Chicks Picks – Week Three – 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 4:21 PM
Welcome to Week 3 of the high school football season. After a series of disappointing picks last weekend, Chick’s Picks decided that she needed seek out a bit of clarity before making this week’s predictions. So, she headed out with her beau, pooch, and trusty crystal ball in tow, off to a scenic overlook known for its tranquilizing nature.
Upon arrival at the overlook, the beau set off with the trusty crystal ball to find an optimal zen spot, while Chick’s Picks took a short stroll with the puppy – whose name, Ursa, happens to be Latin for bear. As they sauntered through the scenic landscapes, Chick’s Picks glanced in the beau’s general direction – alarmed by what she saw.
Shouting as quietly as she could, she called out to the beau, “There’s a bear!” He turned back chuckling, nodding at Ursa, as if to say, “Of course there’s a bear.”
Chick’s Picks pointed and said, “No, a real bear! There, coming out of the woods!” The beau caught sight of the ferocious being and fled for safety.
Meeting back up with Chick’s Picks and the puppy, the trio looked on from the comfort of the car as the bear had its way with everything in sight….trash cans, picnic tables, and even her precious crystal ball. The bear tossed the powerful pigskin prognosticating tool aside with ease. Chick’s Picks watched with great sadness as the crystal ball shattered on the ground, along with her hopes of top-notch predictions this season.
Chick’s Picks finished last week with a disappointing 45-21 (68%) record, dropping her season total to 92-30 (70%). Here are this week’s big games:
#3 Penn-Trafford (2-0) at #4 McKeesport (2-0)
McKeesport plays host to Penn-Trafford in a highly anticipated Foothills Conference showdown Friday night. The Tigers are coming off of a come-from-behind win over Altoona last week, 33-17, while the Warriors did away with Connellsville, 45-7. Penn-Trafford’s defense has allowed only seven points so far this season, but will have its hands full this week with Khaleki Hudson. The Tigers’ RB has rushed for 582 yards and nine touchdowns in just two games. These two met twice last season, splitting in the win column; including a 35-20 victory by Penn-Trafford in the WPIAL quarterfinals. Chick’s Picks likes the Tigers at home this time around.
McKeesport over Penn-Trafford.
#7 Franklin Regional (1-1) at #9 Mars (1-1)
Franklin Regional travels to Mars to take on the Planets in Greater Allegheny Conference action Friday night. Last week, the Planets blanked Yough, 54-0, and the Panthers topped Hollidaysburg, 33-7. Mars suffered a devastating loss in Week 1 when RB Josh Schultheis – one of the WPIAL’s best – broke his tibia. Since then, though, Ori Rinaman has stepped up, rushing for 201 yards and five touchdowns. Franklin Regional’s dual-threat QB Santino Birty has 172 passing yards to go along with his 137 yards on the ground. The Panthers won last year’s meeting, 20-13. Chick’s Picks likes the Planets in this one.
Mars over Franklin Regional.
#10 Beaver (2-0) at Beaver Falls (2-0)
Things heat up in the Midwestern Conference this week in a faceoff between perennial powers Beaver and Beaver Falls. Both are coming off of big wins last week – Beaver 54-16 over Summit Academy and Beaver Falls 41-14 over Southmoreland. The Bobcats boast the top offense in Class AA, averaging 53.5 points per game. The Tigers are allowing 17.5 per game so far this season. Beaver’s Darius Wise has 234 rushing yards, 229 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns in two games. Last season, Beaver Falls came away with a 30-24 victory. Chick’s Picks likes the high-powered offense of the Bobcats this season.
Beaver over Beaver Falls.
#4 Avonworth (2-0) at #5 Brentwood (2-0)
Avonworth and Brentwood meet in a Black Hills Conference battle of undefeateds Friday night. The Antelopes knocked off OLSH last week, 37-21, as the Spartans edged Fort Cherry, 17-14. Two of the WPIAL’s top quarterbacks will be featured, in Avonworth’s Zach Chandler and Brentwood’s Connor McWilliams. Chandler has over 250 passing yards on the year, while McWilliams has thrown for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns. Chick’s Picks likes Chandler and the Antelopes on the road in this one.
Avonworth over Brentwood.
Plum over Altoona
Hempfield over Kiski Area
Latrobe over Connellsville
Northern Eight Conference
North Hills over Butler
Pine-Richland over Fox Chapel
Central Catholic over North Allegheny
Peters Township over Canon-McMillan
Mt. Lebanon over Baldwin
Upper St. Clair over Bethel Park
Class AAAA Non-Conference
Seneca Valley over Norwin
Woodland Hills over Shaler
Penn Hills over Central Valley
Big Nine Conference
Belle Vernon over Uniontown
Elizabeth Forward over Trinity
Thomas Jefferson over Laurel Highlands
West Mifflin over Albert Gallatin
Greater Allegheny Conference
Greensburg Salem over Hollidaysburg
Hampton over Gateway
Indiana over Yough
Ambridge over Moon
New Castle over Blackhawk
Montour over Chartiers Valley
West Allegheny over Hopewell
Class AAA Non-Conference
Knoch over Ringgold
Burrell over Ford City
Freeport over Deer Lakes
Highlands over West Shamokin
Kittanning over Apollo-Ridge
Shady Side Academy over Valley
East Allegheny over Keystone Oaks
South Fayette over South Park
Steel Valley over Sto-Rox
Seton-LaSalle over Carlynton
South Allegheny over Quaker Valley
Southmoreland over Brownsville
Mount Pleasant over Burgettstown
Derry over Charleroi
Washington over Waynesburg
Aliquippa over Ellwood City
Laurel over Freedom
New Brighton over Summit Academy
Class AA Non-Conference
McGuffey over Mohawk
Big Seven Conference
Neshannock over Riverside
Shenango over Rochester
Union over Vincentian Academy
Black Hills Conference
Cardinal Weurl North Catholic over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Bishop Canevin over Northgate
Clairton over Greensburg Central Catholic
Jeannette over Leechburg
Monessen over Serra Catholic
Springdale over Wilkinsburg
Tri-County South Conference
Frazier over Bentworth
Beth-Center over California
Jefferson-Morgan over Avella
Mapletown over West Greene
Class A Non-Conference
Fort Cherry over South Side
Western Beaver over Chartiers-Houston
Carmichaels over Riverview
PITTSBURGH CITY LEAGUE
Perry over Carrick
University Prep over Brashear
Westinghouse over Allderdice
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