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Friday, October 7, 2011
Washington Football pick 'em: Round 3


Mason Kelley was on target last week, correctly picking six out of seven games to maintain his spot atop the leaderboard. KeiVarae Russell went 5-2 to keep pace in second, while yours truly was a disappointing 4-3 to fall behind in third. Here's what the standings look like after Round 2:

Here's a look at this week's games and remember to leave your predictions in the comments section below. See if you can beat the "experts" in Week 6.

Woodinville (5-0) vs. Bothell (3-2)
Lakewood (5-0) at King's (4-1)
No. 4 Eastlake (5-0) at Mariner (3-2)
No. 7 O'Dea (5-0) at Eastside Catholic (3-2)
Kennedy (3-1) at Renton (3-2)

My picks
Bothell — I'm looking for a huge game out of Bothell WR Trent Sewell in this one. The Cougars' offense seems to be finding its grove after scoring 56 points on the road the last two weeks. Bothell has dominated this matchup in recent years, including a 26-10 win last year.
Lakewood — The Cougars are still riding a high after dropping Archbishop Murphy late in the fourth quarter of last week's game. Dustin Stanton poses problems for opposing defenses over the middle and has a knack for getting open in crucial moments, evidenced by his game-winning grab last week.
Eastlake — This team seems poised to be one of the state's top three teams all year long. This offense is simply unstoppable.
O'Dea — Eastside Catholic just doesn't have the playmakers to stay with the Irish. Expect Chevy Walker to do his thing, but don't sleep on Tatum Taylor, an emerging junior RB for O'Dea.
Kennedy — Games like this is why there needs to be a fantasy league for high school football. Both teams will score a lot of points, but I give the slight edge to Jason Thompson and a Lancers' air attack that has topped the 40-point mark in four of their five games.

Mason's picks (follow him @MasonKelley)
Woodinville over Bothell
King's over Lakewood
Eastlake over Mariner
O'Dea over Eastside Catholic
Kennedy Catholic over Renton

KeiVarae's picks
Bothell — Bothell won't lose such a big rivalry intense match-up. Pick them with the edge
Lakewood — Lakewood is coming off a huge win over Bishop Murphy, and with players like Brandon Stott and Dustin Stanton(Oregon St. commit), they have several weapons.
Eastlake — Even though I am on the Mariner squad, I will not be suiting up this game and I think that is a big step back for our offensive schemes and in the secondary. Plus, Eastlake is the real deal and doesn't seem to have any flaws anywhere on the field. Look for them to be No. 1 pretty soon as well.
O'Dea — Chevy is a great athlete, but I don't think they have enough to get through O'Dea.
Kennedy — Unless Renton pulls three more Anthony Gold's out of their hat, I think Kennedy will take it.

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