By ED HEDES
When you pick 12 out of 15 games right, you would think it would be a good enough week to gain some ground or at least stay even with the others in our Grid Picks competition. That wasn't the case last week, however, as I lost both of the games I basically gambled on and added in another.
Meanwhile, there were a few guys who went 14-1 in what was labeled an easy Week 6.
This time around, however, there are quite a few games that are toss-ups, so it's a good time to gamble once again and that's what the crystal ball suggests.
So here goes:
NORTHWESTERN AT NORTHERN LEHIGH - Tigers have shown improvement since the start of the season and Bulldogs, still saddled with injuries, are just hoping to get a few guys back in the next few weeks....Northwestern, 21-7.
BANGOR AT PALMERTON - This was one of the games that the Bombers were eyeing as a possible win earlier this season. The Slaters have since returned their key running back to the lineup so it's up to the Bomber 'D" to step up to the challenge...Palmerton, 17-14.
MAHANOY AREA AT JIM THORPE - Unbeaten Golden Bears head to the county seat for a big Anthracite League battle with the Olympians. The team who has the ball last here may win. I'm guessing here the guys ahead of me will go with the Olympians, so I'm going with...Mahanoy Area, 24-21.
MINERSVILLE AT MARIAN - Colts might be a little banged up, but they are on a three-game win streak and they play MInersville...Marian, 27-0.
SHENANDOAH VALLEY AT PANTHER VALLEY - Depth has been a problem for the Panthers as was evident again last week at Marian. This one is a winnable game, but ... Shenandoah Valley, 21-20.
TAMAQUA AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - These two teams were picked as two of the top squads in the Anthracite League this season. Banged up Raiders just haven't got it together...Schuylkill Haven, 23-14.
ALLEN AT LEHIGHTON - Indians won't get another one get away like they did a couple of weeks ago against Dieruff...Lehighton, 35-7.
PLEASANT VALLEY AT EAST STROUDSBURG SOUTH - Jimmy Terwillinger would like nothing better than to beat his old alma mater. Another tossup...Pleasant Valley, 21-20.
DIERUFF AT EAST STROUDSBURG NORTH - The Huskies enjoy fall foliage time in the Poconos...Dieruff, 28-20.
STROUDSBURG AT POCONO MOUNTAIN EAST - The Mountaineers get to battle the Cardinals, who are coming off a "Bucket" loss to Pleasant Valley...Stroudsburg, 20-7.
NOTRE DAME AT SAUCON VALLEY - The Panthers get to grind out a win over the much-improved Crusaders...Saucon Valley, 21-12.
TRI-VALLEY AT WILLIAMS VALLEY - The Vikings might have been looking ahead after suffering their first loss of the season to Pine Grove last Friday night. A rivalry battle here...Williams Valley, 14-7.
NORTH SCHUYLKILL AT MOUNT CARMEL - Back in the day, the Red Tornadoes would be an easy pick here. This might be closer than you think...Mount Carmel, 14-13.
LIBERTY AT EMMAUS - Figure most of the guys will pick Emmaus, so I'm gambling with...Liberty, 18-17.
NAZARETH AT BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC - Another close MVC battle, but I give the edge to....Bethlehem Catholic, 14-13.