High-SchoolOregon: Brayden Kearsley

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.

Aloha tops preseason football rankings

August, 22, 2011
Jesuit’s reign over the Metro League came to a screeching halt last fall. Aloha juniors Thomas Tyner and Brayden Kearsley made sure of that. Tyner piled up 289 rushing yards and scored three times running behind Kearsley and others as the Warriors defeated Jesuit in the regular season to announce a changing of the guard. Aloha went on to grab the state title. Therefore, we’re rewarding them with the No. 1 spot in the Oregon preseason rankings.

Senior Nicholas Rothstein and the Crusaders come in at No. 2, while Steven Long’s transfer to Lake Oswego helps the Lakers occupy the third spot. Grant is a team loaded with playmakers and has something to prove after a mediocre 2010 campaign. Central Catholic was hit hard by injury last year, but could be a top five squad by the time the playoffs start.

Here's the rest of the list. Chime in with your thoughts in the comment section below:
  1. Aloha
  2. Jesuit
  3. Lake Oswego
  4. Sheldon
  5. West Salem
  6. Marist
  7. Sherwood
  8. Central Catholic
  9. Grant
  10. Tualatin
Bubble Teams: Cascade Christian, Central, Baker, Douglas, Astoria, Liberty, Corvallis, Eagle Point, Thurston, Rainier, Ontario, West Linn, Scio, Hillsboro, Mountain View, Newport, Santiam Christian, Willamette, Estacada