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Pete’s Top-10: PHS, BC will faces challenges

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

It’s officially the second half of the season and the top five teams in the poll are littered with big matchups. The EPC race looks like it’s coming down to Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic, while Palisades keeps their grip on the Colonial league title.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s bouts, along with some new friends from the North entering the poll.

1. Parkland (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Trojans should have no problem running the ball this week.

The Pick: Parkland 35- Whitehall 28

2. Bethlehem Catholic (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Biggest test of the season for the Hawks.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 24- Easton 17

3. Easton (4-1)

Last week’s rank: #4

Impressive win last week. Can they do it two weeks in row?

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 24- Easton 17

4. Whitehall (4-1)

Last week’s rank: #3

Zephyrs have to figure out how to defend.

The Pick: Parkland 35- Whitehall 28

5. Emmaus (3-2)

Last week’s rank: #5

Green Hornets looking to creep back into the conversation.

The Pick: Emmaus 28- Freedom 14

6. Freedom (3-2)

Last week’s rank: #6

Pates just don’t have enough offense to hang with the top teams.

The Pick: Emmaus 28- Freedom 14

7. Palisades (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #7

Pirates keep on rocking.

The Pick: Palisades 42- Salisbury 10

8. Southern Lehigh (4-1)

Last week’s rank: #8

Spartans keep pressure on Palisades.

The Pick: Southern Lehigh 35- Bangor 17

9. Nazareth (2-3)

Last week’s rank: #10

Blue Eagles get to .500 this week.

The Pick: Nazareth 42- Northampton 14

10. Stroudsburg (4-1)

Not ranked

Mounties enter the fold from up North and face an interesting test with Rob Melosky’s boys this week.

The Pick: Stroudsburg 28- Pocono Mountain East 21

Teams that dropped: Liberty

Teams that entered: Stroudsburg

Last week’s record: 6-1

Overall record: 36-3