Many strive for it, but few achieve it.
ABC News 4 sports anchor Scott Eisberg was perfect last week, picking all six game correctly and vaulting past The Post and Courier’s Andrew Miller for the overall lead at the midway point of the high school football season.
“I’m going out to buy a lottery ticket this week,” Eisberg said. “I like my chances.”
There’s one more week of non-conference play in Class AAAA, but the lower division all open their region action this week.
One of the biggest game of the week happens in Region 6-AA as unbeaten Academic Magnet takes on North Charleston, also undefeated at 5-0, and the surprise team in the Lowcountry.
Both Eisberg and Miller think that Raptors running back Nate Schlosser will be a little too much for the Cougars defense.
Our two prognosticators differ on two games. Eisberg has Wando beating Bluffton and Berkeley over Beaufort, while Miller thinks that Bluffton and Beaufort will come away as winners.
Here are this week’s picks:
Eisberg: Signature win for (West Ashley coach) Bobby Marion’s bunch at Summerville last week. Enjoy it while you can. All Patriots in this one. Fort Dorchester, 54-14.
Miller: After a few stumbles early in the season, West Ashley’s Marion has the Wildcats on a roll. Unfortunately, it won’t be enough against Fort Dorchester and QB Dakereon Joyner. Fort Dorchester, 41-20.
Eisberg: One heck of a ballgame, I think Chris Candor’s team getting over a huge mental hurdle with the comeback win over the team from Alabama last week. Swamp Foxes stay perfect though in a battle at Ashley Ridge. Ashley Ridge, 21-20.
Miller: Is this Ashley Ridge’s breakout season? With Swamp Foxes QB Steven Duncan playing like he has so far, it’ll be a tall task for anyone to beat Ashley Ridge. Home field is the difference. Ashley Ridge, 31-28.
Eisberg: Both teams desperately need a win, Summerville has shown explosiveness in spurts this year, Stratford just hasn’t yet so I’ll go with the Green Wave. Summerville, 35-21.
Miller: Can’t figure out the Green Wave this season. Picked wrong every week. So, Summerville fans might get mad, but I’m sticking with Joe Call and the Green Wave. Summerville, 24-21.
Eisberg: I’m assuming after the thumping at Fort Dorchester, Jimmy Noonan’s bunch, enjoying a “fun” week of practice at Wando. It’ll show on the field as they bounce back against Bluffton. Wando, 38-24.
Miller: Last week was an embarrassing loss for the Warriors, 63-0 against Fort Dorchester. Bluffton doesn’t have Dakereon Joyner as their quarterback, but still too much for Wando. Bluffton, 38-31.
Eisberg: Who would have thought, a showdown of undefeated squads at Attaway-Heinsohn Field. Two words, Nate Schlosser. The TD machine for the Raptors is the difference. Academic Magnet, 28-10.
Miller: Raptors running back Nate Schlosser might be pound-for-pound the best running back in the Lowcountry. He’ll get his yards against North Charleston. Academic Magnet, 27-13.
Eisberg: Both coaches may be looking forward to the showdown at Death Valley on Saturday. Former Clemson teammates Jeff Cruce and Mark Clifford, old friends, fierce competitors setting up for a great game. Berkeley back on track. Berkeley, 33-27.
Miller: Both squads coming off big wins last week. Stags down Timberland and Beaufort crushes Manning. Can the Stags keep the momentum going for another week. Don’t think so. Beaufort, 23-20.
Eisberg: 6-0 last week. 23-13 overall
Miller: 3-3 last week. 21-15 overall