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The regular season is either over and playoffs are starting, or those schools who didn’t make the playoffs and the Quad-A schools who don’t begin playoffs for another week, are playing their season finales.
In the area, Tyrone by virtue of being the number one seed will host United at 7 p.m. on Friday at Gray Veterans Memorial Field in the opening round of the District V/VI playoffs. Bellwood-Antis will try to end their season on a happy note when they host Curwensville at Bellwood Memorial Stadium also at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
Last week our guest picker Rich DeLeo turned in just the second perfect 10-0 score of the entire season and the first since Chris Lash started out with a bang by going 10-0 in week one. The combined guests now share the overall 71-19 lead with John Harlow, who had a pretty good week at 8-2, just not good enough to hold off DeLeo. Bob Miller went 9-1 last week, while Kerry Webster, Kerry Naylor and Chris Lash all registered 8-2 marks along with Harlow. Lash remains in the third spot at 69-21, Miller is now 66-24, Naylor is 61-29 and Webster is 59-31.
Thanks again to Rich DeLeo!
The guest picker for Week 10 is WTAJ-TV Sports Director and Tyrone’s favorite sports personality Kelly Goodman. Good luck Kelly!
United at Tyrone: This is a first round District V/VI playoff game matching the top seed (Tyrone) against the number eight seed (United). Tyrone has run rampant over the rest of the Class-AA field. The Golden Eagles only loss was a 23-20 overtime loss to Geoff Kozak and Class-AAA top seed Huntingdon. That was a game in which Tyrone won all the statistical battles, but allowed a field goal in OT by Kozak and committed a turnover when it was their turn. United snuck in as the last seed when they beat Marion Center and Tyrone demolished Penns Valley.
The picks: Miller Tyrone 37-7, John Harlow Tyrone 21-17, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 32-7, Kerry Webster Tyrone 24-14, Chris Lash Tyrone 30-10, Kelly Goodman Tyrone 35-10.
Curwensville at Bellwood-Antis: On paper, this looks like a battle of two teams headed in opposite directions, After winning just one of their first seven, the Golden Tide has won their last two games to draw their record to 3-6. Bellwood-Antis has lost their last two games. Don’t be deceived by the Blue Devils 5-4 mark. B-A may not be the team they were from 1997 to 2002 when they lost three regular season games only once, but they have steadily improved after a slow start. With Dan Houser and Matt Sneath running the football and Shawn Weiand throwing the pigskin, don’t count Bellwood-Antis out.
The picks: Miller Bellwood-Antis 33-12, John Harlow Bellwood-Antis 63-0, Kerry Naylor Bellwood-Antis, Kerry Webster Curwensville 30-14, Chris Lash Bellwood-Antis 17-14, Kelly Goodman Bellwood-Antis 30-3.
Philipsburg-Osceola at Chestnut Ridge: A Class-AA contest Ridge is the four seed, while P-O is number five. A member of the Big 8, Philipsburg-Osceola has played Tyrone, Indian Valley and Huntingdon, Chestnut Ridge is a member of the ICC Nittany Division. Some say that is a weak league which does not get it’s members ready for the rigors of district playoffs. Ridge has played Bishop Guilfoyle, Moshannon Valley and Everett, all playoff qualifiers.
The picks: Miller Philipsburg-Osceola, John Harlow Philipsburg-Osceola, Kerry Naylor Chestnut Ridge, Kerry Webster Philipsburg-Osceola, Chris Lash Chestnut Ridge, Kelly Goodman Philipsburg-Osceola.
Indian Valley at Johnstown: Johnstown is the number two seed in Class-AAA with their only loss to Bishop Carroll 7-6. Indian Valley is the number seven seed and at 4-5 is one of two Triple-A playoff teams with a losing record. (Somerset, 4-5 is the other.) undefeated Huntingdon and Johnstown are the only AAA schools inn the district with winning records, so expect them to meet in the finals on Nov. 8 at Mansion Park.
The picks: Miller Johnstown, John Harlow Johnstown, Kerry Naylor Johnstown, Kerry Webster Johnstown, Chris Lash Johnstown, Kelly Goodman Johnstown.
Penns Valley at Bald Eagle Area: With Bellwood-Antis-Curwensvile, the two games that are not playoff contests on this week’s list. Penns Valley opened the season with a win over Bellefonte. Bald Eagle Area lost to Bellefonte last week. Penns Valley played Bishop Guilfoyle tough before losing 18-0. BEA’s only Big 8 win was an 18-14 squeaker over Lewistown (1-7 overall).
