It’s the final week of the football season and playoff spots are on the line. District 11 held a conference call to hash out scenarios Monday afternoon. Listed below are what each of the six classes are shaping up to look like.
1A (Four qualifiers)
1. *Williams Valley (9-0)
2. *Tri-Valley (6-3)
3. *Nativity (6-3)
4. *Marian Catholic (4-5)
Williams Valley heads into the tournament as the top seed.
2A (Four qualifiers)
1. *Palmerton (6-3)
2. *Schuylkill Haven (5-4)
3. Mahanoy Area (5-4)
4. Panther Valley (3-6)
It was two dramatic finishes for Liberty and Freedom last weekend, but both teams endured different results.
The Patriots (5-4) clinched a playoff berth with their 38-35 comeback win over Bethlehem Catholic Saturday night, while Liberty (3-6) saw Nazareth kicker Matt Bugbee drill a 33-yard field goal as time expired Friday night to give the Blue Eagles a 30-27 victory.
The loss puts Liberty on the outside looking in of the District 11 6A playoff race, entering the week in ninth place out of the eight team race.
It’s finally come to the last week of the regular season and with Halloween this week, which teams will provide their fans treats heading into playoff stretch?
It’s also rivalry week for the top seven teams in the poll with plenty of intriguing matchups.
Sit back, relax and eat some candy on this week’s edition of the top 10.
1. Parkland (9-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Is Parkland the only consistent big school team?
The Pick: Parkland 28- Emmaus 17
2. Beth. Cath. (7-2)
Last week’s rank: #2
Bounce back week for the Hawks again.
Bethlehem Catholic will be looking for a bounce back week when they host Central Catholic on Friday night in their annual Holy War showdown.
The Hawks are coming off a 38-35 loss to Freedom last Saturday, dousing their hopes of winning the City title.
Now the focus for Becahi (7-2) is getting back on track after a surprising defeat.
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.