Chicks Picks – Week Nine – 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 4:12 PM

Welcome to Week 9 of the high school football season. Every so often, Chick’s Picks has a run in with an internet heckler, one who enjoys stirring up some healthy banter over predictions that are not necessarily agreed upon.  This occurred last week on Twitter, regarding one particular big-game pick.

The loyal reader’s taunting began shortly after Chick’s Picks was posted on Thursday, calling out the prognosticator for what was deemed a terrible prediction.  Chick’s Picks monitored the situation closely throughout the day, noticing that the same reader also called out other local prognosticators for the same prediction.

Meanwhile, a few other loyal fans maintained their season-long tradition of trending Chick’s Picks’ favorite hashtag: #ChicksPicksSaidSo.  Always aiming to please everyone, Chick’s Picks pondered how she could have possibly gone so wrong with some fans, and so right with others.  With no answers in sight, Chick’s Picks consulted her go-to advice guru.

“Boss – I don’t get it.  Why can’t I just make all of my fans happy?”  Chick’s Picks questioned.  The Boss replied, “Chick’s Picks, it’s simple.  You can’t please everyone.  You’re a celebrity, and this comes with the territory.  You’re the closest thing we’ve got to perfect at this network.  It’s your imperfect picks that keep your fans reading.”

After receiving those words of wisdom from The Boss, Chick’s Picks headed off to make her final set of perfectly imperfect predictions for the regular season.  Chick’s Picks finished last week with a 50-14 (78%) record, bringing her season total to 401-119 (77%).  Here are this week’s big games:

#8 Penn Hills (6-2) at #2 Woodland Hills (7-1)

The Wolvarena will be a-rockin’ Friday night when the Wolverines host the Indians in a Southeastern Conference regular season finale.  Woodland Hills is coming off of a 47-0 win over Mount Lebanon last week, while Penn Hills topped Seneca Valley, 55-28.  The Wolverines’ only loss this season came to Class AAA’s top-ranked West Allegheny, 42-41.  The Indians rely heavily on the ground game, led by QB Billy Kisner and RB Te’Shaun Campbell.  The two have combined for nearly 1,700 yards and 26 touchdowns this season.  The Wolverines get it done through the air and on the ground.  QB Jeremiah Jones has passed for 755 yards and seven touchdowns, while RB Miles Sanders has rushed for 878 yards and 12 touchdowns.  Woodland Hills has been impressive defensively, as well, allowing only 12 points per game—half that of Penn Hills.  Chick’s Picks predicts that stat to be the difference in this one.
Woodland Hills over Penn Hills.

#1 West Allegheny (8-0) at #2 Central Valley (8-0)

The most highly anticipated Parkway Conference game of the season is here, as Central Valley hosts West Allegheny in a battle for title.  Both of these teams are coming off of big wins last week—Central Valley 57-7 over Hopewell, and West Allegheny 51-7 over Moon.  This week’s meeting features the top two offenses in Class AAA, with each averaging around 50 points per game.  The Indians boast a backfield trio of Terence Stephens, Chayse Dillon, and Whitney White, who have combined for 1,363 yards and 30 touchdowns this season.  Warriors QB Chris Callaghan has passed for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns, but one dimensional they are not.  Jordan Whitehead has 815 yards on the ground, along with 17 touchdowns so far this season.  Central Valley will undoubtedly be seeking revenge, after falling to West Allegheny twice last season—including a 16-6 loss in the WPIAL Class AAA championship.  Chick’s Picks predicts the Warriors’ revenge to be placed on hold until next time.
West Allegheny over Central Valley.

