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Pete’s Top-10: No. 1 spot under threat

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Week 1 of the high school football season told us what we expected: the EPC North football teams can’t compete with their neighbors in the south — but we already knew that.

Now, the real season begins with divisional play, highlighted by a slate of intriguing games this weekend.

The Colonial League saw Palisades make a play for a possible run at the league crown with their win over Notre Dame last week, but how will Week 2 shake out?

Check out the picks below in this week’s edition of the top 10.

1. Emmaus (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Hornets should be able to outlast the Zephyrs.

The Pick: Emmaus 31 — Whitehall 24

2. Bethlehem Catholic (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Hawks should have no trouble for a second week in a row.

The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 42 — Northampton 6

3. Parkland (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #3

Jahan Dotson is a game changer, but Parkland may just stick to the run game and pound out a win.

The Pick: Parkland 42— Nazareth 21

4. Whitehall (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #4

Best game of the week, but Emmaus may have too much for Whitehall.

The Pick: Emmaus 31 — Whitehall 24

5. Easton (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #5

Rovers trending up?

The Pick: Easton 21 — Liberty 14

6. Liberty (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #6

Hurricanes start a tough trek with Easton this week followed by Parkland, Whitehall and Becahi.

The Pick: Easton 21 — Liberty 14

7. Freedom (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #8

Pates get a week off.

The Pick: Freedom 49 — Allen 0

8. Southern Lehigh (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #7

Spartans will be challenged by the Blue Bombers.

The Pick: Southern Lehigh 35 — Palmerton 20

9. Palisades (1-0)

Not ranked last week

Can the Pirates avoid a let down this week after topping Notre Dame?

The Pick: Palisades 35 — Wilson 20

10. Saucon Valley (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #10

Panthers keep rolling.

The Pick: Saucon Valley 42 — Pen Argyl 8

Last week’s: 10-0

Teams that dropped: Notre Dame

Teams that entered: Palisades