Another week, another good performance from the Journal picks!
Last week we were 7-1 on our high school picks to improve to 13-2 overall.
Our only blemish was the Spiro and Muldrow pick. We can live with that, after all, the Journal did go out on a limb and pick Heavener to beat Central and by gosh, it happened!
And, not meaning to brag but a little, consider these picks: Heavener 7, Central 6 (actual score was 21-6, but should have been 15-6) and Talihina 21, Gore 14 (actual score Talihina 18, Gore 14)! Let’s put a little extra work in on those PATs this week, Tigers.
We have asked for a raise but the publisher has cited the bad economy, high unemployment and the full moon to turn down the well-earned request.
Makes one want to turn in a half-hearted effort, but that doesn’t cut it with the Journal picks!
Should be an interesting week with a pair of border wars with Poteau hosting Gravette and Heavener visiting The City of Lights, Paris, as in the Arkansas variety, sans the leaning tower.
Here we go!
GRAVETTE, Ark. AT POTEAU–Poteau’s season of redemption continues after already capturing one win over a team which downed the Pirates last year. This will be the second chance as Poteau lost at Gravette last year. Tough call and choice. Gravette is loaded, as is Poteau. Would predict an eight-man type score but have learned a lesson after the ill-chosen “shredded the Pirates’ defense” comment after the Checotah game. Poteau is averaging 40 points per game. Gravette can light up the scoreboard, also. President Obama says “Pass this bill!”. We say “Pass that ball!” and do it well. POTEAU 35, GRAVETTE 28.
ROLAND AT SPIRO–This should be an easy pick. Let’s see, Roland beat Muldrow, which then beat Spiro. No problem, eh? We have a problem. Let’s see, Spiro is playing at home and coming off the Muldrow loss. Muldrow could have easily beaten Roland. Spiro is also playing at home. Both teams have defeated Panama! And have we mentioned Spiro is playing at home yet? Out on a limb and give the Bulldogs another chance. SPIRO 21, ROLAND 20.
HEAVENER AT PARIS–Unlike most people, we don’t fantasize about visiting Paris, especially the Arkansas version. Probably since we have been there. Heavener visits Paris this week, sans the Frogs and bigoted anti-American people. Paris is supposed to be loaded and one of the top teams in its class. Heavener is coming off a win and has some momentum, but we fear that shall be short lived. PARIS 35, HEAVENER 14.
CENTRAL AT TALIHINA–Could be an interesting game, if Central’s quarterback can come back from a leg injury he suffered in last week’s loss to Heavener. Central looked good early, didn’t late. Talihina is 2-0 and improving, which is to be expected from a young and well-coached team. Heavener running back Blake Smittle looked Heisman worthy against Central. Expect Talihina’s backs to have big nights and the Tigers to probably block several punts as Central struggles in that area. TALIHINA 18, CENTRAL 0.
PANAMA AT GORE–Two teams desperately needing a win as both squads are in the ofer category in victories. Panama coach returning to his old stomping grounds. Gore not wanting to lose to former coach. To be a true homer, we would pick the homeboys. But the game is at Gore, as you can plainly see from the first three words of this paragraph. GORE 21, PANAMA 17.
POCOLA AT QUINTON–Finally get to see how good Pocola is as the Indians take on a quality foe after a pair of easy wins. Too many Johnsons to keep up with for Pocola. Break up the Indians! POCOLA 21, QUINTON 20.
ARKOMA AT SOUTHWEST CHRISTIAN–If Arkoma can survive the bus ride to Moore, this should be a breeze. Southwest Christian comes in with a stout defense which is allowing 70 points a game. No, that is not a misprint. That is 70 points per game after giving up 68, 66 and 76 points in its three games, all losses, as you could probably figure. With its firepower, Arkoma might score that many in the first half. Hard to get up for this one, we would predict, but the Mustangs run (and pass) freely. The mercy rule will probably come in handy here. ARKOMA 66, SW CHRISTIAN 22.
WEBBERS FALLS AT BOKOSHE–Bokoshe tries to garner (not James) its first win of the year against conference foe Webbers Falls, which is 1-1. The Tigers are young and rebuilding. WEBBERS FALLS 42, BOKOSHE 21.
And for our college picks this week (even though they were left off the picks in error), OU survives Florida State, OSU wins a close one at Tulsa and without saying anything negative about Arkansas’ non-conference schedule to avoid angering any of our fine readers, the Hogs roll over Troy.