The picks: Miller Penns Valley, John Harlow Penns Valley, Kerry Naylor Penns Valley, Kerry Webster Penns Valley, Chris Lash Penns Valley, Kelly Goodman Penns Valley.
Bishop Guilfoyle at Conemaugh Township: A Class-A playoff game involving the number four seed (Township) against the number five seed (BG). Is there really that much difference between the four and five seed? Just 40 ratings points separate the two schools-1100 for Conemaugh Township, 1060 for Guilfoyle. BG has played Huntingdon, Tyrone, Pius X, Chestnut Ridge and Moshannon Valley all playoff quality teams. Township is locked into the WestPAC conference with Portage and Windber.
The picks: Miller Bishop Guilfoyle, John Harlow Bishop Guilfoyle, Kerry Naylor Bishop Guilfoyle, Kerry Webster Bishop Guilfoyle, Chris Lash Bishop Guilfoyle, Kelly Goodman Conemaugh Township.
Moshannon Valley at Bishop Carroll: Moshannon Valley is a good football team. They are tough, big and run a time-consuming running attack that acts as the best defense. Then when you get the ball, they are always in the right place to make that tackle. Saying this, their opponent is top Class-A seed Bishop Carroll that makes a career of never losing, at least not recently short of district finals. Every year someone says, Bishop Carroll lost a lot of good players and will come back to join the rest of us. And every year, Carroll does it’s best imitation of being head and shoulders above everybody else in their own class and two or more up, like handing Class-AAA Johnstown their only loss.
The picks: Miller Bishop Carroll, John Harlow Bishop Carroll, Kerry Naylor Bishop Carroll, Kerry Webster Bishop Carroll, Chris Lash Bishop Carroll, Kelly Goodman Bishop Carroll.
Pitt at Boston College: Pitt rebounded with a big win last week after getting beaten by Notre Dame. Boston College would love to hand one more loss to the Panthers before leaving to join then ACC. Can Boston College contain Rod Rutherford and Larry Fitzgerald long enough to pull out a victory?
The picks: Miller Pitt 27-14, John Harlow Pitt 35-20, Kerry Naylor Pitt 21-10, Kerry Webster Pitt 35-17, Chris Lash Pitt 28-24, Kelly Goodman Pitt 23-20.
Ohio State at Penn State: Joe Paterno no longer is the winningest coach in Division I anymore since Bobby Bowden passed him last week. Do the Nittany Lions have it in them to take the lead back for JoPa? Can Penn State pull out of the head-first spin they are currently in? Ohio State, even without Maurice Clarett is a formidable foe. The Lions and coaches seem to first in indecision and little else right now. Actually, Penn State leads the nation in pass defense. The trick is that is the case because other teams have been able to run with ridiculous ease, therefore not needing to pass against PSU.
The picks: Miller Ohio State 30-17, John Harlow Ohio State 27-6, Kerry Naylor Ohio State 35-21, Kerry Webster Ohio State 42-6, Chris Lash Ohio State 40-20, Kelly Goodman Penn State 17-7.
Steelers at Seattle; The Steelers are in danger of slipping out of sight after their fourth straight loss last week. Pittsburgh, famous for its rushing attack which ate up minutes on the clock, had the ball for just 20 of 60 minutes against the Rams. The pass defense allowed Marc Bulger to throw for 375 yards. The Steeler defense allowed St. Louis to convert a third and 22 that led to a field goal. Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselback threw for 347 yards last week against the Jets. Can the Steelers prevent a repeat this week?
The picks: Miller Seattle 30-24, John Harlow Seattle 21-10, Kerry Naylor Steelers 24-13, Kerry Webster Seattle 24-10, Chris Lash Seattle 34-17, Kelly Goodman Seattle 34-24.
GOOD SPORTS: A letter to the Sports Editor was received last week.
I’m sitting here disgusted after reading the story of the Little League financial sitution. I’m not going to point fingers but it wasn’t that long ago when my now 16-year old was there and we had to spned some of the money to keep from going over the $15,000 non-profit limit.
My, how times change.
