I want winners!


Here are some predictions sure to go wrong. After all, I should probably retire after going 3-0 last week (Grant over Paradise, Colusa at home holding off Durham and Dunsmuir besting Princeton in a limited Week Zero schedule).

Here’s the Week 1 lineup for tonight’s games involving area teams.

Chico at Center-Antelope.  Winner: Chico. The toughest call. I’ll take Clayton Welch having a big night, and the defense comes to play. Advantage Chico.

Lassen at Pleasant Valley. Winner: PV. Just like going to Susanville is hard, traveling from there to play is equally tough. Think PV gets the win and starts 1-0

Red Bluff at Oroville. Winner: Red Bluff. Red Bluff starts new offense and defense, but all those track athletes are tough to keep up with.

Paradise at Napa. Winner: Paradise. Bobcats bounce back with a win on a long road trip.

Las Plumas at Corning. Winner: Corning. Cardinals are tough at home.

Fall River at Biggs. Winner: Fall River. Fall River looked sharp in its season opener. Bulldogs pull one out at Biggs.

Durham at Clear Lake. Winner: Durham. Durham has a game played, that will come in handy tonight.

Gridley at Willows. Winner: Willows. Willows is an experience group, capable of beating bigger schools like Gridley.

Orland at Anderson. Winner: Orland. Difference in talent.

Pierce at Hamilton. Winner: Pierce. Hamilton is a little green at several positions, at least at the varsity level. Pierce already has a game under its belts. Bad combination.

Redding Christian at Princeton. Winner: Redding Christian. Hayden Piper, RC’s QB might be the best player in DVI.

Bonus: In the Northern Section matchup (two section teams) of the night, I’ll take West Valley on the road at Shasta. Though, a green QB leaves me some doubt in West Valley against a quality opponent like Shasta, which has the experienced signal-caller in Bailey Odell, an underrated athlete.

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About Joseph Shufelberger

Sports Writer for the Chico Enterprise-Record and Oroville Mercury-Register. Contact me at jshufelberger@chicoer.com or (530) 896-7774. Note, I am out of the office twice a week (generally Sundays and Mondays) and sometimes out on assignment so I may not get back to you right away.
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