Early season showdowns
The first three weeks of the 2012 season are in the books and top teams are starting to show the promise that only seemed like a dream during summer camp. Downingtown East, LaSalle, St Joe Prep, Archbishop Wood and Garnet Valley are all off to impressive starts in District one and twelve.
The next few weeks will be critical for those trying to stay close enough to challenge for a shot at post season life.
Week three predictions went well as this future teller went 4-1 as Garnet Valley, Downingtown East, LaSalle and Strath Haven all won as predicted while Souderton’s upset of Neshaminy accounted for the lone miscalculation.
The last six years the prognostication record stands at 275-107 while going 8-2 for the 2012 season.
This fourth week of the season offers several league rivals facing off in games that may make the difference in league standings and playoff rankings at season’s end. Downingtown East @ Coatesville, Archbishop Wood @ West Catholic and Central Bucks West @ Souderton to name a few.
In the Central League most eyes will settle on this week’s key match between Ridley and Strath Haven. Ridley holds a 16-12 series advantage but this rivalry features several winning streaks by each team. The Green Raiders have won five straight since 2006 while Haven enjoyed an eight year run starting in 1996. These stats are meaningless this week as each game offers an open door for either of these squads to excel in 2012. The Strath Haven Panthers are on a two game run after an opening night set back at Imhotep Charter while Ridley is 3-0 with hard fought wins over Glen Mills, Haverford and Conestoga under their belt. The Panthers will depend of running back Tevon Howie to lead the way. Howie ran for 136 yards and all three TD’s in a 21-7 win over Marple Newtown last Friday. Ridley will answer with their own running attack. The second half surge was impressive as running back Rich Coia followed great blocks by O line standouts Max Sinex and Steve Plousis to stun Conestoga 31-17. The defensive edge goes to Ridley and count on them to extend the streak to six over the Panthers.
Ridley 34 Strath Haven 20
The rest of this week’s fearless forecast:
Archbishop Wood 37 West Catholic 28
Downingtown East 35 Coatesville 19
Souderton 24 Central Bucks West 12
Academy Park 27 Pennridge 23
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