Chick’s Picks gets chilled for stretch run of high school football regular season

By: HSSN Staff
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 5:09 PM

Welcome to Week 7 of the high school football season.

As the end of the regular season approaches, our team here at the TribLive High School Sports Network begins to prepare for the stretch run. While some have dubbed these last three weeks of the regular season as the “Stretch Run” with regards to a final push for the postseason, Chick’s Picks always sees this as an opportunity to get her mind, and her crystal ball, ready for the playoffs.

One tradition Chick’s Picks likes to uphold each year during the stretch run is to seek out new trends in health and fitness. This year, she chose to explore cryotherapy.

Chick’s Picks had been reading the hype for several months — countless celebrities and athletes were partaking in this cutting-edge technique which uses cold liquid nitrogen to sooth the body and provide the user with a renewed sense of energy. Though Chick’s Picks strongly dislikes the cold, she thought this sounded like exactly what she needed after a hard day of prognosticating. So, she had her agent put the wheels in motion.

After her predictions for this week were in the books, Chick’s Picks and her trusty crystal ball headed to the cryotherapy chamber that her agent had arranged for. Although the session only lasted a few minutes, that was more than enough for the legendary prognosticator. The freezing temperatures were too much for the crystal ball, as well, shattering it to pieces. Not only was Chick’s Picks cold after the session, but she had also lost her most trusted prognosticating tool. So, off to the repair shop she went in hopes of having her crystal ball back by her side for the postseason.

Chick’s Picks finished last week with a 51-13 (80 percent) record last week, upping her season total to 328-111 (75 percent). Here are this week’s big games:


No. 5 Mt. Lebanon (3-4) at No. 1 Pine-Richland (6-1)

The Rams host the Blue Devils in Class 6A action Friday night. Pine-Richland is coming off of a 38-7 win over Canon-McMillan last week, while Mt. Lebanon fell to Upper St. Clair, 28-7. Luke Meckler has 12 touchdowns for the Rams, the highest scoring offense in the WPIAL. Blue Devils’ quarterback Seth Morgan has thrown for 1,235 yards and rushed for a team-high 403 yards. Despite Morgan ranking among the best in the WPIAL, Mt. Lebanon has been outscored by opponents 166-156. Chick’s Picks does not foresee things getting much easier for the Blue Devils against the top-ranked Rams. … Pine-Richland over Mt. Lebanon.


Baldwin (4-3) at Bethel Park (4-2)

Baldwin faces Bethel Park in an Allegheny Eight Conference showdown Friday night. Last week, the Highlanders lost to West Allegheny, 29-26, while the Black Hawks rolled over Chartiers Valley, 49-21. Baldwin is led by quarterback Mason Stahl, who has thrown for 1,130 yards and 15 touchdowns. Bethel Park boasts a dynamic backfield trio in Luke Surunis, Jehvonn Lewis and Sean McGowan, who have combined for more than 1,300 yards and 24 touchdowns. Chick’s Picks predicts a narrow victory for the home team in this one. … Bethel Park over Baldwin.


No. 3 Belle Vernon (5-1) at No. 5 West Mifflin (4-3)

Belle Vernon takes on West Mifflin in a Big Eight Conference battle between Top 5 teams Friday night. The Leopards blanked Trinity last week 54-0, while the Titans rolled over Greensburg Salem, 42-28. Belle Vernon’s only loss this season came to Thomas Jefferson, 36-14, in Week 1. Running games will be on display, with both teams featuring running backs ranked among the best in the WPIAL. Belle Vernon’s Mason Pascoe has rushed for 1,076 yards and 14 touchdowns. West Mifflin’s Parrish Parker has racked up 1,045 yards and 18 scores. The Leopards’ offense is averaging nearly 20 points per game more than the Titans. Chick’s Picks predicts win No. 6 for the Leopards in this one. … Belle Vernon over West Mifflin.


