It was tempting, I’ll admit. After a couple of sub-par weeks making picks (although my right shoulder is a little sore from patting myself on the back for anticipating Goodridge/Grygla-Gatzke’s victory over Stephen-Argyle last week), I contemplated picking obviously one-sided games to bolster the ol’ winning percentage. But, alas, I do have a bit of a conscience. Nearly every game selected outside of the Metro Top 10 – where I have little say in the matter – features games in which both teams are above .500 -- the exception being Delano at Orono, which is much better than it's 3-4 record would imply. And, in all except the Benilde-St. Margaret’s/Chisago Lakes tilt, at least one team is ranked among the top 10 in the state according the AP polls

The big game (outside of the Eden Prairie/Wayzata donnybrooke, of course. I’d talk about that game, but it’s being dissected ad nauseum everywhere else. I refuse to contribute to the cacophony) is Bemidji at Sartell. Both teams have just one loss – both at the hands of undefeated Brainerd. I’m picking Sartell for one reason only – the Sabres are at home. It’s a long drive to ANYWHERE from Bemidji, meaning the Lumberjacks are already at a disadvantage the minute they get off the bus.

Last week’s tally: 12-8
Record so far: 101-39 (.721)

No. 3 Wayzata 17, No. 1 Eden Prairie 14
No. 2 Blaine 34, Armstrong 7
No. 4 Rogers 29, Buffalo 14
No. 5 Rosemount 30, Eagan 18
No. 6 St. Thomas Academy 44, Henry Sibley 12
No. 7 Cretin-Derham Hall 33, Woodbury 13
No. 8 Shakopee 31, Northfield 13
No. 9 Mounds View 37, Park of Cottage Grove 7
No. 10 South St. Paul 22, Tartan 16

St. Paul Central 34, Mpls. Washburn 22
Osseo 31, Andover 21
Holy Family 28, Norwood Young America 21
Chisago Lakes 28, Benilde-St. Margaret’s 25
DeLaSalle 40, Minnehaha Academy 14
Delano 32, Orono 23

Breckenridge 39, Staples-Motley 24
Mankato West 37, Mankato East 8
Pierz 33, Holdingford 19
Sartell-St. Stephen 21, Bemidji 14
Virginia 47, Proctor 27