Friday Night Live: Third-round Playoff Staff Predictions

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A 10-4 week allowed Frank DiRenna to extend his lead by one game to three as Andy Resnik went 7-7 to fall into third place in the ThisWeekSPORTS Predictions Panel standings. Second place now is held by Steve Blackledge, who also went 10-4. Scott Hennen, who is fourth at six games back, was the other member of the panel to go 10-4. Eric Frantz posted a week-best 11-3 record.  

The staff went 0-2 in Lone Wolf picks with Scott Gerfen and Stephen Borgna both losing to drop our record to 3-12. We have five more picks in such games this week, two by Borgna, who was the only panelist to pick Tri-Valley to beat Hartley and Worthington Kilbourne to upset Olentangy. Also making Lone Wolf picks were Gerfen, who took Africentric to beat top-seeded Fort Frye, Andy Resnik, who took Danville over Newark Catholic and Hennen taking Olentangy Berlin to beat Westerville South. 

Like last week, the staff has three unanimous picks: Pickerington Central over Hilliard Bradley, Massillon Perry beating Dublin Scioto and DeSales stopping Granville. It also should be noted the staff lost a unanimous pick last week when New Albany upset Pickerington North.  

Enjoy the third week of the playoffs!

Third-round playoff predictions 

Note: Seeds are in parentheses 

7-1 Olentangy Liberty (4) at 8-0 Dublin Coffman (1) 

Patriots: Baker, Gerfen  

Shamrocks: Blackledge, Borgna, Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Hennen, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey   

5-3 New Albany (10) at Westerville Central (3) 

Eagles: Blackledge, Purpura, Stevenson 

Warhawks: Baker, Borgna, Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Resnik, Ulrey 

4-3 Watterson (6) at 6-0 Sheridan (3) 

Eagles: Baker, Cochran, Frantz, Gerfen, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey 

Generals: Blackledge, Borgna, DiRenna, Hennen, Purpura   

7-1 Heath (7) at 6-1 Licking Valley (2) 

Bulldogs: Blackledge, Resnik 

Panthers: Baker, Borgna, Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Purpura, Stevenson, Ulrey   

6-1 Harvest Prep (5) at 6-1 Columbus Academy (4) 

Warriors: Baker, Cochran, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey 

Vikings: Blackledge, Borgna, DiRenna, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Purpura   

6-1 Liberty Union (7) at 7-0 Ridgewood (2) 

Lions: Gerfen, Purpura, Resnik 

Generals: Baker, Blackledge, Borgna, Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Hennen, Stevenson, Ulrey   

6-2 Ready (6) at 6-1 Wheelersburg (3) 

Silver Knights: Blackledge, Borgna, Cochran, Stevenson, Ulrey 

Pirates: Baker, DiRenna, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Purpura, Resnik   

5-3 Olentangy Berlin (11) at 6-0 Westerville South (3) 

Bears: Hennen 

Wildcats: Baker, Blackledge, Borgna, Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Gerfen, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey   

5-3 Worthington Kilbourne (12) at 5-2 Olentangy (4) 

Wolves: Borgna 

Braves: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey   

7-1 Tri-Valley (10) at 4-3 Hartley (2) 

Scotties: Borgna 

Hawks: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey   

4-3 Newark Catholic (5) at 5-2 Danville (4) 

Green Wave: Baker, Blackledge, Borgna, Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Purpura, Stevenson, Ulrey 

Blue Devils: Resnik   

4-1 Africentric (8) at 7-0 Fort Frye (1) 

Nubians: Gerfen 

Cadets: Baker, Blackledge, Borgna, Cochran, DiRenna, Frantz, Hennen, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey   

3-5 Hilliard Bradley (13) at 8-0 Pickerington Central (1) 

Jaguars:  

Tigers: Unanimous pick   

7-1 Dublin Scioto (8) at 7-0 Massillon Perry (1) 

Irish:  

Panthers: Unanimous pick   

4-2 Granville (8) at 5-1 DeSales (1) 

Blue Aces:  

Stallions: Unanimous pick   

Standings after seven weeks: 

Frank DiRenna: 10-4 last week, 87-32 overall 

Steve Blackledge: 10-4, 84-35 

Andy Resnik: 7-7; 82-37 

Scott Hennen: 10-4; 81-38 

Ryan Baker: 8-6; 80-39 

Eric Frantz: 11-3; 80-39 

Jarrod Ulrey: 9-5, 78-41 

Lee Cochran: 8-6; 76-43 

Jeff Stevenson: 8-6; 75-44 

Scott Gerfen: 7-7; 73-46 

Dave Purpura: 7-7; 67-52 

Stephen Borgna: 9-5; 64-55

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