Valley Preps

Lock it in!: Picks for high school football games this weekend

This week’s picks include a handful of tossups, a couple upsets and one school ending a very lengthy losing streak.

Take a look, tell me what you think and give me your picks as well.

Thursday night:

Hardaway over Shaw

Bowdon over Kendrick

Friday night

Houston County over Northside

Manchester over Spencer

Harris County over Veterans

Calvary Christian over Covenant Christian

Bremen over Chattahoochee County

Pacelli over Stewart County

Colquitt County over Carver

Central over Opelika

Auburn over Smiths Station

Russell County over Rehobeth

Kingwood Christian over Glenwood

Saturday night

Jordan over Temple

Last week: 12-2; Overall: 12-2

Some final thoughts

--Let’s start with my final pick, Saturday’s contest between Jordan and Temple. Jordan has lost 26 consecutive games dating back to the 2010 season. I think the Red Jackets end that slide on Saturday. It played a close game with Temple a year ago, and Temple is 0-2 this season with back-to-back 21-0 losses. This week really seems like the right recipe to get Jordan a victory.

--This week’s picks were particularly difficult, starting right with the one at the top. Hardaway and Shaw should make for a great game Thursday night. I went with the Hawks to end their losing streak against Shaw, but Shaw is every bit good enough to take the W as well. Very tough pick. A couple other game I think could surprise us a little bit: Manchester-Spencer, Carver-Colquitt County and Auburn-Smiths Station. I stand by each of my picks, but don’t underestimate the underdogs. Each of the three teams will compete, and if they make it a fourth-quarter game, anything can happen.

--Somehow, I’m relatively confident about the Central over Opelika. Despite the loss last week, the Red Devils looked strong on defense. Something tells me the urgency to avoid an 0-2 start in the region will be enough to get Central over the hump.

Now, it’s your turn. Join in and give me some of your picks. Post them in the comments and follow me on Twitter @leprepsports.