Then there were eight
The first week of the District One playoffs are history and at the AAAA level we now know the elite eight. In every post season there seems to be a shocking upset in the first round. This season is no exception as the sixteenth seed Wissahickon upset top seed Downingtown East 38-35 last Friday night. Other than the most loyal Trojan fan it is doubtful that anyone could have foreseen that outcome.
In a less surprising upset thirteenth seed Neshaminy outscored fourth seed Plymouth Whitemarsh 42-21 and that set up a match for the Redskins with Suburban One League, Continental Conference power Central Bucks South. The other higher seeds were victorious as Ridley, Pennridge, Pennsbury and Spring-ford all advanced to the second round.
Week eleven predictions went fairly well as this future teller went 3-2. Ridley, Pottsgrove and Academy Park won as predicted while the Neshaminy upset win and LaSalle’s Catholic League title game win over St Joseph’s Prep accounted for the two failed predictions.
The last six years the prognostication record stands at 303-119 while going 36-14 for the 2012 season.
This second 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 Spring-Ford Rams in AAAA second round on Friday night. The Rams are 10-1 with an impressive 43-27 win over Garnet Valley in round one last weekend. Jarred Jones rushed for 169 yards and a TD in this high scoring affair. The Green Raiders had all they could handle with a 20-17 come from behind victory over Downingtown West last Friday. This is a classic great defense for Ridley facing a high scoring offense for Spring-Ford. Along with the home field and cold night air bet on defense to prevail
Ridley 21 Spring-Ford 16
In another AAAA District One showdown Pennsbury travels to Pennridge in another Suburban One cross conference match. Both teams have been on fire with late season win streaks. This contest may come down to the last possession and the home field advantage may account for a slight edge.
Pennridge 28 Pennsbury 24
We cannot ignore the upstart Wissahickon Trojans as they take on another big time favorite Coatesville. Since the Red Raiders have to be considered one of the favorites to lead District One into state competition Wissahickon may be out of magic.
Coatesville 38 Wissahickon 20
Taking a look at the AAA contest the surprising Academy Park Knights continued their 2012 roll with a 35-23 win over Upper Moreland. Just two weeks ago Academy Park won their first Del-Val League championship since 1994. The team they had to defeat was Interboro. The Bucs had not lost to Academy Park since 1994 and they were the defending league title holder. Leading rusher Jerry Lanier is not about to let this season end for the Knights.
Academy Park 41 Interboro 30
In the other District One AAA match West Chester Henderson marches into Pottsgrove with hopes of toppling the number one seed. The Falcons are just too loaded with talent to be overcome in this contest.
Pottsgrove 41 West Chester Henderson 21
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