Matt Hoover

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Days seem to fly by around here. Do you share that feeling. My mother always told me that the older you get, the faster the time goes by. I agree with her, although I didn’t have to wait for any certain age. Time always seems to be flying by. You can either grab on and go with the times, or let time and life pass you by. You can’t experience life by waiting for it to fall on you, unless you are Chicken Little. Then keep looking up! Death and taxes are certain, but everything else is up for grabs.
In the realm of football picks, our overall leader John Harlow and Chris Lash each finished 9-1 in Week Eight. Both picked the Blue Devils in Moshannon Valley’s win over Bellwood-Antis for their only miss.
Harlow retains a two-game lead overall at 63-17, while Lash and the combined guests are second with a 61-19 mark. Last week’s guest picker, Mike Sakash, Kerry Naylor and Bob Miller all came in with 8-2 cards for last week. Kerry Webster choose the underdog in each game last week, but hit only on the Moshannon Valley win.
Miller has a 57-23 record followed by Naylor, who jumps ahead of Webster with a 53-27 mark to Webster’s 51-29.
Thanks again Mike Sakash!
This week the guest picker is Rich Deleo, Sports Director of WFBG radio and play-by-play announcer for Bishop Guilfoyle sports. During the baseball season, Rich is the PA announcer at Blair County Ballpark for all Altoona Curve baseball games.
Penns Valley at Tyrone: The Golden Eagles celebrate Senior Night against Penns Valley. Tyrone has a playoff spot clinched as well as home field advantage up to the district finals at Mansion Park. The Eagles defense has been the leader of an entire team effort that has except for one fumble and Geof Kozak field goal a drive toward another perfect season and going deep into the playoffs. Penns Valley is 3-4 overall, but has battled Bishop Guilfoyle, Chestnut Ridge, Philipsburg-Osceola and Bellwood-Antis in what may be the ICC’s toughest schedule.
The picks: Miller Tyrone 35-6, John Harlow Tyrone 21-7, Kerry Webster Tyrone 35-3, Chris Lash Tyrone 24-0, Rich DeLeo Tyrone 34-7.
Bellwood-Antis at Bishop Guilfoyle: The Blue Devils had their Oct. winning streak going back 27 straight games stopped last week by Mo Valley. The B-A playoff hopes are almost gone, although hope still breathes fire into the hearts of the players and coaches, who will not quit. At stake for the two schools is probably at most one playoff spot. The winner will also wear the ICC Nittany Division crown. Bishop Guilfoyle has a devastating running attack with Matt Georgiana and Josh DeStefano both over 735 yards and they have scored 16 rushing TDs between them. BG plays eight or more in the box to try and force opponents to pass. That may be the way to victory for B-A, but everything must go perfectly.
The picks: Miller Bishop Guilfoyle 24-20, John Harlow Bishop Guilfoyle 27-10, Kerry Webster Bishop Guilfoyle 26-16, Chris Lash Bishop Guilfoyle 20-14, Rich DeLeo Bishop Guilfoyle 20-6.
Moshannon Valley at Chestnut Ridge: Irresistible force meets the immovable object. Ridge lost to Bellwood-Antis in last seconds, Mo Valley held on in last seconds to defeat Blue Devils. A home playoff game could be at stake here, or perhaps a first look at a future playoff matchup. Ridge has an all-junior backfield that could be a year from their best performances. Knights have more than half their starting positions manned by seniors. This might have to be the year for Mo Valley.
The picks: Miller Moshannon Valley, John Harlow Moshannon Valley, Kerry Webster Moshannon Valley, Chris Lash Moshannon Valley, Rich DeLeo Chestnut Ridge.
Hollidaysburg at Huntingdon: Can the Huntingdon juggernaut be stopped by the Tigers? Any team will have a considerable amount of problems with the Bearcats, and that isn’t just because of Geof Kozak. He presents an entire set all by himself. Hollidaysburg has been playing mostly Quad-A opponents and will not go down meekly. The Tigers knocked the stuffing out of State College to show that they have made a lot of improvement since their opening week loss to Altoona.
The picks: Miller Huntingdon, John Harlow Huntingdon, Kerry Webster Huntingdon, Chris Lash Huntingdon, Rich Deleo Huntingdon.
Central at Bishop Carroll: Central has started to do better against Laurel Highlands opponents. Bishop Carroll however is in a class all by itself. The difference in classification-Central is Double-A, while Carroll is Single-A should make no difference. Scarlet Dragons should be in for a long night.
