Last week I missed the Clinton margin by 5 points, Laurens by 2 and Laurens Academy by, uh, 48.


Picks for Kicks

I got the Devils right, as well as the deep blue sea.

As I wrote – and shall continue to write each week – it was all luck.

I’m not pessimistic. I’m realistic. Honest, too.

Last week I was a wildly erratic 2-1. This week I’m hoping for 1-1 just to stay above .500.

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Clinton (1-0) at Laurens (0-1) – This game is a tough call, but it may not be close. The offenses are explosive. Hence, one might just explode. I expect Clinton needs a fast start and a shortage of turnovers. In case you doubt the volatility, remember that when the two rivals last played, in 2019, Laurens dominated the Red Devils, 28-0. In 2018, the two teams were scoreless at halftime but the Raiders wound up winning 34-14.

For those of you enrolled in historical societies with some interest in COVID footnotes, prior to the scourge, no season passed without a game between Laurens and Clinton since 1969.

Clinton is better. Laurens is, too. While I really think one or the other will win by two touchdowns, I’ll split differences and prognosticate the Raiders by 2.


Laurens Academy (0-1) at Holly Hill Academy (0-0) – Whoa, Nellie, said Keith Jackson innumerable times, and Holly Hill is not the place for the Crusaders to right a wrong, let alone, two. The Raiders won the SCISA 8-man state title last year, and it was bookended by a 17-12 win over LA in the opener and a 50-36 verdict in the finale. In between, the Crusaders were 8-2.

Todd Kirk’s teams are prone to get better as the season progresses, but nowhere near this much better in the 2nd game.

Raiders by somewhere between a bushel and a peck.

As Al Davis would have undoubtedly advised, when in doubt, pick “duh Raiduhs.”

Last week (and season to date): 2-1.

Note: I’m not any better than anyone else at picking the outcome of ballgames, races, meets, matches and elections. My modest skill is that of a history major: I know what already happened. Prophecy wasn’t offered as a major. My advice is to read the above for amusement purposes only. For God’s sake, don’t lay a bet on what I think.