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Slow Starters on the Move

Written by: on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010. Follow Joe Stokes on Twitter.


First four week predictions go 21-4

The seventh week of this 2010 season is upon us and every season we see teams that begin to catch fire after a slow start. A quick review of this year’s results find that after early set backs several teams are on the rise. They include Upper Darby, Strath Haven, Springfield and Penn Wood. All these squads suffered a loss or two but in recent weeks have been on a roll and must be watched as they march toward a possible playoff berth.

The top ranked teams in Ed Thomas’ Southeastern Pa Top 10 remain in place but will face some quality challenges in the next few weeks. LaSalle, Ridley, Neshaminy, North Penn and Cardinal O’Hara make up the top five and all are favored to win this weekend.

Last week this prognosticator did well with a 4-1 prediction record. North Penn, Cardinal O’Hara, Penn Wood and Strath Haven all won as expected while a mid season surge pushed Upper Darby over Garnet Valley as the lone misguided prediction.

The last four years, this future teller has a 178-66 prognostication record and a 2010 record of 21-4.

This week’s games offer a few possible mismatches as some of the top ten appear to face less challenging opponents. It would be a dangerous mistake to underestimate these upset minded teams as it would make their season to knock off a top ranked team. One contest that will be far from a mismatch features ninth ranked Council Rock traveling to third ranked Neshaminy. The Red Skins were led by QB Charlie Martella last week as he passed for over 200 yards in a 35-8 win over Council Rock North. CR South has a potent running attack with Brian Donnelly and Mark Damirgian doing most of the damage. Neshaminy is in for a real fight but won’t lose at home.

Prediction: Neshaminy 21 Council Rock South 16

The next game to consider features one of our teams on a roll. Penn Wood took a big step last week when they defeated long time Del-Val League powerhouse Interboro. The Bucks are always in the hunt and usually find a way to the top of the Del Val. However Penn Wood followed the skills of running back Kavonne Nottingham to a 21-7 win and a real shot at Del-Val dominance in 2010. The Patriots entertain another threat from league rival Glen Mills this Saturday afternoon. Coach Sam Mormando will have his troops ready for this one.

Prediction: Penn Wood 27 Glen Mills 12

Here is the rest of this weeks fearless forecast:

Prediction: Cardinal O’ Hara 35 Monsignor Bonner 13

Prediction: Strath Haven 23 Garnet Valley 21

Prediction: Springfield (DelCo) 24 Haverford 12

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