With perfect week, Stallone back in front
Tired of the view from below, I relied on some knowledge, a few hunches, and a little bit of luck to record the first perfect week in the 2017 Pigskin Picks.
Going 10-0 on the high school scene in Week 7, I was able to up my season record to 51-19 (.729) and more importantly move past Sports Editor Dave Seamon and into first place. Seamon went 7-3 last week, slipping to 49-21 (.700) and two games behind.
I can almost taste that first prize, one I’m told will be the coveted trip to Fiji. Rumor has it we still have to run that by the company boss es, but that’s just a technicality, right?
In the meantime, let’s turn our focus to Week 8, which features eight high school contests and two NFL games — the latter which are sure to test not only our knowledge, but our loyalty as well.
And here we go ...
Donegal at Hazleton Area — A year ago, the Cougars went to Mount Joy in Week 8 and stunned the Indians on homecoming for their first win. Twelve months later, Donegal has lost four of six, and the Cougars (4-3) are hitting their stride and looking to better their playoff seeding ... Hazleton Area, 34-12.
Seamon says: OK, so I picked against the Cougars last week. I won’t make that same mistake this week ... Hazleton Area, 39-7.
Jim Thorpe at Tamaqua — Unbeaten Olympians will have their hands full with a Tamaqua offense that can put points on the board in a hurry. Sensing an upset in the Land of Running Water ... Tamaqua, 27-22.
Seamon says: Raiders lost a shootout against Lehighton last week. Don’t think points will be as easy to come by against Thorpe’s stout ‘D’ ... Jim Thorpe, 27-14.
Marian at Shenandoah Valley — Colts going after their third straight win and first on the road this season ... Marian, 35-6.
Seamon says: Either Marian figured something out after Week 5 or schedule has eased considerably. Probably a little of both ... Marian 41-14. Blue Mountain at North Schuylkill
— After two straight losses to undefeated teams, the Spartans regroup to give the home fans something to celebrate ... North Schuylkill, 28-7.
Seamon says: Will the real Eagles please stand up, losers in five of their first six
games or winners over Pottsville last week? ... North Schuylkill, 22-15. Minersville at Mahanoy Area — Gold
en Bears run their way back to .500 ... Mah
anoy Area, 41-20.
Seamon says: Bears end two-game slide ... Mahanoy Area, 32-14. Panther Valley at Schuylkill Haven
— After an 0-4 start against Schuylkill League Division I competition, Hurricanes have won three straight and proven they are the team to beat in Division II ... Schuylkill Haven, 34-15.
Seamon says: Both teams looking to get to .500 with a win ... Schuylkill Haven, 41-13.
Crestwood at Hanover Area — Comets got their first road win last week at Tunkhannock. They get their second straight on the road, and third consecutive victory overall against the winless Hawkeyes ... Crestwood, 27-6. Seamon says: Last three weeks have been kinder to the Comets than the previous three ... Crestwood, 48-14. Whitehall at Bethlehem Catholic —
Another classic battle in the Lehigh Valley (seems like there’s one every week), pitting teams with a combined 11-3 record. The coin toss goes to the home team ... Bethlehem Catholic, 28-27.
Seamon says: Becahi still smarting from first loss (to Parkland) last week ... Bethlehem Catholic, 27-22.
Pittsburgh at Kansas City — The Chiefs are 5-0 and flying high. The Steelers are still licking their wounds from last week’s 30-9 mauling at the hands of the Jaguars. Hoping that Big Ben can bounce back from his five-interception nightmare ... Pittsburgh, 24-21.
Seamon says: Don’t think my friend has ever picked against his beloved Steelers. They did beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead in the playoffs without scoring a single touchdown last season. They’ll need a few Sunday to outlast potent KC attack ... Kansas City, 31-24.
L.A. Rams at Jacksonville — After watching them play last week, I’m convinced that Jacksonville has the defense and running game that can cause teams fits and keep the Jags in playoff contention this season ... Jacksonville, 20-16.
Seamon says: Rams would be 4-1 with a two-game lead in NFC West had a potential last-second TD pass not been dropped against Seattle on Sunday. Hangover lingers after cross-country trip. Might be time to climb aboard the Jags’ bandwagon ... Jacksonville, 27-17.