Veteran Mail Tribune sports reporter Frank Silow used a late surge to win the Mail Tribune Pick-It Line, edging defending champion Kevin Goff by two games.
Silow posted a 172-49 overall record in the contest, which is a feature of Friday's newspaper in the fall where MT staffers and one guest picker predict the outcomes of high school, college and pro football games.
This year's showing marked the first Pick-It Line victory for Silow, who began working at the paper in July of 1986.
Goff, who serves as the Mail Tribune's main sports page designer, finished second with a record of 170-51.
Reporter Kris Henry was four games back of Silow in third place (168-53), while sports editor Tim Trower finished fourth (164-57), part-time desk aide Warren Blenkush fifth (162-59), Ashland Daily Tidings sports editor Joe Zavala sixth (158-63) and reporter Dan Jones seventh (154-67).
The guest pickers combined to finish last with a mark of 135-86.
Two weeks ago, Silow used a 16-1 week to pull into a tie with Goff. In the final week, Silow went 11-6 and Goff 9-8, with Silow earning the edge after correctly predicting Ohio State, Cleveland and Atlanta victories in games that differed from Goff.
Also last week, Henry went 14-3, Trower 9-8, Blenkush 7-10, Zavala 9-8, Jones 10-7 and guest picker Alex Benavides 12-5.
The contest annually ends on the Civil War weekend.