The picks: Miller Bishop Carroll, John Harlow Bishop Carroll, Kerry Webster Bishop Carroll, Chris Lash Bishop Carroll, Rich DeLeo Bishop Carroll.
Bald Eagle Area at Bellefonte: A battle of teams with one win in the Big 8, BEA defeated Lewistown 18-14 in week two, the Red Raiders beat Lewistown 37-20 last week. With that exception, both schools have taken their lumps. The advantage could go with Big 8 leading passer, Nate Heider of Bellefonte, who just two weeks ago completed 18 passes for 242 yards and two TDs against undefeated Huntingdon.
The picks: Miller Bellefonte, John Harlow Bellefonte, Kerry Webster Bellefonte, Chris Lash Bald Eagle Area, Rich DeLeo Bellefonte.
Juniata Valley at Mount Union: The Trojans (2-6) two wins are somewhat deceiving, coming against Carson Long (44-0) and Tussey Mountain (40-0). Sheer lack of bodies hurts, with just 21 players on the Mount Union roster and that’s when everybody is healthy! Juniata Valley (4-3) also has some wins over suspect teams, but has played tough in losses to Mo Valley (14-0), Southern Huntingdon (27-20), and Claysburg (33-20).
The picks: Miller Juniata Valley, John Harlow Mount Union, Kerry Webster Juniata Valley, Chris Lash Juniata Valley, Rich DeLeo Juniata Valley.
Syracuse at Pitt: Panthers got career performances from quarterback Rod Rutherford and wide out Larry Fitzgerald last week against Rutgers, but the defense tried to give it away in a 42-32 win. Is Pittsburgh over Notre Dame and even so can they handle ‘Cuse which defeated Boston College 39-14 last week? Pitt led 42-7 at halftime against Rutgers and had to hang on for the 10-point win.
The picks: Miller Pitt 24-20, John Harlow Pitt 37-31,, Kerry Webster Syracuse 28-21, Chris Lash Pitt 28-24, Rich DeLeo Pitt 22-17.
Penn State at Iowa: Zach Mills is still not 100 per cent yet and questions abound about his performance even when ha has been healthy. First, is he really free of arm or shoulder problems? Can he return to his freshman form, when he dazzled against quality opposition. Michael Robinson will make his third straight start at quarterback. Iowa is rebuilding on offense, but features the number one scoring defense and number three rush defense in the Big 10.
The picks: Miller Iowa 24-17, John Harlow Iowa 27-10, Kerry Webster Iowa 42-6, Chris Lash Iowa 36-14, Rich DeLeo Iowa 27-10.
Rams at Steelers: Steelers coach Bill Cowher hopes to jumpstart the Pittsburgh rushing attack, which has been minimal, by moving “the Bus” into a starting role. Jerome Bettis will get his first start of the 2003 season against St. Louis on Sunday. Cowher is trying to downplay the move, but Amos Zereoue, who has been sharing the tailback position with Bettis rushed for only 15 yards on 10 carries last week. Bettis had 34 yards on 14 carries. The Steelers, who led the NFL in rushing just two years ago are currently 28th in rushing. Quarterback Tommy Maddox has to stop throwing to the other team and the Steelers must solidify their offensive line. Injuries have jammed up the works on the “O Line” until it’s a guessing game to see who is playing where.
The picks: Miller Rams 30-20, John Harlow Rams 34-17, Kerry Webster Rams 45-2, Chris Lash Rams 30-17, Rich DeLeo Rams 31-13.
GOOD SPORTS: Former Tyrone football player Dan Grazier has worked his way onto the kick and punt units at Westminster. Grazier recorded a solo tackle and an assist in a 33-0 Titan victory over Bethany College.
Saint Francis freshman placekicker Dan Graham has booted 10 extra points for the Flash.
Junior strong safety Matt Garner(Bellwood-Antis) leads the Juniata College defense as well as the Middle Atlantic Conference in tackles with 69.
In local college Saturday action involving former Tyrone and B-A athletes, IUP with former Tyrone quarterback Tyler Mertiff, plays at Lock Haven, St. Francis with Graham, hosts Central Connecticut and Juniata College, with Garner and Duane Ehredt (Bellwood-Antis) hosts Wilkes. All three contests are set for 1 p.m. starts.

