The second season arrives
This week featured Super Bowl Tuesday in the sport of Presidential politics. The President retained his title and all the pre-election hype can be packed away for the next four years. This occurred just in time for local high school football fans to turn their attention to the 2012 PIAA playoff race in all four divisions.
In district one and twelve there is a full slate of games for fans to follow on both Friday and Saturday this weekend. An attempt will be made to predict the top five competitive contests.
Week ten predictions went well as this future teller went 3-2. Pennsbury, North Penn, and Spring-Ford won as predicted while Interboro lost for the first time since 1994 to Academy Park and Haverford fell to Garnet Valley to account for the two failed predictions last week.
The last six years the prognostication record stands at 300-117 while going 33-12 for the 2012 season.
This first 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
The undefeated Central League Champions Ridley Green Raiders will host the Downingtown West Whippets in AAAA first round on Friday night. The Whippets are 7-3 but two of their losses came against powerhouse rivals Coatesville and Downingtown East. The key to this game is the Green Raider defense. Downingtown West will need a break or two in order to score at all. Count on a close call but a Ridley home game victory.
Ridley 14 Downingtown West 6
In another AAAA District One showdown The Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials have built an impressive 9-1 regular season record. They will host a team with a great football tradition, the Neshaminy Redskins. The Redskins have had a tough season going 7-3. However you must consider the difficult Suburban One League, National Conference schedule they complete each year. The race to get into the playoffs may have zapped the Redskin energy just enough to allow the Colonials to advance.
Plymouth Whitemarsh 31 Neshaminy 17
In the AAA District One playoff, two time Pa State Champion Strath Haven needed some hard fought wins to qualify for the last seed this year. The late season rush will not be enough to overcome top seeded Pottsgrove on Friday night
Pottsgrove 31 Strath Haven 14
In another AAA contest the surprising Academy Park Knights enter the playoffs with a 9-1 record and their first Del Val League Title since 1994. The will host the Upper Moreland Golden Bears. Both teams played Interboro this year. Academy Park beat the Bucs while Upper Merion lost to Interboro 27-21. This might be a good way to predict the outcome of this contest.
Academy Park 35 Upper Moreland 20
In District Twelve also known as the Philadelphia Catholic League AAAA Division. We have a replay of the regular season showdown between St Joseph’s Prep and LaSalle. The Hawks of St. Joseph outlasted the Explorers in that contest 24-16. There is no reason to expect a different outcome this Saturday afternoon.
St. Joseph’s Prep 27 LaSalle 21
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