Chocolate Town or bust
The 2013 high school football season has reached sweet sixteen weekend and the eight winning teams will receive a chocolate treat as the prize. The best of the east will meet the best of the west in Hershey to determine the state champions of all four levels next weekend.
It is now time to dive right in with predictions on five of the most competitive contests this week.
Playoff week four predictions were average at best with three of the five teams winning as predicted. Archbishop Wood, St Joe’s Prep and Imhotep advanced as predicted while North Penn and Upper Darby (non-playoff) dropped hard fought contests and failed to win as predicted.
The last seven years the prognostication record stands at 359-152 while going 42-24 for this season and 13-7 this post season.
The top game in the east AAAA this weekend is the showdown between the Neshaminy Redskins District One Champions taking on the District Twelve title holders St. Joe Prep Hawks at Northeast High in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. This contest could be a true classic as the Redskins shocked the North Penn Knights last Friday night with a dominating 42-7 win. The Redskins are led by D’Andre Pollard who broke to the all-time season rushing record at Neshaminy with 2798 yards on 300 carries in 2013. The District One title has eluded Neshaminy since 2004 and North Penn has been responsible for knocking the Redskins out of the playoffs in 2008, 2010 and 2011. The Hawks caught a break last Saturday when injured QB Chris Martin returned to the line up just in time to lead The Prep to a tough win over Parkland 21-10. The key to victory will be the ability of the Hawk defense to limit the Redskin running attack. Part two of the puzzle will be how effective the Prep passing attack will be on Saturday. The call here is a close one with the Hawks defense doing just enough to frustrate the Redskins.
St. Joe’s Prep 26 Neshaminy 24
The next playoff showdown to watch involves District Twelve AAA champion Archbishop Wood facing off against District Two champion Berwick at J Birney Crum Stadium, Allentown on Friday night. Wood QB Tom Garlick led a talented team that won an impressive 42-14 victory over Academy Park last Friday. The Bulldogs pounded Clearfield 44-7 last Friday and Coach George Curry is always tough to beat. The Vikings are likely to wear down Berwick in the second half.
Archbishop Wood 35 Berwick 23
The rest of the fearless forecast:
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 27 Lower Dauphin 21
Imhotep 31 Berks 21
Erie Cathedral Prep 38 Bishop McDevitt 17
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