So how did that happen, exactly. Chace, Ben and I each went 6-for-6 last week with our Forecast picks, so either we’re getting really good at this, or we spent too much of the company’s time thinking about who was going to win that Titanic struggle between John Swett and St. Mary’s. Either way, it’s time to get down to business. With three weeks to go, I’m running out of time if I want to make up ground on Ben and Chace.
(6) McClymonds over Skyline: Both teams got off to disappointing starts, but are getting back to doing what they do best — pounding the bejeezus out of other OAL teams. I like Mack in this game, but only if it wears orange from head to toe to get in the Hallowe’en spirit.
(5) James Logan over Irvington: Neither team really gets much respect from the folks (including the sportswriters) along the 680 corridor. But the Colts can make a pretty big statement if it can win this game and potentially take up, er, I mean, earn a spot in the 4A playoffs.
(4) Pinole Valley over El Cerrito: Such a trap game I can’t believe I’m putting four points on it. Ben is scheduled to cover this game and he may need to bring an extra pen and pencil to keep track of all the scoring plays. In the end, the Spartans score one TD more. Final – 56-49.
(3) Pittsburg over Freedom: Tough to go against superhero QB Diondre Borel, but Pittsburg’s defense showed last week that it can pressure the passer and contain a good running game. As long as it avoids giving up the big play, the Pirates will roll and keep their playoff hopes alive.
(2) Concord over Alhambra: You have to respect the way Josh Atkinson has taken the reins from Brandon Rutley the last couple weeks in helping the Bulldogs get past Campo and Mt. D. Rutley said he’d be back for this game, but how healthy will he be? I think they need him to be 100 percent to beat Concord, who may have to win this one if it wants to talk about playoffs.
(1) College Park over Miramonte: An old friend of mine, Kurt Kloeblen, played for College Park in 1993. He was the center (the glue, really). He once called it the most fun he’s ever had in his life, as the Falcons rolled to a 9-0 regular season record in winning the MBAL title that year. I guarantee, this year’s College Park team is going to be saying the same thing in a few weeks when the DFAL title is theirs.