Leader of the pack is back for 2013 season
Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 1:51 a.m.
It's the start of a new season, and the Leader feels like a new man.
Of course, that feeling comes from the first Friday of the football season giving everyone a fresh start. Every team begins with an 0-0 record, and every team controls their own path to the postseason.
Like the young men who have worked so hard all summer, the Leader wants this to be a memorable season for his picks. He's been studying hard, checking with his insider sources and staying properly hydrated for what is predicted to be a balmy August start to the season.
Week 1 is always the toughest to prepare for — both for the teams on the field and the Leader's picks — because of the lack of past performances to study. But the time for preparation is done, which means it's time for the games and the picks.
Kittanning at Freeport
It's hard to go against history, which is certainly in the Yellowjackets' favor in this series. But Freeport lost 21 players to graduation, and early in the season might be the right time for the Wildcats to catch them.
Shady Side at Ford City
Shady Side Academy made it a rough opener for Ford City last year, and this year's Indians are expected to be even better than that team.
Shady Side Academy, 31-10
West Shamokin at Springdale
The Wolves think this is their year, and the Leader is expecting big things from them. Still, Springdale is a perennial playoff team playing at home, so the upset may be too tall of an order. Springdale, 35-20
Apollo-Ridge at N. Catholic
The Eastern Conference title could be on the line in the opener, as two top-10 Class A teams meet. Jesse Zalonka and Tre Tipton will keep the ball moving for A-R, but can they slow the Trojans?
North Catholic, 34-28
Leechburg at Wilkinsburg
A Saturday showdown starts the Blue Devils' season, and the Leader thinks Leechburg will start the season right for the second straight year.
St. Mary's at Karns City
These teams meet for the third time in less than a full year. The Gremlins won twice last year, and this year will be no different.
Karns City, 42-21
Keystone at Redbank Valley
The Bulldogs' injury-riddled 2012 began with a road loss to Keystone. Healthy and at home, Redbank starts its turnaround.
Redbank Valley, 21-14
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Central Catholic looks for knock out against District 3 champion in PIAA semifinals
- Cathedral Prep again eliminates West Allegheny from PIAA playoffs
- Central Catholic defense gets Vikings into PIAA semifinals
- Gateway football coach Militzer won’t return
- South Fayette, Hickory share simliar offensive schemes by spreading it around
- Numerous Gateway players earn all-conference recognition