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Schuylkill-Colonial League Week-1 Quick Preview and Predictions

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| August 25, 2022

Schuylkill-Colonial League Week-1 Preview:

The 2022 Pennsylvania high school football season is officially here with week-1, or week-0 as some call it, starting tomorrow. This season looks to be very eventful and exciting between the two co-op leagues as some teams have been moved from one division to another, other teams have been moved up or down a classification. I’m not going to ramble on about all that however, what I want to talk about is some of the week-1 matchups including this first one, of which I will be attending Friday night in Ashland at Spartan Stadium at 7pm, a matchup between PaFootballNews state ranked Mount Carmel(2A) and North Schuylkill(3A-honorable mention). I’m also making this my @PFNDan570FB Week-1 *GAME OF THE WEEK*

Mt. Carmel Red Tornadoes @ North Schuylkill Spartans
Last Meeting: Spartans won 33 to 14(week-1 2021)
Streak: North Schuylkill has won the last 7

Key Player to Watch(s):
Mt. Carmel – Michael Farronato(WR/SS)
North Schuylkill – Joey Flail(WR/DB)

OUTLOOK and Prediction:
Last seasons QB and 2x-Pa Writers All State Jake Hall, who is attending Villanova University, stated he will most likely be at the game. This could come into play as the rumor around the area is, an early tornado warning has been issued for Ashland Friday evening. I was told however, the Spartans are prepared and ready to defend their home turf. This game will produce some of the weeks biggest hits between the trenches as both teams are very, VERY BIG on both the offensive and defensive lines. Look for another battle early on as the teams feel each other out. The team with the least amount of penalties and turnovers will win…. Spartans get their 8th win in a row over the Red Tornadoes in a close battle that could be decided near or as time expires. Spartans by 4


Catasauqua Rough Riders @ Northern Lehigh Bulldogs(PFN Ranked #8 in 1A)
Last Meeting: Bulldogs won 51 to 20(week-2 2019)
Streak: Northern Lehigh has won the last 2

Key Player(s) to Watch:
Catasauqua – Christian Fye(QB/CB)
Northern Lehigh – Nick Frame(QB/S), and A.J. Jimenez(RB/DE)

OUTLOOK and Prediction:
The Bulldogs lost 80% of their offense from last season but are very strong up front, but the overall strength for this team will be their defense. The Rough Riders will hang tough for a quarter or two but in the end, the Bulldogs will just be to strong and fast. Bulldogs by 17


Pottsville Area Crimson Tide @ Jersey Shore Bulldogs
Last Meeting: Bulldogs won 42 to 35(3 overtimes)-Playoff Game 2019
Streak: Jersey Shore has won at least 1 dating back to 2004

Key Player(s) to Watch:
Pottsville – Joey Palko(TE/DE)
Jersey Shore – Hadyn Packer(FB/LB)

OUTLOOK and Prediction:
Although Pottsville’s offensive and defensive lines should be good, having to replace Snowell, Dunn, Davis, and DiCello is a big job. Look for the Tide’s defense to keep them in the game early but, the Bulldogs just returns too many skill players to keep up in the end. Bulldogs by 21


Williams Valley Vikings at Upper Dauphin Tojans
Last Meeting: Tojans won 60 to 30(2019)
Prediction: Vikings by 14

Tamaqua Blue Raiders at Northwestern Lehigh Tigers(PFN Ranked #8 in 3A)
Last Meeting: Tigers won 42 to 13(2021)
Prediction: Tigers by 13

Blue Mountain Eagles at Jim Thorpe Olympians
Last Meeting: Eagles won 30 to 20(2021)
Prediction: Eagles by 8

Tri-Valley Bulldogs(PFN Ranked #9 in 1A) at Minersville Battlin’ Miners
Last Meeting: Bulldogs won 47 to 7(2021)
Prediction: Bulldogs by 14

Notre Dame Green Pond Crusaders at Saucon Valley Panthers
Last Meeting: Crusaders won 47 to 20(2021)
Prediction: Crusaders by 7

Lehighton Indians at Palmerton Blue Bombers
Last Meeting: Blue Bombers won 46 to 13(2021)
Prediction: Blue Bombers by 11

Marian Catholic Colts at Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes
Last Meeting: Hurricanes won 21 to 6(2021)
Prediction: Colts by 4

Palisades Pirates at Bangor Slaters
Last Meeting: Slaters won 35 to 0(2021)
Prediction: Slaters by 12

Southern Lehigh Spartans at Quakertown Panthers
Last Meeting: Panthers won 42 to 7(2021)
Prediction: Spartans by 13

Northern Lebanon at Pine Grove Cardinals
Last Meeting: Vikings won 13 to 7(2021)
Prediction: Northern Lebanon by 9

Panther Valley Panthers at Salisbury Township Falcons
Last Meeting: N/A
Prediction: Panthers by 7

Mahanoy Area Golden Bears at Morrisville
Last Meeting: N/A
Prediction: Golden Bears by 12

Wyalusing at Nativity BVM Green Wave
Last Meeting: N/A
Prediction: Green Wave by 8

Shenandoah Valley Blue Devils at Columbia Montour Vo-Tech Rams 1:00pm
Last Meeting:
Blue Devils won 37 to 34(2020)
Blue Devils by 6

Pen Argyl Green Knights at Wilson Area Warriors 2:30pm
Last Meeting:
Warriors won 47 to 14(2021)
Warriors by 21

Good Luck to ALL the Teams and Players this weekend. Play Hard, Be Safe


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