DC Picks ready for Week 8 games

| Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

DC Picks enjoys this time of year for a number of reasons. The weather is cooler, the leaves are changing and high school football is in its stretch run. DC Picks can't wait for a big slate of action in Week 8. Here's the choices:

Connellsville (1-6, 1-5) at Latrobe (2-5, 1-5)

DC Picks is disappointed the Falcons haven't had a better season. He's sure the team and coaches are disappointed as well.

But even though things haven't gone Connellsville's way, DC Picks certainly expects the Falcons to continue to battle and it wouldn't shock him if Connellsville goes on the road and picks up a Quad East victory over the Wildcats. I

t's been a tough year for Latrobe as well, so this game could come down to which team is capable of focusing the most.

DC Picks will stick with the Falcons.

Connellsville, 22-21

Mt. Pleasant (7-0, 7-0) at Brownsville (0-7, 0-6)

DC Picks loves close games where one or two plays can decide an outcome. It's hard to imagine this game being anything of the sort. Even if that letdown does occur, it won't be enough to significantly alter the Vikings' lopsided win.

Mt. Pleasant, 44-6

Southmoreland (2-5, 2-4) at Charleroi (1-6, 0-6)

The Scotties endured the toughest stretch of their schedule during the first three weeks.

Now, Southmoreland is getting the chance to beat up on some teams that populate the bottom half of the Interstate Conference.

Southmoreland took care of business in a Week 7 win over Brownsville and they'll be ready to put another in the win column.

Southmoreland, 33-7

Uniontown (2-5, 2-4) at Thomas Jefferson (7-0, 6-0)

If the Red Raiders could find a way to beat the Jaguars, it would really push them into solid contention for a playoff spot, especially the one wild-card spot that the WPIAL awards to teams in Class AAA each season. Unfortunately, beating

Thomas Jefferson is not going to be in the cards, especially considering the Jaguars are hunting for a perfect record and will make sure to avoid a costly slip-up.

Thomas Jefferson, 56-14

Belle Vernon (2-5, 2-4) at Laurel Highlands (1-6, 1-5)

The Mustangs had to feel good after beating Albert Gallatin last week. Any win is a good win, especially when it comes against a rival.

Unfortunately, DC Picks believes those good feelings won't carry over into this week.

The Leopards are a team on the cusp of clinching a playoff spot and they'll make sure they don't let an opportunity to pick up a win this week pass them by.

Belle Vernon, 37-13

Geibel (0-7, 0-6) at West Greene (1-6, 1-5)

The Gators keep coming out and keep giving it their all week in and week out. DC Picks admires the team's pluck, but it's going to be another tough week for Geibel, even against a team that has lost six in a row. West Greene has had its problems this year and the Pioneers won't qualify for the playoffs. But they'll make sure they protect their home field and snap their disappointing run of losses.

West Greene, 57-12

Vincentian (3-4) at Frazier (5-2)

This is likely going to be a tough week for the Commodores to get through, mainly because Frazier knows it missed a golden opportunity to be the top team in the Tri-County South thanks to last week's loss to Beth-Center. Unfortunately, this nonconference game won't change the Commodores' position in the Tri-County South, but it should help take some of the sting out of their Week 7 setback to the Bulldogs.

Frazier, 40-10

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