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DC Picks back again

| Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 1:51 a.m.

DC Picks began waking up this week to the sound of school buses driving past his house. That means school is back in session, and it's time for high school football season to begin!

DC Picks will be looking for another strong showing, beginning with some good games in Week 1.

Kiski Area (0-0, 0-0) at Connellsville (0-0, 0-0)

Looking back at last season, the Falcons can list a couple of games that could have gone either way, yet managed to land in the win column for the opponent. The season opener at Kiski Area was one of them. There's no doubt Connellsville will be pumped up for a rematch at home, and even though it's only Week 1, this game figures to go a long way in deciding the playoff fates of these two teams. DC Picks is anxious to witness this one. It's a great way to kick off the new season, and DC Picks believes that the Falcons will be flying.

Connellsville, 21-17

Waynesburg (0-0, 0-0) at Mt. Pleasant (0-0, 0-0)

DC Picks fully expects this to be the year of the Vikings. Mt. Pleasant seems to have all the pieces for a deep run in the WPIAL playoffs. A strong running game coupled with a stout defense will get a team far in high school football, and that's what the Vikings possess. Of course, it's a long way until the end of the season, so DC Picks doesn't want to look too far down the road. However, Mt. Pleasant's first game of the season against Waynesburg should not be any kind of stumbling block for a team DC Picks expects will be playing in late November.

Mt. Pleasant, 42-7

Southmoreland (0-0, 0-0) vs. Jeannette (0-0, 0-0)

This was supposed to be a home game for Southmoreland, but a flooded field forced the game to be moved to California University. DC Picks loves the tenacity that new coach Mark Adams brings to the Scotties. It's early in the season and any team is capable of stepping up and pulling a surprise or two. However, DC Picks has to see how good the Scotties can be before giving them the benefit of the doubt against a team like the Jayhawks.

Jeannette, 37-14

Geibel (0-0, 0-0)at Frazier (0-0, 0-0)

The mere fact that the Gators are playing this game is a victory for Geibel. DC Picks admits he had his doubts as to whether Geibel would be able to field a team heading into the season. But it looks like the Gators are a go for their Week 1 showdown with the Commodores. Frazier is a team with goals of not only reaching the playoffs, but making some noise when they get there. It's difficult to imagine this Frazier team falling to this small but enthusiastic group of Gators.

Frazier, 49-7

West Mifflin (0-0, 0-0) at Laurel Highlands (0-0, 0-0)

The Mustangs are installing a new offense, which could serve them well later in the season. But early in the year, DC Picks believes that teams that have established systems with experienced players are the ones that often succeed. With a strong running game, the Titans seem to fit that mold. There's always good atmosphere at Laurel Highlands, which should give the home team an extra jolt of energy Friday. But you can bet that West Mifflin will be bringing it on the ground, and that may be a little too much for the Mustangs to handle.

West Mifflin, 34-10

Uniontown (0-0, 0-0) at Belle Vernon (0-0, 0-0)

DC Picks believes there is some talent on the Uniontown football team, but is it enough to lead the Red Raiders back to prominence? Uniontown should be a better team than its 2-7 record of a year ago. However, DC Picks also believes Belle Vernon has a good shot at being better than its 4-6 mark from 2012. Add it up and you've probably got a close game to start the season between these two Big 9 rivals. Belle Vernon won last year, and DC Picks expects the Leopards to be on top again this season.

Belle Vernon, 24-14.

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