Did you think we’d get here?
Neither did I.
High School Football makes its glorious return tonight! Things are going to look and feel a whole lot different than normal. That kind of goes without saying.
Nonetheless, let’s not dwell even more on how messed up things are in this country right now.
If you wanted picks for High School Football then you’ve come to the right place!
If not, well, I don’t know what to tell you..
How did I do last year? Good question. I actually don’t remember the answer..
Last season I went 113-30 during the regular season and the opening round of the postseason. This season won’t have that many games in all likelihood, but let’s see if this season can survive throughout the fall!
Here are my predictions for week one:
Arcadia vs Liberty-Benton - Liberty-Benton lost a lot of really good players, but they brought back a pretty good amount as well. Taking the Eagles.
Riverdale vs Leipsic - Leipsic made it all the way to the Regional Finals a season ago. They still have some of those pieces from that team. Plus Riverdale is breaking in a new head coach for the third time in as many years. Vikings over the Falcons.
Lima Central Catholic vs Van Buren - Van Buren was struck by the injury bug and then some last season leading to a 2-8 finish. LCC lost in the first round of the playoffs to a really good Fairview team. Gotta take LCC.
Vanlue vs McComb - McComb is breaking in a new QB and a good amount of skill guys are new to starting this season. Vanlue has just 14 players on their team. The Wildcats could have some moments this year, but those won’t happen against McComb. Taking the Panthers.
Pandora-Gilboa vs Cory-Rawson - PG still has a very good passing offense and probably the best receiver in the BVC in Bryce Basinger. Taking the Rockets over the Hornets.
Upper Sandusky vs Mohawk - Mohawk brings back most of their starters from a young team that found a way to make the playoffs. Upper went 2-8 last season. Gotta go with the Warriors over the Rams in this one.
Carey vs Colonel Crawford - Carey made a cinderella run to the regional finals a season ago, and if they didn’t take their foot off the gas against East Knox they would’ve made the state semi’s. They’ll have a few new faces, but they bring back an O-line that started four sophomores last season. Going with the Blue Devils.
Findlay vs Whitmer - Whitmer may not have Riley Keller, but it’s still Whitmer. Taking the Panthers.
Fostoria vs Eastwood - Fostoria could be a fun team this season with Dom Settles returning at QB. Eastwood though is an institution that wins every single year no matter who’s on the field. Taking the Eagles in this one.
Genoa vs Elmwood - Elmwood is a program on the rise after some down seasons. Genoa had themselves a down season last year for the first time in a long time. Gotta take Genoa in this one.
Tiffin Columbian vs Port Clinton - Columbian has been a playoff team each of the first two seasons under Judd Lutz. I don’t see why they wouldn’t be a strong team this year in the SBC. Going with the Tornadoes
Tiffin Calvert vs Hilltop - Calvert had a slightly down season after making the playoffs for five years straight. They’ll start the year on a good note with a win over Hilltop.
Hardin Northern vs Waynesfield-Goshen - Both teams made the playoffs last year. I will go with the Polar Bears in this one though.
Northwood vs Gibsonburg - Man if this matchup doesn’t excite you then you weren’t paying much attention last year. Only two times prior to 2019 did undefeated regular season teams not make the playoffs. It happened to both my Northwood Rangers and the Gibsonburg Golden Bears last season. The Rangers though still have Jay Moten at QB so because of that I will (unsurprisingly) take the Rangers.
Arlington vs North Baltimore - I won’t pick this one since it’s the game I will be calling. Listen to Matt Cotman and I live around 6:50 tonight!