Staying out of the basement top option
With just this week and next week left in our 2010 Grid Picks race, my main objective right now is to stay out of the basement since finishing first is well out of my reach.
As a matter of fact, hats of to Andy Steinmetz, who hasn't crumbled a bit all season and his 14-1 record last week probably has him getting fitted for the championship crown since Jason Boris and Joe Plasko slipped three and five games out, respectively.
T.J. Engle has a shot to pass yours truly but I'm still a good seven games ahead of Bob Ford. Hopefully he hasn't saved his best for last.
Congrats to Rod Heckman and Emmett McCall for making a late season rally.
So with out further adieu, here's the picks:
NORTH SCHUYLKILL AT NORTHERN LEHIGH - Definitely the toughest test for the Bulldogs this season, but they've been waiting a year for a rematch. Spartans are bigger and quicker, but so are the Bulldogs. Gotta go with the home team ... Northern Lehigh, 21-20.
EAST STROUDSBURG SOUTH AT EASTON - Cavaliers took control early and never let Pleasant Valley have a chance last week. This week is different ... Easton, 21-7.
WHITEHALL AT NAZARETH - Blue Eagles beat the Zephyrs 28-20 a couple of weeks ago in LVC play. Why not again? ... Nazareth, 28-20.
SOUTHERN LEHIGH AT ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC - Nothing should overshadow the outstanding season the Spartans have had this year. Not even a loss to the Vikings ... Central Catholic, 38-14.
PIUS X AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Royals surprised us with a win last week. Not this time around ... Schuylkill Haven, 21-7.
EMMAUS AT LIBERTY - This game might come right down to the wire. Hornets defense vs. Hurricanes offense ... Liberty, 14-7.
BERWICK AT VALLEY VIEW - Bulldogs beat Bangor last week, but aren't the team that wore the Blue and White when George Curry was there ... Valley View, 21-14.
WYOMING AREA AT PINE GROVE - Cardinals survived a close battle with Catasauqua last week. This week they get another close win ... Pine Grove, 14-13.
HOLY CROSS AT MAHANOY AREA - Golden Bears deserve this one for the season that Wally Hall has put together ... Mahanoy Area, 38-14.
LAKELAND AT WILKES-BARRE GAR - This is the only game this week that I picked against the home team ... Lakeland, 28-21.
DUNMORE AT RIVERSIDE - Flipping the coin here and it comes up ... Riverside, 14-13.
SHIKELLAMY AT SELINSGROVE - After Lehighton put a whuppin' on its field hockey team last Saturday, Seals need something to celebrate ... Selinsgrove, 7-6.
MOUNT CARMEL AT DANVILLE - Thirty years ago, the Red Tornadoes would have been my pick. Not now ... Danville, 21-14.
TOWANDA AT LEWISBURG - Looks like Lewisburg wins big here ... Lewisburg, 28-0.
LINE MOUNTAIN AT SOUTHERN COLUMBIA - Just on history of the two programs, I'll go with ... Southern Columbia, 21-7.