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 help of high school guru Mason Kelly (follow him on Twitter @MasonKelly) of the Seattle Times and Mariner senior RB KeiVarae Russell to compete in this challenge for the remainder of the season.
It’s simple, the three of us will pick the winners of five games every week and keep a tally until the end of the season. We’d love for you guys to participate also by leaving your picks and Player of the Game nominee in the comment section. Go ahead and see if you can hang with the experts.
With no further ado, lets get going with the Week 4 slate of games.
Mason’s picks (Record 0-0):
Seattle Prep beats Eastside Catholic
Arlington beats Marysville-Pilchuck
Skyline beats Issaquah
Kentlake beats Jefferson
Oak Harbor beats Everett
Upset special: Interlake over Mercer Island
KeiVarae’s picks (Record 0-0)
Seattle Prep — Prep is prepared having played harder teams so far. They have a lot of playmakers like Parker Mays.
Arlington — They’re so disciplined and know how to win games. And they beat us.
Skyline — Both of their losses were to nationally ranked teams.
Kentlake — This is the best defense Jefferson will play all year.
Oak Harbor — They came back to win against Glacier Park, so I’m going with them.
My picks (Record 0-0)
Seattle Prep — Expect the Panthers to take a page out of Peninsula’s playbook and avoid Chevy Walker at all costs using squib kicks. Also, look for a heavy dose of the running game with Tere' Calloway and Charlie Brennan.
Marysville-Pilchuck — The Tomahawks have shown a knack for winning close games so far this year, and I can see this one being tight. Give me MP.
No. 5 Skyline — There's NO WAY Skyline loses three in a row. This team has been victimized by its grueling schedule, but the Spartans bounce back in a big way tonight.
Kentlake — KeiVarae stole a bit of my thunder, but I agree that Kentlake’s defense is legit. The Falcons have outscored their opponents 134-29 and Jefferson managed eight points last week against an Auburn squad that was missing star DL Cory English.
Oak Harbor — The Wildcats take this one and it won’t be as close as last year’s one-point Oak Harbor win.
Upset special: Skyview over No. 7 Camas: Bad news for Camas: Skyview’s offense finally showed signs of life with a 49-point effort last week. It looks like the Storm have their swagger back.
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.