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Pete’s Top-10: Pates keep status quo on top

Friday, October 18, 2019 by PETER CAR pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Week seven didn’t bring many surprises to the table, outside of Easton continuing to crumble with the real part of their schedule in tow.

Freedom stays on top after a record passing night by quarterback Jared Jenkins, as the top three teams seem to be cemented now until the end of the regular season, barring upsets.

Central Catholic preps for the postseason, while Northwestern looks to continue its quest for the Colonial League crown.

With Week 9 on the horizon, here are this week’s picks.

1. Freedom (7-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Saturday night games can be tricky, but Pates should have enough.

The Pick: Freedom 21 - Central Catholic 14

2. Nazareth (7-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

This one should be over by halftime.

The Pick: Nazareth 49 - Allen 7

3. Bethlehem Cath. (5-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

Can the Green Hornets make this interesting?

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 28 - Emmaus 14

4. Parkland (6-2)

Last week’s rank: #5

Is it time to worry about Parkland yet?

The Pick: Parkland 28 - Easton 21

5. Easton (6-2)

Last week’s rank: #3

As soon as the schedule got tough, the Rovers became puppies.

The Pick: Parkland 28 - Easton 21

6. Central Catholic (5-3)

Last week’s rank: #6

With Freedom and Becahi left on the schedule, Central will get two battles before the postseason.

The Pick: Freedom 21 - Central Catholic 14

7. Northwestern (7-1)

Last week’s rank: #8

Tigers have been on a roll for seven-straight weeks. That will continue against Northern Lehigh.

The Pick: Northwestern 35 - Northern Lehigh 21

8. Emmaus (4-4)

Last week’s rank: #7

If Emmaus can run the ball like it did last week, they’ll have a chance against the Hawks.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 28 - Emmaus 14

9. Northampton (7-1)

Last week’s rank: #10

Not sure how good the Kids are, but they’re taking care of their business. Next week’s showdown with Whitehall will be very interesting.

The Pick: Northampton 42 - Pocono Mountain East 17

10. Southern Lehigh (7-1)

Last week’s rank: #9

Catasauqua has been outscored 362-40 this season.

The Pick: Southern Lehigh 42 - Catasauqua 0

Last week’s record: 7-1

Overall record: 48-12