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Last week: 8-4

Overall: 34-16, 68 percent

The last day of summer was Monday, and Picks Jr. already feels cold.

The king of the prep sports skidded to an 8-4 record last week and arrives at the regular-season midpoint with a winning percentage of only 68 percent.

Picks Jr. is going to have an awesome autumn. He has packed away his summer wardrobe at his Kilbuck condominium, checked the tires on his 1991 Yugo and dusted off his Lee Fritz replica jersey.

H.S. Picks Jr., must know more about pro football than high school. He won his NFL survivor league this week.

Here are his selections for this week’s games:


Friday


  • Gateway at Penn-Trafford: Penn-Trafford has about the same chance as the Rogues against the Gramercy Riffs in the 1979 classic “Warriors.” Gateway, 27-21.

  • McKeesport at Canon-McMillan: McKeesport stars Guy Hurt and Dontey Brown don’t count their calories. They feast on a platter of Big Macs this week. McKeesport, 20-18.

  • Mt. Lebanon at Baldwin: The Quad East improves to 5-0 this season against the Quad North. Baldwin, 21-13.

  • Perry vs. Brashear: A rematch of last year’s City League finals, but this one will be closer. Brashear’s Darnell Payne scored more touchdowns last week against Allderdice (five) than Perry has allowed in the City League in 21/2 years. Perry, 26-6.

  • Peters Township at Thomas Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson once said, “If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?” That explains why H.S Picks Jr. is always smiling. Thomas Jefferson, 28-21.

  • Pine-Richland at Hampton: Think Hampton coach Greg Mihalik remembers last year’s 47-0 shutout loss at Pine-Richland• Think Picks Jr., was upset when Sex and the City got blanked on Emmy night• Pine-Richland, 23-21.

  • West Allegheny at Blackhawk: Which number will be higher: Bruce Gradkowski’s completions on Saturday, or West A. grad Tyler Palko’s passing attempts for his career at Pitt• Blackhawk, 28-14.

  • Aliquippa at Beaver: Beaver senior running back Pat McDanel is such a team player, he spells his name without the “I.” Aliquippa, 23-16.

  • Steel Valley at South Fayette: Steel Valley is taking a tour of the Souths. The Ironmen beat South Allegheny, 47-0, last week. They play undefeated South Fayette this week, and South Park in two weeks. South Fayette, 18-15.

  • Riverview at Clairton: The last time Riverview beat Duquesne and Clairton in the same season (1998), the Raiders reached the WPIAL semifinals. Picks Jr. can’t see that happening. Clairton, 14-8.


    Saturday


  • North Hills at Shaler: Shaler has the best homecoming day in the WPIAL. The Titans usually don’t win, but the parade, floats and autumn weather are worth it. Unless a halftime parachutist lands on Andrew Johnson’s head, North Hills will sit in the postgame traffic jam as winners. North Hills, 24-14.

  • Wilkinsburg at Duquesne: Normalcy returns to the Eastern Conference. Slumping Duquesne claws its way out of last place. Duquesne, 13-12.


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