Rain sends H.S. Picks to theater
It was quite a weekend for Tribune-Review's high school football prognosticator, H.S. Picks.
No, he didn't go sailing at Twin Lakes and interrupt a wedding. And no, a golf ball wasn't struck.
Since Saturday was a washout with heavy rain, Picks celebrated another good week of picking winners, 28-7 (.800), by treating himself to a dinner and a movie: “Lee Daniels' The Butler.”
It was a nice way to cap off an enjoyable weekend, highlighted by several exciting Friday night football games.
Picks missed out on Monessen's win over Clairton, Washington over Yough, Hempfield's win at Kiski Area, Ford City over Southmoreland, Norwin's win over Latrobe, East Allegheny beating Deer Lakes and Avella winning in overtime at Jefferson-Morgan.
One thing Picks takes pride in is getting the final score right. He got the final score correct in the Norwin-Latrobe game, 21-13, but had the wrong team winning.
He also predicted Hempfield would score 27 points, which it did, but he thought Kiski Area would score 28, not 0.
Well, you can't get them all right.
Here are this week's big matchups:
Washington at Jeannette
Even without superstar running back Shai McKenzie, Washington dominated Yough last week. Jeannette hasn't played a great game yet. Will this be the week? Nope.
Hempfield at Gateway
A year ago, Hempfield cruised into this game with a 3-1 record last year. But things are different this time. Hempfield will have running back Joey DeFloria, who missed the 2012 game with an injury. Will it matter against the talented Gators? Yes, the game will be a lot closer.
Mt. Pleasant at Yough
These teams are capable of lighting up the scoreboard different ways. Mt. Pleasant likes to ground-and-pound, and Yough spreads it out with the run and pass. It should be a fun night.
Mt. Pleasant, 28-21
Picks also likes: Avella 32, Geibel 14; Avonworth 27, Apollo-Ridge 21; Beth-Center 41, West Greene 12; California 27, Serra Catholic 14; Carmichaels 28, Mapletown 14; Connellsville 20, Norwin 17; Deer Lakes 17, Charleroi 14; Elizabeth Forward 39, Uniontown 14; Franklin Regional 28, Belle Vernon 14; Frazier 33, Jefferson-Morgan 20; Greensburg Central Catholic 36, Brownsville 20; Highlands 20, Indiana 14; Hollidaysburg 27, Derry 7; Homer-Center 27, Blairsville 14; Kittanning 21, Burrell 14; Ligonier Valley 21, Windber 20; Mars 34, Greensburg Salem 20; McKeesport 21, Altoona 7; Monessen 36, Bishop Canevin 14; North Catholic 27, West Shamokin 7; Northern Cambria 25, Purchase Line 14; Penn-Trafford 26, Latrobe 14; Penns Manor 20, Marion Center 14; Pine-Richland 27, Kiski Area 21; Saltsburg 14, United 7; Shady Side Academy 34, Freeport 13; Springdale 14, Leechburg 12; Summit Academy 20, Ford City 14; Thomas Jefferson 36, Albert Gallatin 14; Trinity 17, Laurel Highlands 14; Valley 30, East Allegheny 14; Vincentian Academy 26, Bentworth 14; Waynesburg 21, Southmoreland 14; West Mifflin 27, Ringgold 17.