Can you believe this is it? The last week of everyone playing football. Hmmm…getting a little misty just thinking about it.
Let’s get to the picks before I need a tissue.
Shasta at Chico. Winner: Chico. Shasta has lost three straight since PV took the Wolves down. They’re pointing down. Chico has won two straight while committing zero turnovers and QB Clayton Welch has accounted for 13 touchdowns over those two wins. Chico gets a 3 seed with win (most likely).
Pleasant Valley at Enterprise. Winner: Enterprise. Vikings beat Shasta 7-6 a few weeks ago. Enterprise led those same Wolves 50-0 midway through the SECOND quarter.
Paradise at Las Plumas. Winner: Paradise. LP can still get into playoffs with a loss. Paradise has 2 seed locked up. Don’t think Bobcats care.
Oroville at Sutter. Winner: Sutter. Let’s just move on (Something either team might be thinking).
Winters at Orland. Winner: Orland. Winters is a sneaky good D-III team. Orland still one of the best in D-II. Trojans bottle up dual-threat Warriors QB, and they grind down another opponent with plenty of Arthur Flynn and a rock-solid offensive line.
Live Oak at Durham. Winner: Durham. Trojans can smell a 2 seed with a win thanks to beating current No. 2 Trinity earlier in the season.
Biggs at Los Molinos. Winner: Biggs. Wolverines bounce back from first loss in a big way.
Wheatland at Gridley. Winner: Wheatland. Pirates are playoff bound while the Bulldogs are not. But Gridley won 2 games this season, a big step forward after winless 2012 campaign.
Hamilton at East Nicolaus. Winner: Hamilton. Braves prep for postseason run with a win.
Pierce at Willows. Winner: Willows. These two teams have had some memorable matchups in recent history. This could be another one.
Red Bluff at Foothill. Winner: Foothill. From all reports, Cougars QB Ryan Pollard is healthy after leaving win against Oroville last week with a thumb injury. He’ll be the difference in front of what I would expect is a big crowd with the winner basically making the postseason.
Corning at West Valley. Winner: West Valley. Corning is a good D-II team. West Valley very well could be the best.
Big Valley at Princeton. Winner: Big Valley. Princeton won its half of the 8-man conference. But the north side of the league has owned the south side.
The Big Bonus: Central Valley over Anderson, Lassen over Yreka, Dunsmuir over Mercy, Trinity over Mount Shasta, Colusa over Williams.
Here’s how I’ve done:
Week Zero: 3-0.
Week 1: 6-6.
Week 2: 7-4.
Week 3: 7-3.
Week 4: 10-2.
Week 5: 7-4.
Week 6: 8-3.
Week 7: 12-3.
Week 8: 12-1.
Week 9: 15-3.
My gosh, I’m 39-7 the past 3 weeks. Maybe I do know what I’m talking about.
The right stuff: Chico over Pleasant Valley, Sutter over Las Plumas, Foothill over Oroville, Paradise over Red Bluff, Durham over Mount Shasta, Winters over Gridley, Corning over Yreka, Orland over Wheatland, Princeton over Westwood, Enterprise over Shasta, West Valley over Anderson, Central Valley over Lassen, Mercy over Westwood, Portola over Los Molinos, Pierce over Live Oak.
Didn’t see these coming: Maxwell over Biggs, Colusa over Hamilton, Trinity over Willows.
So on the season: 87-29.
Can’t make it to the games?
Here’s who to follow on Twitter for certain games:
Shasta at Chico, @JShufelberger photos and videos from the one and only @JasonHalley_ER.
Pleasant Valley at Enterprise, follow loyal reader, big north state sports fan and Enterprise alum (full disclosure, don’t worry, he’s a good guy) who volunteered to post some updates since he’s attending the game @AndrewIvey87.
Big Valley at Princeton (note 2 p.m. start), @TravisSouders
Paradise at Las Plumas, @jtlarson.
Corning at West Valley, @tjholmes_RS
Red Bluff at Foothill, @tlawrence_RS.
Feel free to throw some picks of your own in the comments section.