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D-11 playoff pictures are becoming clear

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon aimed to provide clarity for the football postseason with two weeks left on the calendar.

Below you’ll find teams that have already clinched playoff berths heading into week nine and potential scenarios heading down the stretch.

All teams listed with * have clinched playoff berths.

1A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Williams Valley (8-0)

2. *Tri-Valley (6-2)

3. *Nativity (5-3)

4. *Marian Catholic (4-4)

All four teams above have qualified for the postseason heading into week nine. Williams Valley clinches the top seed this week with a win over Tri-Valley.

2A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Palmerton (5-3)

2. Schuylkill Haven (4-4)

3. Mahanoy Area (4-4)

4. Panther Valley (3-5)

5. Catasauqua (2-6)

Palmerton is the only team to clinch a berth so far. They will clinch the top seed if they win out. Catasauqua is on the outside looking in, even if they knock off Southern Lehigh and Northwestern in their final two games.

3A (Eight qualifiers)

1. *Palisades (8-0)

2. *Lehighton (8-0)

3. *Jim Thorpe (8-0)

4. *North Schuylkill (6-2)

5. *Notre Dam GP (6-2)

6. *Tamaqua (5-3)

7. *Wilson (4-4)

8. *Salisbury (4-4)

The field is set in 3A. The top three teams will all be battling it out for the top spot with Palisades in the lead heading into this week.

4A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Bethlehem Cath (7-1)

2. *Central Catholic (5-3)

3. *Saucon Valley (6-2)

4. Pottsville (4-4)

5. Northwestern (3-5)

6. Blue Mountain (2-6)

Bethlehem Catholic has already clinched the top seed. The real question is who grabs the last spot, as Pottsville, Northwestern and Blue Mountain are all in the mix. Pottsville may even clinch with a win this week over Jim Thorpe, but certainly with two wins to close out the season. Blue Mountain has a chance to sneak in with two wins and two losses by Pottsville. Northwestern looks like they’re on the outside looking in, even if they win their final two games of the year.

5A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Southern Lehigh (7-1)

2. *Whitehall (5-3)

3. *East Stroudsburg S (4-4)

4. *East Stroudsburg N (0-8)

All four teams were already clinched before the season started in this four-man race. The battle will be for the top spot. If Whitehall wins out, they’ll overtake Southern Lehigh. They play Stroudsburg and Northampton to finish the season.

6A (Eight qualifiers)

1. *Parkland (8-0)

2. *Easton (6-2)

3. *Stroudsburg (7-1)

4. *Emmaus (5-3)

5. Nazareth (4-4)

6. Freedom (4-4)

7. Pocono MT West (4-4)

8. Liberty (3-5)

9. Pocono MT East (3-5)

Still a lot of variables at play here, but the top four teams in the bracket have clinched. Parkland clinches the top spot with a win over Northampton this week. The real race will come down to the final four spots up for grabs with week 10 likely being a playoff week for some teams.

The week 10 matchup between Poc MT East and West could be an elimination game, but the Freedom-Liberty game for that week could prove to be the same scenario as well. There’s also a chance that two losses by Liberty could push them out and allow both East and West into the postseason.