High School Football Picks: Week 9

James M Bennett wide receiver Brandon Glashakow (88) stiff arms North Caroline defensive back Robbie Blakely (88) on Friday night at Wicomico County Stadium.

James M Bennett wide receiver Brandon Glashakow (88) stiff arms North Caroline defensive back Robbie Blakely (88) on Friday night at Wicomico County Stadium.

James M. Bennett at Stephen Decatur – Friday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.

Shawn Yonker (35-11): The Clippers have the City title and they haven’t yet been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in Class 3A. Decatur is so banged up they should consider a sideline infirmary. I don’t think they have the bodies left for this one, but it will be close.17-14, Clippers

Ryan Marshall (40-13): Beaten, bruised and injured, Decatur is being held together by tape. That makes the playoff-searching Clippers the obvious choice. But what fun is that? I’m going against the grain and saying Decatur bans together to shock the Clippers. 21-20, Seahawks

Justin Odendhal (39-10): Don’t expect a high scoring game here, it’ll be all defense and there just won’t be enough offense from Decatur to take down Bennett in the battle of the Bayside’s biggest schools. This is a must win for the Clippers who still are on the edge of a possible playoff appearance. 20-8, Clippers

Mitchell Northam (40-13): Bennett is looking to bounce back from a big loss to keep their playoff hopes alive. Six weeks ago, Decatur would’ve been able to hang with them, but the Seahawks are just too banged up. 28-18, Clippers

Washington at Colonel Richardson – Friday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.

Yonker: The Colonels have a high-scoring offense and while this is a 1A versus 1A matchup, the Jaguars have scored double-digit points in just four of their eight games this season. They do it this week, but its not enough. 31-13, Colonels

Marshall: Points, points and more points. Defense is optional in this game. The Jaguars offense has been improving this season, and the Colonels have been a threat in every game. Colonel Richardson at home is too much though. 42-35, Colonels.

Odendhal: A nice turnaround for Colonel Richardson from the past few years continues as the Jaguars make the trip to Federalsburg who had a solid showing against Cambridge last week. High powered offense from the tiny Colonels takes the win. 28-14, Colonels

Northam: The last time the Colonels won four games in a season? My freshman year there in 2006. The Varsity squad went 6-4 (but had half of their wins taken away due to a violation) while I played center and defensive tackle for the JV squad. This week will make it a three-game winning streak for the Colonels before their week-10 match-up with county rival and Bayside juggernaut, North Caroline. 57-20, Colonels

Wicomico at Easton – Friday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m.

Yonker: The Indians have struggled this season, but Easton has one win. I don’t expect them to get no. 2 this week — even at home. 27-24, Indians

Marshall: At this point in the season, you’re playing for pride. The Indians held strong against Queen Anne’s for parts of the game. This young team had a rough start to the season but will get a solid road win Friday. 27-21, Indians

Odendhal: Even with the lackluster records from both sides this could shape up to be a solid, highly competitive game. Wicomico’s offense is rolling while Easton always puts up a tough fight, this could turn into a shootout which I don’t think the players on either side would mind. 37-34, Warriors

Northam: Easton will do everything possible to avoid a one-win season. They’ll seize the opportunity this week with home field advantage against the Indians. 24-20, Warriors

Delmar at Indian River – Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Yonker: The Indians want to keep playoff hopes a live. Delmar just wants to show that the first half of the season doesn’t define them. The numbers say to go with Indian River here, but my gut says maybe the Wildcats figure this one out. 21-17, Wildcats

Marshall: Both teams have played a strong schedule. Delmar is getting to the heart of its south games, and IR needs a big win against getting crushed by Woodbridge. Anything can happen, but Indian River plays strong at home and keeps its playoff hopes alive. 21-14, Indians

Odendhal: This has trap game written all over it for the Indians against “lowly” Delmar at home, needing the win stay in the playoff hunt. After getting demolished at Woodbridge last week Indian River will look to make a statement as long as their heads are focused on this week and not Lake Forest. 28-17, Indians

Northam: Sure, Delmar has momentum coming off their first win and they are better than their record says they are. Still, the Indians need to win this game to keep playoff hopes alive after a poor showing against Woodbridge. 28-24, Indians

Dover at Sussex Tech – Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Yonker: I don’t pick against the Ravens this season and that has served me well as long as we’re not talking about Sundays. Despite Dover weapons that doesn’t change this week. 37-17, Ravens

Marshall: Ravens’ head coach Mark Quillin is nervous about this game, and he should be. Dover plays with plenty of speed and has upset potential. That being said, Quillin has his guys focused on the Senators and not the following weeks against Sallies and Cape. Pat Griffin has another huge day. 35-20, Ravens

Odendhal: Tech continues the warpath following the drubbing at Smyrna two weeks ago and the Senators are about to become the latest victim. Anything Dover puts on the board will be late while the Ravens will dominate till garbage time, and probably then too. 42-16, Ravens

Northam: Dover has some speed, but it won’t be enough to top Sussex Tech. 40-14, Ravens

Polytech at Sussex Central – Friday, Oct. 30 7:30 p.m.

Yonker: I don’t know a lot about Poly, but I know not to pick them in this one. 27-6, Golden Knights

Marshall: Sussex Central is focused on finishing above .500, which would be a step in the right direction after two 5-5 years. Meanwhile, Polytech is just trying to put four quarters together. At home, Central is too tough and the Knights get a big win. 28-0, Golden Knights

Odendhal: Even out of the playoff hunt don’t expect the Golden Knights to go down lightly. Polytech is going to experience a world of hurt, Central is going to experience a victory – every snap is practice for next season. 45-0, Golden Knights

Northam: Sorry, Polytech. Maybe next year? 59-6, Golden Knights

For updates on these games and more sports on the Lower Shore, follow sports producer Brian Reese at @B_Reesey and @DelmarvaScores.

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