The faint smell of chocolate
The turkey is gone even the leftovers and the teams left in the playoff hunt can now smell the dessert. The road to Chocolate Town and the Pa State football title is getting shorter by the week. The dream is now within reach but the level of difficulty increases at each step along the way.
Last week high school football fans were stuffed with both playoff and Thanksgiving Day action. This weekend offers no rest for the few squads that survived that test.
Week thirteen predictions took another hit as this future teller went 2-3. Haverford and Coatesville won as predicted however Pennridge, Spring-Ford and West Chester Henderson dropped hard fought contests that accounted for the three failed predictions. Confusion may arise on that Spring-Ford loss because the pick was for the Rams to win on T-Day but lose the playoff game with Pennridge; of course the reverse occurred and killed the predictions.
The last six years the prognostication record stands at 307-125 while going 40-20 for the 2012 season.
This fourth week of the playoff season offers another great set of games for local fans to check out. Let’s get right on with the predictions
How can anyone explain the rise of the Interboro Bucs to win the AAA District One Title with two straight upset victories. The Bucs used a fourth quarter surge to avenge a regular season loss to De-Val League rival Academy Park for a 22-21 win in round two of the D-1 playoffs. They followed up with another unexpected win by out lasting West Chester Henderson 14-12 last Friday night to capture their first District One Championship. Some would argue that Coach Steve Lennox designs the best game plans each week. Others may argue that the Bucs just don’t give up no matter how bad it looks. In that debate both sides would be correct. If Coach Lennox figured it would take a hardnosed defense and an opportunistic offense to squeak out wins over teams favored to win he would be right on the mark. Of course running backs Austin Quiah and Quran Mottenon followed the lead of the offensive line to keep the clock running while protecting a 2 point half time lead over WC Henderson. The Interboro defense never lost focus and they stopped a last minute Henderson drive to save the night. The Bucs just never give up.
This week they face another uphill challenge when they take on the high powered offense of Archbishop Wood. The Vikings are the defending AAA state champions and are loaded with talent again this season. Wood will depend on running back Andrew Guckin to carry the heaviest load and so far along with his offensive line they have delivered. If anyone can slow down the Wood offense it is the Interboro defense but once again it is tough to see the Bucs pulling this one off.
Archbishop Wood 38 Interboro 27
In the finals of AAAA District One Spring-Ford faces Coatesville at Downingtown West High School on Friday night. The Spring-Ford Rams are another team that few expected to get this far in the playoffs. Their run is likely to end as the Coatesville Red Raider offense has scored 143 points in the last 3 playoff games and just won’t slow down.
Coatesville 41 Spring-Ford 26
In another AAAA showdown District 12 Champion LaSalle will host District 11 Title holder Parkland at Northeast High School on Saturday afternoon. This is the game so many fans have looked forward to seeing this season. Many believe the winner of this contest will be 2012 state champs. LaSalle rides to a hard fought win in this game.
LaSalle 31 Parkland 20
Taking a shot at some big games out west as playoffs progress.
Erie -Cathedral Prep 34 West Allegheny 24
The class A playoff run should not be ignored. The Dunmore Bucks are on a roll
Dunmore 28 Bristol 13
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