H.S. Picks 'tunes' up for new season

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:12 p.m.

H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review ace high school football prognosticator, has been heard around the sports department humming popular songs.

When one of his colleagues heard him trying to hum the “Selfie” song, he yelled at Picks to stop. Another writer called out the other writer and told him he was “Rude” because Picks was such a “Happy” guy.

An editor came out to quell the disagreement and then told them to “Wake Me Up” when Picks is done.

Picks had another tremendous season in 2013. He finished 320-66, a nearly 83 percent rate of correct picks.

Let's see if Picks did his homework while humming a tune and see who he likes to open the season with victories.

Latrobe at Norwin

These teams have new coaches and should be improved. Special teams and turnovers could decide this contest.

Norwin, 24-22

Greensburg Salem at Gateway

A lot of changes have occurred within the Gateway program. The Gators have a new coach — former Clairton coach Tom Nola — and have dropped to Class AAA. After graduating numerous Division I players, the Gators must reload. Greensburg Salem might be catching the inexperienced Gators team at the right time.

Gateway, 18-14

McGuffey at Mt. Pleasant

McGuffey coach Ed Dalton returns to a place where he once coached. Dalton's previous trip with his Trinity team was a pleasant one, but don't look for a happy bus ride back to Washington County for the former Vikings coach.

Mt. Pleasant, 21-15

Monessen at GCC

This could be the start of a new Westmoreland County rivalry. GCC has won the only previous meeting — the 1998 Class A playoffs. This game could be decided in the trenches, which favors GCC.

Greensburg C.C., 14-13

Picks also likes: Altoona 21, Butler 14; Apollo-Ridge 34, West Shamokin 14; Beaver 27, Brownsville 14; Belle Vernon 17, Trinity 14; Beth-Center 36, Mapletown 14; Blairsville 21, Westinghouse 13; Carmichaels 28, Bentworth 14; Clairton 34, California 14; Elizabeth Forward 20, Laurel Highlands 14; Franklin Regional 24, Knoch 14.

Frazier 30, Avella 14; Hampton 14, Albert Gallatin 10; Hempfield 21, Plum 14; Highlands 22, Ford City 14; Hollidaysburg 33, Yough 28; Homer-Center 26, Penns Manor 20; Jeannette 33, Riverview 14; Jefferson-Morgan 14, West Greene 13; Kittanning 20, Deer Lakes 12.

Ligonier Valley 22, Northern Cambria 20; Marion Center 20, United 7; Mars 28, Indiana 7; McKeesport 27, Connellsville 14; Penn-Trafford 34, Kiski Area 10; Purchase Line 26, Saltsburg 14; Shady Side Academy 21, Freeport 17; South Fayette 35, East Allegheny 7; Southmoreland 20, Charleroi 14; Springdale 17, Serra Catholic 7.

Thomas Jefferson 27, Ringgold 21; Valley 21, Burrell 7; Washington 33, Derry 14; Waynesburg 20, Burgettstown 14; West Mifflin 20, Uniontown 13; Wilkinsburg 14, Leechburg 7.

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