Football season has returned!
I really couldn’t be more excited for this season. Lots of teams returning great players. Teams looking to break through. What’s not to like?
For my picks in 2020, I went 78-26 overall. Considering how crazy last season was I don’t feel bad about that one bit. Enough talking, let’s get into the week one picks!
VAN BUREN vs ELMWOOD - Two teams that were solid in 2020. Give me the Black Knights over the Royals in this future league matchup.
ARCADIA vs HARDIN NORTHERN - Both teams were hit hard by graduation. I’ll take Arcadia in this one.
CORY-RAWSON vs BLUFFTON - Bluffton struggled out of the gate, but their offense was great as the year progressed. I gotta take the Pirates in this one.
RIVERDALE vs COLONEL CRAWFORD - Colonel Crawford had one of, if not their best, teams ever last season. They graduated a lot of those guys, but Riverdale is on their third coach in as many seasons. I’ll take the Colonels in this matchup.
ARLINGTON vs PAULDING - Arlington loses a bunch of talent from last season, but I saw Paulding last year. They weren’t great and they were mostly seniors. I’ll take the new look Red Devils in this one.
NORTH BALTIMORE vs EVERGREEN - Two teams that struggled last season matchup. North Baltimore has some good senior leaders on this team. Mitch Clark and Gunner Kepling to name a few. I'll take the Tigers in a shootout.
PANDORA-GILBOA vs COLUMBUS GROVE - Grove has to replace Blake Reynolds and Gabe Clement among others. PG has some new faces, but I’ll go with the Rockets tonight.
RIDGEMONT vs VANLUE - Ridgemont wasn’t all that great a season ago, but Vanlue lost six seniors. Vanlue has just 12 kids. That’s small even for Vanlue. I have to go Ridgemont here.
MCCOMB vs LAKE - McComb had their first down year basically ever last year. Lake was a solid team in 2020. I’ll go with Lake in this one, but I would love to be proven wrong.
FOSTORIA vs OAK HARBOR - Fostoria didn’t win a game last year, and their prospects for this season aren’t great. I’ll go with the Rockets.
FINDLAY vs ANTHONY WAYNE - Third coach in three years for the Trojans, but that won’t stop them in their return to Donnell. Give me Findlay in this one.
CAREY vs HOPEWELL-LOUDON - For my money the best game in this area tonight. Both return great quarterbacks, but Ashton Bour is greater. I’ll take Hopewell-Loudon in this one.
NORTHWOOD vs WOODMORE - My Northwood Rangers lose a bunch of talents from last year’s team that won their second playoff game in postseason history. Woodmore though is still in rebuilding. I will go with the Rangers in this one.
COLUMBIAN vs FREMONT ROSS - Columbian doesn’t bring back every starter from last season’s state semis team, but they are loaded. Ross is gonna be a contender this season in the TRAC, but that won’t start this week. Give me the Tornadoes.
LEIPSIC vs LIBERTY-BENTON - I won’t pick this one since it’s the game I will be calling tonight. Hear all the action on Classic Hits 96-7 right here.
Enjoy week one!!