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Washington football pick 'em: Round 9

We all had the same picks last week, meaning we all stayed put in our respective spots in the standings. I'm calling a pair of upsets in this week's action, so there should be some movement in next week's rankings.

Friday Football Pick 'Em standings

Standings after round 9 of picks

Here's a look at this week's games with my rationales for each pick. Hit me up with your selections on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste if you want to get in on the act.

Bellevue at Lakes

Lake Stevens at Eastlake

Central Valley at Skyline

Lynden at Interlake

Union at Woodinville

Bellevue — This contest has game of the year potential. Both teams feature plenty of offensive firepower and playmakers on both sides of the ball. You have to give the edge to Lakes in the talent department, especially with blue-chip prospect Zach Banner anchoring the O-line, but Bellevue's championship pedigree will prove to be the difference. Give me Bellevue holding off a late Lakes' rally.

Eastlake — I'm back on the Eastlake bandwagon this week, and the defense is the reason why. The Wolves have yielded a combined 49 points against good offensive teams in Newport, Mariner, Issaquah and Federal Way. Also, no defense has been able to hang with Eastlake's attack.

Skyline — Central Valley scored a major upset in ending Ferris' repeat bid last week, but they didn't have to contend with a QB the caliber of Max Browne. The junior could be headed toward Gatorade State Player of the Year honors, and his accuracy and penchant for playing well in big games bodes well for the Spartans, who are gunning for another shot at Eastlake.

Lynden — Interlake has given up more points than it has scored and that concerns me going into a contest against a Lynden offense that can score at will.

Union — So I'm the only one who believes in Union, huh? The Titans' upset of Kentlake last week should provide the squad with enough confidence for a repeat performance. Look for Brandon Brody-Heim to make his presence felt on defense.

Mason's picks:

Bellevue

Eastlake

Skyline

Interlake

Woodinville

KeiVarae Russell's picks:

Bellevue

Eastlake

Skyline

Lynden

Woodinville