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Pete’s Top-10: A new number-one this week

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Last week we saw Nazareth fall for the first time this season. Was it the eventual slip that most teams in the EPC face, or are there cracks in the foundation?

The lone EPC team to remain undefeated is Easton following its win over Central Catholic over the weekend, but the Rovers haven’t been truly tested yet.

That changes this week with Freedom coming to town.

Parkland’s win over the Blue Eagles could be a sign they’re gearing up at the right time, while the Colonial League battle between Southern Lehigh and Northwestern could decide the league crown.

Here’s a look at this week’s picks.

1. Easton (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #3

Rovers take their stab at the top spot, but face the toughest schedule down the stretch in the EPC.

The Pick: Freedom 24 - Easton 20

2. Nazareth (5-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

You knew a let down was coming for the Blue Eagles. They should regroup this week.

The Pick: Nazareth 35 - Liberty 14

3. Freedom (5-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Big game for the Pates to prove they still are the team to beat.

The Pick: Freedom 24 - Easton 20

4. Becahi (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

Hawks get a bout with their EPC North brethren.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 35 - ESS 14

5. Parkland (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #5

Are the Trojans heating up?

The Pick: Parkland 42 - Whitehall 20

6. Emmaus (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #6

Hornets should expect another close one.

The Pick: Emmaus 24 - Central Catholic 14

7. Southern Lehigh (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #7

Spartans keeping their foot on the gas.

The Pick: Solehi 28 - Northwestern 21

8. Central Catholic (3-3)

Last week’s rank: #8

Vikings just don’t have enough offense.

The Pick: Emmaus 24 - Central Catholic 14

9. Northwestern (5-1)

Last week’s rank: #9

Can the Tigers prove they are worthy of the top spot in the CL?

The Pick: Solehi 28 - Northwestern 21

10. Northampton (5-1)

Not ranked

K-Kids ripped ESS last week. Should run the table through the end of the regular season.

The Pick: Northampton 42 - Stroudsburg 21

• Teams that dropped: East Stroudsburg South

• Teams that entered: Northampton

• Last week’s record: 6-2

• Overall record: 36-9