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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week Six - 2021

Week six already? What the hell. 


Speaking of hell, Art Briles.


Let’s get into the picks for this week!


My record so far through five weeks is now 47-13 after going 8-2 in week five.


Arlington vs Arcadia - Arcadia won an emotional overtime game last week against North Baltimore. I don’t think this one is as close. I have the Red Devils in this one.


Cory-Rawson vs North Baltimore - North Baltimore had a handful of big plays last week in that loss to Arcadia. I think they have more of them tonight. Give me the Tigers.


Vanlue vs Pandora-Gilboa - Kudos to Vanlue for trying as hard as they do with 11-12 guys each week, but PG hung with McComb for about a half last week. PG wins this one big.


Liberty-Benton vs Van Buren - Cancelled due to Covid.


Fostoria vs Genoa - Fostoria looked to improve slightly last week vs Rossford. That won’t help them as much tonight. I will go with the Comets.


Elmwood vs Woodmore - Woodmore is 0-5 and realistically their only shot at a win is in two weeks against Fostoria. I have the Royals by a lot.


Gibsonburg vs Lakota - Another emotional week for the Raiders who lost their second coach in the span of 18 days. I can’t even imagine what those kids and that community is going through. I think Lakota can keep it close. At least for a little bit, but I have to take the undefeated Golden Bears.


Bucyrus vs Carey - Carey has looked really good since that loss to Hopewell in week one. Bucyrus is 1-4. I have to take the Blue Devils in this match up. 


Seneca East vs Mohawk - Struggles have continued for Mohawk since that big win to open up the season. Seneca East has looked impressive in starting 4-1. I have the Tigers moving to 5-1 tonight.


Columbian vs Sandusky - Columbian has been able to string a few wins together after some tough losses to Fremont Ross and Avon Lake. Sandusky is better than a season ago when they were 3-8. That won’t help them tonight. I have TC getting the win.


Margaretta vs Calvert - Calvert was able to get back on track with a big win last week over Fremont St. Joe’s. Margaretta has their own issues with starting 0-5. I have the Senecas getting back to .500 tonight.  


Hopewell-Loudon vs Butler - Hopewell was able to get this game to come together on Wednesday afternoon so neither team has had a lot of time to prep. Butler is a DIII team that is 1-3. Hopewell will need to be conditioned in this one since Butler has few two way guys, and Hopewell is mostly led by two way players. I still think behind the arm and legs of Ashton Bour that they find a way.


Hilltop vs Northwood - Crazy to think that Northwood hasn’t won since week one. They lost to Lake and Gibsonburg and missed games vs Edon and Lakota in between because of covid issues within the team. They will get back on track tonight against Hilltop.


Fremont Ross vs Findlay - I would love to be proven wrong, but with the way Findlay has struggled against Central Catholic and Whitmer I have to take Fremont Ross in this one. 


McComb vs Riverdale - I won’t pick this one since it’s the game I will be calling tonight. Hear all the action with Matt Cotman and I on Classic Hits 96-7 right here.

Lance's High School Football Picks - Week Five - 2021

Man, how are we already more than a month into high school football season?


Things are really starting to take shape around the area


Still no time for chit-chat. Let’s get into the picks for this week!


My record so far through four weeks is now 39-11 after going 8-2 in week four.


Arlington vs Vanlue - Arlington rolls along after drubbing Cory-Rawson last week.


Arcadia vs North Baltimore - Two teams that haven’t had the most stellar of starts to the season. I’ll take North Baltimore in this one.


Liberty-Benton vs Cory-Rawson - Liberty-Benton. By a lot.


Van Buren vs Riverdale - One of the more interesting matchups so far this season. I have a feeling Van Buren finds a way in this one.


Rossford vs Fostoria - Rossford. By a lot.


Eastwood vs Genoa - This matchup has been really good over the last few years. I think Eastwood takes this year’s game.


Mohawk vs Carey - Mohawk has struggled since their big week one win. They’ll get some points on the board, but I have Carey winning this Battle of Wyandot County.


Margaretta vs Hopewell-Loudon - Hopewell-Loudon. By a lot.


Mansfield Senior vs Columbian - A good looking matchup for this one. Columbian is 2-2. Mansfield Senior at 3-1. I have Columbian winning this homecoming matchup. 


Calvert vs Fremont St. Joe’s - If Calvert doesn’t win this one then it’s time to hit the panic button. I will go with the Senecas.


Findlay vs Whitmer - Findlay ran into a Central Catholic buzzsaw last week. Whitmer is a good team with three wins on the year so far. I think Findlay finds a way to pull this one out.

Pandora-Gilboa vs McComb - I won’t pick this one since it’s the game I will be calling tonight. Hear all the action with Matt Cotman and I on Classic Hits 96-7 right here.

Lance's High School Football Picks - Week Four - 2021

How in the hell is it week four already?


I swear football time is not the same as ‘regular’ time. 


Still no time for chit-chat. Let’s get into the picks for this week!


My record so far through three weeks is now 31-9 after going 9-2 in week three.


McComb vs Van Buren - Van Buren got back on the right track last week against Arcadia while McComb demolished an undermanned Vanlue team. I have McComb winning this one.


Pandora-Gilboa vs Arcadia - Things haven’t gone great for Arcadia thus far, and I don’t think their fortunes change against PG. I’ll take the Rockets.


