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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pete’s Top-10: Hawks look to steal Parkland’s reign

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

The showdown has finally arrived for Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic with this week’s tussle taking place in Orefield Friday night. The winner will grab the EPC South by the horns, but this is most likely a contest between the two best teams in the area we’ll see this season, no matter what happens in the postseason, which makes it all the better.

In other marquee games this week, Whitehall gets a chance to pop Freedom’s bubble and Emmaus enters a matchup with Nazareth as their season continues to reel.

It’s the most exciting week of the season in terms of matchups, so let’s see who’s going home with W’s this weekend.

1. Parkland (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Parkland doesn’t make many mistakes, but Becahi’s D can force them.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 24- Parkland 21

2. Bethlehem Catholic (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Hawks have better athletes and look primed to take the top spot.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 24- Parkland 21

3. Easton (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #3

Rovers get back on top this week.

The Pick: Easton 52- East Stroudsburg North 7

4. Whitehall (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

Zephs bounce back.

The Pick: Whitehall 31- Freedom 21

5. Freedom (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #6

Is Freedom making another second half push?

The Pick: Whitehall 31- Freedom 21

6. Emmaus (3-3)

Last week’s rank: #5

Most disappointing team of the season.

The Pick: Nazareth 35- Emmaus 28

7. Nazareth (3-3)

Last week’s rank: #9

Are the Blue Eagles becoming dangerous?

The Pick: Nazareth 35- Emmaus 28

8. Palisades (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #7

Money in the bank with Palisades this week.

The Pick: Palisades 42- Palmerton 14

9. Southern Lehigh (5-1)

Last week’s rank: #8

Easy win for the Spartans.

The Pick: Southern Lehigh 31- Wilson 13

10. Stroudsburg (5-1)

Last week’s rank: #10

Weak schedule continues for the Mounties.

The Pick: Stroudsburg 56- Allen 0

Last week’s record: 6-1

Overall record: 42-4