Ticket to Hershey on the line
By Joe Stokes
There are just sixteen teams left as we enter the fifteenth week of this long season. All the hard work and effort will entitle this week’s victors to an all expense paid trip to Chocolate Town and a shot at the PIAA Championship for 2008. The squads that continue to play this late in the season have had to fight through the regular season and three weeks of hard fought playoff games to get this opportunity.
The last few weeks of every season are always tough to predict but this year every team still in the running could easily be seen as a champion. Over the last two seasons this writer has compiles a 105-36 prediction record. While 2008 results show a 47-23 best guess prognostication level.
Let’s start this week’s preview with the AAAA Eastern State final between North Penn and Liberty. A late scheduling change has this contest at Coatesville High School at 1 PM Saturday afternoon. This will one great game to watch as quarterback Anthony Gonzalez leads Liberty as a two way run and pass threat against the North Penn running tandem of Ronnie Akins and Tyler Smith. This contest will be tough on both defenses as the high powered offenses have been running at will throughout this season. Bet on Gonzalez to find away to get his team over the top.
Prediction: Liberty 31 North Penn 27
The AA Eastern final should be another offensive shootout. The West Catholic Burrs were impressive in their 48-21 win over District Two Champion Dunmore last Friday. The Burrs return to the friendly confines of Northeast High School hoping to make their first playoff year a big splash. Quarterback Curtis Drake and running back Rob Hollomon are a threat to break any play wide open. Lancaster Catholic will be no pushover but this West Catholic squad just has too many weapons in its offensive arsenal.
Prediction: West Catholic 42 Lancaster Catholic 31
Here is the rest of the fearless forecast:
Prediction: Archbishop Wood 38 Selinsgrove 20
Prediction: Schuylkill Haven 23 Steel-High 21
Prediction: Bethel Park 27 Wilson West Lawn 7
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