I picked up win number 7 last week getting by Liberty County lass Robin Carpenter as I hit 7 of 10 football picks to her 6 of 10.
That puts me with a 7-2 season mark heading in to this week's match-up with Shanks Middle School head football coach Leroy Smith.
Leroy has come full circle from his days as a Shanks football and track star when the school was a high school.
He was such an exceptional athlete that he earned a football scholarship to Florida State where he was a standout player.
After graduating with a degree in Social Science and Anthropology, Leroy played pro football in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and in the Arena Football League for Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, and Utah.
After his football playing days Leroy came back to the county and taught and coached at West Gadsden for three years before taking over the helm at, you might say, his alma mater, where he's had success in coaching both football and track.
In fact, this year his football team was one of the best middle school programs around, finishing 8-1.
Leroy comes from a very athletic lineage.
His dad Rodney was an outstanding high school athlete, his uncle Restee (deceased) stood out on the Bethune-Cookman baseball team, and his uncle Ricky starred in track and football at Alabama State before having success with the Patriots.
Leroy has followed uncles Restee and Ricky into the coaching field.
On a personal note, I had the pleasure of having all three Smith brothers in my Quincy recreation program and it was always a pleasure watching them in their
athletic endeavors as it was watching Leroy in his.
It's good having him coaching in the county as he has also brought some other programs into the fray to help youth.
Let's see how he helps himself with this week's picks.....
FSU over N.C. STATE - Have to go with my Seminoles
FLORIDA over ARKANSAS - Gators could be on a roll.
GEORGIA over KENTUCKY - Dawgs bounce back.
ALABAMA over LSU - ‘Bama, hands down!
VIRGINIA over WAKE FOREST - Deacs have some injuries
MIAMI over PITT - I'll go with the ‘Canes.
TEXAS over TEXAS TECH - ‘Horns can win this one.
OHIO STATE over NEBRASKA - Meyer can coach.
ARMY over AIR FORCE - Knights playing good.
NOTRE DAME over NAVY - Irish will pull it out.
I hope I pull another one out as I say....
FSU over N.C. STATE - ‘Noles need this win.
FLORIDA over ARKANSAS - Gators defense may save the day again.
KENTUCKY over GEORGIA - ‘Cats may be headed to a bowl.
ALABAMA over LSU - ‘Bama just too good.
WAKE FOREST over VIRGINIA - Deacs use home team advantage.
MIAMI over PITT - This will probably be an interesting game.
TEXAS over TEXAS TECH - ‘Horns may have found a little defense.
OHIO STATE over NEBRASKA - Huskers can't harvest Buckeyes.
AIR FORCE over ARMY - Falcons fly over Knights.
NOTRE DAME over NAVY - Irish need this one to even be considered bowl material.
And a win may help me get to a big bowl as Leroy and I differ THREE times.