1-0 start to the week with the Oakleaf win. Let’s see how the rest of Week 8 played out. I always remember the losses as blindsiding me more than the wins do.
BOLLES 57, Baldwin 0. No surprises here. 2-0.
Creekside 37, BARTRAM TRAIL 24. Knights are proving to be one of those completely unpredictable teams. Still unbeaten in district play. 2-1.
AUCILLA CHRISTIAN 35, Bishop Snyder 27. Went as I expected, Cardinals hung tough, but couldn’t shut down the hosts. 3-1.
CLAY 49, Pedro Menendez 14. Might not pick against Clay again in the regular season. 4-1.
DUVAL CHARTER 37, Eagle’s View 17. Didn’t expect this one to be quite this decisive in the Panthers’ favor. 5-1.
TAYLOR COUNTY 26, Fernandina Beach 9. Been a tough season for the Pirates. 6-1.
FIRST COAST 34, Palm Coast 30. As I thought, FC made it closer than it might otherwise have wanted. 7-1.
Fleming Island 27, FLETCHER 13. And the Golden Eagles make a bid for me once again. One of those wins that might have more implications for the junior class next season. 7-2.
UNIVERSITY CHRISTIAN 48, Harvest 0. Was not surprised at the blowout Christians win. 8-2.
ED WHITE 41, Lee 6. Staging up for a helluva finish for Duval bragging rights. 9-2.
Nease 40, MATANZAS 39, OT. Did say I could see Nease winning, but it must have been a thrilling game, what with the extra time and all. 9-3.
Orange Park 20, MIDDLEBURG 10. Did say can’t count the Raiders out, but I did pick the Broncos. Rivalries matter. 9-4.
ENGLEWOOD 18, Terry Parker 0. Braves gave good fight, but Rams held serve at home. 10-4.
PAXON 39, Wolfson 6. Could Paxon finish the year above .500? That will make things very interesting on the home front for me as Boy #4, who still wants to play football, chooses his high school this year. 11-4.
BISHOP KENNY 39, Stanton 0. Surprised it was this close, actually. 12-4.
SANDALWOOD 49, West Port 22. Saints roll up the points in hammering the Ocala city school. 13-4.
RIBAULT 26, Westside 8. Hate to pick against a school with wrestling against a school without it, but Trojan defense is the truth. Interesting that WS beat Kenny, Kenny beat Ribault and Ribault beat WS. Matchups. 14-4.
Baker County 45, YULEE 15. Even though this was a Baker home game…I’m just flabbergasted at this outcome. Not even the loss. But 30 points? Wow. 14-5.
RAINES 41, Andrew Jackson 0. Went down more or less as expected. 15-5.
FSDB 47, Alabama Deaf 14. Well, at least Saturday picks went the way they should. Too bad most of the weekend was a bit of a wash. 16-5.
Game of the week:
PROVIDENCE 34, Episcopal 7. Not surprised that the Stallions scored as often as they did, but I thought Eagles would answer a bit more often. Eagles, though, making many strides quickly as a program. 17-5.
I did not pick Ridgeview-Ponte Vedra, but if I’d had the opportunity (thanks TU for NOT publishing it in your list of games; see, this is why I no longer carry the paper), I would have picked Ridgeview and been wrong. But I didn’t put myself on record..soooo….as of now I am 93-24. I wish I could be 80 percent correct in a lot more aspects of my life, but I’ll settle for being able to be (nearly) 80 percent correct in picking area high school football games.