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Originally appeared on Vype.com.

The area-round is complete as the UIL Texas High School Playoffs move onto the regional round. The power programs are rising and the competition is getting fierce. Staying healthy is paramount and mistakes can flip games in an instant. 

Katy is destroying teams with old-fashioned football — running the ball and great defense. That can be said for Klein Collins, Cy-Fair, Westfield and North Shore. Atascocita, Lamar, Langham Creek and Friendswood do it by outscoring their opponents.

Class 5A is anchored by Manvel, Angleton and FB Marshall, while Foster has been a bit of a surprise. Manvel will have an epic matchup against Cedar Park this week.

Stay tuned to vypehouston.com for upcoming predictions and don’t miss our VYPE SCOREBOARD SHOW Friday’s at 10:15 on 97.5 FM.



Team (Record)

1 Katy (10-0) Atascocita Could be Interesting
2 Klein Collins (11-0) Will Longview Be a Test?
3 Cy-Fair (12-0) Should Take Care of Friendswood
4 Westfield (11-0) ‘Stangs Will Roll Lufkin
5 Lamar (9-1) Game of the Week vs North Shore
6 Atascocita (10-1) Must Use Athleticism vs Katy
7 Langham Creek (10-1) Kingwood Will Have Tough Time Keeping Up
8 North Shore (8-3) TOUGH OUT in Postseason
9 Friendswood (9-3) Just Got by Summer Creek
10 The Woodlands (7-3) What Could Have Been?
11 Kingwood (6-5) Miracle Season After Flood
12 Klein Oak (7-4) Smashed By Cedar Ridge
13 Cypress Ranch (8-3) Katy Was Too Much
14 Dickinson (8-3) Atascocita Can Put Up Points
15 Strake Jesuit (8-3) Cy-Fair had Too Many Playmakers; D
16 FB Bush (7-2) Stubbed Toe Against Katy Taylor
17 Clear Lake (8-4) Fell in Close One to Kingwood
18 Clear Springs (8-3) Crushed by North Shore
19 Summer Creek (7-4) Heartbreaker to Friendswood
20 Klein (7-4) Good Fight vs Hendrickson




Team (Record)

1 Manvel (11-0) Tough Cedar Park Up Next
2 Angleton (11-0) CC Flour Bluff a Speed Bump
3 FB Marshall (9-2) Can Buffs Slay the Hippos?
4 Foster (8-3) Falcons Knock Off Undefeated Drip Springs
5 Magnolia West (9-2) Whacked By Temple
6 New Caney (8-3) No Chance vs FB Marshall
7 Crosby (8-2) Heartbreaker to PNG
8 Galveston Ball (6-5) Port Arthur Memorial Too Tough
9 Texas City (5-6) Hung with Port Neches-Groves
10 Waltrip (8-1) Kings of HISD

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The Astros will look to bounce back after a tough week. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

After a 6-3 record to start the season, the Houston Astros had a tumultuous week to say the least. They were swept by the Tigers, lost 2 of 3 games to the Seattle Mariners and placed five players on the COVID injured list.

The Tigers' new manager AJ Hinch returned to Minute Maid Park for the first time since the Astros let him go after the cheating scandal in early 2020.

The Tigers swept the Astros and outscored them 20-8 over their three matchups.

Before the 3rd game of the series, the Astros found out they would be without five players on their active roster. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado and Robel Garcia were all placed on the COVID-19 injury reserved list.

"It's hard on the team but you have to carry on. The show must go on," manager Dusty Baker said. "And it went on today with some younger players we have here."

Garrett Stubbs, Taylor Jones and Abraham Toro were called up as well as Alex De Goti and Ronnie Dawson who made their major league debuts last week.

The Tigers were able to score runs early on Zack Greinke, Lance McCullers and Jake Odorizzi (who made his Astros debut) and none of these starters lasted more than five innings in the outings.

Yuli Gurriel was the one Astros bright spot against the Tigers as he had 7 hits and drove in 2 runs. He is still continuing to hit the ball consistently as he finished the series with a .429 batting average.

After a 1-5 home stand the Astros looked to bounce back on the road against the division leading Seattle Mariners (you read that correctly).

Friday night proved to be the Astros' best offensive performance since their home opener on April 8th against the A's.

They scored five runs on Yusei Kikuchi through 7 innings behind good hitting from Aledmys Diaz, Chas McCormick and De Goti who drove in two runs on his first major league hit.

The Astros had a 5-2 lead at this point, but Seattle was able to score 4 unanswered to win the game.

Bryan Abreu, Blake Taylor and Ryne Stanek were credited with those four runs.

Ryan Pressly tried to clean up the bottom of the 9th inning after Stanek put the first two batters on base. His effort was unsuccessfully as Ty France hit a game-ending single that scored J.P. Crawford from second to secure a Mariners victory.

Saturday was the best game of the week for the Astros as they finally broke their six-game losing streak.

After failing to pitch more than five innings on Monday against the Tigers, Zack Greinke threw eight shutout innings with 91 pitches.

He struck out six batters and gave up only 4 hits.

"That's what aces do," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "Guys like (Greinke) ... they stop the bleeding and we're about bled out."

Greinke finished the game with 2,705 career strikeouts. He is now third amongst active players in strikeouts behind Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

Ryan Pressly got some redemption too as he threw a perfect 9th inning giving him his first save of the year.

The Astros won this game 1-0 as Taylor Jones drove in the game's only run with an RBI single.

Sunday's game ended the Astros week with a whimper, as the Mariners bested Houston 7-2.

Jake Odorizzi got off to a good start, but he gave up three hits and was pulled after Mitch Haniger's fifth-inning triple made it a 3-2 lead over the Astros.

Odorizzi is now (0-2) with a 10.57 ERA after two starts with the Astros.

Houston's offensive woes continued Sunday, as Aledmys Díaz had their only hit, an RBI double in the second inning that fell in when outfielder José Marmolejos lost the ball in the sun.

"It's tough to take when you only got one hit and the one hit we got was lost in the sun," Baker said.

UP NEXT: The Astros (7-8) will finish their road trip with a two game series against the Rockies who have the worst record in the league (4-12) before starting an eight-game homestead.

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