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No. 6 Basha at No. 7 Pinnacle

The Pioneers came close to pulling off the upset of the year against top-ranked Hamilton last Thursday. Pinnacle proved it can hang with the Division I big boys, but now it must avoid a hangover situation and rebound against a tough Basha team. The Pioneers have impressive balance this year and should be able to put up points behind running back Josh Hoekstra, quarterback Brian Lewerke and wide receiver Daniel Galindo. Basha quarterback Zach Werlinger has been very good early on (854 yards passing, 10 TD, INT), but the running game is worrisome. Tailback Rajhan Meriwether is averaging only 3.47 yards per carry, and an over-reliance on the pass increases the risk of turnovers. Basha has been an elite Division I program for several seasons, but has a couple weaknesses which need to be shored up. Pinnacle has been impressive thus far but has not been the same type of year-in, year-out contender as the Bears. This one is very hard to handicap and could certainly go either way.

Prediction: Pinnacle 35, Basha 34

-- Kyle Odegard

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