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DC Picks hopes for another big week

| Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 1:11 a.m.

For the first time this season, DC Picks is coming off a perfect week.

That's impossible to beat, so DC Picks simply will hope to match it with another spotless effort in Week 5.

Here are the picks:

Norwin (1-3, 1-3) at Connellsville (0-4, 0-3)

DC Picks wants to see the Falcons succeed. He's made no secret about that. It's been hard to see Connellsville struggle, but something tells DC Picks that the Falcons are ready to put their best foot forward in what is basically a must-win game when it comes to Connellsville's playoff hopes. Norwin will by no means be a pushover and has plenty to play for, as well. But when it is all said and done, the homecoming crowd and a sense of desperation will be just enough to get the Falcons in the win column for the first time.

Connellsville, 24-21

Mt. Pleasant (4-0, 4-0) at Yough (2-2, 2-2)

The Vikings don't seem like a team that is going to take its foot off the gas any time soon. There's a clear path toward an Interstate Conference championship, and it runs through Mt. Pleasant. Yough is certainly not a pushover, and the Cougars will get a nice little jolt playing in front of the home fans at Cougar Mountain. But DC Picks thinks this Mt. Pleasant team is simply too good to be rattled.

Mt. Pleasant, 39-20

Frazier (3-1, 3-1) at Jefferson-Morgan (2-2, 2-2)

Frazier is a team capable of stumbling against quality teams, but DC Picks also believes the Commodores have the ability to hang with many of the top-tier teams in Class A. Playing on the road is never an easy task, especially when the opponent is the Rockets, a team coming off a heartbreaking loss to Avella. This one probably will be close, but in the end, DC Picks likes the momentum Frazier has built.

Frazier, 33-26

Southmoreland (0-4, 0-3) at Waynesburg (2-2, 1-2)

There are four local teams without a victory, and the Scotties are one of them. But DC Picks thinks that the Scotties will get in the win column one way or another before the season is over. However, this may not be the week as the Scotties face a long bus ride over to Greene County to take on a Waynesburg team that will be desperate to claim a victory.

Waynesburg, 21-19

Elizabeth Forward (3-1, 3-1) at Uniontown (1-3, 1-3)

The Warriors can pile up the points, and teams like that certainly can give the Red Raiders some problems. In the Big 9 Conference, DC Picks expects Elizabeth Forward to hang around the top end of the standings the rest of the season. DC Picks hopes that the Red Raiders can make a late-season push to at least have an outside shot at the playoffs. However, beating Elizabeth Forward won't be in the cards for Uniontown.

Elizabeth Forward, 42-14

Laurel Highlands (0-4, 0-3) at Trinity (0-4, 0-3)

DC Picks likes the way Laurel Highlands coach Zack Just continues to remain positive even though it's been a rough go for his Mustangs this season. Laurel Highlands will have an opportunity to get in the win column against a Trinity team that has also had its share of struggles. This game could come down to a big play or two on defense, and that's been a weak point for Laurel Highlands.

Trinity, 37-27

Geibel (0-4, 0-3) at Avella (4-0, 3-0)

The Gators deserve a lot of credit for coming out and battling hard in last week's game against Mapletown. Geibel finally got on the scoreboard for the first time this year, which represents a small victory for the Gators. However, victories, big or small, will be tough to come by this week against an Avella squad that has its sights set on a conference title.

Avella, 56-7

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