FORECAST: Eight games to glory (maybe)

At this point, I’m starting to feel like this whole Forecast thing is against me. The playoffs came, I raised my game — went 6-for-6 — but still find myself one point behind Mr. Ben. (As Tennis season has ended, I’ll spare him my most recent nickname for him.)

But I won’t take my eyes off the prize. Which, it’s important to note, we haven’t solidified yet.

Here are the standings after Week 11.

Ben 125
Chace 124
Curtis 115

Now that we’re in the semifinals, we’re essentially going all-in, forecasting all eight games. Here we go.

(6) St. Patrick over John Swett: It wasn’t that close during the regular season. The Bruins have too much firepower. SCORE: 28-14.

(5) De La Salle over San Ramon Valley: Part of me wants to pick the ultimate upset here. And maybe I would if I were in Curtis’ position in the Forecast standings. But with the title in reach, I have to stay grounded. SCORE: 35-24.

(4) Hayward over Irvington: After last week’s scare against Concord, expect the Farmers to come out with a since of urgency and determination. I think Concord had a better defense then some anticipated. As for Irvington’s defense…SCORE: 33-17.

(3) Miramonte over Campolindo: The Cougars looked awfully impressive against Acalanes last weekend, but it’s hard to beat a program like Miramonte twice in the same year. And the Matadors have been thinking about Campolindo for two loooong weeks now. SCORE: 24-20

(2) Salesian over Ferndale: Last year, I picked Ferndale to win this matchup and the then-Chieftains proved me wrong by coming from behind to beat the Wildcats in the Class A championship. This year, I’m giving Jahvid Best the nod. SCORE: 20-18.

(1) Alhambra over Pinole Valley: Brandon Rutley should run wild, but the Bulldogs have the edge on account of their defense. SCORE: 34-26.

(1) Ygnacio Valley over El Cerrito: The Warriors rushing attack is going to cause problems for the Gauchos. YV is good enough to win, and just needs a few stops from its defense. SCORE: 28-22

(1) Foothill over Pittsburg: Easily the best game on the docket. Two factors are keeping me from picking the Pirates in this one: 1) The win over DV may have taken a little too much out of them, and 2) I worry about QB Kraig Pifer in big games. Still, this game is definitely the one to be at. SCORE: 27-21.