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H.S. Picks: Picks sticking with chalk at Heinz Field

| Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, 8:48 p.m.
Ligonier Valley running back Jackson Daugherty (12) picks up 5 yards and a first down against Cambria Heights during a District 6 Class AA playoff game on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 37-0
Ken Reabe Jr. | For The Tribune-Review
Ligonier Valley running back Jackson Daugherty (12) picks up 5 yards and a first down against Cambria Heights during a District 6 Class AA playoff game on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 37-0
Ligonier Valley quarterback Collin Smith (14) avoids Conemaugh Township's Trent Troxell (53) and goes 5 yards for a first quarter touchdown during the Appalachian Bowl played Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Conemaugh Township.
Ken Reabe Jr. | For The Tribune-Review
Ligonier Valley quarterback Collin Smith (14) avoids Conemaugh Township's Trent Troxell (53) and goes 5 yards for a first quarter touchdown during the Appalachian Bowl played Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Conemaugh Township.

It is WPIAL Championship Weekend 1 for high school football teams in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A and 3A at Heinz Field.

H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review high school football prognosticator, said he doesn't expect too many, if any, upsets. He likes the favorites.

He also liked the favorites last week and finished 17-5 (.773). That performance ruined his weekend. His season record is 408-95 (.811).

So Picks is looking for that perfect weekend. He's hoping this is the week.

District 6 will also hold its 2A championship, so Picks might avoid the Pittsburgh Light-Up Night traffic and head to Altoona to watch Ligonier Valley and meet up with some of his friends from the mountains.

Next week, the WPIAL Class 2A and A championships will take place at Robert Morris.

Ligonier Valley vs. Bishop McCort

The Rams have been unstoppable this season. They have talent, speed and usually more skill than their opponent. Bishop McCort runs the option, which could be tough to stop. But Ligonier Valley's defense has been dominant all season. It will be the difference in the Rams bringing home a title.

Ligonier Valley, 28-14.

Jeannette vs. Rochester

While four WPIAL championship games will be played in balmy conditions, the Class 2A and A semifinals will not. A big weather change could play a factor and could affect play. Look for Jeannette to handle the conditions a little better.

Jeannette, 33-14.

Picks also likes:

WPIAL 6A: Central Catholic 42, Seneca Valley 14.

WPIAL 5A: West Allegheny 34, McKeesport 20.

WPIAL 4A: Thomas Jefferson 35, New Castle 10.

WPIAL 3A: Aliquippa 26, Beaver Falls 20.

WPIAL 2A: Steel Valley 45, Riverside 14; Neshannock 42, Washington 40.

WPIAL A: Clairton 36, Northgate 20.

D6: Bishop Guilfoyle 46, Northern Cambria 14; Central-Martinsburg 27, Juniata 7; Hickory 35, Karns City 14; Homer-Center 27, Portage 21.

PIAA: Chestnut Ridge 21, Kane 14; Elk County Catholic 14, Ridgway 13; Erie Prep 45, University Prep 13; Farrell 27, Conemaugh Township 14; Johnstown 32, Jersey Shore 20; Meadville 42, Hollidaysburg 14; State College 35, Williamsport 28; Wilmington 48, Sharpsville 14.

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