DC Picks: Tough week looming for local teams
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 1:41 a.m.
Last week: 4-2
Before the Week 2 games began, DC Picks requested some closer contests compared to the Week 1 blowouts. Well, his request was granted in some games, the closest of which was a 26-25 win for Uniontown over Fayette County rival Albert Gallatin. DC Picks took AG in that game, but nobody's perfect. So, let's just move on to the games in Week 3.
Connellsville (0-2, 0-2) at Hempfield (1-1, 1-1)
It's been a frustrating first couple of weeks for the Falcons. DC Picks has seen Connellsville play well at times, but it's evident the mistakes need to stop. Turnovers kill teams, and Connellsville is no exception. With a big conference game in front of them, DC Picks expects the Falcons' attention to detail to be heightened this week. But will that be enough for Connellsville to pull off the road victory? DC Picks honestly doesn't know about this one. He's hoping that sticking with the Falcons finally pays off.
Laurel Highlands (0-2, 0-2) at Elizabeth Forward (1-1, 1-1)
DC Picks really believes the Mustangs have potential to be a strong offensive team. But what DC Picks continues to see is that Laurel Highlands struggles mightily on defense. The Mustangs can't continually let opponents pile up points and expect to come away with wins. We'll see if the Mustangs have made any strides on the defensive side of the ball, but right now, it's hard for DC Picks to go with Laurel Highlands.
Elizabeth Forward 34-19
West Mifflin (2-0, 2-0) at Uniontown (1-1, 1-1)
As DC Picks sheepishly stated earlier, he went against Uniontown in last week's game that resulted in a victory for the Red Raiders. Unfortunately, DC Picks doesn't see Uniontown making it two wins in a row against a West Mifflin team that will have ideas of pounding the ball on the ground early and often. It's going to be a tough challenge for the Red Raiders, and this one probably gets away from them.
West Mifflin, 41-17
Mt. Pleasant (2-0, 2-0) at Southmoreland (0-2, 0-2)
DC Picks has not seen Southmoreland play in person this season, but he has heard good things about the way the Scotties compete. Given the fact Southmoreland has had to deal with a grueling early-season schedule and the unexpected challenge of not being able to play on its flooded home field, DC Picks is impressed. That said, DC Picks has the utmost respect for the Vikings and their quest for excellence, and he doesn't see the Vikings falling to their crosstown rivals.
Mt. Pleasant, 47-13
Frazier (1-1, 1-1) at Bentworth (0-2, 0-2)
This game has all the makings of a blowout victory. Undoubtedly, the Commodores were upset that they weren't able to beat Carmichaels in a key Tri-County South game last week, so DC Picks fully expects Frazier to take its frustrations out on the Bearcats. Strange things sometimes happen when a team plays on the road for the first time during a season, but don't look for anything too crazy in this one, such as a Bentworth upset.
Geibel (0-2) at Vincentian (0-2)
DC Picks felt horrible for the Geibel players after their Week 1 blowout loss to Frazier. In some ways, a forfeit to Beth-Center probably produced some positives as the Gators needed extra time to rest up its small roster in an attempt to compete this week. Vincentian has had its struggles as well this year, but it's hard to imagine the Royals would fall to a team with so many issues, such as Geibel. This week, the Royals will get to feel good about themselves while the Gators will continue to look for answers to a winning formula.
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