These predictions are a blast, as in sometimes they blast you right in the forehead.

Last week, I was around my usual 79 percent and even had some spreads and scores pretty close. Untrained baboons can do that, too.

But some of my misses were spectacular. Some highlights, if you will:

District 3-AA quarterfinals – Bermudian Springs 37, Littlestown 0. I picked Littlestown 41-19. I was off the mark by, oh, a mere 59 points.

District 1-AAAA first round – Henderson 14, Ridley 13. Ridley, my preseason and virtually season long No. 1 team, was a 28-7 winner in my crystal ball. Crystal ball shattered.

District 7-A quarterfinals – Springdale 30, Monessen 6. The call? Monessen 28-20. In the real world, this is called … wrong!

District 1-AAAA first round – Downingtown East 42, Owens J. Roberts 7. I picked OJR. The predicted score is irrelevant. All you need to know is that a team I picked to win was mercy-ruled.

District 3-AA quarterfinals – Wyomissing 28, Delone Catholic 21 (a very good game, by the way). I had Delone in a 35-13 romp. The only romp was all over my pick.

Untrained baboons, I’m telling ya.

I could go on, but there’s only so much self-flagellation a non-monk can take.

Let’s get to this week’s embarrassments:

Last week: 86-23 (78.9%)
Season: 929-245 (79.1%)

No. 1 La Salle College 48, Northeast Philadelphia 6
No. 2 Pittsburgh Central Catholic 17, No. 5 North Allegheny 14
No. 3 North Penn 28, Downingtown East 14
No. 4 North Hills 14, No. 10 Woodland Hills 13
No. 6 Wilson 34, Cumberland Valley 28
No. 7 Easton 33, East Stroudsburg South 13
No. 8 Neshaminy 35, Abington 27
No. 9 Council Rock South 21, Central Bucks West 17

No. 1 Allentown Central Catholic 41, Southern Lehigh 15
No. 2 Archbishop Wood 41, Dobbins 0
No. 3 Abington Heights 14, West Scranton 10
No. 4 Montour 23, Mars 16
No. 5 Bishop McDevitt 40, Hershey 10
No. 6 Thomas Jefferson 27, Central Valley 19
No. 7 Grove City 31, Corry 20
No. 8 Cardinal O’Hara, season complete
No. 9 Greencastle-Antrim 27, Conrad Weiser 24
No. 10 Johnstown 33, Clearfield 20

No. 1 West Catholic 43, Bok Vo-Tech 6
No. 2 Aliquippa 26, No. 9 Ford City 14
No. 3. Lancaster Catholic 35, Wyomissing 22
No. 4 North Schuylkill 34, Northern Lehigh 27
No. 5 South Fayette 20, Beaver Falls 18
No. 7 Forest Hills 42, Huntingdon 20
No. 8 Lewisburg 35, Towanda 31
No. 10 Danville 27, Mount Carmel 21

No. 1 Clairton 28, No. 8 Springdale 7
No. 2 Rochester 19, Avonworth 14
No. 7 Sharpsville 28, No. 3 Mercyhurst Prep 20
No. 4 Southern Columbia 45, No. 9 Line Mountain 28
No. 5 Taylor Riverside 22, Dunmore 14
No. 6 Farrell 33, Lakeview 8
No. 10 Holy Name 35, Steelton-Highspire 12

District 1 quarterfinals
Henderson 20, Bayard Rustin 14

District 3 quarterfinals
Dallastown 20, Red Lion 13
Harrisburg 48, Daniel Boone 6
Governor Mifflin 27, Central Dauphin 24

District 6-9-10 championship
State College 34, Central Mountain 14

District 8 championship
Perry Traditional Academy 34, Brashear 12

District 11 semifinals
Nazareth 28, Whitehall 23

District 1 semifinals
Strath Haven 27, Springfield-Delco 13
Pottsgrove 38, Interboro 8

District 3 quarterfinals
Susquehanna Twp. 36, Cocalico 34
Manheim Central 28, Lampeter-Strasburg 14

District 4 championship
Selinsgrove 22, Shikellamy 7

District 10 semifinals
Cathedral Prep 35, Oil City 34

District 2 championship
Lakeland 26, GAR Memorial 20

District 3 semifinals
Trinity 35, Bermudian Springs 21

District 6 semifinals
Tyrone 37, Central 12

District 9 championship
Brockway 34, Brookville 20

District 10 semifinals
Sharon 24, Wilmington 21
General McLane 15, Hickory 13

District 3 semifinals
York Catholic 27, Millersburg 22

District 5 championship
Northern Bedford County 19, North Star 15

District 6 semifinals
Penns Manor 27, Bishop Carroll 16
Bishop McCort 28, Portage 9

District 9 semifinals
Curwensville 33, Cameron County 19
Redbank Valley 20, Port Allegany 6

District 11 championship
Schuylkill Haven 36, Pius X 19

  4 Responses to “Week 12 football predictions”

  1. Rod:

    You and I have pretty much been on the same wavelength this year, but I wasn’t totally shocked by Henderson’s upset. I’ve read that Ridley simply was too small to keep up with the best AAAA teams. Unlike you, though, I sometimes ENJOY being wrong!

    I made the same mistakes that you did last week, so don’t feel bad. I also predicted Delone 42-20 and Littlestown 41-14. The PAC-10 was rather weak this year, so I called it Downingtown East 35-21.

    I’m lovin’ your pick for Wilson to win 34-28. I prefer Wilson 28-21, though, for poetic justice — a turnaround from last year’s score. I’ll be watching the game via podcast, and I’ve been a nervous wreck about the game since yesterday afterrnoon. My alma mater and CV are like magnets in all sports, especially in football, and your statistical page bears this out.

    Since Chaump doesn’t seem to ever take his foot off of the accelerator, I fear your 48-6 call for Harrisburg over Daniel Boone is optimistic. I just hope the Blazers can score at all. Count on the Cougs to score at least 63.

    I agree with all of your other District III picks. In fact, some of my calls are practically identical to yours: D’town 28, Red Lion 14; GM 28, CD 24, & MC 31, L-S 14.

    There are at least a dozen games I’d like to see in person this week. I only wish that one of your wizard fans would get the lead out and invent one of those Star Trek teleporters. I’d be first in line. It seems that hand-held devices can do just about everything else!

    Keep up the good work!
    Steve Fisher
    Anchorage, Alaska

  2. Well, I guess we’re both a little sick, eh, Steve? I though I’d get over this prediction bug after I left the Patriot-News, but I guess not.

  3. At halftime of the Port A-Redbank game, it looked like you were right and all four guys at (who picked Port) were wrong. Sloppy game by both teams, with the Gators grinding out two long second-half TD drives to pull out the win.

  4. Considering my performance statewide this weekend, it’s no surprise that I chucked up the Redbank-Port Al game among many. I think status as “expert” has been slash to “ex”.

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