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Pete’s Top-10 FHS, EHS post impressive wins

With the football season heading into the stretch run of the season, Freedom and Emmaus are two teams that are playing some of the best ball of any teams in District 11.

The Pates and Hornets were dominating in their affairs last week and take the top two spots of the poll. After Central’s shocking win over Parkland, the hangover was real for the Vikings in their lopsided loss to Freedom.

They look to get back on track in what might be the closest matchup in the EPC this week when they play Nazareth.

In the Colonial League, Northwestern made it look easy against a previously unbeaten Wilson squad, while Notre Dame has a tough battle this week with their hopes of staying undefeated.

Nothing comes easy this time of the year, so let’s see which teams separate themselves in week seven.

1. Freedom (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

Pates might have played the best game of anyone all year last week.

The Pick: Freedom 31- Whitehall 14

2. Emmaus (5-1)

Last week’s rank: #3

The Hornets have given up a combined 10 points over their last three games.

The Pick: Emmaus 31- Liberty 7

3. Parkland (4-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Trojans take a trek up North, but shouldn’t have too much to worry about.

The Pick: Parkland 35- East Stroudsburg South 12

4. Central Catholic (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #1

Vikes got smacked last week against Freedom, but have a chance to pick themselves up.

The Pick: Central Catholic 27- Nazareth 24

5. Nazareth (4-2)

Last week’s rank: #5

Might be the most interesting battle of the week.

The Pick: Central Catholic 27- Nazareth 24

6. Easton (3-2)

Last week’s rank: #6

A showdown with Beca is on tap, as the Rovers need to keep pace with the rest of the EPC pack.

The Pick: Easton 42- Bethlehem Catholic 28

7. Whitehall (3-2)

Last week’s rank: #7

Zephs are running into a rough patch.

The Pick: Freedom 31- Whitehall 14

8. N’western (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #9

Tigers get a bump and are on track to keep the top spot in the District 11 4A power rankings.

The Pick: Northwestern 42- Blue Mountain 13

9. N’ampton (6-0)

Last week’s rank: #8

Another easy win for the Kids.

The Pick: Northampton 35- Pleasant Valley 7

10. Notre Dame (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #10

If they can play defense this week, Notre Dame will win.

The Pick: Notre Dame 42- North Schuylkill 35

Last week’s pick: 7-1

Season records: 38-7

Press photo by Mark Kirlin Freedom's Alexie Sangster (5) and Nick Ellis block a punt during last week's win over Central Catholic.