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Press photo by Nancy ScholzNazareth, shown here against Emmaus, takes on Freedom in one of the bigger games in the area this week. Press photo by Nancy ScholzNazareth, shown here against Emmaus, takes on Freedom in one of the bigger games in the area this week.

Pete’s Top-10: Nazareth looks to dethrone Freedom

Thursday, September 12, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Week 4 of the poll features the most movement this season as teams settle into their identities. Freedom remains steadfast at the top, but face a hungry Nazareth squad looking for respect.

Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic will be in a battle this week, while Central Catholic and Whitehall are in desperation mode.

Southern Lehigh’s impressive romp over Notre Dame catapults them into the poll as well.

With three weeks of action in the books, Week 4 will continue to prove who belongs where.

1. Freedom (3-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Pates are battling the EPC gauntlet with wins over Becahi and Parkland in consecutive weeks. Will Nazareth be the trifecta?

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Nazareth 24

2. Nazareth (3-0)

Last week’s rank: #4

Blue Eagles high powered offense will be tested this week. Nazareth is vying for the top spot in the area.

The Pick: Freedom 28 - Nazareth 24

3. Bethlehem Catholic (2-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Hawks were fortunate to beat Liberty last week. Parkland will be a different story.

The Pick: Parkland 21 - Bethlehem Catholic 20

4. Parkland (2-1)

Last week’s rank: #3

Trojans always start slow, but maybe this is the week they start their run.

The Pick: Parkland 21 - Bethlehem Catholic 20

5. Easton (3-0)

Last week’s rank: #5

Rovers might just be a team in the middle tier all year.

The Pick: Easton 28 - Liberty 24

6. Emmaus (2-1)

Last week’s rank: #6

Hornets get an easy one this week.

The Pick: Emmaus 63 - Pleasant Valley 0

7. Liberty (2-1)

Last week’s rank: #10

‘Canes make a big leap. Can they jump into the top-five with a win over Easton?

The Pick: Easton 28 - Liberty 24

8. Southern Lehigh (3-0)

Not Ranked

How many people had the Spartans scoring 62 on Notre Dame last week?

The Pick: Solehi 45 - Bangor 7

9. Central Catholic (1-2)

Last week’s rank: #7

Vikings got whooped last week by Nazareth. They’ll have a dogfight with Whitehall and this the toughest pick of the week.

The Pick: Whitehall 28 - Central Catholic 21

10. Northwestern (2-1)

Last week’s rank: #9

Tigers have smooth sailing until they see Solehi in a few weeks.

The Pick: Northwestern 45 - Wilson 14

Teams that dropped: Notre Dame

Teams that entered: Southern Lehigh

Last week’s record: 5-2

Overall record: 20-3