Despite vision woes, Lee T keeps one eye on Bay City area football picks –

Garber’s Caleb Christe (15) runs with the ball in a game against John Glenn on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Essexville. (Kaytie Boomer | Boomer |
BAY CITY, MI – Every day for the past six weeks, I’ve faced a Matrix-like decision.
Blue pill or red pill.
Unlike Neo, I just take ‘em both.
While he went with the red pill to pull the wool back from his eyes that was blinding him from the truth, I take both in hopes that I’ll regain vision in my left eye.
That’s right, all season, I’ve been making my high school football predictions with one eye closed. I mysteriously lost a good chuck of my eyesight in July and no amount of doctor visits, hospital stays or trips to specialists has produced a cause or a remedy.
Partial vision brings all kinds of fun stuff, like knocking over half the things you reach for, seeing imaginary mice dart across the floor to your left every 10 seconds and bumping into people, door jambs, end tables, counter tops and anything else that trends to spring out at you.
Not to mention it’s killing my golf game.
But it hasn’t affected my prediction abilities. I’m coming off a 7-3 week that I considered very successful, considering the myriad of tossups on the slate. In fact, of the 29 people who shared their picks on my Facebook page, only Mike Debo (9-1), Scott Fisher (8-2), Matthew LaRue (8-2) and Michael Priebe (8-2) bested my mark.
Just wait until I’m back at full strength.
They tell me my vision could improve over the next nine months, and that’s my hope. So I continue to take the blue pill and the red pill every day. This isn’t on the warning label, but I believe one pill makes me larger and one pill makes me small, and it happens instantaneously when I take them together. And, of course, gives me clarity on my predictions.
Now let’s get picking and see how deep this rabbit hole goes!
Spotlight Games: Week 7 – 7-3 (.700)
Spotlight Games: Season – 58-12 (.829)
All Games: Week 7 –14-3 (.824)
All Games: Season – 118-26 (.819)
CLARE (4-3) at HARRISON (5-2)
Neither one of these teams is sitting as comfortably in the playoff rankings as they were seven days ago. Both need to refocus after difficult setbacks. Harrison enjoys being a thorn in Clare’s side from time to time. But don’t expect the Pioneers to be looking past this one. They haven’t had a three-game losing streak within one season since 2005. Clare 32, Harrison 18
This was a much-anticipated game in the preseason, but Garber’s slipup at Alma and No. 2-ranked Frankenmuth’s dominance has eased up the drama. The Dukes could still play spoiler, costing Frankenmuth an outright title if they pull off the upset. Garber has a history of playing ‘Muth tough – at least for a good chunk of the game – but beating the Eagles is another story. It hasn’t happened since 2009. Frankenmuth 28, Garber 10
LAKER (5-2) at BAD AXE (7-0)
No. 3-ranked Bad Axe seems to be steaming toward its first outright league title since 1978. But Laker still has a say in this thing. It would be considered a sizeable upset, but the Lakers have been finding ways to win much of the season. A win here would create a three-way title share between Laker, Bad Axe and Reese. Expect it to get interesting. Bad Axe 28, Laker 18
It has been a challenging season for Central. But the Wolves got their reward for hanging tough by breaking into the win column last week. This week brings another daunting task. Were it not for Dow’s magical comeback against Bay City Western, the Chargers would have four losses – to teams with a combined 27-1 record. Central would love to show it can compete with a team like Dow, but it will take a confident and focused effort to achieve. Dow 34, Central 20
Western came into this season with lofty goals that few believed reachable. Suddenly its SVL North title dreams seem very real. The Warriors are playing at an incredible level behind a large bunch of go-getters. If they play close to like they did in dismantling Midland, they will win this game. But Mount Pleasant won’t beat itself. The No. 3-ranked Oilers are one of just two undefeated teams in Division 3 and haven’t lost to Western since 2012. A win gives Mount Pleasant at least a share of the league title. Bay City Western 29, Mount Pleasant 28
Neither team played last week, meaning both should be fresh for this clash. The Cougars may need this one to reach their playoff goal, but don’t expect it to come easy. Merritt has won just one game on the field in two years, but the Mustangs have played a far tougher schedule and could be better than their record indicates. I’m putting All Saints on upset alert. Merritt 36, All Saints 32
The Ogemaw Heights schedule just doesn’t ease up. The Falcons play in the rugged Northern Michigan Football League Legends Division that sends a steady stream of powerhouses their way. And when one week opened up, they added undefeated Gladwin to the list. So the Falcons aren’t afraid of a challenge and aren’t afraid to battle. The same can be said of Grayling under former W-P and CMU standout Eric Tunney. Get ready for a physical fight. Grayling 20, Ogemaw 12
Just when it seemed that the schedule was easing up for Pinconning, it runs into yet another hot team. Shepherd has had its struggles this season, but the Bluejays are coming off a big performance and a big win over Harrison. Nothing comes easy for Pinconning, but the battle goes on. Shepherd 32, Pinconning 7
Standish-Sterling is always a tough team. But this year’s version seems to have an inner strength. The Panthers have played in three one-score games and two others that were decided by 13 points or loss. They know how to battle from start to finish and they know how to prevail. One more win gives Standish-Sterling a six-win improvement over last season, the biggest victory jump in program history. Standish-Sterling 21, St. Louis 7
This is a matchup of two similar teams – and not just because they both carry Jon Horton’s stamp. Horton is in his first year as head coach at Glenn after serving as defensive line coach at Swan Valley, so it will be an emotional night for him. Horton won’t have to battle his son, Brock, who isn’t suiting up this week, but he’ll be going against kids and coaches he knows so well. And vice versa. Swan Valley 20, John Glenn 14
More Week 8 Predictions
Au Gres 44, Central Lake 40
Beal City 48, Roscommon 6
Cass City 28, Caro 8
Genesee 44, Akron-Fairgrove 12
Gladwin 17, Beaverton 6
Hale 38, Posen 18
Hillman 38, Whittemore-Prescott 24
Houghton Lake 20, Leroy Pine River 18
Kingsley 49, Tawas 6
Oscoda 22, St. Ignace 12
Reese 30, Sanford Meridian 12
Rogers City 30, Mio 28
Unionville-Sebewaing 26, Vassar 12
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