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Press photo by Linda RothrockMatthew Russin and the Patriots knocked off Becahi and find themselves at the top of the pole this week. Press photo by Linda RothrockMatthew Russin and the Patriots knocked off Becahi and find themselves at the top of the pole this week.

Pete’s Top-10: Pates stay on top after win

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

After two weeks of the regular season, we have an idea of where teams stand in the Lehigh Valley football landscape. Freedom narrowly escaped last week, but Bethlehem Catholic proved they are right up there with anyone, as long as Tavion Banks is running the ball.

The Pates follow up their city rivalry last week with a trip to Parkland, while the Hawks are back at BASD to tangle with the Hurricanes.

Easton is proving its hype train is overblown, while Central Catholic has become a team nobody wants to play.

The Colonial League gets another big matchup this week with Notre Dame and Southern Lehigh looking to give each other its first loss.

With Week 3 on the horizon, let’s see how this week’s picks play out.

1. Freedom (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Pates get another tough matchup. Can they regroup after a draining win over Beca?

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Parkland 14

2. Bethlehem Catholic (1-1)

Last week’s rank: #5

Hawks proved to everyone they are better than expected. Biggest move up in the rankings so far.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 35 - Liberty 17

3. Parkland (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Trojans struggled to fend off Central last week.

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Parkland 14

4. Nazareth (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #4

Blue Eagles might be one of the most entertaining teams to watch. They will have their hands full with Central this week.

The Pick: Nazareth 21 - Central Catholic 14

5. Easton (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #3

Rovers are already shaping up to be a disappointment.

The Pick: Easton 49 - Dieruff 0

6. Emmaus (1-1)

Last week’s rank: #6

Do the Zephyrs finally get their first win?

The Pick: Whitehall 31 - Emmaus 28

7. Central Catholic (1-1)

Not Ranked

Vikings are improved. Coaching matters. Big game in the EPC.

The Pick: Nazareth 21 - Central Catholic 14

8. Notre Dame GP (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #7

Big Colonial League battle this week. Crusaders just look unstoppable, however.

The Pick: Notre Dame GP 28 - Southern Lehigh 21

9. Northwestern (1-1)

Last week’s rank: #8

Can the Tigers go on a run?

The Pick: Northwestern 38 - Palisades 14

10. Liberty (2-0)

Not ranked

Hurricanes get their first test of the season.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 35 - Liberty 17

Teams that dropped: Southern Lehigh and Northampton Teams that entered: Central Catholic and Liberty

Last week’s record: 8-0

Overall record: 15-1