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Sectional Semifinals: High school football media picks and fan picks

Can anyone catch Marini?

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 1:16 am

TOM DAVIS, sports editor, The News-Sentinel

Last week: 6-4

Overall: 73-27

Penn over Carroll – Another strong Charger season comes to a close.

North Side over South Side – Redskins eyeing sectional title game with rival Panthers.

Columbia City over Bishop Dwenger – I may never pick against the Eagles again.

Heritage over Tippecanoe Valley – Patriots play too tough of a schedule not to rep Fort Wayne well.

Churubusco over Elwood – Epic match-up with Luers looms.

Bishop Luers over Eastside – Epic match-up with Eagles looms.

Adams Central over Southwood – Don't worry Knight fans, you'll be good in basketball.

New Haven over Norwell – Knights enjoyed their 48 minutes of fame last week.

Snider over Wayne – Generals enjoyed their 48 minutes of fame last week.

Jimtown over Whitko – Wildcats simply can't match Jimmies on, off field.

GLENN MARINI, sports director, WANE-TV

Last week: 6-4

Overall: 79-21

Penn over Carroll – Chargers playing well, but Penn on the road is a tough task.

North Side over South Side – Will be closer than 42-13 game back on Oct. 5.

Bishop Dwenger over Columbia City – Despite rough season, hard to pick against Saints in playoffs at home.

Heritage over Tippecanoe Valley – Patriots proved they are an elite 3A team in last 2 games.

Churubusco over Elwood – Don't expect Eagles to slip up while eyeing Luers.

Bishop Luers over Eastside – Too much speed and depth for Blazers to win at Luersfield.

Adams Central over Southwood – Mosser pushes right buttons in the playoffs.

New Haven over Norwell – Good win for Knights last week, but season ends here.

Snider over Wayne – Generals showed improvement last week, but not enough.

Jimtown over Whitko – Wildcats have history of upsets – but not vs. Jimmies.

JOE WHELAN, weekend sports anchor, WANE-TV

Last week: 7-3

Overall: 74-26

Penn over Carroll - Chargers will have their hands full on the road against a very good Penn team.

North Side over South Side - Archers won't be able to slow down CJ Jackson and Co.

Bishop Dwenger over Columbia City – Eagles are dangerous, but Saints will find a way to eek out the win.

Heritage over Tippecanoe Valley - Patriots have been on a roll the last month.

Churubusco over Elwood - Eagles will run right to a berth in the sectional finals.

Bishop Luers over Eastside - Postseason is when the Knights shine.

Adams Central over Southwood - Flying Jets get by at home.

New Haven over Norwell - No way the Bulldogs lose this one at home.

Snider over Wayne - Generals simply can't match the Panthers.

Jimtown over Whitko - Beating No. 1 on the road is a tall task.

THE PIGSKIN PROPHET, News-Sentinel football expert

Last week: 4-6

Overall: 72-18

Penn over Carroll - Kingsmen and Snider on collision course again.

North Side over South Side - This one will be closer than the first matchup this season.

Bishop Dwenger over Columbia City - Eagles are getting healthy, but The Pig cannot pull the trigger.

Heritage over Tippecanoe Valley - Most underrated game of the week. Patriots win late.

Elwood over Churubusco - Sammy Mireles outgains Jason Nicodemus in battle of top RBs.

Bishop Luers over Eastside - Identical records, not even close to being identical teams.

Adams Central over Southwood - Flying Jets fans already eying rematch with North Miami.

New Haven over Norwell - Knights' defense showed moxie last week. But Anthony Moore will be too much.

Snider over Wayne - Let down for the Panthers? Maybe for a play or two.

Jimtown over Whitko - Undefeated Jimmies cruise again.

THE FANS, News-Sentinel online polls

Carroll: 51.45 percent over Penn: 48.55 percent

North Side: 87.42 percent over South Side: 12.58

Bishop Dwenger: 52.83 percent over Columbia City: 47.17 percent

Heritage: 86.49 percent over Tippecanoe Valley: 13.15 percent

Churubusco: 93.16 percent over Elwood 6.84 percent

Bishop Luers: 80.49 percent over Eastside: 19.51 percent

Adams Central: 82.83 percent over Southwood: 17.17 percent

New Haven: 95.07 percent over Norwell 4.93 percent

Snider: 87.50 percent over Wayne: 12.50 percent

Jimtown: 81.25 percent over Whitko 18.75 percent