It’s a good thing we have a limit on the number of #BeatBrady T-shirts we give out each week.
If we didn’t, half of Pensacola would be walking around this week with those slick-looking black T-shirts.
I had to borrow someone else’s fingers, but our official count was 26 contestants beat my record of 6-3 last week.
Hopefully, that was just a one-week thing, and I’ll bounce back this week and actually make it difficult to #BeatBrady.
* Gulf Breeze at West Florida: As long as the Jaguars keep their eye on the prize, they should be able to get through the next two games to set up the showdown with Catholic in Week 10. And that’s not a knock on Gulf Breeze. That’s just how talented this West Florida team is this year. West Florida over Gulf Breeze.
* Tate at Crestview: The Aggies have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008 tonight when they travel to Crestview. It certainly won’t be easy, but I think this Aggies team has what it takes. Tate over Crestview.
* Jay at Baker: Baker is certainly not the team to face when you’re mired in a three-game losing slump. The Gators are unbeaten, and thus far, untested. Baker beat Graceville by 15 earlier this year. Graceville beat Jay by 30 last week. That doesn’t bode well for the Royals. Baker over Jay.
* Freeport at Northview: Last year’s playoff game was competitive for one reason — Freeport quarterback Gabe Moore. Now that Moore has hung up his cleats for track spikes, and a potential future as an Olympian, the Chiefs shouldn’t have any trouble setting up the showdown with Baker. Northview over Freeport.
* Pine Forest at Washington: I’m beginning to sound like a broken record (maybe one scratched beyond repair), but I think Pine Forest is due for a win. Washington, on the other hand, has the motivating factor of still being in the playoff hunt. Kicked this one around quite a bit this week. I’m going with the “mild” upset this week. Pine Forest over Washington.
* Arnold at Catholic: Everything’s in place for Catholic to have a letdown this week. It’s homecoming week, the baseball team is receiving its national championship rings and the Crusaders have rivals Gulf Breeze and West Florida in the next two weeks. Unfortunately for the visiting Marlins, the chance of an upset is slim-to-none, and slim is warming up the bus. Catholic over Arnold.
* Pace at PHS: This one is always a good matchup and there’s no reason to think it won’t be the same tonight. PHS has to look at this game as a must-win because two losses in this district likely will put them out of the running. Pace is looking to keep up with Escambia to set up that big showdown next week. Pace over PHS.
at Navarre: Choctaw definitely turned some heads last week with its dominant performance against East Gadsden. Navarre really has nothing to lose in this matchup, as they are already a game up in the district. But the Raiders also would like to just take care of business now and not let a shootout settle it. Navarre over Choctaw.
* Escambia at Milton: Gators keep on rolling and head into next week’s showdown with Pace still unbeaten. Escambia over Milton.