11-30-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

Armchair QB Lynch wins week with eight perfect picks

By Kristy Noack

The Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterbacks are hitting their stride as high school state champions are crowned, college football approaches its playoffs, and pro football playoff pictures begin to form.

The AQBs all posted 6-2 records or better this week, as the game cinched closer again.

It was Rodney Lynch who went a perfect 8-0 in our contest, giving him the top spot this week.

Each week, six local football fans are tasked with predicting the winners of eight football games. They must also determine how many total points will be scored in a specially selected tie-breaker game.

Should two or more AQBs post the same record, their place in the standings falls to the tie-breaker guess.

Lynch won the week outright. RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht, Chris Leach, and Bryan Conrad all went 7-1 for the week, so their place on the docket came down to their tie-breaker point prediction.

The Notre Dame/Stanford game was the tie-breaker.  Stanford won the game 38-20 over the Fighting Irish for a 58-point total.

Leach landed in second place with her 56-point prediction.  Conrad cruised into third place for the week with his 55-point guess. Rodney-Isbrecht took fourth place; she predicted 54 points would be scored. It was a close contest between the three, for sure!

Tim Hildebrand and Greg Krell went 6-2 for the week and they had to rely on the tie-breaker game for their spot on the standings as well.

It was Krell who nabbed fifth place; he predicted 59 points would be tallied.

Hildebrand hopped into sixth place with his 55-point prediction.

With his perfect picks, Lynch moved up the leaderboard and is now tied with Hildebrand for first place in the contest. They both hold 83-29 records.

Rodney-Isbrecht gained a game on Hildebrand but fell to third place from second. She had an 82-30 record and is just one game from first place.

Fourth place belongs to Krell and his 74-38 record. He kept pace with Hildebrand and is now nine games out of first.

Leach continues to hold onto fifth place. She posted a 72-40 overall record and is two games from Krell’s fourth place position.

Conrad gained a game overall. His 71-41 overall record gives him sole possession of sixth place. He is one game behind Leach and 12 from first place.

Week 15 brings two college games to the table this week along with six pro games. Here are the games our AQBs face:

Miami (FL) @ Clemson

Wisconsin @ Ohio State

Detroit @ Baltimore

San Francisco @ Chicago

Denver @ Miami

Tampa Bay @ Green Bay

Carolina @ New Orleans

Washington @ Dallas

The tie-breaker game is Miami at Clemson. Count on a great game in that matchup!

Can Chicago catch a break? Can Detroit? Check back next week to see how our ‘backs fared!

All-Conference/ All-Division awards given to gridiron greats

WADE WINS BIG… After suffering an injury last season and unable to play, Watervliet’s Anthony Wade roared back this season. He tallied 105 tackles and recovered one fumble which led to a defensive touch-down for the senior. Wade was named First Team All-Division in the SAC.

KIEFT CRUSHED IT… Bryant Kieft, a senior wide receiver for the Watervliet Panthers, was honored in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a First Team nod. Kieft has over 2,000 rushing and receiving yards from scrimmage. Kieft also holds the school record for re-ceiving yards in a season.

KINZLER IS FIRST TEAM… Watervliet’s Blake Kinzler, a senior on the football squad, notched 36 tackles, four sacks, and one fumble recovery this season, which earned him a First Team All-Division win.

ELLIS WINS FIRST TEAM NOM… Caleb Ellis, a junior running back on the Coloma Comets football squad, was named First Team All-Division.

GARRETT’S GOT GAME… In honor of his 10 carries for 61 yards and 37 receptions for 809 yards during the season, Water-vliet junior wide receiver Gar-rett Matthews earned a First Team All-Division award.