Hershey in their sights
The 2012 high school football season will be over next week and we are down to the final sixteen teams that have survived injuries, close calls and doubts to get to this moment. One more victory and they will be visiting Hershey Park Stadium for Pennsylvania’s High School version of the Super Bowl times four. Only four teams will be called champions, an honor that each school will cherish for all time.
There were no major surprises last week as the sweet sixteen survivors kept their dreams alive for one more week.
Week fourteen predictions hit a rare 5-0 bingo for this prognosticator. Archbishop Wood, Coatesville, LaSalle, Dunmore and Erie Cathedral Prep all won as predicted.
The last six years the prognostication record stands at 312-125 while going 45-20 for the 2012 season.
This fifth week of the playoff season offers another great set of games for fans across the state to check out. Let’s get right on with the predictions
The Eastern final at AAAA level offers a true battle of the heavy weights. The District 12 champion LaSalle Explorers will face District One title holder the Coatesville Red Raiders. The Red Raiders have scored an incredible 202 points in the last four playoff games, while yielding 98 to their opponents. QB Emmit Hunt directs this talented and speedy group. However this week Coatesville faces a LaSalle defense that does not get overwhelmed. Last week the Explorers held the potent Parkland running attack to just 173 yards and one late TD in a 28-7 win. LaSalle can score as well with QB Chris Kane putting up 188 passing yards and two TD’s against a stingy Parkland defense. If you believe a good defense usually beats a good offense, LaSalle is the pick.
LaSalle 34 Coatesville 28
In the western finals at the AAAA level Wilson-West Lawn was able to avenge an early season loss by defeating Harrisburg in a 39-14. However they just don’t match up well with this week’s opponent North Allegheny. WPIAL champion will win the trip to Chocolate Town
North Allegheny 31 Wilson West Lawn 20
The AAA eastern final features a battle of two Vikings. The Archbishop Wood Vikings were all on deck last week in a 35-7 win over the Interboro Bucs. Running back Andrew Guckin was as advertised by rushing for 128 yards and four TD’s last Friday night. The other Vikings from Allentown Central Catholic pounded out a 41-13 win over Selinsgrove. Running back Colin McDermott was even more impressive with 379 yards and five touchdowns. Wood is the defending state champion and will get a shot at a repeat with a tight win.
Archbishop Wood 35 Allentown Central Catholic 34
The eastern AA final will be quite a struggle. Imhotep Charter from District Twelve has been led by an impressive running attack all season. David Williams rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns last week with a 54-7 win over Pen Argyl. The game with Wyomissing Area will not be easy. Running back Mason Smith and Alex Anzalone will be double trouble for the Imhotep defense. Team speed favors Imhotep.
Imhotep Charter 41 Wyomissing Area 28
The single A east has the Dunmore Bucks traveling west to face Bellwood-Antis. This is another game that will be fought on the ground. Dunmore offers the dual threat of Austin Seamon and Daiqwon Buckley. Bellwood-Antis counters with running backs Casey Gray, Haden DeGennaro, and Seth Worthing. Tough call goes in favor of the Buck defense to hold serve in this contest.
Dunmore 27 Bellwood-Antis 19
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