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There were a couple of tough games for the local schools this past week. First, Bellwood-Antis had to wait an extra 72 hours before the Blue Devils were sure of a victory over Penns Valley, with Friday night’s game continued over to Monday because of a power outage with 6:24 left to play. Then Tyrone was pressed to the limit by a very tough Bishop Guilfoyle squad that refused to quit, before scoring on a tailback Brice Mertiff to-quarterback Leonard Wilson pass with less than two minutes to play. Both schools emerged with victories, Tyrone 17-14 and Bellwood-Antis 34-0, but neither team had it easy. Despite the big B-A final score, it was not a blowout by any means, until a pair of interceptions were run back for TDs in the waning moments.
Week Six was not kind to any of the panel of pickers. Everybody missed the Steelers game and the Hollidaysburg upset of State College and at least one more game besides.
John Harlow retained his two-game lead over the field with a 7-3 week and 48-12 overall. Matching Harlow at 7-3 were Kerry Naylor and guest picker Tommy Edwards. With the popular WPRR Program Director and morning radio personality’s picks, the combined guest pickers are tied for the second spot overall with Herald General Manager Chris Lash. Lash, who went 6-4 last week and the guests have a 46-14 total. Naylor is 39-21 on the season after his best week of the year to date. Bob Miller went 6-4 last week to stay four games behind Lash and but lost a game to Harlow to trail by six.
Many sincere thanks to Tommy Edwards for taking the time to consent to be our guest last week.
This week our guest picker is Al Lingenfelter, who many of the readers will know from his work as a baseball and football official in the area. Lingenfelter has a tie-in to the Tyrone sports scene also as the grandfather of Brandon, Brady and Tyler Hoover.
Good luck Al!
Philipsburg-Osceola at Tyrone: The Eagles are on a roll and celebrating Homecoming. The P-O Mounties come into town enjoying their best year in a long time. Both teams sport big runners. Tyrone has Brice Mertiff, while Philipsburg-Osceola has Adam White. Each has come through a tough game and rallied for a win. P-O got a safety in week three to edge Penns valley 16-14. Tyrone used the aforementioned running back pass to get past BG. Huntingdon got by the Eagles 23-20 in overtime in a game in which Tyrone had the edge in everything except the final score. The Bearcats beat P-O by three scores 34-16. Will this be like the 1995 game featuring two undefeated teams with the Golden Eagles winning 6-5 .
The picks: Miller Tyrone 28-16, John Harlow Tyrone 21-14, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 35-13, Kerry Webster Philipsburg-Osceola 28-14, Chris Lash Tyrone 28-10, Al Lingenfelter Tyrone 28-14.
Bellwood-Antis at Chestnut Ridge: Blue Devils and Ridge both coming in to this game on a roll. Irresistible force meets immovable object! Maybe not. On paper the Lions appear to have the edge. Young B-A team should have taken the measure of Everett in game two, but experience won out 22-20. Give the Bellwood-Antis offense three chances in their opponents territory now after maturing over the past six weeks and damage would be done. The key could be Ridge quarterback Brian Barefoot and how the Blue Devils are able to defense him.
The picks: Miller Bellwood-Antis 27-24, John Harlow Bellwood-Antis 17-7, Kerry Naylor Chestnut Ridge 21-7, Kerry Webster Bellwood-Antis 35-12, Chris Lash Chestnut Ridge 24-20, Al Lingenfelter Bellwood-Antis 23-14.
Juniata Valley at Moshannon Valley: A battle of valleys. Could be closer than many might figure. Mo Valley has made a habit of winning over the past few years, while Juniata Valley has been up and down. Look for whoever is able to control the football to put up points and get the win. That would appear to favor the Black Knights of Mo Valley.
The picks: Miller Moshannon Valley, John Harlow Juniata Valley, Kerry Naylor Moshannon Valley, Kerry Webster Moshannon Valley, Chris Lash Moshannon Valley, Al Lingenfelter Moshannon Valley.
Huntingdon at Indian Valley: Huntingdon is in the midst of a great season, despite having to overcome several bumps in the road with injuries to key personnel. Indian Valley has underachieved in 2003, or maybe doesn’t have the team everyone was expecting out of coach Gawen Stoker. Bearcats don’t seem to have anyone to stop them, except possibly archrival Hollidaysburg in week nine.
