Last week wasn't a great showing picking games for myself and Taylor Walcott, and things just got a lot more difficult with Steven Long entering the challenge. The senior RB has the Lakers ranked No. 2 in the POWERADE Oregon Football Rankings, and now he's looking to claim first place in our weekly picks. If Skyline's defense couldn't stop him, how am I supposed to?
Anyways, here's what the standings look like after Round 1:
Taylor Walcott, Marist WR — 3-2
David Auguste, ESPNHS Oregon — 3-2
Steven Long, Lake Oswego — 0-0
This week's docket includes a clash of unbeaten 6A squads as South Medford travels to Roseburg and a matchup of Class 4A contenders in Scappoose and Astoria. We'd love for you guys to challenge us "experts" by leaving your winners and Player of the Game nominees in the comment section below. Let's get on with the picks.
Games of the Week
South Medford (4-0) at Roseburg (4-0)
McMinnville (2-2) at Tualatin (3-1)
Sunset (4-0) at No. 8 Jesuit (2-2)
Scappoose (3-1) at Astoria (3-1)
Liberty (2-2) at Sherwood (4-0)
My Picks (@ESPNHSAuguste )
South Medford — Defense wins championships and it will prove to be the difference in this contest as well. South Medford has one of the state's elite units, holding opponents to 10.5 points per game. Roseburg QB Jack Singler could be in for a long night.
Tualatin — The Timberwolves have posted back-to-back shutouts against Hillsboro and Newberg and have allowed only 17 points in four games. The offense found its groove last week, exploding for 45 points behind ESPNHS All-State pick Brady Watts (2 TDs). However, look for Spencer Payne (more than 800 rushing yards and 15 total TDs) to help keep McMinnville within striking distance.
Jesuit — Can't imagine Jesuit losing three games in the first five weeks of the season. The Crusaders have been victimized by a brutal schedule, but they bounce back in a big way tonight. I'll let the other guys speak on Nicholas Rocky Rothstein's impact on this game, but I think RB A.J. Glass will be huge in this contest, churning out big yards on the ground when Sunset keys in on Rothstein.
Astoria — The Fishermen have had the edge in this series, winning the last three contests including last year's thrilling 35-34 road win. Scappoose will have a tough time trying to shut down an Astoria offense averaging 32.5 points per game and marshaled by senior QB Conor Harber and his primary target Wyatt Wullger. The winner will be alone in first in the Cowapa League.
Sherwood — The Bowmen are riding a 17-game win streak and are coming off a victory over St Helen's in which they amassed an insane 470 rushing yards. RB Paul Dodson and WR A.J. Spencer are a tough assignment for Brett Bafaro and the rest of Liberty's defense.
Taylor's picks (@Tayla_Jay_9)
Roseburg — They just beat Thurston at home and Thurston's not a bad team.
Tualatin — No specific reason, just my pick.
Jesuit — I'm going with Jesuit still despite their record. They still got Rocky who can run all over people.
Astoria — We played them when we were in Class 4A and they were pretty good.
Sherwood — I like their running back, Dodson. He's like 6-1, big and fast.
Steven's picks (@S_Long11)
Roseburg — They played a tough preseason schedule and they will have home-field advantage.
Tualatin — They were unner-up in the state finals and I think they'll take care of business with Brady Watts.
Jesuit — They're a big, physical defense. I think they'll pound the ball and have Rocky be a force in the run game.
Astoria — They have a good coach and they know how to finish a game strong.
Sherwood — Brandon Blackshear and Dusty Crabtree wll lead them to 5-0. I think Sherwood' an awesome team. No bias here
Note: Long transferred from Sherwood.
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.