Chicks Picks – Week Eight – 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 11:31 AM

Welcome to Week 8. Chick’s Picks, like most other Pittsburghers, was honored to witness the success of the Pirates this season.  Since she was just a baby prognosticator during the last Pirates postseason appearance, Chick’s Picks cherished every moment this time around, down to the final pitch.  When the season came to an end, Chick’s Picks made it her mission to find a way to give back to the city of Pittsburgh, just as the Pirates had done.

So, she packed a bag and headed for the highway.  Chick’s Picks arrived at Met Life Stadium bright and early Sunday morning, decked out in her vintage Bubby Brister jersey, with her crystal ball in tow.  Yes, she had made it her mission to single-handedly turn the Steelers season around, giving Pittsburgh fans a reason to cheer again.

Chick’s Picks was thrilled to see that she had not lost her touch.  Her sheer presence in the stands brought the Steelers enough luck to come away with their first win of the season.  You’re welcome, Pittsburgh.

Last week, Chick’s Picks did not need any luck, finishing the week with a 52-13 (80%) record, bringing her season total to 368-92 (80%).

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#6 Seneca Valley (6-1) at #8 Bethel Park (5-2)

Bethel Park hosts Seneca Valley Friday night in a non-conference battle between Top 10 teams.  The Black Hawks are coming off of their second loss of the season last week, 28-13 to Upper St. Clair.  The Raiders knocked off North Hills, 24-17.  Bethel Park boasts one of the top defenses in Class AAAA, allowing only 88 points all season.  Seneca Valley is led by Class AAAA’s top arms in TJ Holl, who has thrown for 1,117 yards and seven touchdowns.  When these two met last season, the Raiders came away with a 35-14 victory.  Chick’s Picks likes the Black Hawks this time around.
Bethel Park over Seneca Valley

#10 Montour (5-2) at #1 West Allegheny (7-0)

Montour faces a tall task when it takes on top-ranked West Allegheny in a Parkway Conference showdown Friday night.  The Spartans made their way into the Top 10 this week after knocking off Blackhawk, 31-14.  Despite allowing more points than in their previous four games combined, the Indians remained perfect with a 37-31 win over New Castle.  Versatile Montour QB Tynen Greer has 700 passing yards and eight touchdowns to go along with his 500 rushing yards and eight more TDs.  West Allegheny’s dynamic backfield duo of Chayse Dillon and Tory Delmonico have combined for over 1,200 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the year.  The Spartans have been outscored by opponents this season, 171-180.  Chick’s Picks likes the defending champs in this one.
West Allegheny over Montour

#1 Aliquippa (7-0) at #4 Beaver Falls (7-0)

This highly anticipated battle of Midwestern Conference unbeaten takes place Friday night at Geneva College.  Last week, Aliquippa blanked Ellwood City, 56-0, while Beaver Falls routed Freedom, 51-6.  The Quips have breezed through the season behind the running game of Dravon Henry and Terry Swanson.  The two have combined for over 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns so far this season.  Aliquippa also boasts one of the top defenses in Class AA, allowing six points per game—less than half that of Beaver Falls.  The Tigers rely on the arm of Dan Stratton, who has passed for 806 yards and eight touchdowns.  When these two met last season, the Quips rolled to a 66-7 victory.  Chick’s Picks predicts the same result this time around.
Aliquippa over Beaver Falls

#1 Sto-Rox (7-0) at #10 Laurel (6-1)

Laurel hosts top-ranked Sto-Rox in Big Seven Conference play Friday night.  Last week, the Spartans blanked Rochester, 42-0.  Sto-Rox topped Western Beaver, 42-30, in a game that found QB Lenny Williams breaking the WPIAL passing record of 7,162 yards, previously held by South Fayette’s Christian Brumbaugh.  Williams has 1,570 yards, 24 touchdowns, and no interceptions so far this season.  Spartans QB Josh Dando is a threat in the air and on the ground, passing for 460 yards and five touchdowns, and rushing for 297 yards and four touchdowns.  The Vikings boast the top offense in Class A, averaging nearly 49 points per game.  The Spartans have one of the top defenses in the class, allowing 11.3 points per game.  Chick’s Picks predicts that the Vikings will remain perfect when this one is in the books.
Sto-Rox over Laurel


Foothills Conference

Latrobe over Connellsville

McKeesport over Kiski Area

Hempfield over Norwin

Gateway over Penn-Trafford

Northern Eight Conference

Fox Chapel over Butler

North Hills over Pine-Richland

North Allegheny over Shaler

Southeastern Conference

Baldwin over Canon-McMillan

Penn Hills over Mount Lebanon

Woodland Hills over Peters Township

Upper St. Clair over Plum

Class AAAA Non-Conference

Pittsburgh Central Catholic over Altoona


Big Nine Conference

Elizabeth Forward over Albert Gallatin

Belle Vernon over Laurel Highlands

West Mifflin over Trinity

Thomas Jefferson over Uniontown

Greater Allegheny Conference

Greensburg-Salem over Derry

Mars over Hollidaysburg

Knoch over Indiana

Franklin Regional over Hampton

Parkway Conference

Blackhawk over Chartiers Valley

Central Valley over Ambridge

New Castle over Moon

Class AAA Non-Conference

Hopewell over Freedom

Highlands over Ringgold


Allegheny Conference

Burrell over East Allegheny

Ford City over Deer Lakes

Shady Side Academy over Summit Academy

Kittanning over Valley

Century Conference

McGuffey over Keystone Oaks

Quaker Valley over Burgettstown

Steel Valley over South Allegheny

South Fayette over South Park

Interstate Conference

Greensburg Central Catholic over Yough

Mount Pleasant over Brownsville

Southmoreland over Charleroi

Jeannette over Waynesburg

Midwestern Conference

Beaver over Ellwood City

New Brighton over Riverside

Class AA Non-Conference

Washington over Freeport

Seton-LaSalle over Mohawk


Big Seven Conference

OLSH over Rochester

Union over South Side Beaver

Western Beaver over Shenango

Black Hills Conference

Carlynton over California

Clairton over Serra Catholic

Monessen over Chartiers-Houston

Brentwood over Bishop Canevin

Eastern Conference

West Shamokin over Leechburg

Springdale over Northgate

Avonworth over Wilkinsburg

Apollo-Ridge over Riverview

Tri-County South Conference

Beth-Center over Avella

Carmichaels over Bentworth

West Greene over Geibel

Jefferson-Morgan over Mapletown

Class A Non-Conference

Neshannock over North Catholic

Frazier over Vincentian Academy

Fort Cherry over Brockway


University Prep over Perry

Brashear over Allderdice

Westinghouse over Carrick

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