In this same space one week ago, this fearless prognosticator of WPIAL football received some serious ribbing for selecting Washington over Clairton. That pick didn't turn out so well and gave this column a dubious debut.
Seeking help, I consulted a myriad of self-help gurus. Tony Robbins, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Oprah all laughed at the request.
The search continued.
Talked to Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt who said," Always take the conservative approach playing on the road."
Talked to West Virginia coach Bill Stewart near midnight early in the week and he offered, "Geez whiz, you asking me to even think about high school football when we're playing the best Marshall team we've ever faced? Can't help you anyway, it's time for another practice."
Finally, after much reflection, there's only one way to help and that's improve on last week's pathetic 3-3 record.
And, don't worry Bears fans, this prognosticator won't pick against your squad again. We're only looking for competitive games here.
Beaver Falls (1-0, 1-0) at Aliquippa (1-0, 1-0)
As this former reporter from the Beaver County Times can attest, any time these two traditional powerhouses clash, it is newsworthy. This game will be televised live tonight by FSN.
There won't be a game played in Class AA this season with more talent on the field but picking against the Quips at The Pit (one of the WPIAL's great venues) is not wise. Aliquippa, 27-22.
Chartiers Valley (0-0, 0-1) at Trinity (0-0, 1-0)
The Colts gave up 35 points to Montour in the first half last week before a stirring comeback fell short. Chartiers Vallley's offense has given the Hillers fits in recent years, winning three straight in the series. Trinity, with Brad Martin, Pat Frey and Mike Cleveland, already looks better on offense than it did last year but it might not be enough to keep up with the Colts. Chartiers Valley, 35-31.
Central Valley (0-0, 1-0) at West Allegheny (0-0, 1-0)
Did anyone think the merger of Center and Monaca would fail to field a competitive football team? Central Valley looked the part in Week 1. This week, it gets the defending WPIAL Class AAA champs minus Wisconsin recruit Mike Caputo, who suffered a severe ankle injury last week. That makes this one a lot closer, but ... West Allegheny, 17-10.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic (0-0, 1-0) at Bethel Park (0-0, 1-0)
Hmmm, another Taglianetti blocking punts for PCC? Imagine if those brothers all played at South Fayette. The Vikings notched a high-profile win against Akron Buchtel last week. Bethel Park, meanwhile, continues to plug along, winning games at an alarming rate and doing so without much fanfare. The potential for an upset is there. Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 24-21.
Hopewell (0-0, 1-0) at Montour (0-0, 1-0)
Rushel Shell led the Vikings to a tough victory at Belle Vernon, a team that should be a factor in the Big Eight Conference. Can the junior do it again this week? Montour looked outstanding during the first half against Chartiers Valley then produced three first downs after halftime. Two teams coming off confidence-building victories. Montour, 27-14.
Carmichaels (0-0, 1-0) at California (1-0, 1-0)
This prognosticator doesn't see how any Class A team in the WPIAL has a nice home facility than California. And the Trojans looked nice in dispatching Mapletown last week. The T.D. Conway to Dakota Conway connection could be the most potent in the Tri-County South Conference. Carmichaels, on the other hand, likes to run the football and Zach Mundell rushed for three scores last week. Carmichaels, 26-20.