I was humbled a bit last week in my predictions of high-school football games played in Patch coverage areas from Stone Mountain to Cumming.
After a can-you-believe-it 21-3 record the first week, I cooled off to a 16-6 mark last week (38-9 overall). I only missed badly on one pick. Really.
So, let's lace 'em up for another week. Are you ready?
Duluth at Alpharetta: People might have overlooked this game when perusing the schedule before the season started. But this has the makings of an entertaining game. Alpharetta (1-1) ran into strong playoff contender last week in Mill Creek in a 42-7 loss, but the Raiders showed they can move the ball. The Duluth Wildcats are 2-0 and coming off a 55-21 win over Northview. OK, so it was Northview, but the Wildcats are much better than the team Alpharetta beat 44-17 last year. If you like points, this might do the trick. Duluth 32, Alpharetta 30.
Newnan at Peachtree Ridge: This is an intriguing game between two programs that are usually in the playoff mix. Peachtree Ridge (1-1) righted whatever went wrong in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome (a 26-14 loss to Walton) by thoroughly dominating Roswell 31-2 last week. The game wasn’t even that close, to tell you the truth. Newnan, a second-round qualifier in last year’s Class AAAAA playoffs, are 1-0 after a 27-6 win over usually tough LaGrange. The Lions looked too good last week to pick against them this week. Peachtree Ridge 27, Newnan 21.
Scott Bernarde is the Associate Regional Editor for 12 Patch sites in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fulton and Forsyth counties.