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Weekly Football Forecast
by Greg Oshust
October 26, 2012 01:57 PM | 1335 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Off to a good start, getting five out of seven right on my first try. Here are my picks for Week 10 of the football season.

Last week: 5-2 (5-2 overall)

Pace (2-5, 1-2 5A) at Holy Innocents’ (5-3, 3-1 5A)

When/Where: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Hoskyn Stadium (Riverwood)

Last time they met: Holy Innocents’ won 30-7 on Oct. 22, 2011 and leads the series 3-1.

Scouting the matchup: Holy Innocents’ is on a roll with three straight victories — including last week’s 28-3 win over Strong Rock Christian — and are back in the thick of the race for the Region 5A title. Meanwhile, Pace is trying to get back on track after four losses in its last five games — including a 38-14 loss to Landmark Christian a week ago. With running back Denzel Franklin providing a big-play capability, the Knights certainly have a chance. But, the momentum right now belongs to the Golden Bears

Prediction: Holy Innocents’

Our Lady of Mercy (4-4, 1-3 5A) at Mount Vernon Presbyterian (2-5, 0-3 5A)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon

Last time they met: This is their first meeting.

Scouting the matchup: Mount Vernon is aiming for its first Region 5A win of the season. The Mustangs are also looking to end a three-game losing streak as they come off a bye week after a 62-0 loss to Eagle’s Landing Christian two weeks ago. It will be Mount Vernon’s first meeting with Our Lady of Mercy, which is also trying to end a three-game losing streak as well as bounce back from a loss to ELCA — a 49-0 defeat last Friday.

Prediction:Our Lady of Mercy

Holy Spirit Prep (4-4) vs. East Atlanta (7-2) (first round of GFC playoffs)

When/Where: Saturday, 1 p.m. at Thermoplyae Stadium (North Springs)

Last time they met: East Atlanta won 32-0 on Aug. 31, 2012.

Scouting the matchup:Holy Spirit Prep will go for a second consecutive GFC championship as it enters the playoffs as the second seed from the West Division. The Cougars will try to get a measure of revenge after having lost to East Atlanta — the third seed from GFC East — 32-0 earlier in the season.

Prediction: East Atlanta

North Springs (0-7, 0-3 7AAAAA (A)) at Cambridge (0-7, 0-3 7AAAAA (A))

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Cambridge

Last time they met: This is their first meeting.

Scouting the matchup: North Springs’ 30-game losing streak could come to an end this week. The Spartans have a golden opportunity to break into the win column for the first time in three years as they play a Cambridge squad that is in its first year of varsity football and is also winless through its first seven games. Will North Springs be able to take advantage of Cambridge’s inexperience?

Prediction: North Springs

Pope (5-2, 2-0 7AAAAA (B)) at Riverwood (6-2, 1-2 7AAAAA (B))

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Hoskyn Stadium

Last time they met: Pope won 40-6 on Nov. 4, 1989. The series is tied 1-1.

Scouting the matchup: This is a must-win game for Riverwood as it tries to keep its state play-off hopes alive with a win over subregion foe Pope. The Raiders have some momentum coming into the game after beating Osborne 49-7 last week to break a two-game losing streak. Riverwood will need some big plays from play-makers on offense like quarterback Grant Drakeford to get the win.

Prediction: Riverwood

Lovett (3-4, 1-0 6AA) at Wesleyan (4-4, 1-1 6AA)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Henderson Stadium

Last time they met: Lovett won 7-0 on Sept. 28, 2007 and lead the series 2-0.

Scouting the matchup: Lovett goes for its second win in a row as it looks ahead to its battle with archrival Westminster next week. The Lions broke a four-game losing streak with their 33-0 win over Hapeville in their 6AA opener. Lovett will be facing a Wesleyan squad that will try to bounce back from last week’s 42-17 loss to Westminster.

Prediction: Lovett

North Atlanta (0-7, 0-6 6AAAAA) at Dunwoody (0-7, 0-6 6AAAAA)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at North DeKalb Stadium

Last time they met: Dunwoody won 28-6 on Oct. 27, 2007 and lead the series 6-1.

Scouting the matchup: This may be the best chance that North Atlanta has for a win this sea-son. The Warriors, who are coming off of a 39-10 loss to Arabia Mountain last Friday, is facing a Dunwoody squad that is also winless. The North Atlanta offense should be able to move the football a little better against Dunwoody’s defense, which has given up an average of 38 points a game. The game should simply come down to who can cut down on turnovers better.

Prediction: Dunwoody contributed facts to this article.

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