Big Games across the Commonwealth Sept 16, 17

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District 1
CB East 3-0 at CB South 3-0

Going to be tough at South but East has more at QB and especially at running back in Ethan Shine who rushed for 272 yards with 4 Tds last week. Both are blowing people away scoring 37ppg.
Ridley 2-0 at Garnet Valley 3-0
Have a Qb in Ryan Carroll (176/4Tds) but allowed Ply White 247rushing? Matt Mesaros also slinging it for G-Val at 59%, 311 yards, 6/1. Neither well tested unless counting CB West (1-2) for G-Val and the Crestview loss for Ridley, Crestview’s only win to date.
Roman 3-0 at Perk Val 3-0
RC is crushing everyone including rebuilding Wilson and weak Double-A teams the last two, Trinity and West Catholic. Perk Val’s wins over Downingtown West and Cheltenham a lot more than that!
Manheim Township 2-1 at Spring Ford 2-1
Good time to catch Township coming off the Harrisburg win. And Spring Ford is no slouch losing last week to Cumberland Valley 28-16 with sophomore Qb Matt Zollers (6-4, 205) denting CV for 191 yards, rushing for 65. Junior QB Hayden Johnson the real deal too for the Streaks, completing 27 of 35, 77%, 198 yds at Harrisburg!

District 2
Scranton 3-0 at Scranton Prep 2-1

Scranton is kicking-A and taking names at 5A but as yet untested. That all changes this weekend playing rival Scranton Prep. The Cavaliers will have to rely on their veteran D to carry them with all-state PSU commit London Montgomery going down with a knee just before the regular season.

District 3
Harrisburg 1-1 at Carlisle 2-1

Great spot to see how Harrisburg responds to the 24-20 loss to Manheim Township here on the road in the division opener against the Thundering Herd also coming off their first loss 54-47 against York.
CD East 2-1 at Cumberland Valley 3-0
East’s loss at Cedar Crest (2-1) 29-22 was a mild surprise despite rebuilding many areas. And they haven’t played anyone like Cumberland Valley who defeated district hopefuls Manheim Township 31-27 and Central York 35-33 and D-1 PAC and postseason aspirant Spring Ford 28-16.

District 4
Danville 3-0 at Loyalsock 3-0

Danville has outscored opponents 179 to nothing who have a combined won-loss of 3-6 while the Lancers are off two notable road wins at struggling Berks Catholic and Southern Columbia 27-10.
Milton 3-0 at Mount Carmel 3-0
Like Danville above, Milton’s D has been special, allowing one touchdown while MCA has shown they are one of the very best in the state beating North Schuylkill at NS 25-17 and Dunmore 42-14.

District 5 N/A

District 6
State College 3-0 at Altoona 3-0

Head coach Vince Nedimyre now back at his alma mater since 2019 building a program! Wars the last two years with SC winning last year 21-7 and Altoona the year before 22-21. Schedule shows some edge to State having defeated Downingtown East 32-31 in Dtown. Both have outstanding running backs.
Bishop Guilfoyle 2-1 at Penn Cambria 3-0
Two strong teams here led by dual threat Qbs in Karson Kiesewetter for the Marauders and Garrett Harrold for PC. Guilfoyle won 1A last year (now 2A) while PC continues building its program under Joe Franco (Tyrone, Altoona). Beat BG last year when Marauders had a number of injuries and just off impressive win against Central 42-28.

District 7
Mt. Lebanon 1-2 at Central Catholic 2-1

Remember when Central Catholic used to play defense? It’s ‘must win’ time for Lebo who’ll bring it but still hard overcoming Catholic at home with Payton Wehner warming up (206py last week) and some bad taste from the blowout losses (35-14, 47-7) last year.
Penn Trafford 2-1 at Belle Vernon 1-1
Like Central above, BIG intensity here with Belle Vernon one of two teams that beat Penn Trafford (5A state champion) last year 27-7. Similar stats vs McKeesport who was fortunate getting both at home says home field may be the difference. Coaching?

District 8 N/A

District 9
Keystone 3-0 at Redbank Valley 3-0

Like Penn Trafford and Central Catholic above, revenge could factor in with Redbank’s only loss before the final (1A runner up to Guilfoyle) being the season opener at Keystone 22-20. Thereon they won 13 straight!