Wilmington Area vs Liberty-Benton - LB was able to get a team from Pennsylvania to come play after covid issues cancelled their game vs North Baltimore. I couldn’t find much on Wilmington other than they won a game 50 to nothing. I just watched Liberty-Benton easily put up 41 on a good Arlington team. I’ll take the Eagles in this Saturday matchup.


Riverdale vs Vanlue - Riverdale got their first win last week against Cory-Rawson. Vanlue has struggled about as much as Cory-Rawson has this year so I have to take the Falcons. 


Fostoria vs Elmwood - Elmwood is 3-0 for the first time in 10+ years. Fostoria is 0-3 for the second straight year. Do I really need to spell this one out? I’ll take Elmwood.


Carey vs Colonel Crawford - One of the best games in the area tonight. Colonel Crawford has been dominant in getting to 3-0. Carey is 2-1 with that loss coming against a Hopewell-Loudon team that is gearing up for a big postseason run of their own. If Carey is going to beat Colonel Crawford this is the year. I’ll take the Blue Devils


Upper Sandusky vs Mohawk - Mohawk had a tough loss to Gibsonburg last week. Upper is 1-2 though. I have Mohawk getting back on track in this matchup. 


Gibsonburg vs Calvert - Calvert is 1-2 after a loss last week to St. Paul. Gibsonburg is now 3-0 with a big win over Mohawk. The transitive property doesn’t always work, but I will still take Gibsonburg in this one.


Hopewell-Loudon vs Lakota - Lakota is 2-1 and coming off an emotional win last week over Woodmore. Hopewell is 3-0 and absolutely rolling. Lakota doesn’t knock them off the tracks this week. I’ll take the Chieftains.


Columbian vs Mayfield - Columbian is a deceiving 1-2. They lost a heartbreaker week one to still undefeated Fremont Ross, and to an also unbeaten Avon Lake. I think they get back on track against an 0-3 Mayfield team.


Findlay vs Central Catholic - Another deceiving 1-2 for Central Catholic losing to St. Ed’s and Benedictine. Findlay though is coming off a blow out win and now have a freshman quarterback at the helm. I could be wrong and wrong in a big way, but I’Il take Findlay getting a big road win in Toledo.


Cory-Rawson vs Arlington - I won’t pick this one since it’s the game I will be calling tonight. Hear all the action with Matt Cotman and I on Classic Hits 96-7 right here.

Lance's High School Football Picks - Week Three - 2021

Back already for week number three of high school football!


Thank the lord it’ll be cooler tonight than it was the last two week because I can’t possibly describe how sweaty I have been the last two Friday’s.


Now that you may or may not have a mental picture of me sweating… Let’s go ahead and get into this week’s picks!


My record so far through two weeks is now 22-7 after going 15-2 in week two.


Arcadia vs Van Buren - Neither team has looked very good to start the season. I’ll take Van Buren in this one, but I’m not very confident in it.


McComb vs Vanlue - Vanlue played with just 11 players last week, and McComb went toe-to-toe with Marion Local. Panthers. Huge.


Pandora-Gilboa vs North Baltimore - PG took Bluffton to overtime last week. North Baltimore had a blowout win over Crestline. I’ll go with Pandora-Gilboa in this one, but this could end up being a decently close game. 


Riverdale vs Cory-Rawson - Riverdale was competitive in their game last week with Hardin Northern. While Cory-Rawson has continued to struggle this season. I have Riverdale getting their first win on the season. 


Fostoria vs Hopewell-Loudon - The struggles continue for Fostoria. Hopewell-Loudon is one of the best overall teams in the area. I have Hopewell big in this one.


Bowling Green vs Findlay - Bowling Green is 0-2 on the season while Findlay struggled last week to get anything going offensively vs Perrysburg. I have Findlay getting back on track tonight. 


Waite vs Carey - Looks like tonight will be the first game of the season for Waite. They did go 4-2 last year, but the City League is not exactly as powerful as it once was. It’s a good thing my mom doesn’t read these because I’m picking against her alma mater and taking the Blue Devils. 


Mohawk vs Gibsonburg - Mohawk comes in at 1-1 with a good win over Calvert before falling to a really good Hopewell-Loudon squad. Gibsonburg is 2-0 with wins over Ottawa Hills and Woodmore. Woodmore has not scored any points so far this season. I will take Mohawk getting back over .500 tonight. 


Avon Lake vs Columbian - Columbian got back on the right track after a tough loss at the end to Fremont Ross. Avon Lake is 2-0 with wins over Strongsville and Broadview Heights. I just have a gut feeling TC wins this one, somehow. 


Norwalk St. Paul vs Calvert - Calvert got back on track following their loss to Mohawk with a win over Monroeville. St. Paul doesn’t appear quite as dominate as they typically are, but I’ll still take the Flyers in this matchup. 


Woodmore vs Lakota - This one came together on short notice after Lakota was supposed to play Northwood, but they have covid issues within their team. Lakota will be playing emotionally tonight after the passing away of their defensive coordinator, Jon Ottney, following the game last week. I have Lakota winning this one big. 

Arlington vs Liberty-Benton - I won’t pick this one since it’s the game I will be calling tonight. Hear all the action with Matt Cotman and I on Classic Hits 96-7 right here.


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