Would you believe that I had another one of those days last week when I hit 10 of 12 prep football contests?
Going 10-2 by everyone else's standards is very good, but for the good doctor, it just doesn't cut it. Oops, I shouldn't really say cut it, though, because remember I'm a doctor and do a lot of cutting.
My two errors came when I took Bridgeport to lose, which I should have known better to do, and when Hampshire defeated Southern Garrett.
On the good side of the medical chart, I picked Petersburg by 17 over Lincoln and the outcome was 21. Remember when I said Buckhannon-Upshur would win its first game of the season by 14. Well it ended up being a 20 margin in favor of the Bucs.
Remember when I also predicted that Keyser would trim Northern by 40 and most of you laughed. Well, whose laughing now, it ended being 42.
I will be picking a bakers dozen this week with the addition of three games, one in each class.
So if Nurse Henrietta will show in the first patient, the good doctor will start operating
ELKINS (4-0) at FAIRMONT SENIOR (2-1): Fairmont Senior had an open week last Friday to prepare for coach Greg Hott's team. We here at the clinic seem to agree that one week to be ready for a Tiger invasion just isn't enough time. I'll agree this won't be an easy task, but I am still taking Elkins by 17 points.
WEBSTER COUNTY (1-3) at BUCKHANNON (1-3): One team has played a much tougher schedule than the other and that team will be rewarded with a win. Buckhannon-Upshur by 17.
LEWIS COUNTY (2-2) at HERBERT HOOVER (0-4): A long trip south for the Minutemen, but the trip home won't be too long after a 13-point victory.
PRESTON COUNTY (0-4) at NORTH MARION (0-4): When two 0-4 teams start knocking heads something has got to give. North Marion by a tiny three points.
PHILIP BARBOUR (3-1) at TUCKER COUNTY (4-0): The up and coming Colts will journey to Parsons and try to end the Mountain Lions' undefeated season. I see this game as somewhat of a barn-burner. But after the fire is put out and the smoke clears, it will show a 17-point Tucker win.
TYGARTS VAL. (0-3) at EAST HARDY (3-0): I'll bet the Bulldogs see going to Baker and tangling with the unbeaten Cougars to be a stern test. It will be, East Hardy by 42.
WARREN COUNTY at MOOREFIELD (2-2): You can just bet your last penny that the Yellow Jackets will look to take out their disappointment of losing to Tucker last week on Warren. I don't even know where Warren is, but I'm taking Moorefield to win by 14.
POCAHONTAS (0-4) at RICHWOOD (2-2): Another game on the road for the Warriors and another loss to their streak. Richwood by 12.
PENDLETON (3-1) at MEADOW BR. (4-0): The Wildcats of Pendleton County are much improved, but they have a long trip down south to play the highly-rated Meadow Bridge team.
A 21-point loss to Meadow Bridge will make for a longer trip back to Franklin.
EAST FAIRMONT (1-2) at BRIDGEPORT (3-1): Things just don't seem to get any better for coach Bill Haddox.
The fact the Bees will be playing in Harrison County adds up to a Bridgeport 20-point win.
UNIVERSITY (3-1) at PARKERSBURG SO. (3-1): I would see this one as a toss up if they were playing in Wood County. But since they'll be doing battle in Morgantown, I see it as a 9-point University win.
WHEELING CEN. (3-1) at MAGNOLIA (3-1): Both teams are in Class AA, both teams are located on the Ohio river, and both teams are 3-1.
But only one will win and that team is Wheeling Central by 14.
MARYLAND (2-1 ) at WEST VIRGINIA (2-0): I saw Maryland play last week and believe me when I say, it appears that the Mountaineers will just use this one as another warm up for the Big 12 Conference. I'm taking WVU by 35 over the turtles.
In closing, I have to wonder how we determine which team is better, regardless of class.
Is it because of offense or defense? As you know there are three unbeaten teams in my "Dandy Dozen." We have Elkins at 4-0, Tucker at 4-0 and East Hardy at 3-0. On the defensive side of the ball, we see East Hardy holding the edge as the Cougars are yet to be scored on.
Tucker's defense comes in second by holding their opponents to an average of 9 points per game, while the Tigers are third, allowing 31 points per game.
Now we take a peek at the offensive side of the ball and we see Elkins as the top point-getter with an average of just over 50 points per game. Once again Tucker comes in second with an average 43 points per game. And the defensive minded Cougars are averaging 33 points per contest.
If this information has you confused, then welcome to the club. The only thing it proves is that the doctor's mind is a terrible thing to waste.