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Early Season Showdowns

Written by: on Thursday, September 11th, 2008. Follow Joe Stokes on Twitter.




September 11, 2008


By Joe Stokes


The third week of the 2008 season features several contests that may determine not only league titles but playoff positions later this year. The one contest that cannot be ignored has two undefeated and top ranked teams facing off as St Joe Prep travels to take on top ranked North Penn in Ed Thomas’ Southeastern Pa Top Twenty


Over the last two seasons a little bit of observation and a lot of luck have allowed  for a prediction record of 105-36. This season has also been kind with an 8-2 run on the line coming into the third week.


Last week the upset of Interboro by Monsignor Bonner ruined what could have been a perfect week of prognostication. Garnet Valley, Strath Haven, North Penn and Souderton all won as predicted but none of this weeks games will easy calls.


It is now time for this weeks fearless forecast.


Prediction:    North Penn  27  St Joe Prep  14


The Knights hold on to the undefeated record behind running back Tyler Smith with the support of a more experienced squad than the Hawks can field this early in the season. The home field is yet another advantage to get North Penn over the top in this hard fought contest.


These two teams could easily see each other again come playoff time. This game will provide a great preview.


Prediction:   Glenn Mills  28  Pennsbury  24


This is one tough call. Pennsbury enters the game with with a 2-0 record after two close calls to open the season. They are riding some momentum with second half comebacks over Archbishop Ryan and Frankford. However Bernard Pierce can be a game changer and this week he will run the Bulls to an upset win at home.


Prediction:    Haverford  31  Penncrest 19


Early season Central League showdown of quarterbacks Matt Atkinson of Penncrest and Liam McGrath of Haverford will be a real slug fest but the Fords ride a home field advantage to victory.


Here is the rest of the fearless forecast:


Prediction:    Strath Haven  21  Conestoga  13


Prediction:    Penn Wood  20  Great Valley  14

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