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September 20, 2013

Chris Whitfield: Last week matters not in football

Idon’t want to talk about it, Northwest Whitfield. Let’s just forget that last week happened and move on.

Why do you want to bring up the past anyway? The future is the only thing that matters.

So let’s just move on, shall we? You’ve already embarrassed me with your white board, holding it up for all of the world and all of the Bruin Nation to point at and laugh.

I am just happy the student section with the baby powder in the vuvuzelas didn’t happen to see me coming down from the press box or I would have looked like the Pillsbury Dough-boy.

So let’s just move on.

Last week, the Guru of Gridiron Guessing was 3-2, and your Prep Pigskin Prognosticator is 11-4 for the season — which is still a better winning percentage than the Bruins have had in the last three years, so there.

On with the picks.

Game of the Week — Gilmer at Dalton: For some reason, these two teams seem to bring a lot out of the other and their matchups usually end up being really good games. Dalton has started the season off with its worst beginning since 1975, but all of the Big Red Nation will quickly point out that the Catamounts went to the state title game that season.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, but the road is certainly a lot less fret with speeding cars this week against Gilmer. The Bobcats are going to run the ball and run it right at you. That fits in well with Dalton’s defense.

Shiftiness and aggression through the air are what can hurt Dalton. That doesn’t come very naturally to the Bobcats.

With Kelvis Rhodes finally returning from the injury shelf, Dalton sets itself upright again.

Whit’s Pick: Dalton 33, Gilmer 19

Northwest at Cass: Get it out of your system, Bruins. Hold up your little signs and feel good about winning a game the other team delivered to you on a silver platter. Pickens was like a magic genie giving you your every wish. Want an interception, Master? How about two? Fumbles? One for each quarter.

Let’s face it, Northwest fans. The real shame of the game was that you didn’t win by more. Play like that against a team that doesn’t implode with half a dozen turnovers and it won’t be nearly the celebration.

Which brings us to this week. Remember Cass? Remember what the Colonels did to you last year in Tunnel Hill? Remember how that quarterback ran and threw all over you?

Well, he isn’t there anymore after a little run-in with John Law this past summer and you get to pick on a freshman.

I’m on your side this week, but your offense has to do a better job of taking advantage of the gifts from the opposition.

Whit’s Pick: Northwest Whitfield 28, Cass 13

Armuchee at Murray County: Never in my picking career have I been as happy to miss a pick as I was last Friday night when the score of the Murray County-Gordon Central game came into the office. Things won’t change overnight, but things are definitely changing in Chatsworth, and no longer can opposing coaches circle the Murray game and put a W beside it.

Other teams are going to have to work to earn a victory over the Indians.

I’ll be the first one to say that the Indians’ win last week wasn’t just a victory, it was the start of a winning streak.

That’s right, I am doing something I haven’t done since 2010.

Whit’s Pick: Murray County 18, Armuchee 14

Fellowship Christian at Christian Heritage: All right, all you Whitfield haters over there, now is your chance. The Guru will be in attendance, and he expects you people to remember your heritage.

Awww, who am I kidding? Paint signs. Draw a picture of Preston Poag’s toothy grin pounding me on the head with a hammer. Bring your best shot.

But remember there is a football game to be played, and Fellowship Christian isn’t just another stream on a county line. They put points on the board. Lots of them. They are the Paladins. They have gun and will travel (again, ask your crazy great-uncle).

If you like offense, this will be the place to be tonight. There will be plenty of scoring and one mistake could prove to be huge.

Whit’s Pick: Fellowship Christian 42, Christian Heritage 34

North Murray at Cartersville: Cartersville may be even better than Calhoun this year.

That means this will not be a pleasant trip to Bartow County for the Mountaineers.

Whit’s Pick: Cartersville 49, North Murray 13

Sonoraville at Coahulla Creek: How many people are actually coming back for homecoming for a school that has been around for three years?

Either way, it is a grand tradition, and even better when you win.

Whit’s Pick: Coahulla Creek 28, Sonoraville 21

Chris Whitfield, a sports writer for The Daily Citizen, doesn’t want to talk about it. But you can contact him with your taunts at chriswhitfield@ daltoncitizen.com.

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