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On the playoff edge in District One

Written by: on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014. Follow Joe Stokes on Twitter.

 

There are but two weeks left in the 2014 high school football regular season and last week saw some big changes in playoff positions. North Penn’s hard fought 24-21win dropped previously undefeated Pennsbury from the number one playoff seed to number five. In addition West Chester Henderson’s loss to Coatesville dropped them from number four to the seventh seed.  The top five squads at the AAAA level are now Coatesville, Quakertown, Central Bucks South, West Chester Rustin and Pennsbury.  So it is easy to see that just one loss can have a big effect on playoff standings even this late in the season. It might be interesting to take a look at the teams that are fighting it out for post season survival. At the present time Conestoga, Pennridge, Garnet Valley and Haverford hold the final 13th through 16th  qualifying playoff seeds. However several teams are just a few points behind and if they win their final two games could find themselves post season bound. These teams include Abington, Ridley, Unionville, Truman and Methacton. Close attention will be paid to several contests in the next two weeks that will have impact on the final seeding.

The AAA level has the undefeated Springfield Cougars , Great Valley, Pottsgrove, Academy Park and Bishop Shanahan in good position at this point in the season. However on the back edge Marple Newtown, Glen Mills and Interboro will need two victories and a little help to make the final eight that qualify at the AAA level.

The last eight years the prognostication record stands at 390-166 while going 26-9 for this season. Springfield, Coatesville, North Penn, West Chester Rustin and Archbishop Wood all won as predicted giving this future teller the first 5-0 record this season. Only top competitive games have been chosen for this fearless forecast.

It is now time for the predictions for this week’s contests. The Suburban One League National Conference may have the game of the week for area fans. The Pennsbury Falcons entered last week’s game with North Penn undefeated, however the 24-21 setback is followed up by a showdown with the Central Bucks South Titans. CB South has been on roll with just one early season loss to Coatesville. Notre Dame bound running back Josh Adams ran for 187 yards and 3 TD’s that helped the Titan’s to a hard fought 28-21 victory over Pennridge.  The Falcons will need running backs Charles Snorweah and Daulton Hose to continue their hard work to offset the Titans excellent ground attack. This is one tough call but will go with the home team as the difference. Watch this game live http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1274087

 Pennsbury  31  Central Bucks South  27

Another game to watch will pit Central League rivals Haverford traveling to Garnet Valley. This game is intriguing for several reasons.  Garnet Valley along with the Fords holds the final two qualifying spots at the AAAA District One playoff rankings. The loser of this contest will have a difficult road to post season play. In addition there is one scenario that could knock out a third Central League squad for playoff contention. If the Jaguars defeat the Fords and Haverford prevails next week over Ridley it will be difficult to see either Ridley or Haverford getting into the playoffs. Haverford rides well with QB John Donaghy over center, he passed for 2 TD’s and ran for another last week in a 38-27 win over Marple Newtown. Garnet Valley will need to rebound from a tough 7-0 loss to undefeated Springfield last Saturday morning. The Jags had some success with Derrick West running for 81 yards and QB Steve Flanagan passing for 125 yards against Springfield but must find pay dirt this week for those numbers to matter. Look for the Jags to win this contest in a tight match.

Garnet Valley  17  Haverford  14

The rest of the fearless forecast:

Council Rock North  28  Quakertown  27

Unionville  35  Great Valley  26

Perkiomen Valley  30  Pottsgrove  21

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