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Prep Football Picks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — District play resumes, but not all of our experts agree on who'll finish on top


Our panel of experts:

Will Webber: holding down the Journal's preps
gig until his agent can negotiate a new contract
with NFL's Redskins.

Ken Sickenger: Albuquerque's real-life 5A football
playoff repellant: never in his run as preps editor
did the Duke City host a big school title game.

James Yodice: unofficial mayor of Rio Rancho, as
well as the state's leading authority on the Central
Hockey League.

Sam Aselstine: Journal sports editor and aspiring
Hollywood superstar following his role in the paper's
TV commercial.

Thursday, Oct. 25 games
Cibola vs. West Mesa
  • Will: Cibola
  • Sick: Cibola
  • Yode: Cibola
  • Sam: Cibola

Albuquerque High vs. Sandia
  • Will: Sandia
  • Sick: Sandia
  • Yode: Sandia
  • Sam: Sandia

Friday, Oct. 26 games
Piedra Vista at Aztec
  • Will: Aztec
  • Sick: Aztec
  • Yode: Aztec
  • Sam: Piedra Vista

Espanola Valley at Bernalillo
  • Will: Bernalillo
  • Sick: Espanola
  • Yode: Bernalillo
  • Sam: Bernalillo

Los Alamos at Capital
  • Will: Los Alamos
  • Sick: Los Alamos
  • Yode: Los Alamos
  • Sam: Los Alamos

Hobbs at Carlsbad
  • Will: Hobbs
  • Sick: Hobbs
  • Yode: Carlsbad
  • Sam: Hobbs

Alamogordo at Mayfield
  • Will: Mayfield
  • Sick: Mayfield
  • Yode: Mayfield
  • Sam: Mayfield

Rio Rancho at Gallup
  • Will: Rio Rancho
  • Sick: Rio Rancho
  • Yode: Rio Rancho
  • Sam: Rio Rancho

Valley vs. Highland
  • Will: Highland
  • Sick: Highland
  • Yode: Valley
  • Sam: Valley

La Cueva at Santa Fe
  • Will: La Cueva
  • Sick: La Cueva
  • Yode: La Cueva
  • Sam: La Cueva

Manzano vs. Rio Grande
  • Will: Manzano
  • Sick: Manzano
  • Yode: Manzano
  • Sam: Manzano

Roswell vs. Goddard
  • Will: Goddard
  • Sick: Goddard
  • Yode: Goddard
  • Sam: Goddard

Saturday, Oct. 27 games
Menaul at Springer
  • Will: Menaul
  • Sick: Menaul
  • Yode: Menaul
  • Sam: Menaul

Grants at St. Pius
  • Will: St. Pius
  • Sick: St. Pius
  • Yode: St. Pius
  • Sam: St. Pius

Albuquerque Academy at Pojoaque Valley
  • Will: Academy
  • Sick: Academy
  • Yode: Academy
  • Sam: Academy

Robertson at St. Michael's
  • Will: Robertson
  • Sick: St. Michael's
  • Yode: Robertson
  • Sam: Robertson

Los Lunas at Eldorado
  • Will: Eldorado
  • Sick: Eldorado
  • Yode: Eldorado
  • Sam: Eldorado

Moriarty at Del Norte
  • Will: Moriarty
  • Sick: Moriarty
  • Yode: Del Norte
  • Sam: Moriarty

Week 8 Totals:
  • Will….15-3
  • Sick….14-4
  • Yode….15-3
  • Sam….12-6

Season Totals:
  • Will….96-32, 75 pct.
  • Sick….89-39, 70 pct.
  • Yode….95-33, 74 pct.
  • Sam….87-41, 68 pct.

Upset Picks:
  • Will….5-3
  • Sick….1-7
  • Yode….3-5
  • Sam….2-6

Will's upset pick: Yodice has been riding in my wake
all season and now he's feeling pretty good. If Sick
can nail an upset pick, I suppose anything's possible.
Thing is, I haven't been wrong about the Hive yet (7-0).
(Highland 16, Valley 14)
Sick's upset pick: Now that the upset gorilla's off my
back, I can go back out on a limb. Highland's had a
rough year but can salvage some pride by derailing
Valley. (Highland 20, Valley 17)
Yode's upset pick: Maybe I'll have more luck picking
Sick's alma mater than Sick does. This could be a
trap game for the Pintos, with St. Pius looming next
week. (Del Norte 23, Moriarty 20)
Sam's upset pick: Piedra Vista has won two in a row
but will need its best outing to topple Aztec, winners
of seven straight. What the heck. (Piedra Vista 27,
Aztec 24)