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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Pete’s Top-10: Showdown weekend in the Valley

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Last week’s results were par for the course, as none of the top-10 teams suffered a loss, but that could change this week as Freedom, Easton, Northwestern and Stroudsburg all face threats looking to knock them off.

The Patriots and Rovers are this week’s marquee showdown, while the back end of the poll features Stroudsburg taking on Northampton in the biggest home game the K-Kids have had in close to 10 years.

It’s coming down to crunchtime for area teams, so let’s see which teams are priming themselves for the postseason and which teams are actually pretenders.

1. Freedom (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Don’t think Pates will be looking ahead to Emmaus.

The Pick: Freedom 31 - Easton 21

2. Emmaus (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Hornets look to keep breathing down Freedom’s neck.

The Pick: Emmaus 42 - Central Catholic 20

3. Easton (5-1)

Last week’s rank: #3

They’re good, but not good enough.

The Pick: Freedom 31 - Easton 21

4. Bethlehem Catholic (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

One of the stingier teams from the EPC North, but that’s not saying much this week for East Stroudsburg South.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 35 - ESS 17

5. Parkland (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #5

Trojans haven’t been dominant like usual.

The Pick: Parkland 42 - Whitehall 21

6. Nazareth (2-4)

Last week’s rank: #6

Only team below .500 in the poll, but the Blue Eagles can play anyone.

The Pick: Nazareth 28 - Liberty 24

7. Saucon Valley (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #7

Saucon looking for that Colonial Leauge crown.

The Pick: Saucon Valley 35 - Wilson 17

8. Northwestern (5-1)

Last week’s rank: #8

Great Colonial battle this week.

The Pick: Northwestern 28 - Southern Lehigh 27

9. Notre Dame GP (5-1)

Last week’s rank #9

Crusaders have been on a roll since their opening loss.

The Pick: Notre Dame 42 - Pen Argyl 14

10. Stroudsburg (5-1)

Last week’s rank: #10

Might be the last time the Mounties are ranked. Biggest EPC North showdown of the year?

The Pick: Northampton 24 - Stroudsburg 21

Last week’s record: 8-0

Overall record: 38-10