It took to the midway point of the season, but I finally delivered in my prep pigskin picks.
If it wasn’t for Soldotna’s win over Crater, Oregon, I would have been flawless in Week 4. However, I picked the Oregon school to end the Stars’ long winning streak and was wrong. So, I went 13-1 last week, which increased my season total to 36-17. Not bad, but still not great.
Chugiak (4-0) at Green Canyon, Utah (1-2) — The No. 2 and undefeated Mustangs travel to Utah to do battle against Green Canyon, which gave up 69 points in its season opener a few weeks ago. Alaska teams are 1-2 against Lower 48 teams this season. I’m riding with the Mustangs … MUSTANGS 37, WOLVES 24.
Wasilla (2-2) at Colony (4-0) — The battle in the Mat-Su Valley has the makings to be an entertaining matchup. However, the Knights look unstoppable this season and will knock the Warriors back to under .500 … KNIGHTS 45, WARRIORS 16.
South Anchorage (1-3) at Bartlett (2-2) — Bartlett put up a fight against Pleasant Valley, California last week, but still lost by 15 points. The Golden Bears return home to host the Wolverines, who have struggled to find the end zone this season … GOLDEN BEARS 61, WOLVERINES 7.
Service (2-2) at East Anchorage (2-2) — After playing its Week 4 matchup on Thursday, East should be rested to host Service in a key Cook Inlet Conference game. The Cougars are soaring after shutting out South last week and appearing in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network rankings. Service’s stay in the top 5 is going to be short … THUNDERBIRDS 24, COUGARS 14.
Lathrop (0-4) at North Pole (4-0) — This Fairbanks battle between Division I and Division II teams goes to the little guys … PATRIOTS 44, MALEMUTES 28.
Soldotna (4-0) at Palmer (1-3) — Palmer is the last team to beat Soldotna. That was in 2012. Since then the Stars have reeled off a state-record 53 straight wins. Impressive. It would be something if the Moose can knock off Soldotna again. It will have to take another huge day on the ground for that to happen … STARS 52, MOOSE 8.
Thunder Mt. (2-1) at Ketchikan (0-4) — Junior Jacob Babcock booted a 21-yard field goal in overtime to lift Thunder Mountain to a 10-7 overtime victory over crosstown rival Juneau last week. This week’s game will not be as dramatic … FALCONS 21, KINGS 0.
Redington (3-1) at Nikiski (2-2) — At the beginning of the season nobody circled this game to be marquee matchup, but it is. Redington, a second-year varsity program, has surprised this season, but will face its toughest challenge against a solid Nikiski program … HUSKIES 31, BULLDOGS 24.
Houston (2-1) at Eielson (3-1) — Eielson has given up nine points in its last three games. Pretty impressive. Houston put up 53 points in its last game against Monroe. The Ravens’ D stands pat … RAVENS 52, HAWKS 0.
West Anchorage (1-3) at Dimond (1-3) — It’s hard to believe that West Anchorage is 1-3, but after starting the season against Soldotna, Lathrop, Bartlett and Colony, that is where the Eagles are. The road gets easier from here for the Eagles … EAGLES 45, LYNX 10.
Homer (3-1) at Seward (0-3) — After dropping the first game of the season to Kodiak, Homer has reeled off three-straight wins. The Mariners make it four straight with this one … MARINERS 48, SEAHAWKS 7.
Barrow (1-2) at Monroe (2-2) — This is a toss-up game. I don’t feel comfortable with either team … WHALERS 21, RAMS 20.
Eagle River (2-2) at West Valley (1-3) — Eagle River gave Kenai a bit of a push last week, scoring 28 points in a 14-point loss. The Wolves go up a class this week with a game against West Valley. Both teams are left on Kodiak’s schedule … WOLVES 32, WOLFPACK 14.
Kenai (3-1) at Kodiak (1-3) — The Bears offense has struggled during their recent three-game losing skid, scoring only 14 points. The defense gave up 558 yards rushing last week to Palmer, and this week faces Kenai, another team that runs the ball. Because the games on the Rock, Kodiak makes it interesting … KARDINALS 28, BEARS 24.