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Posted on Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Pig's Picks: Week 2

Prognosticator not willing to take blame for mediocre week

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13-7.

Unacceptable.

That was The Pig's record last week in the 20 area games he picked. Well, “picked” is a loose term since his performance surely is not going on Mama Pig's fridge with a gold star on top.

The czar of prognosticators could sit here and point to the uncertainty of week 1 and how good teams are going to be out of the gate, or he could mature (for once) and take responsibility.

Well, The Pig is going with the former. Never will he take blame for such a woeful week, there were other factors at work.

Here is to a Week 2 more on par with this pork hater's skills.

Delta at North Side. One of the teams that let The Pig down was the Redskins, the second SAC champion in the last three to lose their opening league game the year after. North Side gets no favors with Delta, a top 3A team coached by the underrated Grant Vgunda. Fool The Pig once… The Pig says Delta by 7

Bishop Dwenger at Concordia. A barometer game for both teams. The Saints had more trouble in pre-game warm-ups then with rebuilding South Side. The Cadets opened some eyes by beating North Side, but are they an SAC contender? The Pig says Bishop Dwenger by 13.

Bishop Luers at Northrop. The Bruins' ball protection in Week 1 was as haphazard The Pig planning a breakfast without eating his relatives. Northrop threw six picks and had numerous fumbles against East Noble. Trim those to three and, the Bruins still lose to the Knights. The Pig says Bishop Luers by 18.

Snider at South Side. The old adage is, if you have two quarterbacks you have zero quarterbacks. Not true with the Panthers with Colton Painter and Isaac Stiebeling. The only question is, who sees more action in the victory over the Archers? The Pig says Snider by 31

Wayne at Kokomo. So, are the Generals a threat in the SAC or not? We will have to wait until next week to find out. Until then, Wayne beats up another NCC opponent. The Pig says Wayne by 21.

Garrett at DeKalb. The Barons got their first week 1 victory since 2005 while the Railroaders punked Prairie Heights in their return to the NECC. DeKalb is improved, but will find out this week just how far it has left to go. The Pig says Garrett by 27.

Heritage at Norwell. There are concerns for both teams entering this showdown, with the Patriots' slow start costing them against New Haven and some key injuries for the Knights. This should be a low-scoring slugfest. The Pig says Norwell by 3

Homestead at Valparaiso. This 6A matchup appears at first to be a solid showdown, until you look at the fact that Valpo has six wins combined over the last two seasons and got torched by Penn in Week 1. Sparty rolls. The Pig says Homestead by 25

Huntington North at Carroll. The Chargers rolled past Goshen last week but will get a slightly stiffer challenge from the Vikings. In the end though, Carroll offense is able to execute better than Huntington North defense. The Pig says Carroll by 19.

Lakeland at New Haven. Vance Shearer + Travis Crowe + Buddy Jones = big trouble for Lakeland, who gave up 33 points to Churubusco last week. The Pig says New Haven by 28.

Leo at Angola. The Lions had not been 0-1 since 2009 prior to last week. They have not been 0-2 since 2004. Don't worry, that won't happen. The Pig says Leo by 29

Woodlan at Prairie Heights. The offense of the Warriors will be enough to compete for the ACAC championship. Whether Woodlan wins it or not likely depends on the defense. But that is of no concern this week against the Panthers. The Pig says Woodlan by 30.

Bellmont at South Adams. The Braves went on the road last week and beat down Adams Central on the road. Now it attempts to do the same thing to a second straight ACAC opponent away from home. The Pig says Bellmont by 8.

Columbia City at Whitko. One call The Pig did get right last week was calling the victory the Eagles earned over Warsaw. Now, Coach Brett Fox takes his team on the road to a squad they have beaten four straight years. The Pig is sold. The Pig says Columbia City by 4.

East Noble at Warsaw. The animosity The Pig has for the Knights has ended, thanks to an agreement with Coach Luke Amstutz that pork-based products will be replaced throughout Kendallville by rabbit meat by the year 2047. The Pig says East Noble by 20.

Bluffton at Manchester. The debut for Coach Randy Hudgins did not go according to plan last week in a loss to Northfield. This Friday is another winnable game, but The Pig was burned by the Tigers last week, and holds grudges. The Pig says Manchester by 5.

Eastside at Adams Central. Just once since 1996 had the Flying Jets began the season 0-1, until this year. With a brutal mid-season schedule and two home games to start 2014, Adams Central cannot afford to lose this week. The Pig says Adams Central by 2.

Jay County at Blackford. It had been six-plus seasons since the Bruins last shut out an opponent prior to last week's 20-0 win over Fremont. Meanwhile, Jay County only scored six points against Delta. For some reason, The Pig is still going Patriots. The Pig says Jay County by 6.

Churubusco at Lewis Cass. The Eagles bulked up their non-conference slate by adding perennial Central Indiana 2A power Lewis Cass. The Pig doesn't expect a victory, but this game will pay off later. The Pig says Lewis Cass by 19.

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