Before we get to this week’s Forecast, I’d like to offer this disclaimer:
After agreeing upon which games we will be making our predictions, Chace and I make blind picks and assign point values independently. We do not, I repeat, DO NOT, conspire on our picks.
We are most decidedly in competion with one another on this Forecast thing. We certainly don’t want to help each other out.
Why mention this? You’ll see when Chace posts his picks tomorrow.
Without further ado, here are my picks for the week:
(5) Monte Vista over Berkeley
The ‘Stangs are at home, and they are tough to beat at home. Plus, they’re averaging over 37 points and 470 yards per game. Conversely, the Yellow Jackets are averaging 189 yards and just 15.5 points per game. Unless those trends reverse themselves quickly, this one could get ugly.
(4) Foothill over Skyline
The Falcons are 2-0. The Titans are 0-2-1. Those are two big reasons for picking Foothill. However, the Falcons have won the past two by the same tight score — 28-21 — and they tied 32-32 in 2002. Plus, Foothill coach Matt Sweeney says he “loves this game” because of the intensity and athleticism Skyline always brings to the field. Plus, it’s in Oakland at 3:30 p.m. Not a comfortable 4-point pick.
(3) Ygnacio Valley over Deer Valley
The Warriors should rebound with a vengence from last week’s sloppy, turnover-filled loss to Clayton Valley. They’re gonna want to take out their aggressions on the Wolverines. Course, super RB Chris Allen is hard to get a hat on. Slippery, if you will. Another tricky pick.
(2) Las Lomas over Alhambra
The Knights and the Bulldogs both got up off the mat in a biiiiig way with their Week 2 Diablo Foothill Athletic League openers. Las Lomas handled Mt. Diablo 39-0 a week after losing 9-0 to Mitty. Alhambra topped Dublin 34-27 behind a 273-yard, three touchdown day from Brandon Rutley after falling 42-16 to YV. Really tough to call this one, too.
(1) Livermore over Alameda
Why not? The Cowboys have a chance to match their season-high win total (3) since 2000 in the third week. This is clearly a different Livermore team than the one that we’ve watched go 10-40 over the past five seasons. And the Hornets defense just got done giving up 49 points and 335 yards to California.
Think you can out-forecast the Forecasters? Bring it on. Post your picks in a comment, and I’ll keep season-long standings.