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Pete’s Top-10: Pates back on top of poll

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

With Easton proving it really wasn’t the top squad in the area, Freedom regains the top spot in this week’s poll. However, Nazareth is just as viable of a contender.

This week’s Becahi-Easton matchup will be telling for both schools, as it’s certainly the marquee bout of the week, while the Colonial League saw a shakeup with Northwestern downing Southern Lehigh.

Northampton keeps piling on points to lead the EPC North, but they’ll face Whitehall in two weeks to give them a taste of what they can do against the EPC South again.

The leaves are turning, the temps are cooling down and this is the time of year where football really heats up.

1. Freedom (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #3

Freedom back on top where it belongs.

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Emmaus 7

2. Nazareth (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Blue Eagles should continue Whitehall’s misery.

The Pick: Nazareth 35- Whitehall 14

3. Easton (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Big test for Easton this week to see if it’s a contender.

The Pick: Easton 28 - Bethlehem Catholic 21

4. Bethlehem Catholic (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

Hawks get a bout with their EPC North brethren.

The Pick: Easton 28 - Bethlehem Catholic 21

5. Parkland (5-2)

Last week’s rank: #5

Trojans should wallop Stroudsburg.

The Pick: Parkland 42 - Stroudsburg 7

6. Central Catholic (4-3)

Last week’s rank: #8

Did the Vikings turn the corner last week with a 35-point offensive burst?

The Pick: Central Catholic 24 - Liberty 10

7. Emmaus (4-3)

Last week’s rank: #6

Green Hornets have been underwhelming and this week isn’t any easier.

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Emmaus 7

8. Northwestern (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #9

Big win for the Tigers last week over Solehi. Can they avoid the letdown?

The Pick: Northwestern 35 - Saucon Valley 21

9. Southern Lehigh (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #7

Spartans get a good bounce-back opportunity this week.

The Pick: Solehi 40 - Pen Argyl 14

10. Northampton (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #10

K-Kids are torching teams and Allen won’t be any different.

The Pick: Northampton 49 - Allen 7

Last week’s record: 5-2

Overall record: 41-11