12-14-2017 Tri-City Area Sports


Lynch unscathed after Week 16 Picks rough up TCR ‘Backs

By Kristy Noack

Ouch. It was a rough week for some of the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterbacks. Leader Rodney Lynch was the only AQB to post a winning record, after NFL games posed a picking problem.

Each week six local football fans match wits as they are tasked with predicting the winner of eight football games. We’ve whittled the seasons down and are now college football bowl game bound, so the schedule is comprised of college and professional games.

BIG SHOT… Watervliet’s Ariana Rowe puts up a shot Tuesday, Dec. 5 over Michigan Lutheran players, as teammate Taylor Shafer (5) follows the ball in the background. Shafer scored a team-high 16 points in the Panthers’ 46-40 win. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Of the eight contests, one is selected as the tie-breaker game. Our super six must determine how many total points will be scored in that contest. In the event of a tie between two or more players, their spot in the ranking is determined by their point total prediction.

The week in NFL football spelled doom for some of our AQBs, but not for Lynch. He was 6-2 for the week and holds the number one position.

Three players – RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht, Greg Krell, and Chris Leach – posted .500 records after they went 4-4. Their spot in the weekly ranking came down to the tie-breaker game between Army and Navy.

In the only college football game on our docket for the week, Army posted the 14-13 victory over the Midshipmen.

Leach earned the second spot in the standings, as she guessed 46 points would be scored. That prediction proved to be closest to the 27-point actual.

With her 48-point guess in hand, Rodney-Isbrecht finished third for the week, which allowed Krell to take fourth place; he predicted 51 points would be scored.

Bryan Conrad finished fifth with his 3-5 record, and Tim Hildebrand took sixth after he picked his way to a 2-6 record.

Overall, Lynch widened his margin in the top spot. Last week, he was three games ahead of second-place; this week, he added some breathing room and sits five games ahead of his fellow competitors.  Lynch holds a 96-32 overall record.

Rodney-Isbrecht maintained her hold on second place with her 91-37 overall record. She trails Lynch by five games and is three games in front of Hildebrand.

Hildebrand is in third place overall with an 88-40 record. He is eight games out of first place.

In fourth place overall is Krell with an 82-46 record. He lags behind Hildebrand by six games and has Chris Leach nipping at his heels.