DC Picks hopes for closer contests in Week 2

| Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 1:11 a.m.

The first week of the season wasn't kind to many of the local teams, and in some ways, DC Picks is glad the first week of the season is in the past. None of the local games were close, which means that excitement may have been at a minimum. Here's hoping for some better games in Week 2.

Connellsville (0-1, 0-1) at Gateway (1-0, 1-0)

It was an extremely disappointing beginning to the season for the Falcons. DC Picks expected Connellsville to give Kiski a battle in Week 1, but the Cavaliers were consistently strong and rolled to the win. There's no doubt that the Falcons were disappointed, and DC Picks fully expects them to be better this week against Gateway. But will Connellsville make such drastic improvements that they are able to take down one of the traditional powerhouses in Quad A? DC Picks isn't sure.

Gateway 27, Connellsville 17

Greensburg Central Catholic (0-1, 0-1) at Mt. Pleasant (1-0, 1-0)

This is one of those games everybody circles when the schedule comes out. DC Picks is no different. He's been anticipating this game since the final whistle blew in Week 1 and he can't wait to see how this one shakes out. It always seems to come down to a play here or a play there between these two teams. DC Picks believes that Mt. Pleasant is the better team, and will show it. But if they're not careful, the Vikings could wind up on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

Mt. Pleasant 33, Greensburg CC 20

Southmoreland (0-1, 0-1) at Washington (1-0, 1-0)

It seems like each year, the Scotties are faced with one of the toughest schedules to start the season. After opening against Jeannette, Southmoreland gets to travel to Washington before playing Mt. Pleasant. DC Picks can't think of a rougher three-game stretch for any team. The Scotties are still finding their way, while Washington has all the pieces in place for a deep playoff run. This one probably won't be super close, but you never know.

Washington 44, Southmoreland 10

Carmichaels (1-0, 1-0) at Frazier (1-0, 1-0)

DC Picks expected the Commodores to have a comfortable win over the Gators, but with the way last week's game against Geibel unfolded, DC Picks has to wonder if Frazier actually gained anything in terms of getting in game-ready mode. Let's face it, Geibel wasn't a challenge for Frazier, but DC Picks certainly thinks the Commodores will be tested this week. Last year, the Mikes won this game by two touchdowns, but DC Picks is expecting a little bit different results this time around.

Frazier 21, Carmichaels 17

Albert Gallatin (1-0, 0-0) at Uniontown (0-1, 0-1)

DC Picks has to admit that he is a little perplexed by this game. Uniontown hammered Albert Gallatin last year, but Albert Gallatin opened up this season by crushing Derry. Meanwhile Uniontown got blitzed by Belle Vernon in Week 1. So will this game be a blowout? DC Picks doesn't think so. It's probably going to be close, and despite the results from last year, DC Picks is going to go with the road team in this one.

Albert Gallatin 35, Uniontown 33

Laurel Highlands (0-1, 0-1) at Ringgold (0-1, 0-1)

Week 1 produced an ominous sign for the Mustangs. It's become somewhat of a habit for Laurel Highlands to give up points in bunches and that has to change for the team to have any chance at success. DC Picks also expected more from the Laurel Highlands' offense, but the Mustangs were blanked last week. Nothing seemed to work for Laurel Highlands, which means that hopefully things can only get better this week. DC Picks thinks that Laurel Highlands will be better, but not nearly enough to overtake the Rams.

Ringgold 39, LH 15

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