I did enjoy it, nonetheless.
After going 7-0 in Week 6, I came back down to earth with a sub-par 6-2 mark. That’s fitting for the season I am having.
I did not see Houston beating large school Lathrop or Kenai dropping to Homer in double overtime.
I’m not ashamed, though. I don’t think many people forecasted those two outcomes.
I’m now 37-16 on the season to increase my average to .698. If I can finish above .700, especially after my rough start, I would be pleased.
This is my final regular-season week of high school prognosticating.
Sitka (1-4) at Ketchikan (1-4) — This game decides the runner-up position in the Southeast Conference (SEC). Unfortunately, No. 2 in the SEC doesn’t get a playoff berth ... KINGS 24, WOLVES 21.
Delta (2-3) at Monroe (4-3) — Last week, Monroe’s offense was nonexistent against Kodiak. The Rams do much better against Delta ... RAMS 28, HUSKIES 14.
Barrow (5-1) at Seward (0-7) — Barrow needed a desperation 40-yard hook and lateral touchdown with 10 seconds left to prevail over Valdez by two points. The Whalers should secure the victory this week much earlier ... WHALERS 45, SEAHAWKS 7.
Nikiski (6-1) at Eielson (4-3) — This is a big game in the Greatland Conference (GLC). The winner will most likely be tied with Barrow for first in the GLC. The Bulldogs have a long way to travel for this one, meaning ... RAVENS 35, BULLDOGS 10.
Homer (6-1) at Houston (3-4) — Homer beat Kenai for the first time since 1992 last week to secure a trip to the postseason. The Mariners continue their ride ... MARINERS 45, HAWKS 21.
West Valley (5-2) at Skyview (2-5) — Skyview gets a tough draw to end the season in West Valley, the fourth-ranked large school team. West Valley will have the luxury to rest its players before the playoff begin ... WOLFPACK 42, PANTHERS 14.
Soldotna (7-0) at Kenai (5-2) — This game could be a preview of one of next week’s opening-round games of the medium school playoffs. Round 1 goes to Soldotna ... STARS 56, KARDINALS 35.
Kodiak (3-3) at Valdez (1-5) — Kodiak makes the lengthy trip to Valdez and comes away with a W ... BEARS 35, VALDEZ 0.