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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pete’s Top-10: Trojans cement No. 1 status

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

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.

1. Parkland (7-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Trojans look like they won’t lose until the state playoffs.

The Pick: Parkland 56- Pocono Mountain East 7

2. Bethlehem Catholic (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Bounce back week for the Hawks.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 35- Whitehall 24

3. Easton (5-2)

Last week’s rank: #3

Rovers should have little trouble this week.

The Pick: Easton 42- Northampton 7

4. Whitehall (5-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

Could be another shootout in Bethlehem.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 35- Whitehall 24

5. Emmaus (4-3)

Last week’s rank: #6

Are the Hornets slowly putting things together?

The Pick: Emmaus 35- Liberty 20

6. Freedom (4-3)

Last week’s rank: #5

Biggest toss up game of the week.

The Pick: Freedom 31- Nazareth 28

7. Nazareth (3-4)

Last week’s rank: #7

It’s now or never for Nazareth.

The Pick: Freedom 31- Nazareth 28

8. Palisades (7-0)

Last week’s rank: #8

Another blowout for the Pirates.

The Pick: Palisades 42- Bangor 7

9. Southern Lehigh (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #9

Spartans are still looking up in Colonial League race.

The Pick: Southern Lehigh 31- Wilson 13

10. Stroudsburg (6-1)

Last week’s rank: #10

Mounties face an actual task this week.

The Pick: Central Catholic 31- Stroudsburg 27

Last week’s record: 5-2

Overall record: 47-6