District 10
Solon-OH 3-1 at Cathedral Prep 2-1

Wild one last year where Ramblers won 45-33 at Solon. Probably their toughest opponent with Solon losing to Hudson and edging Stow (Munroe Falls) and Strongville. Hopefully ECP gets a little more from their quarterback with McDowell, the New York schools (Canisius, St, Francis) looming, even Benedictine presently 0-4 against a brutal slate of power teams.

District 11
Allentown Central Catholic 2-1 at Parkland 2-1

We’ll see what Parkland has after physical, competitive encounters with Nazareth, losing 28-10 and defeating Freedom 21-13 in a hard one; Luke Spang at 168 passing, 38 rushing being the difference. At 2-1 with a 12-7 road loss at Emmaus, Central Catholic is looking real good! Strength on strength with ACC line battering Parkland’s defense.
Nazareth 3-0 at Freedom 1-2
Balancing out the emotion n this one is tough. Will Freedom, the best 1-2 team in the state (!) lose two in a row at home, ending up 1-3, or Nazareth be extra stoked per last year’s 38-21 loss at home? Sonny Sasso and company look pretty good to eke out a win. Barily!

District 12
Imhotep 1-1 at Malvern Prep 2-0

Someone got cocky! There is no way Imhotep losses to Archbishop Spalding 21-13 after beating McDevitt the week before. Maybe last year’s Spalding! They better bring the ‘McDevitt’ intensity if they want to stay with or simply score on this unit that shutout LaSalle 35-0 and nearly blanked Archbishop Wood 21-3.
Roman at Perk Val….above.
 
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Threw this together fast. But, quickies can be fun!?

District 1
CB East 3-0 at CB South 3-0

Going to be tough at South but East has more at QB and especially at running back in Ethan Shine who rushed for 272 yards with 4 Tds last week. Both are blowing people away scoring 37ppg.
Ridley 2-0 at Garnet Valley 3-0
Have a Qb in Ryan Carroll (176/4Tds) but allowed Ply White 247rushing? Matt Mesaros also slinging it for G-Val at 59%, 311 yards, 6/1. Neither well tested unless counting CB West (1-2) for G-Val and the Crestview loss for Ridley, Crestview’s only win to date.
Roman 3-0 at Perk Val 3-0
RC is crushing everyone including rebuilding Wilson and weak Double-A teams the last two, Trinity and West Catholic. Perk Val’s wins over Downingtown West and Cheltenham a lot more than that!
Manheim Township 2-1 at Spring Ford 2-1
Good time to catch Township coming off the Harrisburg win. And Spring Ford is no slouch losing last week to Cumberland Valley 28-16 with sophomore Qb Matt Zollers (6-4, 205) denting CV for 191 yards, rushing for 65. Junior QB Hayden Johnson the real deal too for the Streaks, completing 27 of 35, 77%, 198 yds at Harrisburg!

District 2
Scranton 3-0 at Scranton Prep 2-1

Scranton is kicking-A and taking names at 5A but as yet untested. That all changes this weekend playing rival Scranton Prep. The Cavaliers will have to rely on their veteran D to carry them with all-state PSU commit London Montgomery going down with a knee just before the regular season.

District 3
Harrisburg 1-1 at Carlisle 2-1

Great spot to see how Harrisburg responds to the 24-20 loss to Manheim Township here on the road in the division opener against the Thundering Herd also coming off their first loss 54-47 against York.
CD East 2-1 at Cumberland Valley 3-0
East’s loss at Cedar Crest (2-1) 29-22 was a mild surprise despite rebuilding many areas. And they haven’t played anyone like Cumberland Valley who defeated district hopefuls Manheim Township 31-27 and Central York 35-33 and D-1 PAC and postseason aspirant Spring Ford 28-16.

District 4
Danville 3-0 at Loyalsock 3-0

Danville has outscored opponents 179 to nothing who have a combined won-loss of 3-6 while the Lancers are off two notable road wins at struggling Berks Catholic and Southern Columbia 27-10.
Milton 3-0 at Mount Carmel 3-0
Like Danville above, Milton’s D has been special, allowing one touchdown while MCA has shown they are one of the very best in the state beating North Schuylkill at NS 25-17 and Dunmore 42-14.

