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Sam's only fantasy is perfect picks

| Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002

  • Last week: 11-5

  • Overall: 59-21, 73.8 percent

    Sam feels worse than Kurt Warner's pinkie.

    Sideline Sam's co-workers are mocking him for an 0-4 start in the office fantasy football league.

    Sam's winless September wasn't from a lack of effort.

    He tried to drop Warner and pick up Kevin McCabe. No deal.

    He tried to swap for William Green for James Rockymore. Sorry.

    Next, Sam looked to convince his fellow owners that LaVar Arrington qualified at running back. They chuckled at Sam, and like Arrington, kicked him off the sideline.

    Sam has always been better at picking high school football games than pro football players. He went 11-5 last week to move his total to 59-21, or 73.8 percent.

    Here are his selections for Week 5:

    Class AAAA

  • Mt. Lebanon at Seneca Valley: Seneca Valley already has as many victories as each of the past two seasons. With Hempfield, Shaler and Butler coming up, there are more wins on the way. Seneca Valley, 21-20.

  • North Allegheny at Shaler: You know both teams are having a bad year when the highlight of this Saturday afternoon game will be the homecoming floats and halftime show. North Allegheny, 21-14.

  • North Hills at Butler: Butler's wing-T attack had trouble in the rain against Bethel Park last week. They could play this game in Aruba and it wouldn't matter. North Hills, 20-6.

  • Ringgold at Fox Chapel: Fox Chapel got bad news last weekend when alum Chad Killian, the starting fullback at Maryland, suffered a torn ACL. The star of Fox Chapel's great 1997 team had worked himself to 6-2, 265 pounds and won the job at Maryland in training camp. Fox Chapel, 25-10.

    Class AAA

  • Hopewell at Blackhawk: This game definitely won't be as close as their PIAA second-round basketball game at Aliquippa last year. Hopewell, 22-7.

  • Knoch at Hampton: On paper, this is a blowout. Hampton has scored six points in the past three weeks. Knoch has scored at least 40 points in all five games this year. But something tells Sam this might be a close game. Knoch, 20-14.
  • Pine-Richland at Valley: As long as Pine-Richland doesn't look ahead to Highlands, the Rams will roll. Pine-Richland, 35-7.

  • West Allegheny at New Castle: Taggart Stadium will be wild Friday night. Fireworks, homecoming and a New Castle victory. Just like the old days. New Castle, 14-13.

    Class AA

  • Carlynton at Northgate: The first team to six points wins. Northgate, 16-15.

  • Mars at Burrell: Burrell running back Ian Courtney needs 137 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. Burrell, 18-13.

  • North Catholic at Deer Lakes: If North Catholic loses this game, Sam is swapping his "Ravenstahl Rules" T-shirt for a Rachel Frederick tank-top. North Catholic, 21-12.

  • Shady Side Academy at Ford City: If Shady Side Academy didn't have a decent kicker, it might never score again. Ford City, 9-3.

    Class A

  • Avonworth at Rochester: Avonworth fans complained when Shenango scored on a play-action pass with five seconds to play last week. The Avonworth fans think Shenango should have knelt on the ball. There's only one problem. Shenango only led 20-15 at the time. Rochester, 32-10.

    City League

  • Langley vs. Perry: Not a bad place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Langley snapped an 11-game losing streak last week. Perry gets ready for next week's game with undefeated Brashear. Perry, 45-0.

  • Oliver vs. Peabody: Oliver got its first victory last year and Peabody got blanked by Langley. Sam still likes Peabody and coach Bob Flaus. Peabody, 12-11.

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