A 4-2 record raised my record above .500 (7-5) for the season but the improvement wasn't enough to please New Jersey judge Damian Murray, who demanded that a certain WPIAL football prognosticator appear in his court.
Murray recently called Snooki of "Jersey Shore" a "Lindsay Lohan wannabe" and he's been known to be tough on prognosticators.
After a thorough examination of my shoddy 7-5 record, Murray declared to the court that I'm about as qualified to make picks as The Situation, another "Jersey Shore" cast member.
Murray's proclamation proved to be harsh criticism, but it's provided a renewed focus for Week 3.
Trinity (1-0, 2-0) at Belle Vernon (1-0, 1-1) – Both teams look like contenders in the Big Eight Conference and both are getting it done defensively. Trinity held Chartiers Valley to six points and just two first downs after halftime last week. Belle Vernon has allowed 14 points through two games. Picks remembers Trinity's basketball team squeaking out a win at Belle Vernon last year in a defensive-minded game and thinks the same will happen again. Trinity, 13-7.
Ringgold (2-0) at Hollidaysburg (2-0) – Ringgold is rushing for 300-plus yards per game with Derrick Fiore and Quad Law leading the way. WPIAL newcomer Hollidaysburg is fresh off a 37-0 win against Valley and chances are the Tigers faithful will be amped for their Keystone Conference debut. Something also tells me a long bus ride won't slow Ringgold's playmakers once they hit the field. Ringgold 35-21.
West Allegheny (2-0) at Blackhawk (2-0) – West Allegheny slipped past Central Valley in its first full game sans Wisconsin recruit Mike Caputo but it wasn't easy. Blackhawk tends to make things difficult too, but … West Allegheny, 27-24.
South Fayette (2-0) at Steel Valley (2-0) – South Fayette opens play in the Century Conference with what should be a tough test in a tough place to win. Steel Valley's run game has rolled though two opponents but it's tough to match the Lions' balanced offense and the play of quarterback Christian Brumbaugh. South Fayette, 28-26.
North Allegheny (2-0) at Upper St. Clair (2-0) – With Gateway and Woodland Hills winless, North Allegheny has ascended toward the top of the Class AAAA pecking order. So has Upper St. Clair. North Allegheny, 27-10.
Gateway (0-2) at Latrobe (2-0) – Show of hands, who had Gateway at 0-2 and Latrobe at 2-0 going into this non-conference game? Doesn't look like many. The Gators have played a challenging schedule and it's just tough imaging them at 0-3. Gateway, 17-13.