#3 Washington (8-0) at #7 McGuffey (7-1)

Upstart McGuffey plays host to undefeated Washington in an Interstate Conference showdown Friday night.  The Highlanders knocked off Waynesburg last week, 34-13, while the Little Prexies routed Southmoreland, 41-7.  McGuffey’s only loss this season came to Mount Pleasant in Week 1, 45-39.  Since then, the Highlanders have gone (7-0) and outscored opponents 297-55.  RB James Duchi ranks among the best in the WPIAL this season with 1,170 yards and 22 touchdowns.  Duchi also surpassed the 4,000 career yards mark in McGuffey’s win over Burgettstown earlier this season.  Highlanders’ QB Nate Whipkey has thrown for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns.  Washington brings a similar balanced attack with QB Jonathan Spina’s 932 yards and 15 touchdowns, combined with RB Malik Wells’ 974 yards and 14 touchdowns.  These two could be mirror images of one another on paper.  Chick’s Picks predicts, however, that the big game experience of the Little Prexies will pay off in this one.
Washington over McGuffey.

#10 Greensburg Central Catholic (5-3) at #6 Jeannette (7-1)

A former Class AA Interstate Conference rivalry gone Class A Eastern Conference lives on Friday night when Greensburg Central Catholic visits Jeannette.  The Jayhawks’ only blemish this season came to Clairton, 58-14, in Week 6.  The Centurions have struggled a bit, falling to Beth-Center, Clairton, and to Springdale last week, 14-12.  Jeannette QB Julian Batts has been versatile, throwing for 413 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushing for a team-best 512 yards and seven touchdowns.  Greensburg Central Catholic will look to its running game, behind Brian Pevarnik and Sam Nowicki, who have combined for 951 yards and 18 touchdowns on the year.  Both defenses have been solid, allowing less than 20 points per game.  Jeannette’s offense, however, is averaging 47 points per outing—more than twice that of GCC.  Chick’s Picks predicts the Jayhawks to outlast behind that high-powered attack.
Jeannette over Greensburg Central Catholic.


Foothills Conference

Altoona over Connellsville

Plum over Latrobe

McKeesport over Kiski Area

Penn-Trafford over Norwin

Northern Eight Conference

Central Catholic over Butler

North Allegheny over North Hills

Seneca Valley over Shaler

Southeastern Conference

Bethel Pak over Baldwin

Mt. Lebanon over Upper St. Clair

AAAA Non-Conference

Canon-McMillan over Blackhawk

Fox Chapel over Hempfield

Pine-Richland over Peters Township


Big Nine Conference

Elizabeth Forward over Belle Vernon

Laurel Highlands over Albert Gallatin

Ringgold over Trinity

Thomas Jefferson over West Mifflin

Greater Allegheny Conference

Franklin Regional over Gateway

Indiana over Hollidaysburg

Hampton over Mars

Knoch over Yough

Parkway Conference

Ambridge over Chartiers Valley

Montour over Moon

New Castle over Hopewell

AAA Non-Conference

Greensburg-Salem over Uniontown


Allegheny Conference

Apollo-Ridge over Burrell

West Shamokin over Deer Lakes

Kittanning over Ford City

Highlands over Shady Side Academy

Freeport over Valley

Century Conference

East Allegheny over Carlynton

South Fayette over Quaker Valley

Seton-LaSalle over Keystone Oaks

Steel Valley over South Allegheny

South Park over Sto-Rox

Interstate Conference

Burgettstown over Brownsville

Waynesburg over Derry Area

Mount Pleasant over Southmoreland

Midwestern Athletic Conference

Beaver over Ellwood City

Aliquippa over Beaver Falls

New Brighton over Mohawk

Laurel over Summit Academy

AA Non-Conference

Freedom over Charleroi


Big Seven Conference

Neshannock over Union

Riverside over Vincentian Academy

South Side Beaver over Western Beaver

Black Hills Conference

Brentwood over Bishop Canevin

Chartiers-Houston over Fort Cherry

Avonworth over Northgate

Eastern Conference

Clairton over Leechburg

Wilkinsburg over Serra Catholic

Springdale over Riverview

Tri-County South Conference

Beth-Center over Bentworth

Frazier over California

Jefferson-Morgan over Carmichaels

Avella over West Greene

A Non-Conference

Mapletown over Monessen

Rochester over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Cardinal Weurl North Catholic over Shenango


Allderdice over Carrick

University Prep over Brashear

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