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Winners ride to Chocolate Town

Written by: on Thursday, December 10th, 2009. Follow Joe Stokes on Twitter.

 

The four remaining teams in each PIAA playoff level are on the doorstep of a state championship berth and all expenses paid trip to Hershey. The hard work and lucky bounces will come together this weekend for eight teams that will survive to play just one more week in hope that this will be their year to celebrate. 

Last week the predictions were a disaster as every team projected to win came up short. North Penn, Easton Area, Pottsgrove, Woodland Hills and Bishop McDevitt all failed to advance. This prognosticator feels the pain but will get back up and try again. 

The last three years, this future teller has a 152-58 prognostication record and with a 2009 first fourteen week record at 50-20 it is hoped we can avoid the week thirteen setback. 

This Saturday afternoon the AAAA eastern semifinal pits District Twelve and Philadelphia City Champions LaSalle facing District One Champion Ridley. This will be one great game to watch. Anyone close to Northeast High in Philadelphia at 1 PM should take a peek at two of the hardest working squads you will ever see. The Ridley Green Raiders are just loaded with players willing to take a hit for the good of the team. They needed that devotion to upset previously undefeated and top seeded North Penn last weekend by a score of 19-10. The Green Raider defense and special teams were clearly the difference in this hard fought win. The Knights appeared to be headed to the locker room with a 10-6 lead when Alex Nicolina took a last minute kick-off 93 yards for a Green Raider 13-10 half time margin. North Penn came out ready for a fight and drove to the Ridley four yard line on the second half’s first offensive drive. However the Ridley defense stuffed a fourth down plunge which set the tone for remainder of the contest. 

The LaSalle Explorers had an equally tough challenge in a Saturday afternoon showdown in the snow with the Easton Area Red Rovers. The Explores had to fight back from an early 14 point surge by the Red Rovers. QB Drew Loughery used his legs for a 17 yard romp to the end zone followed by a 5 yard TD toss to tight end Steve Jones for a 14-14 tie at the half. The wind, snow and defense were the story in the second half, with a LaSalle field goal by Mike Bennett making the difference in a 17-14 victory. 

The bottom line is that neither of these teams deserves anything but a state title. This Saturday Ridley figures out a way to pull this out and head for Hershey for the schools second chance at a Quad A state championship. 

Prediction:    Ridley  26  LaSalle  24 

The rest of the fearless forecast 

Prediction:      Cumberland Valley  20  State College  14 

Prediction:      Selinsgrove  24  Archbishop Wood  13 

Prediction:      West Catholic  28  Lancaster Catholic  17 

Prediction:      Bishop McCort  34  Tri Valley  16       

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4 Responses to “Winners ride to Chocolate Town”

  1. Football Frenzy says:

    Ridley’s too tough, their defense is too good and their players are feaarless.

    Ridley 26 – LaSalle 13

  2. ridleyyyfannn says:

    35-0 ridley prep schools can’t play with public and it will be proved on saturday

  3. szam33 says:

    Dominated SEPA football for decades? They won exactly 10 PCL Championships in about 60 years. Not to mention that nice little 29 year gap from 60 to 89. HAHA

    Ridley 20 – LaSalle 13

  4. CitiChamp says:

    Finally we get to test a public school with a meaningful game. The Central League could not compete with 2A and 3A Catholic league schools. The glorious Suburban 1 schools are way over rated. LaSalle regularly kicks Ridley’s butt in lax, now it’s time for footbal. North Penn folks probably can’t spell lacrosse let alone play. We have dominated South Eastern PA for decades in footbal. We’re already dominating Pa in lax- Now is our time to take over East and Western Pennsylvania in football- LaSalle in a blow-out!



Joe