Well, I could say that I’m bitter that I went 6-for-6 last week and got absolutely NOWHERE in the standings. But I won’t do that. I can be bigger than that. Besides, the ultimate goal is to go be peaking at this point of the season, and I think 6-for-6 is pretty darn close. This can mean two things: Ben and Curtis might be wise to keep on their toes, OR, I’ve got nowhere else to go but down.
We shall see.
(6) McClymonds over Skyline: I know that Ben and Curtis went the same route here, but I couldn’t find a safer play. The Warriors should have little trouble with the Titans. SCORE: 40-21
(5) James Logan over Irvington: Ben says he doesn’t follow the HAAL a whole lot. Which is OK, because that wouldn’t have helped his pick on this one, anyway. It’s the MVAL (Curtis, we’re losing to this guy!) and James Logan will likely be crowned its champion in a few weeks. Irvington’s Robert Turbin is a solid running back, but this Vikings team just hasn’t found the same groove it had a year ago. SCORE: 30-20
(4) Miramonte over College Park: I can’t believe I’m picking this upset, and putting four points on it, too. Either I’ve gone looney, or I believe that Miramonte’s defense is just good enough to cause problems for the Falcons. It’s not going to be easy, though. SCORE: 21-20.
(3) Alhambra over Concord: Make no mistake, the Bulldogs will need Rutley in this one. He says he’ll be back. The Minutemen will need more than Billy Burmeister, and I’m not sure they’ll have that. Thus, I’ll wager my three points on Alhambra. SCORE: 28-18
(2) Pinole Valley over El Cerrito: How could anybody feel comfortable picking either team? In contests where offense is the name of the game, special teams always seems to rear its ugly head. The Spartans have a kicker. SCORE: 38-34
(1) Freedom over Pittsburg: I had the pleasure of watching the Pirates play Long Beach Poly earlier this year. Perhaps the biggest play of the game was when the Pitt defense allowed the fleet-footed Poly QB to scramble 14 yards for a first down on a 3rd-and-13. Poly ended up scoring on the drive and holding off Pitt 28-20. The Poly QB was nowhere near as good as Diondre Borel is. I think Borel gives the Pirates defense fits, and the Falcons sneak out of Pirates Stadium with a win. SCORE: 27-23