Another week has passed and the Seattle Mariners are still in the playoff hunt.
I’ve forgotten what it is like for your team to be in contention in August — nothing is better than scoreboard watching and sitting on the edge of your seat for every pitch. I even skipped a workout at the gym to watch a morning Mariners game this past week — I also skipped a squat session to keep my legs fresh for a softball game, but that is a story for another time.
Last week’s picks didn’t go as well as I would have liked. I went 7-2 in Week 1 for a sub-par .777 winning percentage.
I underestimated the power of Ketchikan, as they waxed Monroe 51-12. I also overestimated Houston, as they fell to Seward, 14-7.
I won’t get Ketchikan wrong this week, as it lost to North Pole on Wednesday, 45-26.
Soldotna (1-0) at Palmer (0-1) — Soldotna picked up its 21st consecutive victory last week and will have no problem increasing the win streak this week against Palmer … STARS 42, MOOSE 21.
Juneau-Douglas (1-0) at Wasilla (0-1) — Juneau rekindles its Railbelt Conference rivalry with Wasilla today in the Mat-Su Valley. The Crimson Bears get the best of the Warriors in this large-school vs. small-school matchup … CRIMSON BEARS 46, WARRIORS 28.
Nikiski (1-0) at Houston (0-1) — Nikiski romped over Thunder Mountain in its opener and will pick up its second consecutive victory over a medium-school team … BULLDOGS 55, HAWKS 7.
Voznesenka (0-0) at Valdez (0-1) — Valdez’s defense and offense didn’t show up last week in a 60-6 loss to Barrow. Things should change this week against a rested Voznesenka … BUCCANEERS 24, COUGARS 14.
Seward (1-0) at Eielson (1-0) — The only battle of undefeated teams in the medium-small school classifications happens on Saturday in Fairbanks. Seward’s undefeated season ends, while Eielson remains perfect … RAVENS 45, SEAHAWKS 7.
Monroe (0-1) at Barrow (1-0) — Barrow will continue its offensive onslaught against a Monroe team that surrendered 51 points to Ketchikan … WHALERS 60, RAMS 14.
Kenai (0-1) at Lathrop (0-1) — Kenai’s tour around the state continues this week. Last week, the Kardinals lost at Juneau and this week they head to Fairbanks to play Lathrop. This trip ends with a W … KARDINALS 35, MALEMUTES 24.
Sitka (0-0) at Thunder Mountain (0-1) — Thunder Mountain got rolled by Nikiski last week and will rebound against Sitka … FALCONS 35, WOLVES 14.
Homer (0-1) at Kodiak (0-1) — Kodiak’s offense will look better against a Homer squad that lost to Eielson, 41-16, last week. Look for Melvin Javier to run wild against the Mariners … BEARS 35, MARINERS 12.
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