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Time to count playoff points

Written by: on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011. Follow Joe Stokes on Twitter.

 

Well, the fifth week of our fast moving 2011 high school football season has been completed. At this point in the season area teams begin to show interest in the playoff points chart. There are several teams that were not expected to challenge for the top playoff seeds that now look to be sure bets come post season action. The District One AAAA top five finds Abington, Downingtown West, Unionville, Coatesville and Council Rock South leading the early count.

The real surprises are found at the AAA level with Springfield (DELCO), Phoenixville, Marple Newtown, Octorara and Academy Park rounding out the leader board at the end of week five.

Many teams had to deal with a steady rain again last week but avoided the puddles long enough to get most games played as scheduled last Friday. The fifth week of the season was finally a successful one for this humble prognosticator. This writer’s record was an encouraging 4-1 as Springfield, Academy Park, Archbishop Wood and Abington won as predicted while Unionville’s hard fought win over Coatesville was the sole bad call for the week.

The last five years, this future teller has a 228-90 prognostication record while going 14-11 for this season.

This week finds another Central League showdown as the featured game to follow. The Garnet Valley Jaguars travel to meet the Ridley Green Raiders for a Thursday night showdown. This contest may well determine which of these two teams will qualify for post season action. The Jaguars and Green Raiders have one loss each in early season games. This contest offers several interesting contrasts as Garnet Valley pounded Harriton last Friday with a second half surge and a 76-38 win that certainly surprised many in the Central League. Ridley breezed to a 49-7 win over Radnor showing both offensive and defensive dominance. The key to this game may well turn on the special team success of Jaguar running back Kyle Keyser who scored three TD’s with two coming on kick returns. Ridley will most certainly not allow anywhere near 76 points and will ride power runner Jalen Randolph to a hard fought home win.

Ridley 41 Garnet Valley 31

The next big game to watch involves Monsignor Bonner hosting well respected Malvern Prep. The Bonner Friars have shown some great promise this season behind Junior QB James Haley and running back Abraham Jaward. However Malvern just has too much team size and speed to expect an upset this Saturday night.

Malvern Prep 34 Monsignor Bonner 20

The rest of this week’s fearless forecast:

Strath Haven 38 Penncrest 13

Downingtown West 42 West Chester Henderson 17

Academy Park 27 Chester 12

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