Scott Myers of Mineola was the winner of the ninth week of high school Pigskin Picks in rare fashion. He was one of several people who correctly picked the winners of eight of the 10 games, and he won the tiebreaker of closest score prediction of the Mesquite vs. Robert E. Lee game despite picking Mesquite to win. The final score of the game was Lee 61, Mesquite 54.
Myers predicted the score would be Mesquite 41, Lee 28. But he won the tiebreaker because his prediction emerged from the computer algorithm that breaks ties in the contest. Here is the algorithm:
*Score approximations are used to break ties and are determined as follows: For all the fans who are tied for most points for the week and picked the tie breaker game correctly, 1. Subtract what the fan chose as the score for the winning team from the actual winning team's score and square this value. 2. Subtract what the fan chose as the score for the losing team from the actual losing team's score and square this value. 3. Add 1 and 2 above together to get the fan's "score approximation". 4. The fan with the lowest "score approximation" wins. If there is still a tie the computer then chooses a random winner from those who are tied.
As the winner, Myers receives a $20 gift card to the Raising Cane's chicken fingers restaurant in Tyler.