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Pete’s Top-10: Rivalry week is finally here

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.

Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.

Sprinkle in the Parkland-Emmaus contest, as well as Nazareth and Easton to round out the big games this week.

With that said, it should be a great weekend of football, so let’s see who stays hot heading into the postseason.

1. Nazareth (8-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Blue Eagles might be playing the best ball of anyone right now.

The Pick: Nazareth 31 - Easton 21

2. Freedom (8-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Pates take a slip after a near collapse last week.

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Liberty 14

3. Parkland (7-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

The one school nobody in 6A wants to play in the postseason keeps gaining steam.

The Pick: Parkland 28 - Emmaus 21

4. Central Catholic (5-4)

Last week’s rank: #6

Vikes move up despite a loss following their effort against Freedom. Certainly trending in the right direction.

The Pick: Central Catholic 24 - Bethlehem Catholic 17

5. Emmaus (5-4)

Last week’s rank: #8

Huge win for Emmaus last week, but it might have been their last of the season.

The Pick: Parkland 28 - Emmaus 21

6. Beth. Catholic (6-3)

Last week’s rank: #3

Can the Hawks figure out how to move the ball on offense against the Vikes?

The Pick: Central Catholic 24 - Bethlehem Catholic 17

7. Easton (6-3)

Last week’s rank: #5

Rovers turned out to be frauds.

The Pick: Nazareth 31 - Easton 21

8. Northwestern (8-1)

Last week’s rank: #7

Tigers had a tough time with Northern Lehigh last week. Shouldn’t have to fight much with Catty on the horizon.

The Pick: Northwestern 56 - Catasauqua 6

9. Northampton (8-1)

Last week’s rank: #9

Mental test for the Kids to knock off an EPC South squad this week, even against a winless Whitehall side.

The Pick: Northampton 42 - Whitehall 21

10. So. Lehigh (8-1)

Last week’s rank: #10

Final tuneup before the Spartans head to the 5A bracket where East Stroudsburg South will be their toughest opponent.

The Pick: Southern Lehigh 435- Salisbury 14

Last week’s record: 6-1

Overall record: 54-13