These fearless prognostications were in trouble after two weeks, when a scant 7-5 record forced an ultimatum - start picking winners or else. Last week, a strong response was issued with a solid 5-1 week. Talk about clutch.
My overall record stands at 12-6, a .667 win percentage.
Considerable room for improvement remains.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic (3-0) at Woodland Hills (1-2)
After a respectable showing against national power Manatee (Fla.), Woodland Hills was shutout by North Hills. As expected, the Wolverines notched their first win last week against Plum. Pittsburgh Central Catholic has been far more impressive, with only Bethel Park playing the Vikings within three touchdowns. This prognosticator loves teams on a roll. Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 24-10.
Greensburg-Salem (3-0) at Ringgold (3-0)
Joe Montana Stadium should be buzzing for this key Keystone Conference game. The winner puts itself in great position. The loser should still be among the conference's top four teams. Greensburg-Salem has often been overlooked because of its conference affiliation. Ringgold has added life to the oft-maligned conference. The Rams want a track meet and it's tough to pick against speed. Ringgold, 35-27.
North Allegheny (3-0) at Erie McDowell (3-0)
It's still difficult imagining Erie McDowell as a WPIAL member but its offense is good enough for any district in Pennsylvania. One bugaboo is a defense that yielded 36 points to Baldwin. Imagining North Allegheny giving up 36 points to any team is near impossible. The Tigers have allowed just seven so far. North Allegheny, 28-14.
Trinity (2-1) at Central Valley (2-1)
The Hillers' defense took a few punches in a loss at Belle Vernon. Trinity's offense needs to start throwing a few, particularly in the passing game. Central Valley crushed a strong New Castle team last week and plays this non-conference game at home. After two tough Big Eight games against Chartiers Valley and BVA, Trinity might need to rest players with bumps and bruises for the important games. Central Valley, 26-10.
Washington (1-2) at South Fayette (3-0)
The Prexies are experiencing significant growing pains as the underclassmen have yet to adjust to full-time life at the varsity level. There's nothing like a rivalry to bring out the best and there's not much love lost between the Prexies and Lions from their intense basketball rivalry. Washington plays better in this one but the Prexies aren't ready to match South Fayette's talent and experience. South Fayette, 35-21.
Monessen (3-0) at California (2-1)
There was a time when this "rivalry" was as one-sided as Penn State' non-conference football schedule. California has leveled the playing field to a degree in recent years but the Greyhounds don't lose games in the Tri-County South very often. Neither team played its best last week, but Monessen found a way to win at Carmichaels, while California lost at Riverview. Monessen, 34-17.