FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 5 PICKS — TWO VALLEY TEAMS AT HOME, TWO ON THE ROAD
This week’s high school football schedule has Athens and Waverly in action at home on Friday night, while Tioga plays a Saturday matinee on the road, and Sayre is on the road Saturday night.
Waverly, the reigning Section IV, Class C champions, plays Class AA Elmira, while Athens takes on NTL powerhouse Troy. Tioga plays a key divisional game at Delhi, and Sayre looks to get on track against a resurgent Cowanesque Valley squad.
The VSR quartet of pigskin prognosticators had a near perfect record last week, with The Mick, Country Bob, and myself going 10-0, and Little Red bringing up the rear at 9-1. For the season, I have a 33-4 record, while the Mick is 32-5, and Little Red and Country Bob are both 29-8.
According to our pigskin pickers, this is what lies in store this weekend:Elmira (1-1) at Waverly (2-1):
The Wolverines are coming off a 47-8 win over Sidney, while the Express pulled out a 32-29 win over Baldwinsville.
Elmira is big and physical, and likes to run the football. Waverly’s already played a team like that in Tioga, while the Express hasn’t seen a passing game like the Wolverines will bring to the table.Prediction:
The Wolverines’ ability to get off the field on third down will be a key. … I think Waverly will put up some points, and get enough stops to get the “W”. … WAVERLY 31, ELMIRA 22.
Waverly 30, Elmira 13. … Little Red:
Waverly 35, Elmira 7. … Country Bob:
Waverly 21, Elmira 13.Troy (4-0) at Athens (1-3):
The Wildcats are coming off a 26-12 home loss to Wellsboro in Week 4, while the Trojans rolled to a 41-7 win over Wyalusing.
Athens is young and very banged up, while Troy may be the best team in District 4 this side of Southern Columbia.Prediction: Troy 48, Athens 0.
Troy 63, Athens 7. … Little Red:
Troy 56, Athens 0. … Country Bob:
Troy 47, Athens 0.Tioga (3-0) at Delhi (3-0) (Saturday):
The Tigers are coming off a 68-0 win over Harpursville-Afton, while the Bulldogs topped Bainbridge-Guilford, 49-14.
Tioga is clicking on all cylinders, and Delhi is averaging 51.3 points per game (and beat H-A, 61-0 in Week 2).Prediction:
Delhi has some dangerous skill-position players, but are young and inexperienced up front, and that’s not good against this Tioga team. … TIOGA 55, DELHI 12.
Tioga 36, Delhi 13. … Little Red:
Tioga 49, Delhi 0. … Country Bob:
Tioga 52, Delhi 0.Sayre (0-4) at Cowanesque Valley (2-2) (Saturday):
The Redskins are coming off a 41-7 loss at Marian Catholic, while the Indians dropped a 58-30 decision at South Williamsport.
Sayre is a bit banged up, and still struggling to find its identity, while Cowanesque Valley is the most improved team in the region.Prediction:
Cowanesque Valley has displayed an explosive, big-play offense that is capable of putting together sustained drives as well. Sayre has had trouble stopping anyone. … COWANESQUE VALLEY 44, SAYRE 12.
CV 44, Sayre 6. … Little Red:
CV 34, Sayre 12. … Country Bob:
CV 42, Sayre 7.Deposit-Hancock (1-1) at SVEC (3-0):
The Eagles are coming off an ugly 11-0 win over Newark Valley, while the Lumberjacks dropped a 32-22 decision at home to Walton.Prediction:
Before it’s all said and done, I think SVEC and Newark Valley will be playing in the postseason. … SVEC 34, D-H 20.
SVEC 24, D-H 6. … Little Red:
SVEC 20, D-H 6. … Country Bob:
D-H 27, SVEC 13.Towanda (2-2) at Wellsboro (2-2):
The Black Knights are coming off a 40-0 loss at Canton, while the Hornets won 26-12 at Athens.Prediction
: If Towanda limits its mistakes, Riley Vanderpool will prove too much for the Hornets. … TOWANDA 26, WELLSBORO 14.
Towanda 21, Wellsboro 7. … Little Red:
Wellsboro 21, Towanda 7. … Country Bob:
Towanda 24, Wellsboro 13.Canton (4-0) at South Williamsport (4-0):
The Warriors are coming off a 40-0 win over Towanda, while the Mounties won a 58-30 shootout against Cowanesque Valley.Prediction:
Canton has played a little tougher schedule, and I believe they have a much better defense. … CANTON 43, SOUTH 22.
South 28, Canton 24. … Little Red:
South 14, Canton 6. … Country Bob:
Canton 21, South 6.Montgomery (0-4) at Wyalusing (2-2):
The Rams are coming off a 41-7 loss at Troy, while the Red Raiders suffered a 40-14 home loss to Muncy.Prediction:
Wyalusing can run the football, and is solid defensively. … WYALUSING 33, MONTGOMERY 6.
: Wyalusing 27, Montgomery 6. … Little Red:
Wyalusing 40, Montgomery 14. … Country Bob:
Wyalusing 27, Montgomery 14.
Muncy (3-1) at NP-Mansfield (1-3):
The Indians are coming off a 40-14 win over Montgomery, while the Tigers topped Northwest Area, 39-15.Prediction:
Muncy is a bit better than most people expected, but NP-M might be as well. … MUNCY 26, NP-M 20.
Muncy 21, NPM 20. … Little Red:
Muncy 36, NPM 13. … Country Bob:
Muncy 28, NPM 6.Warrior Run (1-3) at Northwest (1-3) (Saturday):
The Defenders are coming off a 14-7 win over Hughesville, while the Rangers dropped a 39-15 decision at home to North Penn-Mansfield.Prediction:
Warrior Run has played a tougher schedule, and was competitive in two of its three losses. … WARRIOR RUN 26, NORTHWEST 7.
Warrior Run 34, Northwest 14. … Little Red:
Warrior Run 36, Northwest 0 … Country Bob:
Warrior Run 38, Northwest 0.
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