The picks: Miller Huntingdon, John Harlow Huntingdon, Kerry Naylor Huntingdon, Kerry Webster Huntingdon, Chris Lash Huntingdon, Al Lingenfelter Huntingdon.
Mount Union at Penns Valley: Rams just lost a tough one to Bellwood-Antis that was very close except for two onsides kicks recovered by Blue Devils in first three minutes of second half and the need to go away from a tough ground game late in the contest. Mount Union with 20 players in uniform, has been taking in on the chin. The Trojans have some tough two-way players, but Penns valley has the rushing attack to wear them down.
The picks: Miller Penns Valley, John Harlow Penns Valley, Kerry Naylor Penns Valley, Kerry Webster Mount Union, Chris Lash Penns Valley, Al Lingenfelter Penns Valley.
Pius X at Bishop Guilfoyle: BG takes on the last of three extremely tough midseason opponents (Huntingdon and Tyrone were the first two). The Marauders haven’t done very well and need wins to move back up into playoff contention. Right now BG is ninth with only the top eight qualifying. A battle could be looming for the final playoff spot in week nine when Bishop Guilfoyle hosts Bellwood-Antis. Pius X is Pius X, state-ranked (No. 8) with no sign of a letdown from the past few seasons.
The picks: Miller Pius X, John Harlow Pius X, Kerry Naylor Pius X, Kerry Webster Pius X, Chris Lash Pius x, Al Lingenfelter Bishop Guilfoyle.
Edinboro at IUP: We take a venture into Division II football. IUP has been head and shoulders above everybody else in the PAC Conference for years. IUP was tested by Clarion last week, but rallied for the win to remain undefeated( 5-0). The Indians have replaced record-setting quarterback Brian Eyer with sophomore Kevin Weldl without missing a beat. (Tyrone freshman Tyler Mertiff is the backup). Mike Jemison has been running wild. IUP will celebrate Homecoming with gametime set for 2 p.m.
The picks: Miller IUP, John Harlow IUP, Kerry Naylor IUP, Kerry Webster IUP, Chris Lash IUP, Al Lingenfelter IUP.
Notre Dame at Pitt: Practically a must-win situation for both teams. Alumni and practically everybody look for coach Tyrone Willingham (love that first name!) to lead the Irish to the Promised Land, a plateau Notre Dame hasn’t reached in several years, or that several coaches? Number 15-ranked Pitt spent the off week working on defense. That is no surprise seeing that the Panthers have given up a ton of points and yards in two losses to Toledo and Texas A&M.
The picks: Miller Pitt 30-17, John Harlow Pitt 27-10, Kerry Naylor Pitt 29-18, Kerry Webster Notre Dame 36-19, Chris Lash Pitt 34-20, Al Lingenfelter Pitt 35-19.
Penn State at Purdue: The Boilermakers are 4-1 overall, 1-0 in Big 10 action. Nittany Lions are last in run defense and Purdue likes to run the ball. Zack Mills is practicing lightly, but there is no QB controversy yet. Comparing numbers if Michael Robinson continues to put up numbers like he did last week, there shouldn’t be any controversy. Mills has not led anybody anywhere since his freshman year.
The picks: Miller Purdue 24-20, John Harlow Purdue 34-17, Kerry Naylor Purdue 28-21, Kerry Webster Purdue 35-7, Chris Lash Purdue 24-17, Al Lingenfelter Purdue 42-24.
Steelers at Denver: Bill Cowher is still pushing for Tommy Maddox as his quarterback, but how long can he continue when “Touchdown Tommy” is throwing to Steeler opponents? The Steelers’ defense must prevent Denver QB Jake Plummer if he plays after aggravating an old injury to his throwing shoulder last week, from becoming the third straight signal caller to put up impressive numbers. A healthy offensive line would be the answer to Maddox’s prayers.
The picks: Miller Denver 33-20, John Harlow Denver 27-10, Kerry Naylor Denver 31-20, Kerry Webster Denver 42-7, Chris Lash Denver 36-20, Al Lingenfelter Steelers 34-28.
GOOD SPORTS:If you have some spare time on Saturday why not take in a local college football game. IUP with Tyrone grad Tyler Mertiff as the backup QB will host Edinboro at 2 p.m., Juniata College with B-A grad Matt Garner leading the defense with a team-high 48 tackles entertains Lebanon Valley at 1:30 p.m. and St. Francis University with B-A grad Dan Graham doing the placekicking hosts Albany at 1 p.m.

