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DC Picks looks to build on strong start

| Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 12:26 a.m.

Last week: 5-1

Season: 5-1

DC Picks had a decent week to start the season. In fact, the one game he missed, he's glad he did considering it turned out to be an unexpected win for Laurel Highlands. Congratulations to not only the Mustangs, but the Commodores, Scotties and Vikings on posting Week 1 wins. Keep it going in Week 2.

Connellsville at Penn-Trafford

It's a tough road for the Falcons to start the new season. Connellsville is coming off a loss to talented McKeesport in Week 1, and it doesn't get any easier against a Warriors squad that expects to contend for a WPIAL title this season. DC Picks knows Penn-Trafford is an experienced group and will be a difficult matchup for Connellsville. That said, he also knows the Falcons gave the Warriors a tough battle last season. DC Picks expects Connellsville to give Penn-Trafford its best effort Friday night, but ultimately, DC Picks thinks the Warriors' experience wins out.

Penn-Trafford, 24-6

Southmoreland at Beaver Falls

Southmoreland coach Mark Adams knows his team can play a lot better than what it showed in the season opener, but DC Picks loved the fact that the Scotties overcame their own mistakes to beat a game Charleroi squad. It should give the Scotties plenty of confidence going forward, and they will need it against a Beaver Falls team that is young, but talented. This will be a big test for Southmoreland, but DC Picks has a feeling about this team this year, and he wouldn't be surprised if the Scotties go on the road and pull out a big nonconference win.

Southmoreland, 23-20

Mt. Pleasant at Derry

DC Picks has to admit he wasn't sure how good Mt. Pleasant's offense could be with the loss of some key players to graduation. But last week, DC Picks was pleased to see the Vikings didn't miss a beat in a win over McGuffey. The Vikings seem like a team that will put up points, but may allow its share as well. However, this week, DC Picks doesn't expect Mt. Pleasant to have any trouble improving to 2-0 against a Derry team still trying to find its way.

Mt. Pleasant, 42-7

Frazier at Jefferson-Morgan

Like Mt. Pleasant, Frazier also lost some key offensive contributors to graduation, but also had no trouble piling up the points in Week 1. DC Picks believes the Commodores are a team with a lot of weapons, and it's hard to discount them in any game they play. The Rockets started the season with a nice win as well, so this one should be a great early-season match-up within the Tri-County South Conference. Although the game is at Jefferson-Morgan, DC Picks likes the visitors to come out of Greene County with a big victory.

Frazier, 26-19

Trinity at Laurel Highlands

Shame on DC Picks for going against the Mustangs in Week 1 against Elizabeth Forward. DC Picks was impressed to see Laurel Highlands hold on for a huge victory in front of the home crowd. This week, DC Picks expects Laurel Highlands to send its fans home happy again, but it won't be nearly as close. Coach Zack Just has gotten through to the Laurel Highlands players. Is Laurel Highlands a playoff team this year? Who knows? But DC Picks surely isn't betting against them — at least not this week.

Laurel Highlands, 32-14

Uniontown at Ringgold

DC Picks has to admit that even though the Red Raiders lost to West Mifflin last week, he didn't expect the game to be as close as it was. It's never fun to lose, but DC Picks can't help but think that the Red Raiders' Week 1 performance will only infuse more confidence on a team that has some talent and potential. Now, the question is whether or not Uniontown can go on the road and gain a Big 9 Conference win over the Rams. DC Picks likes what he sees from Uniontown, but he needs to see just a bit more before going with them against a Ringgold team that is also in need of a victory.

Ringgold, 30-27

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