Football Contest/Monday, September 17
There weren't many surprises last week in The Marshall Democrat-News' Football Contest, with 16 players picking all five high school and college games.
It was little wonder, then, that the tiebreaker was tight. Although 10 were eliminated by St. Louis' 17-16 loss to San Francisco, and only one finalist thought Kansas City would beat Chicago, the five that were left duked it out.
Both Chris Jacobs and Brian Embree came in too high on the Bears' 20-10 victory over the Chiefs, although Embree was close by picking the Niners by a 17-14 margin.
Russ Whyte was 12 points over the San Fran-Rams' score, but only was a field goal under both the Bears and Chiefs score for 18 points.
Josh Dierking was even closer on the Chicago-Kansas City contest, which he saw as 24-9, but was 11 points too strong for the St. Louis game.
That left Dierking one point shy of the first-place total of 15 points, John Gibson of Marshall taking the Niners (17-14) and Bears (10-7) to claim the $20 cash prize.