2018 High School Football National Expert Pick’Em – Week 13

The last few weeks have been pretty light as far as big games are concerned but the week 13 slate of games is absolutely loaded! There are 2 games between teams that are in the Top 10 of most of the national polls. The biggest of which comes from California CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals where Centennial and Mater Dei meet for the first time since 2015 when the Huskies took out the Monarchs 42-36. For some reason the Monarchs get the home game here which in what could be a close game is a big advantage. I can’t speak for the other experts who all picked Mater Dei but the choice would have been much harder for me had the game been neutral or at Centennial. For those wondering why the other semifinal between St. John Bosco and Oaks Christian isn’t listed, it’s because it probably won’t be that close. Any chance the Lions had to keep it close went out the window when 5 star and one of the best players in the nation, Kayvon Thibodeaux, was thrown out of the last game which means he won’t be playing this week. What is interesting is that Oaks Christian gets what would have been a home game if not for the fires.

The other premiere matchup of the week comes to us from Miami where Carol City and Miami Central meet again. The two played a few weeks ago with the Carol City getting the 36-28 win. The Chiefs jumped out to a big lead early but the Rockets scored some late touchdowns to make it close. Maybe the Rockets will use that momentum to get off to a better start in this one. Seven of the eight experts have the Chiefs winning again. Also in Florida this week we have a rematch of another district game between Columbia and Lee. Lee had won the last three meetings until Columbia got the win earlier this year. Seven of the eight experts have the Tigers getting the win again this week.

The WCAC final is not the one we all expected as Gonzaga shocked St. John’s last week to meet Dematha. These two played a classic triple overtime game earlier this year with Dematha getting the win. Seven of the eight experts, seeing a theme here, have the Stags winning the rematch as well. Out in Arizona Perry and Pinnacle meet in a rematch from the opening game of the season which Pinnacle won handily. In that game the Pioneers had one of the top ranked 2019 QBs, Spencer Rattler, having a big game. Rattler has been out for a few week and the Pioneers seemed to have not missed a beat with JD Johnson taking over. This will be hard to believe but yes seven of the eight experts picked the Pioneers to take down the Pumas once again.

The rest of the games this week are pretty split on who the experts picked. In Ohio Mentor and St. Edward meet in another week 1 rematch. The Cardinals won a 42-39 classic in that one. Half of the experts think revenge is on the plate this week. Both of the New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 semifinals make the list this week. Bergen Catholic is the consensus choice amongst the experts even though the earlier matchup with Don Bosco this year was a 14-13 nail biter. IN the other matchup St. Peter’s Prep will be looking to avenge their loss to St. Joseph Regional. One of the best rivalries in high school football will be renewed in Oklahoma when Union and Jenks meet yet again in the playoffs. These two took last year off from meeting in the playoffs which is quite rare for them. Jenks will be looking to win for the second time to advance to the Oklahoma 6A-I title game next week. Georgia brings up the last game of the week and in a rarity it is not a rematch of a game from earlier this year. In fact Walton and Hillgrove haven’t met since 2013. Hillgrove is undefeated and five of the experts think they will stay that way.

Don’t agree with our picks? Let us know about them on Twitter or in the comments below. Make sure to go follow all the experts for all your high school football and recruiting news. Follow us @PrepForce1 to keep track of the picks and to vote on each of the games to see if you can do better than we do. Check out our Prep Force Top 25 High School Football Rankings. We have started releasing our world famous highlight remixes for this season so check those out as well.

Games Of The WeekScott KayZack - MaxPrepsJeff - HSFBAmericaJosh - Fla HS Flootball
@PrepForce1@Zack_Poff_MP@HSFBAmerica@FlaHSFootball
Mater Dei vs CentennialMater DeiMater DeiMater DeiMater Dei
Miami Central vs Carol CityCarol CityCarol CityCarol CityCarol City
Gonazaga vs DemathaDemathaDemathaDemathaDematha
Mentor vs St. EdwardSt. EdwardMentorMentorMentor
Perry vs PinnaclePinnaclePerryPinnaclePerry
Jenks vs UnionJenksJenksJenksUnion
Don Bosco Prep at Bergen CatholicBergen CatholicBergen CatholicBergen CatholicBergen Catholic
St. Peter's Prep at St. Joseph RegionalSJRSJRSJRSJR
Walton vs HillgroveHillgroveHillgroveWaltonHillgrove
Lee vs ColumbiaLeeColumbiaColumbiaColumbia
Season Record76 - 5381 - 4882 - 4788 - 41
Last Week6 - 46 - 47 - 37 - 3
Games Of The WeekBrian - 247SportsWoody - RivalsJamie - Prep NationDavid - Prep Gridiron
@BrianDohn247 @RivalsWoody@prepnation@PrepGridiron
Mater Dei vs CentennialMater DeiMater DeiMater DeiMater Dei
Miami Central vs Carol CityMiami CentralCarol CityCarol CityCarol City
Gonazaga vs DemathaDemathaGonazagaDemathaDematha
Mentor vs St. EdwardSt. EdwardMentorSt. EdwardSt. Edward
Perry vs PinnaclePinnaclePinnaclePinnaclePinnacle
Jenks vs UnionUnionUnionJenksJenks
Don Bosco Prep at Bergen CatholicBergen CatholicBergen CatholicBergen CatholicBergen Catholic
St. Peter's Prep at St. Joseph RegionalSPPSPPSJRSPP
Walton vs HillgroveWaltonWaltonHillgroveHillgrove
Lee vs ColumbiaColumbiaColumbiaColumbiaColumbia
Season Record77 - 5262 - 6792 - 3787 - 42
Last Week4 - 62 - 87 - 37 - 3

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