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Daily Herald Football Picks

It wasn’t a good week for the panel. After three perfect cards two weeks ago and a couple panelists flirting with a 10-0 again last week, nobody could manage better than six out of 10 for Week Four.
All of us had Tyrone, East Carolina, Iowa and five out of six picked the Steelers. That meant we all ended with at best, six correct picks. Kerry Webster, Jim Cushion and myself each went 6-4, while Christina Pryor and Kerry Naylor both went 5-5 and guest picker Eleanor Feltenberger was 4-6. Thanks, Eleanor, for your time and consideration!
Overall, Cushion (32-8) holds on to the lead, but doubled his misses in one week. Naylor (30-9) and Miller (30-10) are tied with 30 correct picks inn second place, followed by Pryor and the hard-charging Webster, who has picked up four wins in the last two weeks, is 28-12. Webster was the only panelist who correctly picked the Eagles win over Pittsburgh. The combined guests are 26-14.
This week, our guest panelist is Paul “Bud” Wertz. Bud is a B-A grad and former Blue Devil running back, back in the late ’40s. Bud helps out in the Bellwood-Antis press box. Good luck Bud!
Bald Eagle Area at Tyrone: Look out BEA! Tyrone missed all their extra points they tried to kick, three in all and also missed on one of the two times they went for two-point conversions – and lost to Clearfield 35-34. Neither team’s defense was able to do much with their opponent’s offense, and as a result, the Eagles lost for the first time in 36 regular season games. BEA (2-2, after winning just two all last year, and having to give those up when it was determined an ineligible player was used) has a new coach and a new outlook after many years of going backward. This will not be a walkover for the Eagles. They will have to win this one in the trenches.
The picks: Miller Tyrone 27-7, Kerry Webster Tyrone 48-14, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 35-7, Jim Cushion Tyrone 35-7 Tyrone 35-7, Christina Pryor Tyrone 28-14, Bud Wertz Tyrone 27-6.
Bellwood-Antis at Southern Huntingdon: B-A made mincemeat out of West Branch, while Southern was getting bounced badly by Mount Union. That is bad for the Blue Devils on both cases. First, West Branch was vastly outmanned -only the players who improved their stats benefit from that kind of a game. Second, the Rockets will be out to prove something and it doesn’t help any that the game once again is at Southern Huntingdon. (Do the Rockets ever play Bellwood-Antis at Bellwood? Counting one district playoff contest, this will be the fourth game out of the last five between the two, played at the Rockets’ home field.)
The picks: Bellwood-Antis 27-20, Kerry Webster Bellwood-Antis 35-28, Kerry Naylor Bellwood-Antis 26-12, Jim Cushion Bellwood-Antis 40-6, Christina Pryor Bellwood-Antis 28-7, Bud Wertz Bellwood-Antis 26-7.
St. Marys at Penns Valley: Two later Tyrone opponents, St. Marys (3-1) has righted itself after a four-point loss in their opener to Triple-A Bellefonte. Penns Valley (1-3) graduated 22 from last year’s team and is rebuilding, with their only win over Lewistown, who can’t beat anyone for the umpteenth time since the middle 1970s. Potential battle looms for MAFC Nittany Division title, next week against Golden Eagles although undefeated Central has to play both of these teams yet, and St. Marys also has to play Clearfield.
The picks: Miller St. Marys, Kerry Webster St. Marys, Kerry Naylor St. Marys, Jim Cushion St. Marys, Christina Pryor St. Marys, Bud Wertz Penns Valley.
Tussey Mountain at Moshannon Valley: Tyrone grad and former Eagle assistant coach Murray Fetzer has undefeated Black Knights operating on all cylinders. Tussey’s only win is a 13-7 victory over Claysburg. Mo Valley has beaten everybody by at least two TDs, except a 20-13 win last week over Glendale.
The picks: Miller Moshannon Valley, Kerry Webster Moshannon Valley, Kerry Naylor Moshannon Valley, Jim Cushion Moshannon Valley, Christina Pryor Moshannon Valley, Bud Wertz Moshannon Valley.