District 5 N/A

District 6
State College 3-0 at Altoona 3-0

Head coach Vince Nedimyre now back at his alma mater since 2019 building a program! Wars the last two years with SC winning last year 21-7 and Altoona the year before 22-21. Schedule shows some edge to State having defeated Downingtown East 32-31 in Dtown. Both have outstanding running backs.
Bishop Guilfoyle 2-1 at Penn Cambria 3-0
Two strong teams here led by dual threat Qbs in Karson Kiesewetter for the Marauders and Garrett Harrold for PC. Guilfoyle won 1A last year (now 2A) while PC continues building its program under Joe Franco (Tyrone, Altoona). Beat BG last year when Marauders had a number of injuries and just off impressive win against Central 42-28.

District 7
Mt. Lebanon 1-2 at Central Catholic 2-1

Remember when Central Catholic used to play defense? It’s ‘must win’ time for Lebo who’ll bring it but still hard overcoming Catholic at home with Payton Wehner warming up (206py last week) and some bad taste from the blowout losses (35-14, 47-7) last year.
Penn Trafford 2-1 at Belle Vernon 1-1
Like Central above, BIG intensity here with Belle Vernon one of two teams that beat Penn Trafford (5A state champion) last year 27-7. Similar stats vs McKeesport who was fortunate getting both at home says home field may be the difference. Coaching?

District 8 N/A

District 9
Keystone 3-0 at Redbank Valley 3-0

Like Penn Trafford and Central Catholic above, revenge could factor in with Redbank’s only loss before the final (1A runner up to Guilfoyle) being the season opener at Keystone 22-20. Thereon they won 13 straight!

District 10
Solon-OH 3-1 at Cathedral Prep 2-1

Wild one last year where Ramblers won 45-33 at Solon. Probably their toughest opponent with Solon losing to Hudson and edging Stow (Munroe Falls) and Strongville. Hopefully ECP gets a little more from their quarterback with McDowell, the New York schools (Canisius, St, Francis) looming, even Benedictine presently 0-4 against a brutal slate of power teams.

District 11
Allentown Central Catholic 2-1 at Parkland 2-1

We’ll see what Parkland has after physical, competitive encounters with Nazareth, losing 28-10 and defeating Freedom 21-13 in a hard one; Luke Spang at 168 passing, 38 rushing being the difference. At 2-1 with a 12-7 road loss at Emmaus, Central Catholic is looking real good! Strength on strength with ACC line battering Parkland’s defense.
Nazareth 3-0 at Freedom 1-2
Balancing out the emotion n this one is tough. Will Freedom, the best 1-2 team in the state (!) lose two in a row at home, ending up 1-3, or Nazareth be extra stoked per last year’s 38-21 loss at home? Sonny Sasso and company look pretty good to eke out a win. Barily!

District 12
Imhotep 1-1 at Malvern Prep 2-0

Someone got cocky! There is no way Imhotep losses to Archbishop Spalding 21-13 after beating McDevitt the week before. Maybe last year’s Spalding! They better bring the ‘McDevitt’ intensity if they want to stay with or simply score on this unit that shutout LaSalle 35-0 and nearly blanked Archbishop Wood 21-3.
Roman at Perk Val….above.
District 10 you left out 3-0 sharpsville against 3-0 slippery rock. Mercer county is some of the strongest football in the lower classifications in the state with sharpsville and Farrell on top right now.
 

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District 10 you left out 3-0 sharpsville against 3-0 slippery rock. Mercer county is some of the strongest football in the lower classifications in the state with sharpsville and Farrell on top right now.
Got your attention beating Wilmington early! I've tried to keep up with the entire state the last 20 years but every now and then a team slips through. Kidding. Still fun trying to keep up. Hickory will slip in on you and Grove City is always there (45-12 last 5), except this year? Way down.
 

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In District 11, our game of the night is Allentown Central Catholic at Parkland. The Vikings come in ranked #5 in 4A statewide, while Parkland is 2-1, but had a convincing win over Freedom last week which puts them squarely in the EPC South conversation.

It's going to be power-on-power. ACC has the best offensive and defensive lines in the Valley, led by budding superstar sophomore Braheem Battles (6'4 310). The Vikings lead the conference in rushing. Parkland has less size up front but is really physical, as always, and has paired that with a hyper-efficient passing game on offense - Luke Spang is completing 65% of his passes. Senior running back Trey Tremba's status is unknown after getting hurt in the first half against Freedom, but precocious freshman Marquez Wimberly is getting his chance to shine.

