Football pick 'em Friday with Taylor Walcott

September, 23, 2011
9/23/11
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We’re trying to keep things Ziploc fresh around here, so we’ll be churning out new content and talking to as many local stars whenever it's possible. Football Pick ‘em is some new flavor we’ll be adding to the mix on a weekly basis. We’ve enlisted the services of Marist senior WR Taylor Walcott to go head-to-head with me in picking the winners of the weekend’s top games. We’ll keep a yearlong tally to see who had the most success for the season.

We’d love for you guys to participate also by leaving your picks in the comment section and the top commenters will get some love in the following week's post. So go ahead and see if you can hang with us experts.

With no further ado, lets get going with this week’s slate of games.

No. 2 Lake Oswego (3-0) at No. 4 Jesuit (2-1) — live on ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Lakeridge (3-0) at Aloha (2-1)
Scappoose (3-0) Central (3-0)
Roseburg (3-0) at Thurston (3-0)
Beaverton (2-1) at Grant (2-1)

Taylor’s picks (Record 0-0)
Lake Oswego, 56-49 — Steven Long is tearing it up, so I feel like Lake Oswego got it. It will be a high-scoring game.
Aloha, 36-28 — The Warriors will give Thomas Tyner the ball often and they will win.
Central, by a good amount — We played them two years ago and they were good. Don’t know the score, but they will win.
Thurston, 35-28 — Thurston will get theirs on offense and Trevor Westover will be the player of the game.
Grant, 50-14 — I have to go with Grant. I see all their players at combines and their talented.

My picks (Record 0-0)
Lake Oswego, 42-35 — Both teams feature high-powered offenses, but Steven Long has been the best player in the state over the first month of the season. I’m riding the hot hand.
Aloha, 24-10 — Chris Casey won’t let his team play uninspired ball this weekend, especially not at home. The Warriors begin a new winning streak tonight with Brayden Kearsley and the O-line dominating in the trenches.
Scappoose, 34-28 — Scoreboard operators should get paid overtime for this contest. Scappoose pulls off an upset against arguably the top Class 4A squad.
Thurston, 42-28 — Both of these unbeaten squads feature potent offensive attacks led by prolific passers. I’m giving a slight edge to Thurston’s Chad Olson over Hayden Lent in this one.
Grant 42-21 —I can’t pick against Paris Penn after he dismantled Aloha's defense last week with 457 total yards and 3 TDs.

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