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Pete’s Top-10: Eagles soar to top

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

We have a new team at the top of the poll following Nazareth’s 35-33, thrilling win over Freedom last Friday night.

It was one of the best high school games the area has seen in a while and now the Blue Eagles have the task of upholding their status at the top by hosting Bethlehem Catholic Friday night. It could mark back-to-back weeks where Nazareth is involved in the top contest in the area and those things tend to happen when you have the best quarterback in the region with Anthony Harris under center.

Emmaus hosts Easton this week in another big EPC South showdown, while Parkland looks to stop a two-game losing streak when they visit Liberty this week. The Trojans have lost to Freedom and Becahi thus far, but could Liberty hand them the trifecta?

Here’s a look at this week’s top 10.

1. Nazareth (3-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Fresh off a big win, can the Blue Eagles top a soaring Hawks squad?

The Pick: Nazareth 31 - Bethlehem Catholic 28

2. Freedom (3-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Pates didn’t look like themselves last week, but should get back on track against a desperate Whitehall team.

The Pick: Freedom 42 - Whitehall 14

3. Bethlehem Cath (3-1)

Last week’s rank: #3

Becahi embarrassed Parkland last week, but might face its toughest task of the season.

The Pick: Nazareth 31 - Bethlehem Catholic 28

4. Easton (4-0)

Last week’s rank: #5

Big win for the Rovers last week, but a trek to the suburbs could ruin this Friday for them.

The Pick: Emmaus 28 - Easton 21

5. Emmaus (3-1)

Last week’s rank: #6

Hornets get a chance to make a statement.

The Pick: Emmaus 28 - Easton 21

6. Parkland (2-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

Head scratching loss by Parkland last week. Can’t see them losing three-straight.

The Pick: Parkland 35 - Liberty 24

7. Southern Lehigh (4-0)

Last week’s rank: #8

This one could get ugly this week.

The Pick: Solehi 52 - Palisades 7

8. Central Catholic (2-2)

Last week’s rank: #9

Vikings win the ugly games. This week should be much easier.

The Pick: Central Catholic 41 - East Stroudsburg North 7

9. Northwestern (3-1)

Last week’s rank: #10

Three more weeks till the showdown with Solehi.

The Pick: Northwestern 45 - Bangor 13

10. Liberty (2-2)

Last week’s rank: #7

‘Canes got blown at Easton and now have to face a Parkland team that’s lost two-straight.

The Pick: Parkland 35 - Liberty 24

Last week’s record: 4-3

Overall record: 24-6