It took four years, but I finally got the best of Drew Pastuer and the Fantastic 50 in the first round of the football playoffs. Last year we tied with 72 correct first round picks. This year – with more games – I predicted 93 games right. DP 89.
Neither of us correctly predicted an entire region. The best score was 14-2, which I achieved in Divisions I, II, IV and VII. DP went 14-2 in Divisions III and VII. Our worst region? 11-5. That’s what I went in DV and DP went in DV and VI.
The toughest region? DIII Region 16 where all four road teams won (Coldwater, Chippewa, Loudonville and Huron). Both DP and I went 1-3 in that region. We both won picked Coldwater.
Now on to the Regional Semifinals. Hoping for another first.
2013 DVII REGIONAL SEMIFINAL PICKS
Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
EF: 1 Berlin Center Western Reserve (11‐0) vs. 4 Danville (9‐2) at Massillon Jackson Robert Fife Stadium: Western Reserve
DP: Western Reserve (Berlin Center) (11-0) by 5 (61%) vs Danville (9-2)
*Western Reserve has beaten six playoff teams this season. Six. Danville’s beaten one – Lowellville last week.
EF: 2 Norwalk St. Paul (10‐1) vs. 3 Wellsville (9‐2) at Orrville Red Rider Stadium: St. Paul
DP: St Paul (Norwalk) (10-1) by 13 (79%) vs Wellsville (9-2)
*Since a Week 3 loss to Huron, St. Paul hasn’t scored less than 41 points in a game. Wellsville has only scored more than 41 points three times.
EF: 8 Delphos St. John’s (7‐4) vs. 4 Tiffin Calvert (7‐4) at Findlay Donnell Stadium: Delphos St. John’s
DP: Delphos St John’s (7-4) by 13 (80%) vs Calvert (Tiffin) (7-4)
*DSJ started the season 2-4. Calvert was 1-4. Not picking against the MAC. The Jays ran for 405 yards in last week’s win over No. 1 seed Leipsic.
EF: 7 Hicksville (7‐4) vs. 6 Arlington (8‐3) at Perrysburg Widdel Field at Steinecker Stadium: Arlington
DP: Arlington (8-3) by 2 (54%) vs Hicksville (7-4)
*Hicksville started the season 3-4 before running its win streak to four with a 28-21 win over McComb last week. Arlington’s 40-35 Week 6 loss to McComb started a 2-3 slide for the Red Devils before last week’s shutout win over Fremont St. Joe. Arlington has held eight opponents to seven points or less.
EF: 1 Glouster Trimble (11‐0) vs. 4 Steubenville Catholic Central (9‐2) at Zanesville Sulsberger Stadium: Trimble
DP: Steubenville Catholic Central (9-2) by 1 (51%) vs Trimble (Glouster) (11-0)
*Great Eastern Ohio match up. Trimble has allowed 33 points all year and owns eight shutouts. SCC averages 41.8 points per game.
EF: 2 Shadyside (11‐0) vs. 6 Caldwell (9‐2) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium: Shadyside
DP: Shadyside (11-0) by 17 (86%) vs Caldwell (9-2)
*Shadyside has beaten four playoff teams this year. Caldwell has beaten two teams with winning records.
EF: 1 North Lewisburg Triad (11‐0) vs. 4 Sidney Lehman Catholic (10‐1) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field: Lehman Catholic
DP: Triad (North Lewisburg) (11-0) by 9 (71%) vs Lehman Catholic (Sidney) (10-1)
*Great northern Miami Valley match up. Lehman is one of the biggest surprises in the state this year. Triad continues to impress despite the midseason loss of standout Tre McIntyre. I’m going out on a limb here and pick a team DP says is almost a double-digit dog.
EF: 2 Covington (11‐0) vs. 3 Maria Stein Marion Local (11‐0) at Piqua Alexander Stadium, Purk Field: Marion Local
DP: #31 Marion Local (Maria Stein) (11-0) by 19 (89%) vs Covington (11-0)
*One of the best games statewide regardless of division. Covington is a small school power but like everyone else – it has issues with the MAC. Marion Local is marching towards its third straight state final (and potentially title). ML senior QB and Pitt commit Adam Bertke, who missed time with a broken hand, is back. Covington has its own stalwart in senior RB A.J. Ouellette.
Regional Semifinal History
EF Picks 2013: TBA
EF Picks 2012: 39-9 (81%)
EF Picks 2011: 31-17 (65%)
EF Picks 2010: 35-13 (73%)
DP FAN 50 Picks 2013: TBA
DP FAN 50 Picks 2012: 39-9 (81%)
DP FAN 50 Picks 2011: 35-13 (73%)
DP FAN 50 Picks 2010: 37-11 (77%)
Regional Quarterfinal History
EF Picks 2013: 93-19 (83%)
EF Picks 2012: 72-24 (75%)
EF Picks 2011: 76-20 (79%)
EF Picks 2010: 72-24 (75%)
DP FAN 50 Picks 2013: 89-23 (79.5%)
DP FAN 50 Picks 2012: 72-24 (75%)
DP FAN 50 Picks 2011: 82-14 (85%)
DP FAN 50 Picks 2010: 77-19 (80%)
Regular Season Recap
WHIO TV 2013 Picks Final:
Last Week: 6-0
Season Total: 51-9 (85%)
Finished strong with another 6-0 week and finished second overall in WHIO TV’s contest. Congrats to shadatc who went 54-6.
Columbus ThisWeek Picks Final:
Last Week: 12-3
Season Total: 114-36 (76%)
After finishing middle of the pack last year, I finished first overall this season. Feels good to have proof that I kind of know what I’m talking about.
Ohio Statewide Slate
Last Week: 16-4
Season Total: 146-54 (73%)
Finished on an upward swing after some less than impressive weeks.