Friday football pick 'em with Geno Smith and Joshua Holsey

October, 7, 2011
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We had our first perfect week as Joshua Holsey nailed all six of his picks last round to move to 11-1. The strong week catapulted him to first place with me in second and Geno Smith in third. Here is what the standings look like after two weeks of picks:

There's a pair of huge contests on the docket tonight with No. 10 Hillgrove traveling to No. 4 McEachern and No. 9 Lowndes taking on Valdosta in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU. Take a look at this week's slate of games and keep reading for our picks and predictions. We'd love for you guys to challenge us "experts" by leaving your winners and Player of the Game nominees in the comment section.

No. 10 Hillgrove 5-0 at No. 4 McEachern 5-0 McEachern pulled off an upset earlier in the year in taking down then-No. 3 Lowndes. The Indians are hoping to avoid that same fate when a hot Hillgrove team comes to town. The McEachern defense is playing at a high level with senior DL Darius English coming off the edge. The Indians are holding foes to a shade over 10 points a game and have yet to allow 20 points in any contest this year. On the other side, no one has been able to contain Hillgrove RB Kenyan Drake. The Alabama commit has scored 13 touchdowns for this high-flying attack and QB Trey Thompson is back from injury to pilot the team's aerial attack.
Geno's pick: Hillgrove, 24-17. I've heard good things about them and Drake is having a good year.
Joshua's pick: Hillgrove, 14-7. It's going to be a low-scoring game. Drake is the key. I saw him at a combine and he just took over. I can see like 90-100 yards from him.
David's pick: Hillgrove, 24-17. Geno stole some of my thunder, but I think Drake in the return game and on the receiving end of passes from Thompson will be the deciding factor. McEachern won't provide him many running lanes.

No. 9 Lowndes (5-1) at Valdosta (5-1) live on ESPNU at 8 p.m. Valdosta is one of the surprise teams in Class 6A. The Wildcats graduated a pair of bona fide studs in TE Jay Rome and WR Malcolm Mitchell, but the team has bounced back behind the play of its defense and a dominating offensive line. Senior end Mike Wakefield leads the charge on defense while Willie Barrett anchors the offensive line. Lowndes features do-all senior Josh Harvey-Clemons. He will line up all over the field on defense and take snaps under center or make plays running out of the backfield on offense. Senior LB/RB Mike Moore is a load to bring down and has piled up more than 500 yards on the ground, while junior Tiquan Lang is a ballhawk in the secondary.
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Geno's pick: Valdosta, 14-13. If Harvey-Clemons isn't 100 percent, Valdosta will come out strong.
Joshua's picks: Lowndes, 21-17. They're consistent on the offensive side of the ball.
David's pick: Lowndes, 20-14. I think Valdosta is too young to beat a veteran squad like Lowndes.

Flowery Branch (5-0) at Habersham Central (4-2)
C.J. Curry and the Falcons put their undefeated record on the line against an Habersham offense averaging nearly 40 points a game.
Geno's pick: They have a pretty good program there. Curry could definitely take over this game. He's a tall, physical receiver.
Joshua's pick: Flowery Branch, 14-10. They should be able to pull this one out with their defense.
David's pick:
Flowery Branch, 28-17. The Raiders haven't really shut any offense down and Flowery Branch has one of the area's best attacks.

Laney 5-1 at Dublin 5-0 This matchup features a pair of teams jockeying for first place in Region 3-AA play.
Geno's pick: I got some ties down in Dublin. My grandfather is from there, so I got to go with the town pride.
Joshua's pick: Don't know much about those teams, so I'll just roll with the home team.
My pick: Laney has been good on the road, including a pair of shutouts in Weeks 2 and 5. I'll take the road team.


Mays 5-0 at Tucker 5-0
Mays tries to slow down a potent Tucker attack and avenge last year's 32-10 loss.
Geno's pick: Mays, 28-14. I don't think Mays has beaten Tucker recently but that stops tonight. I may have to go to that game.
Joshua's pick:
Tucker, 14-10. Let's go, Tucker. Their offense is serious.
David's pick: Tucker, 42-21. Have you seen Tucker's offensive output over the last three weeks? I'll go with the team topping 60 points on a regular basis.


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