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World Series week no time to relax

Written by: on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009. Follow Joe Stokes on Twitter.



While the baseball world will soon be crowning their 2009 champion, the high school football season enters a pivotal ninth week. This weekend features a final chance for several local teams to make a final push for league supremacy and playoff seeds..

The playoff picture remained fairly stable last week with Pennsbury, North Penn, Ridley, Neshaminy and Garnet Valley holding the lead in the AAAA pack. At the AAA level it appears that Pottsgrove, Interboro, West Chester Rustin, OJ Roberts and Academy Park control their own destiny in the final weeks of the regular season.  

Last week the predictions went well with a 4-1 call. The sole blemish was a 13-12 upset win by Haverford High over Central League rival Strath Haven, while Ridley, Downingtown West, Glen Mills and North Penn all followed the script and made this writer appear lucky or knowledgeable. 

The last three years this future teller has a 134-46 prognostication record and with a 2009 first eight week record at 32-8 it is hoped we can keep up the pace the rest of this season. 

Once again this weekend there are several games that will help determine final playoff seeds. 

In a Central League contest that will determine the top gun the undefeated Ridley Green Raiders will entertain last years champion Garnet Valley (8-1). This group of Green Raiders has renewed talk of that green mystique that enveloped Delaware County football in previous decades. QB Colin Masterson along with a strong running attack and a stingy defense has returned Ridley to the top slot. Garnet Valley will be no push over with running backs Alex Warden and Marcus Irving leading the way they have just one loss in this 2009 campaign. The Jaguars are young and improving and have made it into Ed Thomas’ SE Pa Top Ten, but they won’t have enough to hold on to their Central League crown this Friday night.  

Prediction:    Ridley  28  Garnet Valley  13 

The next big showdown to watch features Suburban One, National Conference rivals Pennsbury traveling to Abington (6-2) with the hopes of clinching a league championship. The Falcons are ranked second by Ed Thomas and have followed QB Brandon Pepper and running back Dante Devine to an undefeated 2009 season. The Galloping Ghosts will not go down easy at home but the Falcons will fly to a hard fought victory this week. 

Prediction:    Pennsbury  34  Abington  24 

The rest of the fearless forecast: 

Prediction:     Avon Grove  27  West Chester Henderson  13 

Prediction:     Downingtown West  35  Coatesville  18 

Prediction:     Penncrest  38  Strath Haven  13

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