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DC Picks on the rebound

| Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:30 a.m.

Well, it was bound to end at some point. After two straight weeks without a loss, DC Picks slipped up not once, but twice in Week 5. He'll try to do better this week, but there sure are some tough games to call. But hey, that's how it should be. As the games get bigger, the results should be a little tougher to predict. So here are the choices for an important Week 6:

Penn-Trafford (4-1, 4-0) at Connellsville (2-3, 2-2)

The Falcons have an opportunity to firmly entrench themselves in a playoff spot. DC Picks is looking forward to this game, which is Connellsville's homecoming game. Penn-Trafford's record is impressive, but the Warriors' wins have been against teams that DC Picks doesn't exactly consider world-beaters. This is one of those games that could go either way. Penn-Trafford has a strong defense and Connellsville's offense seems to be heating up, so it should make for a great game. DC Picks thinks the Falcons pull it out.

Connellsville, 24-21

Mt. Pleasant (5-0, 5-0) at Jeannette (4-1, 4-1)

This is a premier match-up, and the winner takes a big step toward securing a first-round home playoff game. The Vikings are strong across the board, and so are the Jayhawks. But in the end, DC Picks thinks that Mt. Pleasant's experience could be the difference between a win and a loss. Jeannette's loss to Washington last week puts a dent in the Jayhawks' conference title hopes. The Vikings, on the other hand, have not suffered any dents as of yet, and will remain dent free.

Mt. Pleasant, 28-27

Laurel Highlands (0-5, 0-4) at Thomas Jefferson(5-0, 4-0)

The Mustangs are still trying to figure things out on defense, and Thomas Jefferson is a team that will likely take full advantage of another team trying to figure things out. Laurel Highlands could go to Thomas Jefferson and pull off a big upset, but DC Picks isn't betting the farm on it.

Thomas Jefferson, 49-17

Frazier (3-2, 3-2) at Avella (5-0, 4-0)

Even though the Commodores have three conference wins, they still have plenty of work to do in order to qualify for the playoffs. A win over Avella could go a long way toward securing Frazier's second consecutive postseason appearance. DC Picks believes that even though the Commodores are playing on the road, they will realize the importance of the game and come up big against a quality opponent.

Frazier, 34-20

Southmoreland (1-4, 1-3) at Greensburg Central Catholic (3-2, 2-2)

Even though DC Picks went against the Scotties last week, he's glad to see Southmoreland come up with a win. The Scotties put it all together in last week's game against Waynesburg. If Southmoreland can do that again, it stands a chance at pulling an upset on the road. But in the end, DC Picks thinks GCC will be just too much for Southmoreland to handle.

Greensburg Central Catholic, 40-14

Carmichaels (3-2, 2-2) at Geibel (0-5, 0-4)

The Mikes are locked in a tight battle for one of the four playoff spots in the Tri-County South Conference. Losing to Geibel could be a lethal blow. DC Picks likes the Gators' effort, but they're not going to beat Carmichaels.

Carmichaels, 47-6

Uniontown (1-4) at Mars (5-0)

This game won't impact the standings in terms of playoff positioning, but DC Picks doesn't see Mars stumbling at home, especially with an undefeated season still on the line. The Fighting Planets have the best nickname in the WPIAL, and they'll also be tied for the most wins.

Mars, 47-14

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