Where did the season go? It seems like yesterday that we were putting the final touches on the Friday Night Live High School Football Preview Guide.
And like the teams playing this week, we must wait until the final whistle to decide our champion. Scott Gerfen and Jeff Stevenson both went 7-7 last week to remain in the top two spots, with Gerfen leading by one game.
Patrick Dolan was one of three members of the ThisWeekSPORTS.com Predictions Panel to go 10-4. In what might be categorized as trying to gain momentum for next year, Scott Hummel and Neil Thompson were the other two to post 10-4 marks and they are in the bottom two spots of the standings. In fact, over the past two weeks, Hummel and Dolan are tied for the best overall record.
The staff also went 2-1 in Lone Wolf picks to improve to 7-23 in such games. Picking correctly were Eric Frantz taking Trotwood-Madison over Hartley and Ryan Baker picking Lucas to beat Harvest Prep. Andy Resnik missed on his pick of Springfield to topple Cincinnati Elder. This week, Hummel has the only Lone Wolf pick, taking Elder over Pickerington Central.
To the teams playing in championship games: Good luck.
To the readers who’ve followed these picks since August: We thank you and we hope we entertained you.
To everyone: Enjoy the state finals!
Division I: Pickerington Central (13-1) vs. Cincinnati Elder (12-2)
Tigers: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey
Division II: Massillon Washington (14-0) vs. Cincinnati La Salle (12-2)
Tigers: Baker, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Hulkenberg, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey
Lancers: Blackledge, Gerfen, Hennen, Hummel
Division III: Mansfield Senior (13-1) vs. Trotwood-Madison (11-3)
Tygers: Cochran, Hummel, Thompson
Rams: Baker, Blackledge, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey
Division IV: Licking Valley (14-0) vs. Clyde (10-4)
Panthers: Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey
Fliers: Baker, Frantz
Division V: Ironton (13-1) vs. Kirtland (14-0)
Tigers: Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Thompson
Hornets: Baker, Blackledge, Dolan, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey
Division VI: Anna (13-1) vs. New Middletown Springfield (14-0)
Rockets: Baker, Blackledge, DiRenna, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Purpura, Resnik, Thompson, Ulrey
Tigers: Cochran, Dolan, Hummel, Stevenson
Division VII: Lucas (12-2) vs. Maria Stein Marion Local (12-2)
Cubs: Baker, Cochran, Hulkenberg
Flyers: Blackledge, DiRenna, Dolan, Gerfen, Frantz, Hennen, Hummel, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey
Scott Gerfen: 7-7 last week, 151-56 overall
Jeff Stevenson: 7-7, 150-57
John Hulkenberg: 8-6, 148-59
Steve Blackledge: 8-6, 148-59
Patrick Dolan: 10-4, 146-61
Eric Frantz: 9-5, 142-65
Scott Hennen: 7-7, 139-68
Frank DiRenna: 7-7, 138-69
Dave Purpura: 8-6, 137-70
Lee Cochran: 9-5, 137-70
Jarrod Ulrey: 8-6, 136-71
Ryan Baker: 9-5, 136-71
Andy Resnik: 5-9, 135-72
Scott Hummel: 10-4, 134-73
Neil Thompson: 10-4, 127-80