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Pigskin Prophecies

November 09, 2000

"And in the race for the region's top football prognosticator, the projected winner is . . ." If the pollsters analyzed this race, they'd reach a quick conclusion: The Prophet in a landslide. Your Soothsaying Swami dispatched another ink-stained minion last week, sending Dave "Desert Dog" Desmond to a dirty demise and extending an already gaudy season point advantage. Desperate for a viable challenger, the "journalists" have sent Lauren Peterson into the fray hoping a woman can change their miserable luck. I've got news for them: It's over, baby.

The Prophet

Season totals for the Prophet: 97 of 135 (72%), 149 points

Lauren Peterson

Season totals for the guests: 91 of 135 (67%), 133 points

GAME OF THE WEEK (5 points)

Ventura at Hueneme

THE PROPHET SAYS: Hueneme has held its last two patsies--er, opponents--to a total of six points. Ventura RB Tyler Ebell will get that in the first minute. Ventura, 31-26.

PETERSON SAYS: This game between two well-matched, highly motivated teams will come down to who runs circles around whom. My question is, "After Tyler Ebell, what else ya got, Ventura?" Hueneme's array of weapons will break the Cougars' hearts. Hueneme, 35-32.

OTHER TOP GAMES (each 3 points)

North Hollywood at Grant

THE PROPHET SAYS: Grant makes it six victories in a row as the sun sets on North Hollywood's league title hopes. Grant, 34-21.

PETERSON SAYS: The winner takes the Sunset Six League, and although North Hollywood is defending champion, the feet and feats of top City Section rusher Perry Clayton will carry the day and the Lancers once again. Grant, 32-21.

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Hart vs. Saugus at College of the Canyons

THE PROPHET SAYS: QB Kyle Matter and Hart are just getting warmed up for another run at the Division III title. Hart, 35-14.

PETERSON SAYS: Hart doesn't have Tim Gregory or Randy Bacon at running back, but since when have the Indians been known for their running game? As long as they have their quarterback, not much else will matter. Hart, 35-21.

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Crescenta Valley at Arcadia

THE PROPHET SAYS: Muir beat Crescenta Valley. Arcadia beat Muir. You know what's next in the share-and-share-alike Pacific League--tri-champions. Crescenta Valley, 28-20.

PETERSON SAYS: Hudson Gossard, Jason Hogan and the Falcons, who blew final-week chances to win outright or share Pacific League titles the last two years, won't be cut off at the pass by the Apaches. Crescenta Valley, 24-21.

THE REST (1 point each)

* Kennedy at San Fernando: The Prophet: The San Fernando Tigers don't have anything left in their tank after last week's heartbreaker against Sylmar. Kennedy, 35-21. Peterson: Kennedy, 21-20.

* El Camino Real at Taft: The Prophet: Security has been increased because of a shooting last week at Taft and the threat of Coach Troy Starr lobbying for a playoff seeding. Taft, 38-17. Peterson: Taft, 38-21.

* Nordhoff at Calabasas: The Prophet: The Rangers got bushwhacked in Carpinteria last week, but they get back on happy trails tonight. Nordhoff, 28-21. Peterson: Nordhoff, 21-14.

* Burbank at Burroughs: The Prophet: The Battle of Burbank should be a rowdy affair, with plenty of hootin' and hollerin' by both teams' frustrated fans. Burroughs, 24-10. Peterson: Burroughs, 24-21.

* Quartz Hill at Lancaster: The Prophet: With a playoff berth at stake, the Eagles soar to great heights. Lancaster, 42-6. Peterson: Lancaster, 32-14.

* Thousand Oaks at Newbury Park: The Prophet: Look for the Johnny-come-lately Lancers to continue their resurgence. Thousand Oaks, 27-24. Peterson: Thousand Oaks, 35-28.

* Hoover at Glendale: The Prophet: The Dynamiters have a pyrotechnic offensive display waiting for cross-town rival Hoover. Not really, but it sounds good. Glendale, 14-7. Peterson: Glendale, 17-12.

* Channel Islands at Oxnard: The Prophet: The Yellowjackets convincingly prove they're the second-best team in the city of Oxnard. Oxnard, 28-14. Peterson: Oxnard, 17-14.

* Kilpatrick vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College: The Prophet: There's plenty of Spirit left in this showdown for the Alpha League title. Paraclete, 47-32. Peterson: Paraclete, 32-20.

* Chaminade at St. Francis: The Prophet: The Golden Knights regroup after leaving the Mission League title on the two-yard line against Notre Dame last week. St. Francis, 35-21. Peterson: St. Francis, 20-16.

* St. Bonaventure at Carpinteria: The Prophet: The take-no-prisoners Seraphs invade Carpinteria, where they are about as popular as an off-shore oil spill. St. Bonaventure, 45-20. Peterson: St. Bonaventure, 55-12.

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