A week after taking over the lead in the ThisWeek Sports predictions panel, Eric Frantz, managing editor of JJHuddle.com, is threatening to run away from the pack as he seeks his third championship.

Last week, Frantz went 9-1 to tie Patrick Dolan for best on the panel and move to 119-56 overall. He extended his lead to five games over Jeff Stevenson, who went 7-3.

In the first two weeks of the playoffs, Frantz has gone 22-3. Yes, it’s safe to say Eric knows his high school football, especially when it comes to playoff games.

Lee Cochran, Frank DiRenna and Dave Purpura all went 8-2. For Purpura, it was enough to lift him out of the basement and one game ahead of Brad Emerine, who went 5-5.

Scott Hummel came up empty on his prediction of a perfect week by someone ... not necessarily himself. He did pay off his debt with a can of soda that went nice with lunch. Thanks, Scott.

And finally, since being called out after the opening round of playoffs, when he unsuccessfully picked Harvest Prep to beat his alma mater, River, Neil Thompson has submitted his picks the last two weeks with the unsolicited selection of River. OK, we get it. To those from southeastern Ohio, Neil is officially back on the Pilots’ bandwagon.

Enjoy the regional finals!