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Roller-coaster season rolls on for H.S. Picks

| Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, 8:24 p.m.

H.S. Picks was spending a fun-filled day at Kennywood Park with other Trib Total Media friends and was shocked to run into McGuffey football coach Ed Dalton.

Apparently while some athletes go to Disney after big victories, Kennywood was Dalton's choice after his team upset Mt. Pleasant.

“I lost a bet,” Dalton said. “So I'm here trying to avoid riding the roller coasters.”

That's what type of season Picks has endured, filled with ups and downs like the Jackrabbit and Racer. Week 3 of the season was a good one as the Tribune-Review's high school football prognosticator had his best week, going 42-6 and improving to 134-29.

Before Picks makes his selections, he wants to make two shoutouts.

First goes to friend and former colleague Howard “Huddie” Kaufman, who is recovering from a fall.

The second goes to Belle Vernon equipment manager Mark “Cookie” Cook, who spent the past 27 years leading the football team onto the field holding and waving a Leopards' flag.

Cook decided to hang up that duty earlier this season.

Here's a look at this week's picks:

South Park at Derry

Can Derry make it a 5-0 start? When was the last time that happened? Picks thinks the Trojans stay perfect.

Derry, 27-14

Imani at Jeannette

The 1971 Jeannette championship team will be honored during this game. Imani has athletes. Jeannette has more.

Jeannette, 42-14

Belle Vernon at Greensburg Salem

Cookie's Leopards are for real, and they have a (Mike) Fine quarterback. The Golden Lions could be in for a long night.

Belle Vernon, 34-14

Picks also likes: Apollo-Ridge 17, Burrell 14; Armstrong 27, Franklin Regional 24; Beaver Falls 40, Southmoreland 7; Beth-Center 25, Bentworth 22; Bishop Canevin 38, Riverview 14; Blackhawk 24, Trinity 14; Blairsville 22, Northern Cambria 20; Brashear 14, Hollidaysburg 10; California 20, Mapletown 14; Carmichaels 27, Avella 7.

Charleroi 27, Greensburg Central Catholic 14; Chartiers-Houston 28, Burgettstown 27; Clairton 56, Monessen 6; Deer Lakes 30, Valley 22; Freeport 27, Shady Side Academy 14; Gateway 27, Hampton 7; Hempfield 30, Peters Township 14; Homer-Center 34, Penns Manor 14; Jefferson-Morgan 17, West Greene 14; Kiski Area 27, Connellsville 14.

Ligonier Valley 50, United 6; Mars 22, Highlands 14; McGuffey 27, Elizabeth Forward 20; McKeesport 34, Plum 14; Mt. Lebanon 38, Altoona 14; Mt. Pleasant 48, Brownsville 14; Neshannock 24, East Allegheny 20; New Castle 21, Indiana 14; Norwin 27, Canon-McMillan 20; P-T 35, Latrobe 7.

Pine-Richland 45, Bethel Park 24; Purchase Line 30, Saltsburg 16; Ringgold 44, Laurel Highlands 10; Seton-La Salle 22, Serra Catholic 21; South Fayette 35, Knoch 14; Springdale 24, Leechburg 10; Thomas Jefferson 55, Albert Gallatin 7; Washington 24, Frazier 14; West Mifflin 46, Uniontown 7; West Shamokin 21, Marion Center 14; Yough 21, Waynesburg 16.

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