Jim and David's Prep Picks

  • Updated: August 29, 2012 - 11:22 PM

For the third year in a row, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque square off in predicting key metro-area football games. Jim got a jump on David during Zero Week, taking a 3-1 lead thanks to some last-minute heroics by Hopkins quarterback J.T. DenHartog. Thursday's picks include a first-time occurrence: They actually agree on a game.

FRIDAY

Eden Prairie at Champlin Park, 7 p.m.

Jim says: The timing is perfect for Champlin Park to upset the defending Prep Bowl champion: First game of the season, at home, talented and hungry team looking to prove itself. Pick: Champlin Park 20, Eden Prairie 14

David says: The Rebels are a fashionable pick to rise up and challenge but high school football is Eden Prairie's world. Several members of a smothering defense return to shut people down. Pick: Eden Prairie 28, Champlin Park 13

Lakeville North at Lakeville South, 7 p.m.

Jim says: Unlike 2011, the Panthers aren't flying below the radar. With their fast and physical defense, they don't need to. In a rivalry game, no chance of a letdown. Pick: Lakeville North 26, Lakeville South 13

David says: Lakeville North has questions to answer on offense. And Lakeville South is a rival capable of anything. But the Panthers should be favored until proven otherwise. Pick: Lakeville North 20, Lakeville South 7

Centennial at Osseo, 7 p.m.

Jim says: Season openers are full of unknowns, so it makes good sense to stick with the basics, like a sound ground attack. Osseo features one of the metro's best running backs in Bridge Tusler. Pick: Osseo 28, Centennial 20

David says: Centennial scored an upset in this game last season. This time around the Cougars and their potent offense are the favorites, especially against a rebuilt Osseo defense. Pick: Centennial 22, Osseo 14

  • prep picks BY JAMES PAULSEN AND DAVID LA VAQUE
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Los Angeles - LP: Z. Greinke 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 4
San Diego - LP: J. Benoit 3 FINAL
Colorado - WP: B. Logan 6
Toronto - LP: A. Loup 7 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Grilli 8
Miami - LP: S. Cishek 3 FINAL
Arizona - WP: B. Ziegler 4
Washington 4 Top 5th Inning
Baltimore 2
NY Yankees 1 Top 5th Inning
Cleveland 3
Atlanta 0 Top 6th Inning
NY Mets 1
Chicago Cubs 1 Bottom 4th Inning
Cincinnati 1
Chicago WSox 3 Bottom 4th Inning
Boston 0
Kansas City 2 Bottom 4th Inning
Tampa Bay 0
Houston 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Texas 0
Philadelphia 1 Top 2nd Inning
Milwaukee 0
Pittsburgh 0 Bottom 1st Inning
St. Louis 0
Minnesota - K. Gibson 9:10 PM
Seattle - R. Elias
Oakland - J. Hammel 9:15 PM
San Francisco - M. Cain
Winnipeg 7/11/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 7/11/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 7/12/14 5:30 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 7/12/14 8:30 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 7/17/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Washington 72 FINAL
Chicago 65
Seattle 58 FINAL
Phoenix 78
New York 13 1st Qtr 0:41
San Antonio 28

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