H.S. Picks eyes improvement in Week 2

| Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

OK, so H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review's high school football chief prognosticator, wasn't sharp during Week 1 of the high school football season: 25-11 is not acceptable.

His boss grumbled that Picks might have been playing too much golf and not studying the teams hard enough. Picks did win an award at a recent golf outing for his creative scoring techniques.

Now Picks needs to get creative with picking games. He figures he'd rather have his bad week to open the season.

Some of the games Picks missed included Franklin Regional over Mars, McKeesport over Hempfield, Greensburg Salem's win over Knoch and Penn-Trafford's loss to North Hills.

The big games this week have Hempfield at Latrobe, Greensburg Central Catholic at Mt. Pleasant and Franklin Regional at Indiana.

Here's a look at this week's matchups:

GCC at Mt. Pleasant

For the second consecutive week, the Centurions face one of the top teams in the WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference. After holding down Washington's Shai McKenzie for a half last week, GCC must find a way to slow down the Vikings duo of running back Tyler Mellors and quarterback Ryan Gumbita. Mt. Pleasant won by a field goal in 2012 and Friday's game should be close too.

Mt. Pleasant, 24-22

Franklin Regional at Indiana

The Panthers went to Mars and pulled off an upset in Week 1. They're on the road this week against a talented Indiana squad. Can they make it two in a row? Yep.

Franklin Regional, 24-21

Hempfield at Latrobe

The Lincoln Trophy goes to the winner of this game. Both teams are coming off tough losses in Week 1. Hempfield's offense couldn't get untracked against McKeesport, and Latrobe gave Gateway a scare before falling at the end.

Hempfield, 17-14

Picks also likes: Albert Gallatin 22, Uniontown 20; Apollo-Ridge 27, Wilkinsburg 14; Blairsville 34, Purchase Line 13; Ford City 14, Freeport 7; Fort Cherry 27, California 14; Frazier 21, Carmichaels 14; Gateway 41, Connellsville 14; Greensburg Salem 27, Hollidaysburg 13; Homer-Center 21, Northern Cambria 14; Jeannette 36, Charleroi 14; Jefferson-Morgan 26, Bentworth 7; Kiski Area 26, Altoona 20; Kittanning 27, East Allegheny 7; Ligonier Valley 28, United 7; Mapletown 24, Vincentian 7; Marion Center 23, Saltsburg 14; Mars 38, Derry 7; Monessen 20, Brentwood 14; Penns Manor 25, Conemaugh Valley 12; Penn-Trafford 28, Norwin 7; Ringgold 17, Laurel Highlands 7; Thomas Jefferson 27, Elizabeth Forward 26; Union 13, Leechburg 7; Valley 21, Burrell 14; Washington 42, Southmoreland 21; Summit Academy 20, Waynesburg 14; West Greene 22, Avella 20; West Mifflin 27, Belle Vernon 24; Woodland Hills 24, McKeesport 21; Yough 22, Brownsville 7.

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