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Pete’s Top-10: Playoffs are here

Welcome to playoff edition of the poll where dreams live and die each week over the next month.

This week’s poll has plenty of shakeups after a wild Week 10, which saw Whitehall win a stunner over Northampton in the best game of the season so far, as well as Northwestern throttling Southern Lehigh in a battle of Colonial League unbeatens.

Most of the teams in the poll should move on to next week, but the marquee showdown this Friday is Freedom hosting Emmaus in the toughest contest of the weekend.

Bethlehem Catholic also has a tricky road trip to Blue Mountain, but everyone else should be safe from playoff elimination for now.

So, take a peak below on how the dust settled after week 10.

1. Parkland (10-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Trojans get an easy one before things heat up.

The Pick: Parkland 49- Williamsport 7

2. Nazareth (9-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Blue Eagles can probably rest their quarterback again.

The Pick: Nazareth 42- Wilkes-Barre 13

3. Central Catholic (8-2)

Last week’s rank: #3

Vikes look primed to win districts.

The Pick: Central Catholic 42- Bangor 0

4. Freedom (6-4)

Last week’s rank: #5

These tussles with Emmaus always come down to the wire.

The Pick: Freedom 24- Emmaus 17

5. Whitehall (6-4)

Last week’s rank: #7

Zephs are beaming with confidence after the Northampton win.

The Pick: Whitehall 35- Pocono Mountain West 6

6. Northampton (8-2)

Last week’s rank: #4

Kids got humbled last week.

The Pick: Northampton 49- Stroudsburg 7

7. Northwestern (10-0)

Last week’s rank: #9

Tigers proved they are for real after pummeling Southern Lehigh last week.

The Pick: Northwestern 56- Lehighton 0

8. Emmaus (5-5)

Last week’s rank: #8

Can Emmaus get revenge on their Bethlehem nemesis?

The Pick: Freedom 24- Emmaus 17

9. Bethlehem Catholic (5-5)

Last week’s rank: #10

Hawks get back in the win column.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 28- Blue Mountain 14

10. Southern Lehigh (9-1)

Last week’s rank: #6

Spartans fooled a lot of people.

The Pick: Southern Lehigh 28- East Stroudsburg South 21

•Last week’s record: 4-2

•Season record: 56-9