Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.
In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.
With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?
This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.
1. Parkland (4-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.
Liberty’s volleyball team has been taking down undefeated teams in successive fashion as of late, but the Hurricanes fell victim to that fate on Monday night.
Liberty (5-1) lost in four games to Nazareth (7-0), giving them first blemish of the season, after knocking off previously undefeated Whitehall and Emmaus last week.
It was a test of grit and resiliency on Saturday night for Bethlehem Catholic and Hawks answered against Nazareth in resounding fashion.
Trailing 20-13 at halftime against the Blue Eagles, Becahi exploded in the second half, outscoring Nazareth 38-7 en route to a 51-27 victory.
Matt Bisko poured in three rushing scores on the night and Tavion Banks added 200 yards of total offense (149 rushing) and two touchdowns to pace Becahi to a 4-0 start to the season.
We head into week four of the football season the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.
In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.
How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.
1. Parkland (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.
The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17
2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)
It’s been a slow start to the field hockey season for area teams, as games have been backlogged due to postponements last week.
Liberty (1-0) headed into this week with just a lone 4-1 win over Easton up to date, while Freedom (1-2) and Bethlehem Catholic (1-2) were both sitting behind the .500 mark.
Liberty should get a full week coming up, starting with yesterday’s biggest league tilt against Emmaus (4-0) before hosting Pocono Mountain West (0-5) on Thursday and Freedom Saturday afternoon.
If there’s one thing that the top volleyball teams in the East Penn Conference look forward to, it’s taking on the best the league has to offer.
Liberty will get that opportunity this week when they battle Emmaus Friday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium.
The Hurricanes (3-0) have had an easy slate to open their season, picking up a trio of consecutive sweeps over Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg South, but move into real league play tonight when they travel to Whitehall (2-0) and then cap off the week at home against the Hornets (2-0).
It was the type of effort you expected to see out of Freedom, but the finished product never materialized for the Patriots in last week’s 13-10 loss at Easton.
Entering the fourth quarter with a 10-3 lead, the Pates allowed a 72-yard punt return for a score by Easton’s Jake Herres to open the frame and then saw their lead evaporate with a 25-yard field goal by Enzo Martellucci with 4:25 left in the game to put the Rovers ahead for good.
It’s week three of the high school football season and Freedom will get to see what they’re all about when they travel to Cottingham Stadium Friday night for a 7 p.m. showdown in Easton.
Both teams enter this week’s matchup with 2-0 records, but Easton enters with more fanfare following last week’s 24-7 win over Liberty and their week one 31-0 shutout over Stroudsburg.
Through two games, the Rovers have only given up 199 yards of total offense and 13 first downs.
To say that Liberty head coach John Truby was upset following last week’s 24-7 defeat to Easton would be an understatement.
Truby let his feelings be known about a lost opportunity on the road against the upstart Red Rovers (2-0), where his team failed to execute, gave up big plays on defense and lost the turnover battle in their first real test of the season.
They say defense wins championships and Emmaus showed they have a lot of things to clean up on that side of the ballfollowing last week’s 42-35 loss to Whitehall.
Meanwhile, teams like Parkland and Easton continued to throttle teams on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 13 combined points last week.
As we enter week three, we have a new team at the top, as the top five has shuffled too, but how long will the pecking order last?
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Didn’t take long for the Trojans to get back on top.