DC Picks: Tough week looming for local teams
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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.
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.
- Gorman: Friday night to be strange without Fedko
- WPIAL football teams are adjusting to mid-cycle realignment
- A-K Valley high school football notebook: New quarterbacks set to make debuts
- Don’t miss matchups for Week 1 of WPIAL football season
- Through the years: Armstrong Central opened with victory in 1990
- Connellsville linebackers Mauro, McKnight hope to lead Falcons to success
- Different concerns for Salvino
- Gateway to offer early test for Greensburg Salem
- TJ to clash with Ringgold in tough season opener
- Technology goes to Birdie’s head
- H.S. Picks puts in preseason prep work