We call Dave Hanneman the geezer because, well, because he’s old.
Older than the rest of the staff anyway.
For the second straight week, though, Hanneman was celebrating what he called his “Sweet Sixteen” party.
We’re just two weeks into the 2018 Pigskin Picks season and Hanneman has already proven to be undeniably consistent — 16 wins in Week 1, 16 wins in Week 2.
Sports editor Jamie Baker also had a 16-win week. But he and Hanneman split on the two games our fearless forecasters disagreed on. Hanneman correctly predicted Van Buren’s win over Bluffton, but misfired by picking Elmwood to knock off Lakota. By taking the Raiders in that matchup, Baker salvaged the split and matched Hanneman’s 16-4 record.
While there was dissention in the picks, there was no change in the standings. Thanks to a big advantage in Week 1, Hanneman entered last week with a three-game lead on Baker. The grizzled veteran, 32-7 overall, ended the week with that three-game lead intact and, grab your socks folks, will carry that advantage into next week after he and Baker amazingly agreed on all 19 games on the schedule.
When informed of that fact, Hanneman smiled and said, “I guess great minds just think alike.”
That, or he needs stronger doses of the medication he’s taking for his senility.
We’ll let you know.
Last week: 16-4; Overall 32-7
Findlay over TOLEDO START — After two tough overtime losses against two quality opponents, Trojans could sure use a confidence-building win heading into league play.
Arlington over HOPEWELL-LOUDON — Arlington’s defense may be better than advertised. It will be tested, though, by H-L senior back Sam Stickley.
RIVERDALE over Cory-Rawson — Both teams got their offenses back on track last week. We’ll see who keeps chug-chug-chugging along.
Leipsic over LIBERTY-BENTON — Leipsic has the unbeaten record, the returning talent, the experience. But this could be a trap game for the Vikings if they don’t take into consideration the nothing-to-lose incentive and pay-back motivation L-B brings into this matchup.
North Baltimore over ARCADIA — Both teams looking to notch their first win. North Baltimore has the greater point differential (outscored 109-7) but has played tougher opponents.
Pandora-Gilboa over VANLUE — Ouch!!!!
McCOMB over Van Buren — McComb’s defensive front seven is very good, so teams are trying beat the Panthers with the pass. Van Buren quarterback Brady Rader has led the BVC in passing the past two years. This could get interesting.
Ottawa-Glandorf over LIMA BATH — Someone needs to rekindle the fuse on an O-G offense that has gotten quiet the last five quarters.
BLUFFTON over Ayersville — Pirates will be out to avenge last year’s 26-21 loss to an Ayersville team that returned just four seniors this season and has 14 freshmen on its 32-man varsity roster.
FOSTORIA over Cardinal Stritch — Redmen need a win in the worst way.
Carey over ASHLAND CRESTVIEW — Carey may be 1-1, but the Blue Devils’ loss was by just nine points (35-26) to an unbeaten (2-0), bigger (D-IV) Galion team.
SENECA EAST over Elmwood — Elmwood has been right there in one-TD losses to Gibsonburg and Lakota. The Tigers from Seneca East, though, are a whole ‘nother animal.
Galion over UPPER SANDUSKY — These two teams have gone separate ways since the days of the Northern Ohio League and North Central Conference. This could be a dandy.
MOHAWK over Gibsonburg — Another matchup of two unbeatens. Gotta give Mohawk the edge on strength of schedule.
Hardin Northern over DANBURY — LeBron went to the Lakers, but these are not the Lakers he went to.
Lakota over RIDGEMONT — Both teams are 1-1. Lakota’s “D’ has surrendered fewer points, though.
Patrick Henry over COLUMBUS GROVE — Toss-up. Both are 0-2. Both lost to two very good 2-0 teams.
NORWALK ST. PAUL over Tiffin Calvert — Third matchup of the week between two 2-0 teams and a rematch of last year’s Region 26 regional final. St. Paul won that game big.
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC over Ada — LCC has only four seniors back from last year’s 10-2 playoff team. But the T-birds are 2-0 with wins over Spencerville and Delphos St. John’s. That doesn’t look like a drop off to me.
Last week: 16-4; Overall 29-10
Findlay over TOLEDO START — I told one of the Findlay High coaches, “You’re killing me on the picks.” He said, “We’re killing ourselves.” This is the week to get back on track before the TRAC schedule begins.
Arlington over HOPEWELL-LOUDON — Beginning of the end of Hopewell-Loudon’s BVC era. Red Devils are 2-0 and rolling right now but I imagine the Chieftains will give them a test.
Leipsic over LIBERTY-BENTON — With 1-point losses to Wynford and Archbold, Liberty-Benton isn’t your average 0-2 team. Leipsic knows that.
North Baltimore over ARCADIA — Two teams that have been outscored 192-24 in four games. Someone has to win this week … taking the Tigers.
Pandora-Gilboa over VANLUE — Vanlue lost a couple of close ones the last two weeks. Now it’s going to get tougher for the Wildcats.
McCOMB over Van Buren — Want to compete for the BVC title Black Knights? Gotta beat McComb in the opener.
RIVERDALE over Cory-Rawson — Would love to see Cory-Rawson play a Heritage Series game like Riverdale does. Bring back Mount Cory and Rawson for one game a year in basketball and football.
Ottawa-Glandorf over LIMA BATH — Lima Bath is really struggling right now. It may be difficult for them to beat anyone in the WBL this season.
BLUFFTON over Ayersville — One more chance for Pirates to get their mojo back before the Northwest Conference schedule begins.
FOSTORIA over Cardinal Stritch — A very good opportunity this week for the Redmen to get their offense going.
Carey over ASHLAND CRESTVIEW — Blue Devils can’t get caught looking ahead to next week’s Northern 10 Conference opener against archrival Mohawk.
SENECA EAST over Elmwood — One of Elmwood’s coaches told me last week the Royals are a lot better this year. Believe him, they are. But they aren’t up to Seneca East’s level just yet.
Galion over UPPER SANDUSKY — I have to say I’ve liked what I’ve seen from the Rams this season but in reality they are a work in progress.
MOHAWK over Gibsonburg — One more nonconference win for the Warriors before Northern 10 play begins.
Hardin Northern over DANBURY — Didn’t know you could get to Lakeside from Dola. A win by the Polar Bears would help set the tone for the rest of the season.
Lakota over RIDGEMONT — A breather for the Raiders before they start the grind of the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division.
Patrick Henry over COLUMBUS GROVE — Can’t fathom that one of these teams will be 0-3. Still plenty of football to play for the Bulldogs who can still make some noise in the Northwest Conference.
NORWALK ST. PAUL over Tiffin Calvert — Flyers finish off a sweep of the region’s Catholic schools.
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC over Ada — LCC’s wins over Spencerville and Delphos St. John’s to start the season are enough to sway me in this matchup.
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