My bosses playfully dubbed me a ďhomerĒ last week when it came to picking the third round playoff games that involved an Akron-area football team.



They said I picked too many local teams to win.



Well, I actually thought the seven teams I picked could win, and combined with a little luck (thereís always a little luck in life, right?), I came out looking pretty smart.



Six of the seven won, and I was correct with a non-local team beating a local team.



The 7-1 record last week brings the playoff record to 28-11, and that mark coupled with my regular-season total of 160-40 brings my cumulative record to 188-51.



Letís turn our attention to this week where we have six area teams two wins from earning a state championship trophy.



Give me Stow (13-0) to beat defending state champion Lakewood St. Edward (12-1) Saturday in a Division I state semifinal at Parmaís Byers Field. Jayson Gobble, Kyle Vantrease, Monte Board and others looked good last week in a win over Olentangy.



The Division II state semifinal game Friday between Hudson (11-2) and Perry (11-2) at Solonís Stewart Field should be a good one. Iím torn on whom to pick.



Hudson features Roman Moreno and Matt Restifo, and is fresh off a big win over Mayfield in which its defense recorded 11 sacks. Perry boasts Keishaun Sims and Tevion Cleveland, and is coming in off an impressive win over Worthington Kilbourne.



In a close one, Iíll take Perry to win.



Sticking with Friday, Iím going with Archbishop Hoban, Canton Central Catholic and Mogadore to win their respective games.



Hoban (12-1) beat rival St. Vincent-St. Mary last week in Akron, and I think the Knights will knock off Zanesville (12-1) this week in a Division III state semifinal at Massillonís Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. I expect this game to be close, but look for Knights senior Jonah Morris and junior Todd Sibley to have big games.



Canton Central Catholic (10-3) seems to have hit its stride, and Iím projecting John Colangelo and Luke Stuffel to lead the Crusaders over Milan Edison (12-1) in a Division V state semifinal at Triway.



It looks like Mogadore (12-1) could have its hands full against Danville (13-0) in a Division VII state semifinal at Orrville, but Iím going with the Wildcats. I donít see Zeddie Pollock, Austin Williams, Nate Confere and their Mogadore teammates losing.



So, there you have it. I went the ďhomerĒ route again and picked five area teams to win.



Good luck to all involved in Week 14.



Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.