H.S. Picks gets back on track

| Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

You didn't think H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review fearless high school football prognosticator, would have two bad weeks, did ya?

Well, he didn't. Picks was back on track in Week 2, correctly picking 28 of 33 games to improve to 53-16.

He did what his boss told him: less golf, more studying.

Picks went back in time, and he found himself at Mt. Pleasant last Friday. He said it sounded like old times when the public address announcer was revealing local scores, which included the North Marion Huskies score. North Marion is a school in West Virginia, and you had to be around in the 1980s to get the gist of that random score.

But it was good for the memories. The only thing missing was a couple radio announcers singing “Turn out the lights.”

Again, that's an ‘80s thing.

Here are the matchups:

Jeannette at Yough

This WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference battle at Cougar Mountain could very well determine a playoff berth. Both teams are undefeated. The key could be if Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue plays. He missed last week's game with a non-throwing shoulder injury. If he plays, the game will be tight.

Jeannette, 26-20

Highlands at Franklin Reg.

First place will be on the line in the WPIAL Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference. Franklin Regional opened the season with impressive road wins at Mars and Indiana. Highlands beat Hollidaysburg and Hampton but will have its hands full with Franklin Regional and QB Charan Singh.

Franklin Regional, 24-7

Ligonier Valley at Blairsville

If you look at comparative scores — Picks usually doesn't — Ligonier Valley would be a big favorite in this District 6 Heritage Conference first-place battle. The scoreboard operator could be busy in this game.

Ligonier Valley, 27-22

Picks also likes: Albert Gallatin 21, Trinity 20; Apollo-Ridge 21, Western Beaver 14; Avella 22, Mapletown 14; Avonworth 27, Leechburg 7; Belle Vernon 14, Ringgold 13; Beth-Center 17, Carmichaels 24; Burrell 22, Summit Academy 12; Clairton 40, California 14; Elizabeth Forward 40, Laurel Highlands 21; Ford City 27, East Allegheny 7; Frazier 44, Bentworth 7; Freeport 26, Deer Lakes 14; Gateway 27, Kiski Area 21; Greensburg Central Catholic 17, Kittanning 14; Hampton 20, Greensburg Salem 14; Hempfield 28, Connellsville 14; Homer Center 27, Marion Center 20; Jefferson-Morgan 22, West Greene 21; Knoch 45, Derry 14; Latrobe 26, Fox Chapel 14; Mars 21, Indiana 7; McKeesport 27, Norwin 14; Monessen 22, Fort Cherry 14; Mt. Pleasant 33, Southmoreland 14; Northern Cambria 18, United 7; Penns Manor 21, Saltsburg 14; Penn-Trafford 24, Altoona 14; Purchase Line 24, Blacklick Valley 14; Shady Side Academy 24, Valley 22; Thomas Jefferson 37, Hollidaysburg 12; Vincentian 42, Geibel 6; Waynesburg 20, Brownsville 14; Washington 42, Charleroi 14; West Mifflin 38, Uniontown 7; West Shamokin 28, Riverview 14.

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