SCPL Football Pick'em

SCPL Pickem – Championship Week

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In the final week of the 2017 SCPL High School Football Pick’em, the Press-Enterprise’s Eric-Paul Johnson goes 5-2 with OC Register’s Steve Fryer to finish the top man in the campaign’s inaugural season.

Johnson went 7-0 in Week 3 and stayed in first place for the remainder of the year.

Fryer gained sole possession of second place after his 5-2 week, leaving Evan Barnes (LA Daily News) in third place on his own.

For the bottom half of the standings: Mike Guardabascio (Press-Telegram), Fred Robledo (SGV Tribune) and Petros Papadakis (FOX Sports) finish tied for fourth, although Guardabascio could have had fourth all to his own if he didn’t go 3-4 in the final week. But when he sent in his picks accompanied with the caption “here goes nothing”, it’s fair to say he was going for gold with some more ‘upset picks’.

Lastly, SCPL’s Tarek Fattal, who finished eight games back of first place and three games back of the ‘fourth-place group’ will have to endure a full year of mocking from his co-workers and social media trollers..

FINAL STANDINGS:
1. EPJ, 65-19
2. Fryer, 63-21
3. Barnes, 62-22
4. Mike, 60-24
4. Robledo, 60-24
4. Petros, 60-24
5. Tarek, 57-27


Each week select prep staff of the Southern California News Group will attempt to predict the outcome of SoCal’s best high school football games, which span across the Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

You may notice that one “expert” isn’t a staff reporter, but a recognizable face and voice in the SoCal sports community, FOX Sports’ Petros Papadakis. The former Trojan football player and current co-host of AM 570’s Petros & Money Show will be SCPL’s guest picker for the 2017 season. Be sure to tune into AM 570 from 2-6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays to hear Petros make his selections, and speak  about SCPL’s best football games.

Remember to follow @SoCalPrepLegend on Twitter, and hashtag either #SCPL or #PrepLegends to share YOUR picks with us!


Steve Fryer, OCSteve Fryer’s Picks:
OC Register, @Steve Fryer
Pick Record: 58-19

-St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei: Mater Dei
Bosco has improved, sure, but Mater Dei is too complete of a team.

-Valencia vs. Oaks Christian: Valencia
Has looked great in the playoffs so far.

-St. Francis vs. Rancho Verde: St. Francis
Any team that holds El Toro to 17 points is very good.

-Downey vs. Cajon: Cajon
Cowboys can keep up with Downey’s speed.

-Paraclete vs. Moorpark: Paraclete
An elite quarterback, that Brevin White.

-Narbonne vs. Crenshaw: Narbonne
The best team in the City Section, by a good margin.
-San Fernando vs. Dorsey: San Fernando
Tigers control the clock, move the chains all night.

Tarek Fattal, DNTarek Fattal’s Picks:
SCPL/LA Daily News, @Tarek_Fattal
Pick Record: 53-24

-St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei: Bosco
Not only repeat of winning the title, but in the same fashion. Hard to beat a team twice, I think Negro has the Monarchs right where he wants them, again.
-Valencia vs. Oaks Christian: Oaks
Although Valencia is more consistent, Oaks Christian has more star power that I believe makes the difference. After what I witnessed against Upland last week, the Lions have what it takes.
-St. Francis vs. Rancho Verde: St. Francis
I’m pullin’ for those Golden Knights. Freshman football coach Kyle Strazzeri won’t stop texting about the game.
-Downey vs. Cajon: Downey
Going against the grain on this one. Reaching for wins in unlikely places in an attempt not to finish dead last in the SCPL Pick’em. Then again, going against the grain too much got me here.
-Paraclete vs. Moorpark: Paraclete
Moorpark’s Drake London is special, but coach Herrington and company will limit London. I’m looking for Brevin White to play big-time football, which includes throwing it to USC-bound Andre Hunt.
-Narbonne vs. Crenshaw: Narbonne
Would love to see Crenshaw pull off a shocker – but Narbonne will roll.
-San Fernando vs. Dorsey: San Fernando
I’ve seen the Tigers in person, and boy can they run the thing. Dorsey has talent of its own, but San Fernando has a grit that will make a difference. Big Mincy fan, though.

