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Pete’s Top-10: Pates kick off 2019 as favorites

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Welcome to another year of the high school football season and the season keeps getting earlier.

With teams across the state missing out on one extra scrimmage this year, opening weekend is generally an extension of the preseason for many teams in the EPC South, but we do have a marquee battle in the Colonial League with a showdown between two league favorites, Northwestern and Notre Dame, as well as a showdown between Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley.

Week 1 picks make most people look like geniuses, so let’s hope nobody makes me look dumb this week.

Off to the picks!

1. Freedom

Pates kickoff the season as the overwhelming favorite to repeat as District 11 6A champions. East Stroudsburg North doesn’t stand a chance this week.

The Pick: Freedom 52 - ESN 7

2. Easton

The Rovers figure to be back in the mix this season as a contender, something the rabid Easton fans can now look forward to on Friday nights. Easton, like many EPC South teams this week, get an easy warmup game to kickoff 2019.

The Pick: Easton 49 - Pocono Mountain West 13

3. Parkland

This might be the most intriguing matchup between EPC North and South squads this weekend, but ultimately, might only be worth it on paper.

The Pick: Parkland 38 - Northampton 14

4. Nazareth

Blue Eagles are getting hype this year, but will they live up to it? History says probably not.

The Pick: Nazareth 35 - Pocono Mountain East 13

5. Bethlehem Catholic

Hawks looking to run the District 11 4A class again, but will have their challenges. This week won’t be one of them.

The Pick: Becahi 56 - Dieruff 7

6. Emmaus

Hornets are in the background this year, but can they make a push to the forefront?

The Pick: Emmaus 42 - Allen 0

7. Northwestern

Game of the week right off the bat in the Colonial League and the Tigers are looking to restore glory in New Tripoli. With Deven Bollinger at QB, NW has the best QB in the league and that usually means a lot.

The Pick: Northwestern 31 - Notre Dame GP 28

8. Notre Dame GP

Phil Stambaugh might be the best coach in the league and a win Friday night would keep the status quo.

The Pick: Northwestern 31 - Notre Dame GP 28

9. Northampton

Kids will probably win the EPC North, but can they compete with teams in the South?

The Pick: Parkland 38 - Northampton 14

10. Southern Lehigh

Spartans are equipped with a big offensive line, but can they upend Saucon this week?

The Pick: Solehi 28 - Saucon Valley 14