Altoona at Central Dauphin: CD has dropped two straight, getting mauled by Bishop McDevitt  (47-17) last week and falling to State College by two scores (27-13). Altoona is also on two-game fall, each by one TD to Cumberland Valley (15-8) and Lower Dauphin (21-14). Give the edge to the home team.
The picks: Miller Central Dauphin, Kerry Webster Altoona, Kerry Naylor Altoona, Jim Cushion Altoona, Christina Pryor Altoona, Bud Wertz Central Dauphin.
Indian Valley at Hollidaysburg: Early showdown in MAFC Seven Mountains Division. Valley beat Tigers twice in ‘07, (regular season and district championship). Hollidaysburg (3-1) is fresh off a dominating win (53-7) over Bellefonte, and ready to turn tables on the Warriors. Indian Valley (2-2) edged DuBois 19-14 last week to throw everything into an uproar.
The picks: Miller Hollidaysburg, Kerry Webster Hollidaysburg, Kerry Naylor Hollidaysburg, Jim Cushion Hollidaysburg, Christine Pryor Hollidaysburg, Bud Wertz Hollidaysburg.
Alabama at Georgia: Both squads are undefeated and ranked in Top 10. Georgia (#3) with running back Knowshon Moreno and eight returning starters on offense and nine on defense, Alabama (#8) has quarterback John Parker Wilson leading the attack with seven starters back on offense and six on “D”. These powers, just two of six SEC teams in the Top 25, are in opposite divisions of the Southeastern Conference.
The picks: Miller Georgia, Kerry Webster Georgia, Kerry Naylor Georgia, Jim Cushion Georgia, Christina Pryor Georgia, Bud Wertz Georgia.
Pitt at Syracuse: ‘Cuse just got manhandled by Penn State, while Pitt was edging Big 10 member Iowa. LaSean McCoy still doesn’t have a 100-yard rushing game, but provided winning score against Iowa. Can Syracuse come back this week after beating they took at Beaver Stadium, and can Panthers maintain momentum?
The picks: Miller Pitt 30-17, Kerry Webster Pitt 35-14, Kerry Naylor Pitt 33-13, Jim Cushion Pitt 33-23, Christina Pryor Pitt 21-14, Bud Wertz Pitt 21-10.
Illinois at Penn State: Early odds makers have Nittany Lions 16 1/2 point favorite. Is this just hype, or will Penn State continue their excellence on both sides on the line of scrimmage. Early sluggishness in last two games could hurt as Big 10 schedule begins. Nits seem to have gotten past off-field troubles and lack of “D” line depth. Continued offensive explosion helps to smooth out everything else. If Penn State defense can contain Illini QB Juice Williams, it will be a much better day.
The picks: Miller Penn State 33-17, Kerry Webster Penn State 42-35, Kerry Naylor Penn State 31-20, Jim Cushion Penn State 31-17, Christina Pryor Penn State 35-21, Bud Wertz Penn State 35-28.
Steelers at Ravens: How banged up is Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, throwing hand, etc.) after having to run for his life against Eagles’ tenacious defense? Will the Pittsburgh offensive line rise up out of the ruins? The “D” was good enough to get a win, but the other side let them down. Ravens beat Cleveland 28-10, on Sunday, with three third-quarter TDs, two on one-yard runs and the other on return of a interception. Baltimore has allowed just 153 yards per game rushing this season. Rashard Mendenhall will take over for Willie Parker, who is out with a sprained left knee, and nose tackle Casey Hampton will also miss the game with a groin sprain, joining starting defensive end Brett Keisel, who will miss his second straight game.
The picks: Miller Steelers 27-24, Kerry Webster Steelers 28-24, Kerry Naylor Steelers 21-13, Jim Cushion Steelers 18-12, Christina Pryor Steelers 23-20, Bud Wertz Steelers 21-7.