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Pete’s Top-10: Harris leads the charge

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

As we arrive at midseason of the poll, it’s become quite clear that Nazareth is one of the most fun teams to watch in the area, as well as the top squad.

The Blue Eagles made plenty of mistakes in last week’s win over Bethlehem Catholic, but still walked away with a convincing win. It shows that even on a bad night, the Anthony Harris-led squad is a problem for teams to handle.

The Blue Eagles have another hurdle this week taking on Parkland, but unless someone finds a way to stop Harris, nobody will be taking down the Blue Eagles.

Easton is also making strides in the poll as they pulled off a 27-26 win at Emmaus last week, but now enters the hard part of its schedule down the stretch with Central, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, Parkland and Nazareth to round out things. The Rovers are good, but nobody really knows how good yet.

In the Colonial league, Southern Lehigh still is king for now and there’s a new team in the poll from the north just in time for a pivotal showdown this week.

So, let’s see this week’s picks:

1. Nazareth (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

With Anthony Harris under center, it’ll be hard for anyone around here to beat Nazareth.

The Pick: Nazareth 31 - Parkland 14

2. Freedom (4-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Pates get an easy one this week.

The Pick: Freedom 49 - Pocono Mountain West 7

3. Easton (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #4

Rovers keep grinding and climbing up the poll.

The Pick: Easton 27 - Central Catholic 14

4. Bethlehem Catholic (3-2)

Last week’s rank: #3

Hawks were not happy with last week’s performance. Expect a better result this week.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 35 - Whitehall 24

5. Parkland (3-2)

Last week’s rank: #6

Can Parkland pull an upset this week?

The Pick: Nazareth 31 - Parkland 14

6. Emmaus (3-2)

Last week’s rank: #5

Tough loss last week to Easton, but Liberty might be the remedy.

The Pick: Emmaus 28 - Liberty 17

7. Southern Lehigh (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #7

Spartans keeping their foot on the gas.

The Pick: Solehi 28 - Northern Lehigh 7

8. Central Catholic (3-2)

Last week’s rank: #8

Vikes get close in these big games, but just don’t have enough.

The Pick: Easton 27 - Central Catholic 14

9. Northwestern (4-1)

Last week’s rank: #9

Tigers shouldn’t have problems with Palmerton this week,

The Pick: Northwestern 38 - Palmerton 20

10. East Stroudsburg South (5-0)

Not ranked

Cavs enter the poll just in time for the premier matchup of the week in the EPC North.

The Pick: ESS 30 - Northampton 27

Teams that dropped: Liberty

Teams that entered: ESS

Last week’s record: 6-1

Overall record: 30-7