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Pete’s Top-10: More D-11 titles on the line

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

With district titles handed out last week in various District 11 sub classifications, this weekend presents the showdowns that really count.

Freedom and Emmaus square off in must-see TV at Northampton Friday night and Bethlehem Catholic and Saucon Valley tango yet again at Nazareth on Saturday. With Becahi coming in as favorites over the Panthers, Friday’s 6A championship should be one for the memory books between two teams that have played the best football all year.

It’s only fitting that a gold medal is on the line.

Check out the dwindling picks below to see who comes out of this weekend as champions.

1. Freedom (11-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Pates finally get their elusive district title.

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Emmaus 24

2. Emmaus (11-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Can Emmaus take the leap to football supremacy?

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Emmaus 24

3. Bethlehem Catholic (9-3)

Last week’s rank: #3

Hawks are too powerful for their Colonial League foe.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 42 - Saucon Valley 21

4. Easton (8-4)

Last week’s rank: #4

5. Parkland (7-5)

Last week’s rank: #5

6. Nazareth (5-6)

Last week’s rank: #5

7. Saucon Valley (10-2)

Last week’s rank: #10

Panthers don’t have the bodies up front to compete for 48 minutes.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 42 - Saucon Valley 21

8. Notre Dame GP (10-2)

Last week’s rank #7

9. Northampton (7-4)

Not Ranked

10. Northwestern (9-3)

Last week’s rank: #8

Last week’s record: 4-1

Overall record: 72-18