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It’s time for October’s bright blue weather! You know how the children’s poem written by Helen Hunt Jackson goes….O suns and skies and clouds of June together, Ye cannot rival for one hour October’s bright blue weather.
At least one editor on the Internet offers the thought that that poem is best viewed with a glass of bourbon whiskey. We don’t push that view, but perhaps when the weather is coupled with a good high school football game, it’s almost as fine as such a beverage.
Hopefully for all concerned the weather will be bright and free of all the precipitation that has been falling this spring, summer and fall thus far.
In week five, John Harlow ran up his second straight 9-1 record to jump into the overall lead with 41-9 through the first half of the season. Harlow’s only miss was the Philipsburg-Osceola win over Indian Valley. General Manager Chris Lash, who has been at or near the top all year, is immediately behind Harlow after going 8-2 in week 5. Lash missed the Bellwood-Antis win over Southern Huntingdon and Steelers loss to Tennessee, and is second overall with a 40-10 mark. Our guest picker, Mike Blaska and Kerry Webster each carded 7-3 weeks. The combined guests and Webster are tied for the season at 39-11. Bob Miller went 6-4 last week and stands 16-14. Kerry Naylor also carded a 6-4 mark for the week and is 32-18 overall.
Thanks again to Mike and to all of our wonderful guest pickers for taking time out of their busy schedules for us.
This week, our guest picker is Tommy Edwards, who returns again for the third year in a row. Edwards, Program Director and morning host on WPRR radio, missed just two of the 10 picks a year ago and is back to do even better in 2003.
Tyrone at Bishop Guilfoyle: BG is in the middle of a very tough trio of games. Huntingdon knocked the Marauders from the ranks of the undefeated last week and BG hosts state-ranked Pius X next week. Tyrone has a line very few teams of any class can match in size and skill, plus two fine running backs and a sophomore QB, who is getting better with every game. Tyrone coach John Franco keeps talking about how young his team is. Everybody who has played the Eagles talk about how good the team is.
The picks: Miller Tyrone 24-10, John Harlow Tyrone 21-14, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 27-10, Kerry Webster Tyrone 35-8, Chris Lash Tyrone 20-14, Tommy Edwards (a BG grad!) Tyrone 27-24.
Bellwood-Antis at Penns Valley: The last team to beat the Blue Devils in October, was Penns Valley back on Oct. 3, 1997. Both teams are similar in style of offense and hurting themselves with penalties and mistakes in 2003. Which team will be able to take the most advantage of the opposition’s miscues? Dan Houser has been a terror on both sides of the line of scrimmage and his teammates are beginning to build some momentum. This B-A team doesn’t have the power as recent Blue Devil teams have done repeatedly, to run over opponents, but don’t sell them short.
The picks: Miller Bellwood-Antis 22-14, John Harlow Bellwood-Antis 17-10, Kerry Naylor Bellwood-Antis 22-8, Kerry Webster Bellwood-Antis (in a shootout) 35-28, Chris Lash Bellwood-Antis 17-10, Tommy Edwards Bellwood-Antis 42-7.
Philipsburg-Osceola at Clearfield: P-O is in the midst of the best season in recent years, with their only loss to Huntingdon. Clearfield has scored some points in several games, but the Bisons are not what they were for several years. This is a natural rivalry. Look for Adam White to run, run, run for the Mounties.
The picks: Miller Philipsburg-Osceola, John Harlow Philipsburg-Osceola, Kerry Naylor Clearfield, Kerry Webster Philipsburg-Osceola, Chris Lash Philipsburg-Osceola, Tommy Edwards Clearfield.
Williamsburg at Moshannon Valley: Mo Valley was knocked from ranks of undefeated last week by Everett. It won’t happen two weeks in a row. Williamsburg might have best Blue Pirate team in 10 years, but won’t be able to keep it close beyond first half. Look for Black Knights to run over, around and through Williamsburg.
The picks: Miller Moshannon Valley, John Harlow Moshannon Valley, Kerry Naylor Moshannon Valley, Kerry Webster Moshannon Valley, Chris Lash Moshannon Valley, Tommy Edwards Moshannon Valley.
