By Sonny Jones
A second consecutive 16-4 week predicting football winners has brought the season record to 71%. Not great, but headed in the right direction.
It would be better if the Carolina Panthers could win a game. They likely will Sunday since I’m going with the Saints.
Week 5 record: 16-4 (80%)
Season record: 55-23 (71%)
Prep record: 7-1 last week (27-14 season, 66%)
College record: 9-2 last week (28-7 season, 80%)
Pro record: 0-1 last week (0-2 season, 0%)
CLINTON at EAST BLADEN: The Eagles lost a heartbreaker at Midway a week ago. The Raiders scored a touchdown and the decisive 2-point conversion with 25 seconds remaining for a 23-22 victory. Unfortunately, it won’t be that close against the powerful Dark Horses. Clinton 48, East Bladen 12.
CLEMSON at WAKE FOREST: I would like to pick Wake Forest. You can make a case for the Deacons pulling it out. However, the Tigers have won 13 straight against Wake and have their sights set on returning to the College Football Playoff this season. Clemson 35, Wake Forest 24.
NOTRE DAME at NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels will face their toughest challenge in seeking their first 4-0 start since 1997 during Mack Brown’s first stint as head coach. This isn’t the Fighting Irish of Lou Holtz nor Ara Parseghian, but last week’s win at California got them in the win column. Notre Dame 28, North Carolina 26.
Midway 26, Fairmont 14
St. Pauls 48, Red Springs 8
East Columbus 30, Jones 14
Pender 35, Lakewood 16
James Kenan 42, South Columbus 20
Kansas 38, Duke 28
N.C. State 54, UConn 10
East Carolina 36, Navy 19
South Carolina 42, Charlotte 17
Appalachian State 35, James Madison 15
William & Mary 27, Elon 23
Samford 31, Western Carolina 24
Methodist 35, LaGrange 20
Virginia Union 17, Fayetteville State 13
UNC Pembroke 27, Fairmont State 18
New Orleans 21, Carolina 17
Denver 26, San Francisco 21
Dallas 24, NY Giants 20
FRIDAY’S PICK TO CLICK
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele will continue their winning ways in the Presidents Cup. A day after improving to 5-0 in foursomes, the pair will beat the International duo of Hideki Maysuyama and Tom Kim on Day 2.
THURSDAY’S PICK: Cleveland’s Nick Chubb has averaged only 67 yards rushing per game and hasn’t run for a touchdown in eight career meetings against Pittsburgh. Time for that to change. Chubb runs for more than 100 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. RESULTS: Chubb ran for 113 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown in Cleveland’s 29-17 victory.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
• 1992 — Manon Rheaume becomes the first woman to play in one of the four major pro sports leagues when she takes the ice in the first period for the NHL expansion Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game. The 20-year-old goalie faces nine shots and allows two goals in St. Louis’ 6-4 victory.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
• TENNIS: Laver Cup – Europe vs. World, 8 a.m., TENNIS
• MEN’S SOCCER: United States vs. Japan, 8 a.m., ESPN2
• GOLF: Presidents Cup, 11:30 a.m., GOLF
• TENNIS: Metz quarterfinals, noon, TENNIS
• TENNIS: Laver Cup – Europe vs. World, 2 p.m., TENNIS
• MMA: Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally, 4 p.m., SHO
• FIELD HOCKEY: Boston College at Duke, 6 p.m., ACCN
• FOOTBALL: IMG Academy (Fla.) High at Central (Ala.) High, 6 p.m., ESPNU
• TENNIS: Metz quarterfinals, 6 p.m., TENNIS
• MLB: Boston at NY Yankees, 7 p.m., APPLETV
• MLB: Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m., MLBN
• FOOTBALL: Virginia at Syracuse, 7 p.m., ESPN
• CFL: Hamilton at Montreal, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
• FOOTBALL: Nevada at Air Force, 8 p.m., FS1
• TENNIS: San Diego quarterfinals, Tokyo, Seoul, 8:30 p.m., TENNIS
• FOOTBALL: Boise State at UTEP, 9 p.m., CBSSN
• BOXING: Shakur Stevenson vs. Robson Conceiaco, 10 p.m., ESPN
• MLB: St. Louis at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m., APPLETV