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Washington football pick 'em: Round 8

11/11/2011

Not a great week for any of us last week, as we appeared to still be in regular season form. KeiVarae and I went 3-2, while Mason was 2-3 but maintains a slim lead in the standings. We promise to kick it up a notch for Week 2 of the postseason. Here's a quick look at the standings.

Friday Football Pick 'Em standings

Standings after round 7 of picks

This week's games feature another full slate of playoff action. Here are the matchups and the picks. Leave your winners in the comments section or Tweet them to me @ESPNHSAuguste. Don't expect any change in the standings as we're all on board with the same five winners. Therefore, I'll only give my rationales for each game. Go here for Mason and KeiVarae's picks.

Mount Si at O'Dea

Eastside Catholic at Bellevue

Union at Kentlake

Mercer Island at Meadowdale

Eastlake at Federal Way

O'Dea — O'Dea just has the firepower to overwhelm the majority of teams it goes against. That much was evident in the Fighting Irish's 25-point drubbing of Mount Vernon. Jomari Brooks had three scores and Tatum Taylor added a pair in the win.

Bellevue — There is a short list of teams that can knock off Bellevue, and unfortunately, EC doesn’t make the cut. This one could be decided early as the Wolverines will look for a better effort after allowing Oak Harbor to keep things close for a while last week.

Kentlake — Mariner was no match for the Falcons, who received 259 total yards and two TDs from Steffin Church in a 49-7 rout. Can't imagine Union having the answer for this title-driven squad.

Mercer Island — You're not going to be an underdog often when you have a QB like Jeff Lindquist. The UW-bound signal-caller torched Ferndale for three TDs to propel the Islanders to a 21-14 victory last week. While Meadowdale has a suffocating defense, I'll have to go with the white-hot QB in this one.

Eastlake — Federal Way has the star power to contend with Eastlake, so I think this one will be close. Eastlake gets a slight edge due in part to the play of its defense in big games this year.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.