I went 6-0 last week in just my second try at making picks. Admittedly, it’s a little easier to do so in the middle of the season when you have a decent sample size and some common opponents to look at. I’ll also add some scores to make it more interesting.
This week is a little more difficult than it first appears with an unusual Week 7 non-league game and some injuries that could skew some results. Let’s take a look at the games.
Thursday, Oct. 17
South Kitsap (1-5, 1-5) at Puyallup (4-1, 5-1), 7 p.m.
This is the back end of a brutal two-game stretch that saw the Wolves take on Graham-Kapowsin last week. Puyallup offers little in the way of relief as a team that lost to Graham-Kapowsin three weeks ago, but then defeated Union, the reigning 4A state champion.
The pick: Puyallup, 42-7.
Friday, Oct. 18
Bremerton (2-1, 4-2) at Kingston (1-3, 2-3), 6:30 p.m.
Knights quarterback Kelo Logova was hurt last week against Port Angeles. He might be ready to go for this week’s game, but the coaching staff could also choose to be cautious to ensure he’s ready for what will likely be a de facto playoff game against Olympic in two weeks. Even without Logova, Bremerton has enough offensive firepower to get by in this one.
The pick: Bremerton, 32-12.
Forks (1-1 Evergreen 1A, 4-2) at Olympic (3-1, 4-2), 6:30 p.m.
This is a tough one to pick without the benefit of knowing who is going to play. It’s a non-league game that means nothing in the standings and the Trojans have had their fair share of injuries this season. They have every incentive and play it safe with a huge game against Bremerton coming up next week. I think Olympic wins at full strength, but odds are they won’t be for this one.
The pick: Forks, 21-17.
Central Kitsap (2-2, 3-2) at North Thurston (0-4, 2-4), 7 p.m.
The Central Kitsap offense really hasn’t been able to find the end zone much lately, but North Thurston is giving up points in bunches to their South Sound Conference opponents. There should be enough room here for the Cougars to pick up two or three touchdowns and the defense should carry the day from there.
The pick: Central Kitsap, 17-7.
Klahowya (1-1, 1-4) at Charles Wright Academy (2-0, 6-0), 7 p.m.
The Eagles got into the win column after thumping Vashon Island last week. Charles Wright is the top team so far in the Nisqually League and is a perfect 6-0 on the season. Increased confidence should help keep this game closer, but the Tarriers are still the favorite here.
The pick: Charles Wright Academy, 41-16.
North Kitsap (3-0, 4-2) at North Mason (0-3, 2-4), 7 p.m.
The Vikings bounced back with a win over Kingston last week and should continue the momentum against North Mason, which is winless in league play this season. Like Olympic and Bremerton, North Kitsap should be able to get up by a big margin early and cruise from there.
The pick: North Kitsap, 42-14.
Last week’s record: 6-0
Season record: 11-1
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MKrulishKDN.