Judging from the overall results, contestants in The Gazette-Virginian Professor Pigskin Football Contest found the pickings to be easier last week. Still, the best entries missed on three games.

Steve Bliss of Boydton and Larry Roller of Scottsburg both had 12 correct picks, with Bliss taking the $30 first prize and Roller earning the $20 second prize after Professor Pigskin dived into the tiebreaker to break the tie.

Five entry blanks had 11 correct picks, again leaving The Professor to have to dive into the tiebreaker. When the calculations were done, Liz Roller of Scottsburg emerged with the $10 third prize.

Neither of the two contestants that tied for first place nor the five contest entrants that had 11 correct picks correctly picked Patrick County High School as the winner of last Friday night’s high school game. Due to that circumstance, The Professor calculated overall point differentials, with the closest differential getting the nod.

As was noted earlier, last week’s slate appeared to be an easier slate for contestants.

Behind the two entry blanks with 12 correct picks and the five entry blanks with 11 correct picks there were 10 entry blanks with 10 correct picks and 15 entry blanks that had nine correct picks. All but two contest entry blanks had at least seven correct picks.

Professor Pigskin invites everyone to join in the fun of the contest each week. The official contest entry blank appears in the sports section of The Gazette-Virginian each Monday during the contest season.

All entries, whether turned in at the office of The Gazette-Virginian or submitted by mail, must be received by 5 p.m. Friday in order to be eligible for judging.

The Professor takes this opportunity to remind everyone that the final contest entry blank for this season will appear in the sports section of The Gazette-Virginian this coming Monday.