District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon aimed to provide clarity for the football postseason with two weeks left on the calendar.
Below you’ll find teams that have already clinched playoff berths heading into week nine and potential scenarios heading down the stretch.
All teams listed with * have clinched playoff berths.
1A (Four qualifiers)
1. *Williams Valley (8-0)
2. *Tri-Valley (6-2)
3. *Nativity (5-3)
4. *Marian Catholic (4-4)
If Joe Henrich was looking for his team to respond after a loss, Bethlehem Catholic certainly answered the bell last week against Whitehall.
The Hawks dominated the Zephyrs in a 56-14 mercy-rule victory, as running back Matt Bisko produced four touchdowns on the night to lead the offense, while the defense produced eight sacks in harassing Whitehall quarterback Ethan Parvel.
Becahi’s defensive line smothered Parvel’s pocket on the night, limiting him to completing 6-of-15 passes for 76 yards and a TD. He was also nullified on the ground, rushing for only seven yards.
Not much change in this week’s poll but Nazareth is one of the climbers this week after their win over Freedom. Emmaus can take a leap and boost their confidence heading into the postseason with a win over Easton this week, while Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic look to keep their supremacy at the top of the poll.
It’s week nine of football and it’s still in the 70s outside. Let’s see how things heat up in this week’s picks.
1. Parkland (8-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Another week to heal any players banged up.
The Pick: Parkland 49- Northampton 0
The last time Liberty and Easton played each other this year in field hockey, you have to go back to the Hurricanes season opener.
Liberty took down Easton 4-1 on September 8 and both teams got to meet in yesterday’s EPC semifinal.
The results of yesterday’s battle was past Press deadlines, but the Hurricanes (16-2), winners of 13 straight heading into the game, would be given all they can handle from Easton (15-2).
The EPC volleyball tournament got underway on Tuesday night with Liberty entering the tournament as the top-seed.
The Hurricanes (15-1) met a familiar foe in city rival and eighth seed Freedom (11-7) in the opening round of the tourney, which was past Press deadlines.
The Hurricanes and Patriots squared off last week in their regular season finale, as Liberty came away with a 3-1 win (19-25, 25-9, 25-21, 25-18).
The game that Freedom took from Liberty was the first one that any opponent won over the Hurricanes since they lost in four games to Nazareth on September 18.
Well, so much for Parkland not being their consistent selves. The Trojans convincing 38-24 win over Bethlehem Catholic solidified that Parkland is the team to beat this year and the 6A bracket will go through them.
For the likes of Whitehall, Becahi and Palisades, they’ve clearly painted the picture for district title runs in their respective classes as well.
With teams heading down the home stretch of the season, district positioning is now at the forefront.
Only three more weeks of the regular season are upon us, so get your fill with this week’s picks.
With the postseason nearly upon us, Liberty’s volleyball team is hoping that their season will be peaking at the right time.
The Hurricanes finish out a stretch of three games this week before the EPC tournament getting underway this week.
Liberty (13-1) continues to battle for the top seed in the EPC standings following Monday’s sweep over Bethlehem Catholic and intend to keep momentum following matches with Dieruff (3-12) and Freedom (10-6) this week.
If you’re going into a shootout with Whitehall’s football team, you better have enough bullets to keep up and that just wasn’t the case for the Patriots in last Friday’s home defeat.
Whitehall used an array of big plays throughout the night to pull away with a 45-37 victory that had the Pates playing catch up all night.
Zephyr QB Ethan Parvel put on a dazzling display, throwing for four touchdowns on the night with 205 yards through the air and another 181 yards rushing.
Liberty’s field hockey team is right at the top of the EPC standings and they hope it stays that way with the end of the regular season coming this week.
The Hurricanes (14-2) are third in District 11 and second in the EPC with two games left on the schedule.
Staying in the second or third spot is important for the Hurricanes, as it would clear a path to the finals without having to deal with Emmaus (16-0) in an earlier round.
High school football games don’t get much bigger than this Friday’s tilt between Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland.
The 7 p.m. showdown in Orefield pairs both undefeated squads in the crosshairs, as the winner grabs sole possession of the EPC South.
Coming off last week’s 24-17 victory over Easton (4-2), Bethlehem Catholic (6-0) is ready for another pivotal showdown against one of the area’s top programs.