We can finally stop writing and talking about football and actually start playing it and watching.

The 2017 football season kicks off in just a few hours and our staff will be all over the area covering games.

But before the clock strikes 7 p.m., we still have some unfinished business to take care off.

This is when we pick our winners and losers for tonight. 

So let's get right into it.

This year, we have five area media members picking games: myself, sports editor Elliott Stern, Lompoc Valley sports reporter Lorenzo J. Reyna, sports reporter Kenny Cress and longtime sports contributor Brian Stanley. 

I'll list the matchup, then give the picks. We will be keeping a running tally throughout the season to see which member of the media has been the most accurate.

Morro Bay (0-0) at Righetti (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Righetti, 26, Morro Bay 12

Kenny Cress: Righetti 35, Morro Bay 24

Lorenzo Reyna: Righetti 28, Morro Bay 21

Brian Stanley: Morro Bay 21, Righetti 17

Elliott Stern: Righetti 14, Morro Bay 7

Lompoc (0-0) at Arroyo Grande (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Lompoc 24, Arroyo Grande 14

Kenny Cress: Lompoc 34, Arroyo Grande 24

Lorenzo Reyna: Lompoc 31, Arroyo Grande 17

Brian Stanley: Lompoc 31, Arroyo Grande 20

Elliott Stern: Lompoc 35, Arroyo Grande 7

Santa Maria (0-0) at San Luis Obispo (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Santa Maria, 44, SLO 8

Kenny Cress: Santa Maria 35, SLO 24

Lorenzo Reyna: Santa Maria 38, SLO 21

Brian Stanley: Santa Maria 28, SLO 3

Elliott Stern: Santa Maria 28, SLO 7

Pioneer Valley (0-0) at Nipomo (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Pioneer Valley, 24, Nipomo 21

Kenny Cress: Pioneer Valley 21, Nipomo 14

Lorenzo Reyna: Pioneer Valley 17, Nipomo 14

Brian Stanley: Nipomo 21, Pioneer Valley 7

Elliott Stern: Pioneer Valley, 21, Nipomo 14

St. Joseph (0-0) at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Notre Dame 25, St. Joseph 20

Kenny Cress: St. Joseph 21, Notre Dame 17

Lorenzo Reyna:  St. Joseph 24, Notre Dame 17

Brian Stanley: St. Joseph 22, Notre Dame 21 

Elliott Stern: St. Joseph 28, Notre Dame 24

Bakersfield Frontier (0-0) at Cabrillo (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Frontier 21, Cabrillo 17

Kenny Cress: Frontier 28, Cabrillo 21

Lorenzo Reyna: Cabrillo 20, Frontier 14

Brian Stanley: Cabrillo 28, Frontier 7

Elliott Stern: Cabrillo 21, Frontier 14

San Marcos (0-0) at Santa Ynez (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Santa Ynez 54, San Marcos 0

Kenny Cress: Santa Ynez 35, San Marcos 7

Lorenzo Reyna: Santa Ynez 49, Santa Marcos 0

Brian Stanley: Santa Ynez 42, San Marcos 0

Elliott Stern: Santa Ynez 56, San Marcos 0

Foothill (0-0) at Atascadero (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Atascadero 33, Foothill 20

Kenny Cress: Atascadero 21, Foothill 14

Lorenzo Reyna: Atascadero 19, Foothill 10

Brian Stanley: Foothill 21, Atascadero 14

Elliott Stern: Atascadero 28, Foothill 21

Lemoore (0-0) at Paso Robles (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Paso Robles 21, Lemoore 19

Kenny Cress: Paso Robles 35, Lemoore 27

Lorenzo Reyna: Paso Robles 35, Lemoore 21

Brian Stanley: Paso Robles 21, Lemoore 10

Elliott Stern: Paso Robles 42, Lemoore 7

Templeton (0-0) at Aptos (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Aptos 44, Templeton 10

Kenny Cress: Aptos 31, Templeton 14

Lorenzo Reyna: Aptos 28, Templeton 17

Brian Stanley: Aptos 28, Templeton 14

Elliott Stern: Aptos 35, Templeton 14

8-man: Los Angeles (0-0) at Orcutt Academy (0-0)

Joe Bailey: Orcutt Academy 44, Price 12

Kenny Cress: Orcutt Academy 56, Price 35

Lorenzo Reyna: Orcutt Academy 56, Price 42 

Brian Stanley: Orcutt Academy 56, Price 7

Elliott Stern: Orcutt Academy 48, Price 36

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