Bellefonte at Indian Valley: Winless Red Raiders are so hard up for victories, they played several varsity starters and had the head varsity coach calling plays in junior varsity games. Not much hope for Friday against an Indian Valley team that has underachieved this season. Look for that trend to end against Bellefonte. With two Indian mascots battling, look for Valley.
The picks: Miller Indian Valley, John Harlow Indian Valley, Kerry Naylor Indian Valley, Kerry Webster Indian Valley, Chris Lash Indian Valley, Tommy Edwards Indian Valley.
Everett at Chestnut Ridge: Undefeated Everett continued on a mission last week by vanquishing Moshannon Valley from the ranks of the unbeaten. ICC Southern front-runner Warriors appear ready for another test against ICC Nittany Ridge. Lions have just week one six-point loss to Bishop Guilfoyle to date. Everett beat Glendale 23-13 and Claysburg 33-8. Ridge beat Glendale 58-3 and Claysburg 21-14.
The picks: Miller Everett, John Harlow Chestnut Ridge, Kerry Naylor Everett, Kerry Webster Everett, Chris Lash Everett, Tommy Edwards Everett.
Hollidaysburg at State College: State College has tasted defeat only once, a week-two 29-14 loss to state-ranked Central Dauphin and owns a win over Altoona. Altoona defeated previous Number Four ranked Easton last week and has handed Hollidaysburg one of the Tigers two losses. State knocked off Dubois 35-0, Hollidaysburg defeated the Beavers 42-17.
The picks: Miller State College, John Harlow State College, Kerry Naylor State College, Kerry Webster State College, Chris Lash State College, Tommy Edwards State College.
Bald Eagle Area at Huntingdon: Huntingdon is fresh from their 600th win and ready to keep on trucking. Bald Eagle Area will wonder what the license number of the truck that flattened them on Friday night. Geof Kozak and company continue to tear through the season undefeated with little to stop them at least until the Bearcats week 10 rendezvous with bitter rival Hollidaysburg.
The picks: Miller Huntingdon, John Harlow Huntingdon, Kerry Naylor Huntingdon, Kerry Webster Huntingdon, Chris Lash Huntingdon, Tommy Edwards Huntingdon.
Wisconsin at Penn State: Joe Paterno has openly criticized the Nittany Lion defense which ranks last in the Big 10 in run defense. While the Penn State defense is ranked first in pass defense, against Big 10 teams, if you can’t stop the run, it’s “Katie bar the door!” Look at the additions and subtractions-Penn State quarterback Zach Mills is out and Badger wideout Lee Evans, who didn’t play at all last year with a knee injury is back and leads the Big 10 in reception yardage to go with four TDs. Paterno clings to the potential of this year’s group, but that isn’t now. That is in the future.
The picks: Miller Wisconsin 28-20, John Harlow Wisconsin 20-10, Kerry Naylor Wisconsin 32-18, Kerry Webster Penn State 18-6, Chris Lash Wisconsin 28-14, Tommy Edwards Wisconsin 24-14.
Browns at Steelers: This is always a grudge match whether it is the old Browns or the new Browns. Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher wants to see more of the Tommy Maddox who leads the NFL in passing yardage and less of the Tommy Maddox who has thrown six interceptions, including two that have been returned for TDs and another that was run back to the Steelers one-yard line. Turnovers and poor special teams play have cost the Steelers five touchdowns in losses to Kansas City and Tennessee. Tim Couch will start at quarterback for the second straight week for injured Kelly Holcomb. Holcomb threw for 429 yards against the Steelers last January, third highest yardage in playoff history.
The picks Miller Steelers 34-24, John Harlow Steelers 31-7, Kerry Naylor Steelers 29-21, Kerry Webster Steelers 27-12, Chris Lash Steelers 34-24, Tommy Edwards Steelers 30-17.
GOOD SPORTS: Tyrone freshman Tyler Mertiff saw mopup action in IUP’s 35-13 win over Millersville last Saturday. Mertiff has recovered from his foot injury and is currently number two on the depth chart at quarterback. A red shirt year is still in the possibilities, depending on the decision of the coaches. IUP plays at Clarion this Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.
Juniata College enjoyed a bye week last weekend, but will play at Susquehanna this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Former B-A tailback/safety Matt Garner leads the Eagles in tackles with 37 and has broken up two passes and recovered a fumble.Despite playing against three run-oriented teams, Juniata has cut their yard per rush average to 3.7, a half-yard better than a year ago, allowing just 213 yards rushing per game.