Games are a day late; my picks are still great

No, your calendar isn’t wrong. It’s high school football on Saturday this week.

And that’s good for me, because it means I can go to a game that night instead of getting shot down when I ask girls out.

With league play starting on the left side of town, here are my fearless league championship predictions.

It’s not exactly a secret that Bishop Gorman will win the Southwest. What is a secret is that Gorman turned down an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference. Apparently the competition isn’t good enough.

Palo Verde isn’t as strong as it was in either of the last two years, but Brandon Wright might run for 2,000 yards. Too many teams in the Northwest lost too much. I can’t see any of them running the table. Palo wins the Northwest.

On to the game picks after another 7-1 showing last week. Here are four to score. For four more, visit

■ Arbor View (2-0) at Centennial (2-0) — It really does make sense that this is the best Northwest League matchup of the week. Trust me.

The Aggies and Bulldogs both have had a nasty habit recently of starting fast and fading even faster.

It’s still too early to tell if either one is for real.

Behind runners Jordan Godman and Roderick Eason, the Aggies beat up on the Northeast in the first two weeks. Taj Cole and the Bulldogs struggled last week before rallying to beat Green Valley, 19-13. Just as I said they would. By six. Look it up.

Arbor View lost about 823 seniors, but it might be better this year. And I don’t trust Centennial this week. Arbor View by 4.

■ Canyon Springs (0-1) at Basic (2-0) — League play doesn’t start yet on the right side of town, but this isn’t a bad little nonleague game.

Canyon Springs is young, and it showed against Del Sol. Basic showed some grit last week, climbing on Benito Gutierrez’s back and rallying past Durango.

Say what you will, but I really like the Southeast this year. It’s going to be fun watching five teams compete for four playoff spots.

Speaking of fun, Basic continues to have it. Basic by 8.

■ Legacy (0-1) at Faith Lutheran (1-0) — The Longhorns have had two weeks to think about a one-point loss to Spring Valley and prepare for the pass-happy Crusaders.

Faith Lutheran threw 51 passes in its opener, and that’s more than many Northwest teams will throw all year. If Joe Portaro’s arm doesn’t fall off or he doesn’t get knocked into next week on a blitz, the Crusaders might put the ball up 400 times this year.

Legacy needs to control the line and make the clock keep running. Give the ball to L.J. McMorris. Little-known secret No. 2: L.J. stands for Long Jaunt. Legacy by 6.

■ Spring Valley (1-0) at Liberty (0-1) — Liberty scared Palo Verde last week, keeping the game closer than many thought it would. The Patriots ran well with Niko Kapeli and Ty Byrd both going for more than 100 yards.

Spring Valley has a good weapon in kicker Diyan Nedelchev, whose name doubles as an eye chart.

Sept. 11 is Patriot Day. I can’t pick against Liberty. Liberty by 11.

Last week: 7-1 overall, 5-3 with points

Season: 14-2 overall, 11-5 with points.

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