High School Football Picks: Week 5

Cane Bay quarterback R.J. Roderick and the Cobras take on Ashley Ridge on Friday night. Brooks Finneseth/Gazette

After a couple of tough weeks, our high school football prognosticators — The Post and Courier’s Andrew Miller and ABC News 4 sports anchor Scott Eisberg — have finally returned to respectability.

Both Miller and Eisberg went 4-2 last week after barely breaking .500 the previous two weeks.

Still, despite last week’s solid performance, coaches around the Lowcountry have circulated a petition asking Eisberg and Miller to never pick their respective teams to win on Friday nights again this season.

“I think my mediocre record speaks for itself,” Miller said.

While Eisberg countered, “It’s not just only our jobs, it’s our duty to pick high school football games. We will not stop picking winners and losers just because a few coaches believe we put the mythical media double-jinx on their teams.”

This week Miller and Eiberg differ on two games.

Eisberg believes that the momentum West Ashley generated in last week’s win over Colleton County will carry over Friday against Summerville, while Miller is jumping back on the Green Wave bandwagon.

Meanwhile, Hanahan’s offense, which was shut out last week against Cane Bay, will rebound this week against Stratford. Eisberg is firmly behind the Knights.

Here are this week’s picks.

Eisberg: This could be my most anticipated game of the night, and toughest to pick. The two schools that were formed the same year seem to be peaking the same year as well. Two excellent offenses, one heck of a battle. Ashley Ridge, 28-27

Miller: After a slow start, Cane Bay has found its rhythm the last couple of weeks and is playing well. The Cobras’ win over Hanahan last week was impressive. However, Ashley Ridge quarterback Steven Duncan will be the difference. Ashley Ridge, 31-20.

Eisberg: West Ashley has struggled mightily over the years against Summerville, but I think they may have just enough this season. West Ashley, 21-14.

Miller: Having a tough time trying to figure out which Summerville team will show up this season. Picked wrong every week with the Green Wave. Summerville, 23-17.

Eisberg: Stratford is struggling mightily on offense, but Hanahan showed its flaws against a Class AAAA opponent in Cane Bay last week. Makes it a very interesting one. Stratford, 21-10.

Miller: Still believe that Hanahan is one of the elite teams in the Lowcountry. Stratford has had a tough non-conference schedule, but Hawks wide receiver Sam Denmark will be the difference. Hanahan, 21-13.

Wando at Fort Dorchester

Eisberg: Good thing this one is being played at Fort Dorchester, the electricians are still working on the Wando scoreboard after it shorted out due to the scoring last week. Throw in Fort’s offense, this one could be even more of an offensive juggernaut of a game. Fort Dorchester, 64-56.

Miller: Wando has plenty of offensive weapons with wide receiver Ortre Smith, running back Kevin Brown and quarterback Bailey Hart. Too bad the Warriors don’t have much of a defense. Fort Dorchester, 49-35.

Eisberg: Things are getting tense in Moncks Corner, the townspeople want more defense with the unconventional offense. They don’t like giving up 140 points in two weeks. A week off does the Stags some good and things get back to normal against a bit of a smaller Timberland team. Berkeley, 35-24.

Miller: To punt or not to punt, that is the question facing Berkeley coach Jeff Cruce. It won’t matter this week against Timberland. Timberland, 31-18.

Eisberg: The Bishops continue to challenge the bigger schools. It’ll help them big time once they get into region play, but won’t help against James Island. Trojans, 24-10.

Miller: The Trojans are coming off an impressive win over St. John’s last week. The momentum will continue for James Island this week against Bishop England. James Island, 28-7.

Eisberg: 4-2 last week. 17-13 overall.

Miller: 4-2 last week. 18-12 overall.