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DC Picks: Picks wants to end on positive note

| Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

DC Picks had a strong performance in Week 8, and he'll be looking to close the regular season with a bang with another slate of games.

Each year, DC Picks likes to keep his losses to less than 10, so he doesn't have much room for error in Week 9.

Altoona (1-7, 1-6) at Connellsville (2-6, 2-5)

The Falcons didn't accomplish their goal of qualifying for the playoffs, but Connellsville showed plenty of heart in last week's win over Latrobe. Connellsville will show up and play hard again this week, and they'll give the home fans something to cheer about in the season finale against Altoona, a team that also will miss the playoffs. It has been a tough year for Connellsville, but at least the Falcons will finish with a two-game winning streak.

Connellsville, 27-14

Laurel Highlands (1-7, 1-6) at Uniontown (2-6, 2-5)

This always is an enjoyable game to watch, because no matter the records, it always seems like this is a tough battle for the Mustangs and Red Raiders. DC Picks believes each team has made strides from the beginning of the season to the end, and each would like nothing more than to earn a Week 9 win over its biggest rival. Playing at home, Uniontown will come up with its third win of the year.

Uniontown, 28-20

Southmoreland (4-4, 4-3) at Yough (5-3, 5-2)

DC Picks loves the way the Scotties have picked up their game in recent weeks. Teams that run the ball effectively have always appealed to DC Picks, and the Scotties certainly fit that mold. DC Picks expects Southmoreland to try to run on the Cougars this week, but it won't be easy. Both teams still are in the running for the playoffs, which always is exciting. Yough can qualify for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs with a win, so Cougar Mountain will be rocking. Southmoreland must win and receive a little help to get to the postseason. DC Picks expects a tough battle and a narrow win by the home team.

Yough, 29-24

Frazier (6-2, 5-2) at Mapletown (5-3, 4-3)

The Commodores are locked into third place in the Tri-County South, which means that technically, Frazier doesn't have a lot to play for in Friday's game. But DC Picks knows Frazier will be focused and ready for the challenge Mapletown will present. Mapletown's odds of qualifying for the playoffs are long, and they start with a win over Frazier. That's probably not going to happen.

Frazier, 31-19

East Allegheny (4-4) at Mt. Pleasant (8-0)

The Vikings have done everything a dominant football team needs to do during the regular season, and you can bet Mt. Pleasant can't wait to get the playoffs started. But before that, there is the matter of finishing the regular season with a perfect record. Coach Bo Ruffner will make sure Mt. Pleasant is focused, and DC Picks expects the Vikings to go out and take care of business in this nonsection game against a .500 Wildcats team.

Mt. Pleasant, 39-14

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