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Written by: Dave Druckenmiller on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
THE DISTRICT XI 3A FIELD
The 3A field has been pretty much North Schuylkill the top-ranked team in the state of PA and Notre Dame Green Pond. Notre Dame Green Pond is ranked #8 by PA Football News.
This is pretty much a RED DIVISION race. New Hope-Solebury from District 1 is the only unknown. Only 4 make it to the dance.
North Schuylkill: The favorite and #1 team in Pennsylvania in this classification. Wally Hall has this team peaking at the right time. Last week, they beat #2 in this class Notre Dame Green Pond at Notre Dame, 42-21. The rematch is in the works.
North Schuylkill: Salisbury, Tamaqua, and 4A Pottsville. The only loss that could be possible is Pottsville.
Notre Dame Green Pond: Palisades (2A), Pen Argyl (2A), and Wilson Area (4A). A win over Wilson would be big, but Palisades (2-5) and Pen Argyl (0-7)are a combined 2-12. They won’t vault North Schuylkill.
Jim Thorpe: Tamaqua, Palisades (2A), and Lehighton (4A). A combined 4-15, the strength of the schedule takes a hit even if they can win all 3. Although a Lehighton win is over a 4A school.
New-Hope Solebury: Springfield Twsp (5-1,4A), Cheltenham (5A,3-4), and William Tennant (6A,0-6). New-Hope Solebury plays in the Suburban One American Conference and 1-2 may be what they get, but losses to a 5A and 4A school and a possible win over a 6A school will solidify a berth. The strength of the schedule may do it for the Lions.
Tamaqua: Jim Thorpe, North Schuylkill, and Panther Valley. Going to be tough to get in with 2 good teams to get past and the ending team Panther Valley a 2A team.
Salisbury Township: North Schuylkill, Northern Lehigh, Southern Lehigh (5A). They could lose all 3 easily. A season-ending win over 5A Southern Lehigh may help but it’s too late.
Pine Grove Area: Catasauqua (2A), Mahanoy Area (2A), Marian Catholic (1A). If Pine Grove somehow wins out, they will be over smaller class schools. This will also be tough starting with a 5-1 Catasauqua team this Friday at the Rough Rider’s new home that is being celebrated.
My predicted order of finish with North Schuylkill repeating at their home over Notre Dame Green Pond.
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