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Last of Summer Football

Written by: on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013. Follow Joe Stokes on Twitter.


We enter the fourth week of the high school football season and a quick check of the calendar tells us that Summer ends this weekend. The Autumn chill has arrived early this year so this will provide for perfect football weather this Friday and Saturday.

It is now time to dive right in with predictions on five of the most competitive contests this week.

Week three predictions went moderately well with 3 out 5 game winners. Garnet Valley, West Chester Rustin and St. Joseph Prep all coming through while Chichester’s comeback surge fell eight points short to Delaware County Christian  while Pennsbury outlasted Downingtown East  to account for the missed calls.

The last seven years the prognostication record stands at 324-132 while going 7-3 for this season.

This Friday features a battle of two undefeated teams that have shown some early season promise. Academy Park of the Del Val League will host the Pennridge Rams of Suburban One League Continental Conference. The Rams enter this contest after sweeping past Council Rock South 49-20 last Thursday night. Pennridge rode a balanced attack as running back Mike Class rushed for 128 yards and 4 TDs while QB Matt Pasquale passed for 158 yards and two TDs during this impressive win. The following night it was time for the Academy Park Knights to shine. Running back Jerry Lanier was on fire running for 174 yards and two touchdowns all in the first half. This contest will be a high scoring affair and just may come down to Homecoming motivation for the Knights.

Academy Park  41  Pennridge  37

A few miles west of the Academy Park game Central League rivals will meet as Ridley travels to Springfield. The Ridley Green Raiders own a lopsided advantage in this series but have opened the season 1-2 while the Cougars have jumped out of the starting gate 3-0.  Springfield last defeated Ridley in 1994 and will need the careful direction of QB Charlie Carbin to break into the win column for this series. The Green Raiders will be hungry as they have the highest winning percentage of all Pa High School football teams and a loss is never acceptable. This is one of those rare years that the Cougars have a shot against the Green Mystique. Count on the home crowd to guide them to a win. 

Springfield  27  Ridley  21

The rest of the fearless forecast:

Abington  35  Council Rock North  24


West Chester Rustin  31  Downingtown East  20


Haverford  22  Strath Haven  14

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5 Responses to “Last of Summer Football”

  1. Joe Stokes says:

    Thanks Joe, Got those games correct but blew the other two big time.

    Springfield had no offense and Academy Park just wore down in 2nd half.

    On to next week.

  2. joe says:

    over estimated CRN no offensive or defensive lines// underestimated WC Rustin except for Coatesville different brand of football played in chester county.Went on reputation for Strath Haven. You are on top of your game.

  3. footballdad2014 says:

    Let,s go AP, go knight,s . !!!!!!!!

  4. Joe Stokes says:

    For sure any given Friday night could go real bad.

    Plenty of good games this weekend

  5. joe says:

    this looks like a very rare week u might go 0-5. good luck.