Avoiding the playoff cliff
In yet another comparison to our world of politics, our Congress will soon be working on legislation designed to prevent our government from slipping off a fiscal cliff. Local high school football squads will be working hard in the next few weeks to avoid falling off the playoff cliff. Some familiar names come playoff time are at risk of being shut out of a berth this season. North Penn, Souderton, Garnet Valley and Coatesville are just a few of the District One AAAA facing this fate. At the AAA level old reliables Strath Haven, Pottstown and Upper Moreland all have three losses and could face an early end to their season.
There are several games this weekend that will have great impact of the eventual playoff picture. These include North Penn vs Pennridge, Haverford vs Strath Haven, Springfied vs Ridley and Coatesville vs West Chester Henderson.
Week six predictions went perfect as this future teller went 5-0. However week seven was a disaster with a 1-4 prediction debacle. Springfield’s win over Penncrest was the lone correct forecast. While LaSalle, Conestoga, Central Bucks South and West Chester Henderson all lost in hard fought contests.
The last six years the prognostication record stands at 288-114 while going 21-9 for the 2012 season.
This eighth week of the season offers another great set of games for local fans to check out.
One of the great cross-town rivalries will feature Springfield traveling to face the Green Raiders of Ridley. While Ridley has consistently dominated the Cougars this year offers Springfield at least a fighter’s chance of a rare victory. Ridley enters the contest undefeated with possession of the number two playoff slot in the District One AAAA race. The Cougars will be no pushover, they have only one loss this season and a win in this game may offer them their first Central League title since 1994. The Green Raider offense attacks by land and by air. Last Friday they gained 209 rushing yard while passing for 168 yards in a 28-0 win over Lower Merion. Springfield relies on a rugged running attack, Rob Murphy, Isaac Peyton, Mike Dougherty and Aaron Coyne all rushed to pay dirt in an impressive 34-14 win over Penncrest. It may well be the defense that makes the difference in this game. Green Raider defender Nick Eufrasio snatched a third quarter interception to preserve last weekend’s shut out and defense coach Ralph Batty will be sure to have a plan to slow the Cougar running attack.
Ridley 28 Springfield 17
The rest of this week’s fearless forecast:
Pennridge 31 North Penn 27
Coatesville 27 West Chester Henderson 21
Haverford 35 Strath Haven 20
Downingtown East 38 Downingtown West 24
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