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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pete’s Top-10: Battle of unbeatens this week

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

You don’t always get matchups between undefeated teams this late in the season, but the top two teams in the region square off this Friday night in Emmaus, when top-ranked Freedom hits the road to take on the Green Hornets.

It is the marquee game of the week that will likely decide who wins the EPC South and will be another opportunity for the Patriots to confirm their standing as the unequivocal top team in the area, while giving Emmaus the chance to steal the spotlight.

Freedom-Emmaus steals the show this week, but look below for what else is in store for week 8.

1. Freedom (7-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Not sure there’s a more complete team than Freedom.

The Pick: Freedom 27 - Emmaus 20

2. Emmaus (7-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Another big game in the history of the Hornets football program, but how many times have they won these?

The Pick: Freedom 27 - Emmaus 20

3. Parkland (5-2)

Last week’s rank: #5

A rare important late season battle between EPC South and North teams. Not sure Mounties really have a chance.

The Pick: Parkland 42 - Stroudsburg 14

4. Easton (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #3

Rovers got blown away by Freedom, but look to recover this week.

The Pick: Easton 28 - Bethlehem Catholic 24

5. Becahi (5-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

Hawks looking for a marquee win on the road.

The Pick: Easton 28 - Bethlehem Catholic 24

6. Nazareth (3-4)

Last week’s rank: #6

Blue Eagles keep grinding their way through the season. Must win this week against the tricky Zephyrs.

The Pick: Nazareth 38 - Whitehall 28

7. Saucon Valley (7-0)

Last week’s rank: #7

Panthers have been on a demolition course.

The Pick: Saucon Valley 35 - Northwestern 21

8. Notre Dame GP (5-1)

Last week’s rank #9

Crusaders will crush Catty and their Wing-T.

The Pick: Notre Dame 49 - Catasauqua 13

9. Stroudsburg (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #10

Big road win for the Mounties at Northampton last week, but now they face a real test.

The Pick: Parkland 42 - Stroudsburg 14

10. Northwestern (5-2)

Last week’s rank: #8

Could the Tigers be falling off the wagon late in the year?

The Pick: Saucon Valley 35 - Northwestern 21

Last week’s record: 7-2

Overall record: 45-12