Stadium, Conroe, Friday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Radio: 1600 AM, kogt.com

The Mustangs dismantled No. 5 La Marque last week, holding the Cougars to just 94 yards of total offense in a 34-0 shutout victory in the 4A Region III Division II Regional Semifinals. West Orange-Stark finished the game with 268 yards of offense, but starting running back Grant LaPoint-Teate left the game early with an ankle injury and is questionable in the Region III Finals against undefeated No. 5 La Grange, who came from behind to beat Hardin-Jefferson last week, 36-28. This is the fourth consecutive fourth-round appearance by the Mustangs, who have lost the last three games.

The Leopards, champions of District 11-4A, have outscored their opponents 538-196 this season with an average game score of 41.3-15, and their closest game of the season came last week with Hardin-Jefferson when they went down 14-0 in the first half. The final score was La Grange 36, Hardin-Jefferson 28. La Grange is led by sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins, who totaled 225 yards and four scores last week and is ranked as one of the top sophomore running backs in the state. Dobbins, who is being recruited by dozens of FBS schools, has 2,176 yards and 37 touchdowns this year, but the team also relies on senior Bralon Hutchinson (1,258 yards, 12 touchdowns). La Grange defeated Orangefield 49-7 in the second round of the playoffs.

The winner will be one game away from the state championship and get Yoakum (10-3) or Sinton (10-3) in the 4A Division II state semifnals.

Pigskin Prep pick: La Grange by 2


Newton (10-3) vs. Rogers (11-2)

WoodForest Bank Stadium, Conroe, Friday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

It’s the battle of the Eagles as Newton and Rogers hook up in Conroe, and the Newton version of the Eagles has won nine straight after throttling Franklin, 49-21, a team Rogers lost to in the first game of the year, 37-3. In fact, Rogers lost the first two games of the season to Franklin and Little River Academy (17-0), who East Chambers beat two weeks ago. Since, Rogers has been on a roll, thanks in part to senior running back and four-year starter Brody Malovets, who has been on a tear this year.

Newton and Rogers have several common opponents as Newton defeated Dublin 56-13 and Rogers beat them 31-4. Newton defeated Corrigan-Camden (44-26) and Crockett (55-19) while Rogers defeated Corrigan (40-14) and Crockett (51-28).

The winner gets the winner of No. 5 Blanco (13-0) and Odem (12-1).

Pigskin Prep pick: Newton by 13