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)
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
Turnovers and the inability to stop the running game became a recipe for disaster for Northampton during their 35-14 loss to Liberty last week.
Liberty running back Nasir Legree rushed for a career high 330 yards and five touchdowns en route to a pivotal win to keep Liberty (3-4) in playoff contention.
The loss puts Northampton at 2-5 on the year, making their battle to gain one of the top eight spots in the District 11 6A power rating even more difficult with their current eleventh place ranking.
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.
Playoff implications will be on the line Saturday night when Northampton travels to Bethlehem Area School District Stadium to take on Liberty.
Both teams enter the contest at 2-4 and a win by the Kids would certainly boost their chances of moving up the District 11 power ratings, as Liberty currently sits in seventh place and Northampton is holed up in the 10th spot behind Pocono Mountain East (3-3) and Pocono Mountain West (2-4).
After getting knocked off by Nazareth last week 48-13, the Kids need to pick up the pieces after
District 11 held their annual media conference last Tuesday morning at St. Luke’s Sports Medicine and Rehab Center in Bethlehem.
The biggest take-away from the session included more news on the upcoming District 11 Hall of Fame, which is set to honor its first class in the fall of 2018.
Brad Pensyl, an administrator in the Pocono Mountain school district, outlined the guidelines for nominations, which has a deadline of June 1, 2018 for any nominee to have their paperwork submitted.
The showdown has finally arrived for Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic with this week’s tussle taking place in Orefield Friday night. The winner will grab the EPC South by the horns, but this is most likely a contest between the two best teams in the area we’ll see this season, no matter what happens in the postseason, which makes it all the better.
In other marquee games this week, Whitehall gets a chance to pop Freedom’s bubble and Emmaus enters a matchup with Nazareth as their season continues to reel.
It’s officially the second half of the season and the top five teams in the poll are littered with big matchups. The EPC race looks like it’s coming down to Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic, while Palisades keeps their grip on the Colonial league title.
Here’s a breakdown of this week’s bouts, along with some new friends from the North entering the poll.
1. Parkland (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans should have no problem running the ball this week.
The Pick: Parkland 35- Whitehall 28
2. Bethlehem Catholic (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #2
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.
Northampton’s volleyball team is off to a fast start and the K-Kids hope to keep riding the wave of momentum throughout this week.
The Kids (6-1) endured their first loss of the season last week to, Freedom in four games before coming back to sweep Pocono Mountain West, East Stroudsburg South and Pleasant Valley.
For head coach Jessica Finlayson, things are going just about as good as they can at this point into the season.
“Our season is off to a great start,” said Finlayson. “The team is competitive and have shown that they are prepared to play at a high level.”