Weekly staff football picks
- October 11, 2012 - 8:46 PM
David won two of three for the second consecutive week and is now above .500 at 13-12. Jim, living dangerously by selecting all road teams last week, fell to 15-10. For the fourth time this season, David and Jim agree on a game, meaning that even if David wins all three, they will be tied heading into the final night of regular-season games.
Edina (6-1) at Eden Prairie (6-0), 7 p.m.
Jim says: Edina is for real -- the Hornets play tough defense, limit big plays and have nice balance on offense. But it's hard to see a victory over Eden Prairie, a team that plays with a physicality that Edina cannot match. And let's not forget that this is Edina's third consecutive road game.
Pick: Eden Prairie 34, Edina 17
David says: There is a lot to like about No. 2 Edina, especially after knocking off previously unbeaten Wayzata. There is more to like about No. 1 Eden Prairie, specifically the play up front on both sides of the ball. Controlling the line of scrimmage allows the Eagles to control games.
Pick: Eden Prairie 28, Edina 14
Mahtomedi (4-2) at Hill-Murray (4-2), 7 p.m.
Jim says: Mahtomedi's two losses -- to surprisingly tough Chisago Lakes and No. 2, Class 5A South St. Paul -- look better in hindsight. RB Jackson Hull has rushed for 100 yards in five of six games. The defense has improved in each outing. The Zephyrs are building something good.
Pick: Mahtomedi 33, Hill-Murray 21
David says: Interesting fact: Hill-Murray's defense has gone 11 consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown. If QB quarterback Zach LaValle and wide receivers Michael Alada and Shane Finnegan can mount a charge, the defense will have their backs.
Pick: Hill-Murray 24, Mahtomedi 17
Holy Angels (4-2) at Farmington (5-1), 7 p.m.
Jim says: The edge dulled on this game when both teams lost last week. Everything went wrong for Holy Angels in a 51-14 loss to Chaska. The Stars had 11 turnovers and a rash of injuries. QB Sam Keis and company are too good to play that poorly again. I say they bounce back.
Pick: Holy Angels 30, Farmington 24
David says: Farmington's offense also suffered a case of the yips last week, losing four fumbles and throwing two interceptions. QB Darren Beenken and RB Athen Ashton, two of the most explosive players in the Missota Conference, will lead the unit to the end zone, a victory and some redemption.
Pick: Farmington 28, Holy Angels 21
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