Petros Papadakis, AM570:Fox Sports

Petros Papadakis’ Picks:
Fox Sports, @theOldP
Pick Record: 56-21

–St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei: Mater Dei
Will JT Daniels re-classify and leave high school for USC this Spring?
-Valencia vs. Oaks Christian: Valencia
Coaching edge to Larry Muir & his staff
-St. Francis vs. Rancho Verde: St. Francis
Best season in St Francis history
-Downey vs. Cajon: Downey
Dream season has happy ending for Vikings
-Paraclete vs. Moorpark: Paraclete
Still trying to understand how & why Alemany fired Dean Harrington
-Narbonne vs. Crenshaw: Narbonne
Manny Douglas ascends to greatest football coach in LA City history.
-San Fernando vs. Dorsey: San Fernando
I’m picking the Tigers in honor of my running back coach Charles White.

Fred Robledo, SGVTFred Robledo’s Picks:
Tribune/Star-News, @SGVNSports
Pick Record: 56-21

-St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei:
Mater Dei
-Valencia vs. Oaks Christian:
Valencia
-St. Francis vs. Rancho Verde:
St. Francis
-Downy vs. Cajon:
Cajon

-Paraclete vs. Moorpark:
Moorpark
-Narbonne vs. Crenshaw:
Narbonne
-San Fernando vs. Dorsey:
San Fernando

Mike Guardabascio, Press-Telegram

Mike Guardabascio’s Picks:
Press-Telegram, @Guardabascio
Pick Record: 57-20

-St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei:
Bosco
-Valencia vs. Oaks Christian:
Oaks
-St. Francis vs. Rancho Verde:
St. Francis
-Downey vs. Cajon:
Downey
-Paraclete vs. Moorpark:
Moorpark
-Narbonne vs. Crenshaw:
Narbonne
-San Fernando vs. Dorsey:
San Fernando

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Eric-Paul Johnson’s Picks:
Press-Enterprise, @CallMeEPJ
Pick Record: 60-17

-St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei:
Mater Dei
-Valencia vs. Oaks Christian:
Valencia
-St. Francis vs. Rancho Verde:
Rancho Verde
-Downey vs. Cajon:
Cajon

-Paraclete vs. Moorpark:
Paraclete
-Narbonne vs. Crenshaw:
Narbonne
-San Fernando vs. Dorsey:
Dorsey

NO RESALES

Evan Barnes’ Pick:
LA Daily News, @Evan_b
Pick Record: 58-19

-St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei: Mater Dei
It’s hard to beat the same team twice so Bosco has a great chance, especially since they did it last year. DJ Uiagalelei will know what to expect under center for Bosco. But I’m taking Mater Dei as the nation’s best team proving it once again in a much closer game than Round I.
-Valencia vs. Oaks Christian: Valencia
Oaks Christian is improving every week, especially on defense. It’s almost a pick-em but I’m taking a motivated Valencia team and defense that’s proven itself against two physical opponents in the playoffs. Valencia might not score 50 but they’ll score enough to celebrate at home.
-St. Francis vs. Rancho Verde: St. Francis
Another high powered offense and one of the best crowd atmospheres in SoCal. Rancho Verde slowed down Hart’s JT Shrout but they’ll have a hard time stopping Darius Perrantes, Greg Dulcich and Co. Golden Knights party like its 1964.
-Downey vs. Cajon: Cajon
This is a once in a generation team for the Cowboys and I don’t think talented junior Jonathan Perkins lets his defense lose. Downey has talent but can they stop 6-8 Darrin Jones, who’s having one of the best seasons of any receiver this year (1,799 yards, 26 TDs). Cowboy Up!
-Paraclete vs. Moorpark: Paraclete
Another even matchup. Two talented receivers in Andre Hunt (Paraclete) and Drake London (Moorpark). A Moorpark defense getting stronger by the week. A high-powered Paraclete offense and a defense that’s been tested in big games. I’m taking Dean Herrington’s bunch to win his second CIF title in a row.
-Narbonne vs. Crenshaw: Narbonne
The easiest pick of the weekend. Crenshaw was the last City team to beat Narbonne in a playoff game (2013). Narbonne has the stronger QB and even if its defense isn’t like the 2012 group or last year’s group, they’ll do enough to 4-peat as City champs.
-San Fernando vs. Dorsey: Dorsey
Saw Dorsey put up a good fight against Calabasas. This will be a grind-it-out running game and all love to San Fernando, an experienced fast group, but hard to bet against DDP (Dorsey Dons Pride).