H.S. Picks in playoff-watching glory
Wow, round one of the WPIAL football playoffs produced some exciting games, and H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review's high school football prognosticator, was on the edge of his seat while watching a few matchups.
Picks was able to get the home teams to set up cameras so he could watch all the games. He was in the corner of the Trib office with a tub of popcorn and a pitcher of soda watching 32 monitors.
He loved watching Yough upset Kittanning, Franklin Regional hold off Montour, and he couldn't believe the game between West Mifflin and Moon.
“It was of the best games I've seen in a long time,” Picks said. “I can't wait for this week's games. I'll be paying attention to Penn-Trafford/McKeesport, Mt. Pleasant/Beaver, Neshannock/Monessen and Yough/Beaver Falls.”
Picks was 36-8 last week, and he improved to 300-62 for the season. Not too shabby.
Here are this week's games.
Penn-Trafford vs. McKeesport
The Tigers are cruising and already defeated Penn-Trafford, which is riding a three-game winning streak. McKeesport's offense has been unstoppable; will Penn-Trafford do better the second time around?
Franklin Regional vs. West Mifflin
Will West Mifflin running back Jimmy Wheeler put up another 300-yard game? Can the West Mifflin defense slow down the tandem of Charan Singh and Colin Jonov of Franklin Regional? Another high-scoring game is possible.
Franklin Regional, 31-28
Indiana vs. West Allegheny
OK, both teams' nickname is the Indians, so we know the obvious. But No. 1 West Allegheny has the stronger tribe.
West Allegheny, 38-14
Mt. Pleasant vs. Beaver
Beaver defeated Mt. Pleasant, 28-12, in the 1981 Class AAA semifinals. Beaver had a great RB named Shiloh Icenhour. Well, this time around Mt. Pleasant has Tyler Mellors.
Mt. Pleasant, 28-14
Yough vs. Beaver Falls
Both teams scored more than 50 points in Round 1. For the Cougars to pull off another upset, they might need another 50-point effort.
Beaver Falls, 35-21
Monessen vs. Neshannock
Neshannock got the best of Monessen in the 2012 Class A quarterfinals. Well, they meet again. It should be a dandy.
Picks also likes: Sto-Rox 28, Apollo-Ridge 21; Clairton 32, Fort Cherry 27; North Catholic 21, Avonworth 20; Aliquippa 27, Quaker Valley 14; South Fayette 33, Seton-La Salle 14; Thomas Jefferson 38, Highlands 14; Mars 24, Central Valley 20; Upper St. Clair 21, North Allegheny 7; Woodland Hills 24, Seneca Valley 21; Central Catholic 27, Gateway 7; Portage 33, Blairsville 14; Richland 34, Ligonier Valley 14; Homer-Center 27, Juniata Valley 7; Penns Manor 21, Bishop Guilfoyle 20.