DC Picks faces difficult decisions

| Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

DC Picks had another strong week with only one blemish. That misstep was his choice of Waynesburg over Southmoreland. The Scotties surprised DC Picks with a win, and that's just fine by him. Let's see what DC Picks has lined up for Week 6.

Connellsville (1-4, 1-3) at Penn-Trafford (3-2, 3-1)

DC Picks believes the Falcons may have saved their season with last week's win. However, Connellsville has to come up with another gigantic effort again this week against a Warriors team that has had its share of success against the Falcons in recent seasons. Going to Penn-Trafford isn't going to be easy, but there's just something about this Connellsville team that DC Picks likes. It may be an upset, but DC Picks likes to pick the underdog occasionally, and he's going to stick with the Falcons again this week.

Connellsville, 27-26

Jeannette (4-1, 4-1) at Mt. Pleasant (5-0, 5-0)

The Vikings are playing at an extremely high level and it seems the bigger the game, the better they play. Jeannette is always a tough rival for Mt. Pleasant, but the Vikings are on such a roll right now that it would be tough for anybody to pick against them. DC Picks could raise a few eyebrows by picking the Jayhawks this week, but he's not going to do that.

Mt. Pleasant, 28-14

Avella (5-0, 4-0) at Frazier (4-1, 4-1)

Wow, talk about a big game in the Tri-County South. This one is huge. Both teams are in contention for the conference crown and neither can afford a slip. The Commodores have been playing really well, and that Frazier offense is impressive. Frazier knows what is at stake and the Commodores will protect their home field. If this game was played at Avella, DC Picks may take the Eagles. But since it's in Perryopolis, the Commodores are the correct choice.

Frazier, 21-19

Greensburg Central Catholic (2-3, 2-2) at Southmoreland (1-4, 1-3)

The Scotties are directly responsible for DC Picks not having two perfect weeks in a row. Actually that's not true. DC Picks is to blame for not having enough faith in the Scotties to go on the road and get a big section win. Consider it a lesson learned as Southmoreland has faced some tough challenges this year, but keeps on battling. That said, it's hard to pick the Scotties to beat the Centurions. Yes, the teams are close in the standings, but DC Picks just can't quite bring himself to take the Scotties, although he wants to do so. Maybe the Scotties will prove him wrong once again.

Greensburg Central Catholic, 30-20

Geibel (0-5, 0-4) at Carmichaels (4-1, 3-1)

Kudos to the Gators for continuing to fight through impossible odds. DC Picks honestly thinks the Gators are getting a bit better and hopefully that leads to better things for the struggling program in the future. But for now, there's no way the Mikes lose this game considering they are still alive for the top spot in the Tri-County South.

Carmichaels, 51-13

Thomas Jefferson (5-0, 4-0) at Laurel Highlands (0-5, 0-4)

The Mustangs had a golden opportunity to pick up their first win last week against a then-winless Trinity squad. The game was close, but in the end, Laurel Highlands couldn't quite overcome the Hillers.

With that in mind, it's hard to expect Laurel Highlands to challenge a Thomas Jefferson team that is much better than Trinity.

Thomas Jefferson, 49-7

Mars (4-1) at Uniontown (1-4)

DC Picks knows that it's been a tough go for the Red Raiders in the Big 9 Conference. Unfortunately, they get no respite this week when they have to take on the Planets. DC Picks believes Mars wins this game.

Mars, 44-8

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