Canton man wins Pigskin Picks contest in 5-way tiebreaker


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Bullard QB Colton Membrane heaves a desperation pass that was intercepted by Kilgore. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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Mineola's Rhett Self jumps over several players as he carries the ball in the first half of their game at Van Friday night. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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Whitehouse's Patrick Mahomes looks to make a pass in the third quarter during their football game Friday night against Chapel Hill at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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Whitehouse's Dylan Cantrell carries the ball in the second quarter during their football game Friday night against Chapel Hill at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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Chapel Hill's (24) running back Joseph Clark carries the ball as Whitehouse's Christopher Reese tries to stop him during their football game Friday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Also pictured at right is Chapel Hill's Keith Minor. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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In what is believed to be the closest Pigskin Picks contest in recent history, if not ever, Ignacio Acevedo of Canton was the overall winner of the 2012 Pigskin Picks high school football game results prediction contest offered through TylerPaper.com.

Acevedo was one of at least five contestants tied with 70 correct game predictions (out of a possible 80), and the accuracy of his pick of the Henderson-Van game score put him at the top, according to the computer algorithm that breaks ties in the contest.

Acevedo predicted that Henderson would win, 42-28. The actual final score was Henderson 48, Van 21.

Finishing second through fifth overall, respectively, were Rodney Easley of Grand Saline, Randy Cunningham of Baytown, Bill Owen of Tyler and Sandra Edwards of Chandler. All four also had 70 out of 80 games picked correctly, and each had picked Henderson over Van in the tiebreaker game. But their predicted scores were not quite as accurate as Acevedo's.

The contest lasted 12 total weeks, and for final overall results, eacg player's top eight weeks were tallied.

In the final weekly competition, Spud Griffin of Arp was the winner, one of at least five players correctly predicting the winners of nine out of 10 games, and picking Henderson over Van in the tiebreaker. As in the overall standings, the accuracy of Griffin's prediction of the final score was what separated him from the others. Finishing second through fifth, respectively, were Scooter Fortner of Riesel, Texas; Glenn Kleeburg of Tyler, Dave Morse of Sanger, Texas, and Sheridan Slaton of Tyler.