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No second chance picks
September 7, 2012 - Jay Bennett
When it comes time to pull the trigger each week on Wednesday night or early Thursday afternoon, it's definitely not always an easy call trying to pick the winners of our area football games.
Sure, most weeks there are numerous games where it's almost impossible not to take a particular team because they are going to win and have little if any chance of actually losing.
However, I've been around long enough to know that when the sports department agrees across the board on a boatload of games something just might be amiss.
For some reason, and maybe I'm just out in left field here today, I think tonight's slate of games in the Mid-Ohio Valley could prove to be one of those weeks.
There were a few contests — Warren/Athens; Belpre/Southern; Ripley/Nitro and Buckeye Trail/Frontier — that I had a tough time picking a winner for this week.
As a staff, we were pretty much split on the Warren/Athens contest while everyone took Southern and Ripley. I was the only crazy scribe to think Frontier could defeat Buckeye Trail.
I probably changed my pick on taking Southern and Ripley at least a dozen times.
It's hard to take a school to win a game when they haven't tasted victory in more than a year. Nitro, which I definitely think could win tonight, now has lost 17 in a row. The funny thing is the last time the Wildcats won came back on Sept. 24 at Ripley, 17-3.
If ever a team needed a win, it's the Belpre Golden Eagles. Losers of 13 straight, Belpre does have a shot tonight against Southern, which won this game by a mere touchdown a season ago.
I also think Williamstown, which has a road trip to Fairfield Union tonight, might be in for a battle. Yes, FUHS has lost 15 straight and the Yellowjackets had a tough loss against Magnolia last week, but a victory might not come with ease for head coach Terry Smith's gang.
Last week, I knew deep down that Ritchie County could and probably would win at Roane County, but I couldn't convince myself to take the Rebels.
I just wonder if this is the week where picking against Doddridge County bites me in the rear. It's Calhoun County's homecoming tonight and I sided with the Red Devils so I reckon time will tell.
It would be most interesting if DCHS does win because then Bobby Burnside's team would be 3-0 heading to Elizabeth next Friday night for Wirt County's homecoming game.
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