Playoff crunch time (Predictions 5-0 Last week)
The best and longest weekend of every football season lived up to expectations. The Thanksgiving weekend fulfilled every football fan’s dream week.
Local fans saw some great action on Thanksgiving morning with Easton winning the 104th meeting with cross town rival Phillipsburg 24-8 but losing two days later in a playoff showdown with Nazareth Area 28-21. No fan could ask for better football than that on one weekend.
The playoff week three predictions went perfectly well as this humble writer went 5-0 as North Penn, Pottsgrove, Ridley, Abington and Council Rock South all won as predicted.
The last five years, this future teller has a 258-100 prognostication record while going 44-21 for this season.
The District One AAAA champion will be crowned this Friday night in a contest featuring number one seed Council Rock South and eleven seed North Penn. This could also be considered the Suburban One League championship as well. The North Penn Knights won the Continental Conference crown while the Council Rock South Golden Hawks hold this year’s National Conference title. Don’t let the 11th seed fool you into dispensing any chance for a North Penn win this weekend. The Knights are in this position more often than not and Coach Dick Beck has plenty of game plan experience when titles are on the line. The Golden Hawks enter this contest with many offensive and defensive weapons. The Council Rock South offense averages 28 points per game and QB Brian Donnelly has shown great skill in operating the triple option attack. On the defensive side the Golden Hawks lean on University of Maryland bound P.J. Galo. As the outside linebacker he ends up all over the field and can be counted on being near the ball on every play. North Penn can put together a ground or air attack that can confound even the best defense. The running attack of Dan Gervitz and Kyle Mayfield can provide ball control while QB Corey Ernst can hurt you with his arms or legs. The Knights defense only allows eight points per game and when hot can stuff the run game when necessary. This is a very tough call as a prediction on either side would be reasonable. The bet here is that Council Rock South endures in a match decided late in the game.
Council Rock South 36 North Penn 27
The winner of Council Rock South and North Penn will next face the victor of LaSalle vs Nazareth Area game played on Saturday. LaSalle’s experience may make the difference in this contest.
LaSalle 27 Nazareth Area 21
The rest of this week’s fearless forecast:
Archbishop Wood 38 Pottsgrove 20
Allentown Central Catholic 28 Shamokin 10
West Catholic 21 Pen Argyl 20
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