Playoff Pressure Builds
The second week of the post season did not disappoint local high school football fans as there were several so called upsets of high seeded teams. The weather cooperated with cool and dry conditions and that should be the case again this Friday.
It is now time to dive right in with predictions on five of the most competitive contests this week.
Playoff week two predictions were below average with only two of the five teams winning as predicted. Abington and Neshaminy advanced as predicted while Pennsbury, West Chester Henderson and Pottsgrove all dropped hard fought contests and failed to win as predicted.
The last seven years the prognostication record stands at 353-148 while going 36-19 for this season and 7-3 this post season.
The top game to watch in District One AAAA this weekend could be the clash between the Perkiomen Valley Vikings visiting the North Penn Knights. If you were to look at the pre playoff seeding these two teams should not have advanced to the third playoff week. As we should all know by now high seeds are of little value on the field. The Vikings dominated number ten seed Central Bucks West last Friday night with a 60-20 win. This week will be a much tougher challenge for Coach Scott Reed. The North Penn Knights may have lost their first three games of the season but have not lost another contest. Last Friday they traveled to Pennsbury to face the undefeated three seed. The Knights took an early lead and never looked back with a 31-21 victory. It is hard to see how the Vikings can contain running back Nyfease West and QB Austin Shearer while they are on their present hot streak.
North Penn 35 Perkiomen Valley 20
The next playoff showdown to watch has the Abington Ghosts seeking to advance over the hometown Neshaminy Redskins. The Ghosts made it to this week’s game by winning on the last play of the game over top seed Garnet Valley 26-21. Garnet Valley led this contest all the way until Abington QB David Kretschman hit receiver Khari Jefferson in the end zone for the winning score. The Redskins D’Andre Pollard exploded with four TD runs and 178 yards in a 56-27 win over Spring-Ford. Look for the Neshaminy ground game to carry them to the District One AAAA final next weekend.
Neshaminy 41 Abington 23
The rest of the fearless forecast:
Glen Mills 27 Academy Park 20
Schuykill Haven 38 Bristol 27
Southern Columbia 31 Old Forge 28
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