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Pete’s Top-10: FHS jumps to top spot

We finally have a change at the top of the poll with Freedom taking over the reigns following Nazareth’s victory over Emmaus last week.

The Blue Eagles have a legitimate case to be a contender for the top spot, but they have plenty of time to make that happen.

Whitehall keeps surprising everyone, as they shellacked Central Catholic last week, while Parkland appears to playing their best ball at the right time of the year.

Southern Lehigh just keeps dominating their opponents and we have a familiar face rounding out the poll.

With only two weeks to go, every game matters.

Here’s this week’s picks.

1. Freedom (6-2)

Last week’s rank: #2

The Pates climb back to the top with an Emmaus loss and get their first dose of the City Championship series this week with Bethlehem Catholic.

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Bethlehem Catholic 14

2. Nazareth (7-1)

Last week’s rank: #3

Blue Eagles just might be the most dangerous team in the district.

The Pick: Nazareth 35 - Whitehall 24

3. Emmaus (7-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

The Hornets finally slipped and now they head to Cottingham Stadium for an Easton team that has some juice.

The Pick: Emmaus 31 - Easton 14

4. Northampton (8-0)

Last week’s rank: #4

The Huskies are coming off a pair of wins heading into this showdown, but it won’t matter.

The Pick: Northampton 42 - Dieruff 17

5. Whitehall (5-3)

Last week’s rank: #5

Can Whitehall keep shocking everyone? This will certainly be the most entertaining game of the week.

The Pick: Nazareth 35 - Whitehall 24

6. Parkland (5-3)

Last week’s rank: #6

A hot Parkland team is not who you want to play heading into the postseason.

The Pick: Parkland 38 - Liberty 7

7. Southern Lehigh (7-1)

Last week’s rank: #8

Spartans keep rolling, but playing at Pottsville is always tricky.

The Pick: Solehi 35 - Pottsville 21

8. Central Catholic (4-4)

Last week’s rank: #7

Vikes get a much needed pick-me-up game this week.

The Pick: Central Catholic 42 - Pocono Mountain East 0

9. Northern Lehigh (7-1)

Last week’s rank: #9

Nolehi shouldn’t have any issues this week against Jim Thorpe.

The Pick: Nolehi 40 - Jim Thorpe 21

10. Notre Dame (6-2)

Not ranked

Crusaders find themselves back in the mix, but still can’t play defense.

The Pick: NDGP 49 - Pine Grove 30

Last week’s record: 7-1

Season total: 47-13

Teams that dropped: Northwestern

Teams that entered: Notre Dame Green Pond