Who doesn’t love predictions? They’re rarely correct, but all it takes is one hit to make you a genius.
In this blog, which will appear each Thursday prior to the weekend’s football games, I’ll take a look at each contest and make some picks based on certain matchups, how players are playing and what teams need to do to be successful.
I will occasionally pick winners of games, but there will be other predictions mixed in as well. For example, a player who I think might rush for 200 yards or whether a guy can notch 10 tackles for a second consecutive week.
What I’d like from readers is feedback on the predictions, which ones you like and don’t like, and a few predictions of your own. There are no winners and losers here. Each prediction is as valid as the next one, which, of course, may be completely invalid, as the case may be.
This week, we only have two games that county as Calvary Christian and Glenwood get their seasons started on Friday and Saturday, respectively. We do, however, have a handful of scrimmages.
So, like the players, I get a week of practice before things actually count against me next week.
Here’s a handful of picks I have for the week ahead.
In his first start, Carver’s Jawon Pass will show us why he’s considered a top recruit for the class of 2016.
He may be limited as coach Joe Kegler tries to ease him into the starting role, but Pass will show flashes of brilliance as he leads a handful of Tiger drives. Nerves will go out the window early as the 6-foot-5 sophomore connects on a handful of throws early, threading the needle and showing his potential as a precision pocket passer.
The talented Carver defense will be seriously tested against arguably the most athletic player in the area, Central’s Traveon Samuel.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but the Tigers defense is loaded with talent. It will get a great test against Samuel in this scrimmage, as the athlete can line up and beat you basically anywhere on the field. Carver may be successful in limiting him, but then again it might not. We’ll find out very early how good the unit can be with how it deals with Samuel.
Calvary Christian, a Wing-T team that returns 0 yards in the running game from 2012, will show no ill effects, finding holes and running to victory over Unity Christian.
Gone are All-Bi-City first-teamers Duncan Newton and Xavieus Duncan for the Knights, and coach Brian Osborne said it would be a learning process in the running game. The unit learns fast and, helped along by an experienced offensive line, puts together a solid if not impressive day on the ground to help the team pick up an opening-game victory.
Smiths Station shows its worth against Stanhope Elmore
It’s just a scrimmage game, so it doesn’t count either way. I won’t say the Panthers pick up a victory against a team that was very solid in 2012, nearly knocking out Carver-Montgomery in the first round, but they will look solid. Smiths Station is trying to prove it belongs in the playoff conversation in its region, and that’s exactly what it does in a good performance on Thursday.
Oh, you wanted to know my pick for Central-Carver? I’ll take the Tigers in a squeaker.
What about you? What are your picks for the weekend? Post them in the comments and follow me on Twitter @leprepsports.