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Pete’s Top-10 Emmaus stings Freedom for the top spot in poll

There’s been a shuffling of the deck as we head to week three of the high school football season.

Emmaus grabs the top spot after taking down Freedom at home and Parkland’s grind-it-out victory over Easton pushes them up a spot.

There are plenty of quality games on tap this week, but it’ll be a special night at Whitehall Friday with Saquon Barkley returning to town for his jersey retirement ceremony.

With all that said, let’s see who comes out on top in this week’s picks.

1. Emmaus (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Hornets validated that state ranking with a huge win over Freedom.

The Pick: Emmaus 31- Central Catholic 7

2. Parkland (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #3

Trojans knocked off some rust last week, but face an always well-coached Nazareth team.

The Pick: Parkland 28- Nazareth 17

3. Freedom (1-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Pates jump right back in with a tough game against Easton. Can they put more points on the board?

The Pick: Freedom 24- Easton 20

4. Whitehall (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #4

This might be one of the best Whitehall teams since Saquon’s days and he’ll be able to see them in person Friday night during his jersey retirement ceremony.

The Pick: Whitehall 35- Liberty 14

5. Easton (1-1)

Last week’s rank: #5

Rovers put up a fight against Parkland, but can they get back up this week taking on the Pates?

The Pick: Freedom 24-Easton 20

6. Northampton (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #6

Kids should be piling up wins through the EPC North.

The Pick: Northampton 28- Stroudsburg 14

7. Nazareth (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #7

Nazareth finally gets to show everyone what they got this year.

The Pick: Parkland 28- Nazareth 17

8. Northwestern (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #8

After a classic rivalry game last week against Northern Lehigh, Northwestern gets a layup this week.

The Pick: Northwestern 42- Southern Lehigh 13

9. Notre Dame (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #9

Crusaders staying on track in that upper Colonial tier.

The Pick: Notre Dame 35- Salisbury 7

10. Central Catholic (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #10

Vikes will have trouble scoring against this Emmaus defense.

The Pick: Emmaus 31- Central Catholic 7

Last week’s pick: 7-1

Season records: 15-2