Long wins weekly football contest

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A couple of near upsets in college football, the resurgence of Kyle Allen, and the Miami Dolphins’ contest against the New York Jets highlighted this past weekend’s slate of games in The Courier-Times weekly football contest.

Cincinnati, who had six wins and one loss entering Saturday, barely escaped with a 46-43 win against the East Carolina Pirates, who are second-to-last in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-6 mark.

Virginia Tech, who was on a three-game win streak entering their game against Notre Dame, dropped a narrow 21-20 contest. Notre Dame was ranked 16th in the country heading into this game, and they would have been upset were it not for quarterback Ian Book’s late-game heroics.

Kyle Allen, who was coming off a three-interception performance in his first loss as a starter to the San Francisco 49ers in the week before, led the Carolina Panthers to a 30-20 victory as he threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

The Miami Dolphins, winless entering their game against the New York Jets and “Tanking for Tua,” hurt their chance at obtaining the number one pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, as they ended up beating the New York Jets 26-18 in a game that saw Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick play his best game of the season.

William Long, of Durham, won the weekly contest to open up the month of November. Long correctly picked 13 out of the 16 games, with the three he missed being the TCU-Oklahoma State showdown in the Sooner State, the Chargers’ upset over the Packers, and the Browns’ disappointing loss against the Broncos.

For his victory, Long wins a $30 gift certificate to Camp Chemical.

Long barely beat out the second place finisher, Conrad Davis of Roxboro, who also picked 13 games correctly. Long’s guess of 51 total points in the tiebreaker helped him claimed the top spot. Air Force outscored Army 17-13 for a total of 30 points. Davis put the tiebreaker total at 65. For his second-place finish, Davis earns a $20 gift certificate to the Hurdle Mills Market.

Phillip Reaves, of Semora, won the final prize. Reaves’ 12 correct picks put him one guess out of first place. Had Reaves picked one more game correctly, he would have won the contest, as he predicted 38 points out of the 30 actually scored in the Army-Air Force game. Reaves wins a $10 gift certificate to Twins Meat Market.

Five other contestants finished close behind the top three guessers, as another person had 12 correct predictions, and four people got 11 of the games right.

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