It's also the night Parkland is honoring the 20th anniversary of the 2002 state championship team. Rob Melosky, the coach of the '02 group, is the offensive coordinator at ACC which adds some intrigue. Austin Scott will be in the house, and it's my understanding he's doing well, for those of us that have followed his ups-and-downs. If you're in Lehigh County for whatever reason, it has the makings of a fun night.

The other big one is Nazareth-Freedom. The Patriots are trying to avoid a 1-3 start, coming off of close losses to Emmaus and Parkland. Nazareth is undefeated with a win over the Trojans and blowouts against two patsies. The Blue Eagles are the Valley's highest scoring offense and lead the area in passing yards with Sonny Sasso, a recent Virginia Tech wrestling commit. The EPC South doesn't have a state title contender, but the top four of Emmaus, Freedom, Parkland, Nazareth, and Allentown Central Catholic are really good high school football teams that are probably going to trade wins over each other and can match pretty favorably the top five of any league in the state
 

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In District 11, our game of the night is Allentown Central Catholic at Parkland. The Vikings come in ranked #5 in 4A statewide, while Parkland is 2-1, but had a convincing win over Freedom last week which puts them squarely in the EPC South conversation.

It's going to be power-on-power. ACC has the best offensive and defensive lines in the Valley, led by budding superstar sophomore Braheem Battles (6'4 310). The Vikings lead the conference in rushing. Parkland has less size up front but is really physical, as always, and has paired that with a hyper-efficient passing game on offense - Luke Spang is completing 65% of his passes. Senior running back Trey Tremba's status is unknown after getting hurt in the first half against Freedom, but precocious freshman Marquez Wimberly is getting his chance to shine.

It's also the night Parkland is honoring the 20th anniversary of the 2002 state championship team. Rob Melosky, the coach of the '02 group, is the offensive coordinator at ACC which adds some intrigue. Austin Scott will be in the house, and it's my understanding he's doing well, for those of us that have followed his ups-and-downs. If you're in Lehigh County for whatever reason, it has the makings of a fun night.

The other big one is Nazareth-Freedom. The Patriots are trying to avoid a 1-3 start, coming off of close losses to Emmaus and Parkland. Nazareth is undefeated with a win over the Trojans and blowouts against two patsies. The Blue Eagles are the Valley's highest scoring offense and lead the area in passing yards with Sonny Sasso, a recent Virginia Tech wrestling commit. The EPC South doesn't have a state title contender, but the top four of Emmaus, Freedom, Parkland, Nazareth, and Allentown Central Catholic are really good high school football teams that are probably going to trade wins over each other and can match pretty favorably the top five of any league in the state
Ok Rover. Those are some great games! About not having a contender. These good teams like Emmaus, Parkland etc, are all in my view a missed tackle, bad call, injury, and more away from being a title contender. Unless you think SJP is unbeatable, I don't, it's a race. Will admit to having the attitude of an ex-player, realistic but optimistic til the final whistle.
 

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Malvern hangs on to beat Imhotep after losing their starting qb early in the game
 

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Ok Rover. Those are some great games! About not having a contender. These good teams like Emmaus, Parkland etc, are all in my view a missed tackle, bad call, injury, and more away from being a title contender. Unless you think SJP is unbeatable, I don't, it's a race. Will admit to having the attitude of an ex-player, realistic but optimistic til the final whistle.
I don't think they're going to beat SJP, no.

Allentown Central Catholic took down Parkland last night in a close, good game. Parkland's starting quarterback did not play, they went with wide receiver Nahki Bullock playing QB and ran lots of option and designed run stuff for him, clearly they don't have a passing threat behind Spang. Will certainly be something to watch for. Even with Spang out and Trey Tremba (running back) clearly limited, it was a 21-14 game - Bullock fumbled at the two in the final minutes and ACC recovered it in the end zone to stave off a threat and win the game.

Caiden Shaffer ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns for ACC. Marquez Wimberly, Parkland's star freshman, had 60 yards and a TD on 8 carries, while Bullock and Tremba combined for 77 yards on 17 carries. I'd expect that ratio to change as Wimberly gets more comfortable playing varsity.

Freedom and Nazareth tonight.