No. 2 Derry (6-1) at Yough (3-4)

Derry heads to Cougar Mountain to take on Yough in Big East Conference action Friday night. Last week, the Trojans rolled over Uniontown, 53-20. The Cougars were routed by Aliquippa, 54-20 — their second consecutive loss. Derry’s only loss this season came to Elizabeth Forward, 25-22, in Week 5. Yough boasts the top rusher in the WPIAL in Dustin Shoaf, who has 1,439 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Cougars will face a solid defense in the Trojans, who are allowing only 12 points per game. Yough is battling for the fourth playoff spot in the Big East Conference. Chick’s Picks knows a win in this one would be too tall a task for the Cougars. … Derry over Yough.


East Allegheny (5-2) at Avonworth (6-1)

The Antelopes host the Wildcats in an Allegheny Conference showdown Friday night. Last week, Avonworth knocked off Seton-LaSalle, 30-13, while East Allegheny topped Beth-Center, 37-20. Antelopes’ quarterback Derek Johncour, ranked No. 3 in the WPIAL, has thrown for 1,838 yards and 20 touchdowns. Versatile Wildcats quarterback Daniel Kasmier has a team-high eight rushing touchdowns. Avonworth’s only loss this season came to No. 2 Steel Valley. The Ironmen and Class A No. 1 Jeannette also handed East Allegheny a loss. Chick’s Picks predicts home-field advantage will go a long way in a close victory for the Antelopes in this one. … Avonworth over East Allegheny.


Greensburg Central Catholic (5-2) at No. 1 Jeannette (7-0)

Jeannette hosts rival Greensburg Central Catholic in an Eastern Conference battle Friday night. The Jayhawks are coming off of a big win over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart last week, 28-13, while the Centurions rolled over Mapletown, 43-6. Jeannette quarterback Seth Howard has passed for 895 yards and 12 touchdowns, and rushed for 395 yards and another seven scores. Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Max Pisula is approaching the 1,000-yard mark, and has thrown for 14 touchdowns. The Jayhawks’ defense has allowed only 44 points in seven games. The Centurions’ two losses this season have come to No. 2 Clairton and No. 3 Imani Christian. Chick’s Picks predicts loss No. 3. … Jeannette over Greensburg Central Catholic.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Week 7 games:


Canon-McMillan over Norwin

Central Catholic over Butler

North Allegheny over Hempfield


Seneca Valley over Woodland Hills


Allegheny Eight Conference

Upper St. Clair over Moon

Peters Township over Chartiers Valley

Big East Conference

Gateway over Albert Gallatin

Franklin Regional over Connellsville

Latrobe over Plum

Northern Conference

North Hills over Armstrong

Mars over Fox Chapel

Penn Hills over Shaler


McKeesport over Kiski Area

West Allegheny over Hampton


Big Eight Conference

Greensburg Salem over Ringgold

Thomas Jefferson over Laurel Highlands

Northwest Eight Conference

Montour over Ambridge

South Fayette over Highlands

Knoch over New Castle


Blackhawk over Indiana

Penn-Trafford over Trinity


Big East Conference

Freeport over Burrell

Derry over Yough

Elizabeth Forward over Mt. Pleasant

North Catholic over Uniontown

Tri-County West Conference

Aliquippa over South Park

Beaver Falls over Waynesburg

Central Valley over Hopewell


Beaver over Quaker Valley

Keystone Oaks over Deer Lakes


Allegheny Conference

Steel Valley over Apollo-Ridge

Valley over Summit Academy

Century Conference

Frazier over Brownsville

McGuffey over Charleroi

Washington over Beth-Center

Midwestern Conference

Riverside over Ellwood City

Western Beaver over New Brighton

Freedom over Neshannock

Three Rivers Conference

Brentwood over Carlynton

South Allegheny over Serra Catholic

South Side Beaver over Seton LaSalle


Burgettstown over Mohawk

Shady Side Academy over Fort Cherry

Southmoreland over Shenango

Union over Carmichaels


Big Seven Conference

Laurel over Cornell

Rochester over Northgate

Sto-Rox over Bishop Canevin

Eastern Conference

Imani Christian over Leechburg

Springdale over Riverview

Tri-County South Conference

Chartiers-Houston over Avella

California over Bentworth

Monessen over Mapletown


Clairton over West Greene

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart over Jefferson-Morgan


Perry over Westinghouse

Brashear over Allderdice


Bridgeport (W.Va.) over Carrick (forfeit)

Sharon over University Prep

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