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Then there were eight

Written by: on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012. Follow Joe Stokes on Twitter.

 

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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5 Responses to “Then there were eight”

  1. TONTO says:

    Ridley vs Pennridge Coatesville vs CB South Potts grove seems to be a machine again so lets take them also but can they get by wood this year

  2. Scott B says:

    I find it hard to fathom Pottsgrove scoring 41 points against this Henderson defense. They surely have the advantage playing at home and are 11-0 for a reason but I would expect a much better game as the Warriors are no push over….

  3. CLARK31C says:

    Im going with SPRING-FORD , CENTRAL BUCKS SOUTH , COATESVILLE , PENNSBURY , HENDERSON , LETS SEE HOW I MAKE OUT. EVERYBODY SHOULD PUT THEIR PICKS UP ALSO . SHOULD BE SOME GOOD GAMES .. WHATS THE BEST GAME TO GO TO FRIDAY ???

  4. Dave Faulkner says:

    I think you better look at Pottsgrove’s Points against as well, I definitely this will be a defensive battle all night with the team making the fewest mistakes to win, my view is Pottsgrove by more than 7.

  5. Rollie Ciffo says:

    I’m thinking more 20-14 Pottsgrove.

    Henderson’s 3 losses are to incredibly powerful District 1 AAAA teams Downingtown East, Downingtown West and Coatesville from the Ches-Mont.

    Pottsgrove’s schedule is also chock full of AAAA opponents (6 to be exact) including powerful Perk Valley and Spring-Ford. It’s not like they played the sisters of the poor to get to 11-0.

    I’m not expecting it but I wouldn’t be surprised if WCH wins as they have a heck of a defense.



Joe