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H.S. Picks appears shaken

| Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005

Last week: 25-7 (78.1 percent) Overall: 97-34 (74 percent)

H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review's flamboyant high school football prognosticator, ran into some trouble last week.

"I nearly got struck by lightning," he said. "Some of the games were delayed by the weather and my nerves were shot trying to make the journey back and forth between games. But the action I saw made the trouble all worthwhile."

Picks saw Fox Chapel break its 15-game losing streak and stun Latrobe, Ligonier Valley squeak past Marion Center, Pittsburgh Central Catholic blank Connellsville and Uniontown down Greensburg Salem.

In addition to paying attention to the games and counting the seconds between the lightning and thunder, Picks was gearing up for Week 5 and also hoping to get tickets for one of his favorite bands.

"I'm desperately trying to grab some Rolling Stones' tickets for Wednesday at PNC Park. I saw them in September of 1994 during the Voodoo Lounge Tour and nearly blew my H.S. Picks cover. You see, I started talking to a roadie about getting backstage to see the band and almost told him I was Picks."

But this time, Picks is going to be careful. He's got his record and exciting football games to keep him grounded.

With no mixed emotions, here are this week's picks:

  • Norwin at Connellsville -- Connellsville is coming off a 40-0 defeat. Norwin lost to Woodland Hills, 47-7. Should be interesting. Norwin 24-21.

  • Latrobe at Gateway -- Gateway outlasted Kiski Area on Friday and Latrobe has something to prove after being upset by Fox Chapel. Gateway, 35-23.

  • Uniontown at Yough -- The Red Raiders' John Farrell rushed for 149 yards in their win over Greensburg Salem while Yough shutout Mt. Pleasant. Yough, 21-14.

  • Washington at Greensburg Central Catholic -- Should be an interesting one. Both teams have high-powered offensives and have dominated opponents. GCC, 35-14.

    Here are the rest of the picks:

    Baldwin 34, Hempfield 7; Woodland Hills 42, Penn-Trafford 14; Trinity 14, Kiski Area 13; West Mifflin 28, Ringgold 7; Franklin Regional 21, Keystone Oaks 3; Hampton 24, Indiana 14; Derry Area 17, Belle Vernon 10; Laurel Highlands 35, Mt. Pleasant 7; Burrell 21, Freeport 7; Ford City 23, Shady Side Academy 13; Kittanning 28, Valley 21; Deer Lakes 21, West Shamokin 14; Brownsville 23, East Allegheny 13; McGuffey 17, Southmoreland 13; Jeannette 23, Waynesburg 3; Bentworth 13, Avella 7; Charleroi 24, Burgettstown 13; Beth-Center 27, Fort Cherry 14; Apollo-Ridge 12, Leechburg 10; Monessen 27, California 13; Mapletown 12, Carmichaels 6; Jefferson-Morgan 23, Frazier 17; West Greene 17, Geibel 10; Elizabeth Forward 14, Montour 7; Homer-Center 14, Ligonier Valley 3; Northern Cambria 32, Saltsburg 17.

    Here are Saturday's picks:

    Blairsville 28, United 13; Laurel Valley 23, Marion Center 10.

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