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Hollywood’s Cutting Room Floor- EPC Edition September 18th-24th

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| September 20, 2022

Hollywood’s Cutting Room Floor- Eastern Pennsylvania Conference As We Look Back To The Week That Was And A Look Ahead To Game #5.
By Brian Ptashinski @BPtashinski on Twitter

Some of the headlines from this past weekend of games from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference had Bethlehem Freedom may have caught their stride with an entertaining 45-35 win over then unbeaten Nazareth Saturday night at BASD STadium.

At Parkland, they celebrated the 2002 PIAA State 4A Championship team that was coached by Rob Melosky and featured the rushing attack of Austin Scott. Playing without quarterback Luke Spang and limited availability of Trey Tremba fell to Allentown Central Catholic 21-14. A late game fumble into the end zone by Parkland on what have been a game tying score secured the victory by the Vikings.

So now we are getting to the mid-season week of the schedule, with still a whole heck of a lot a drama still to be played out as Emmaus, Northampton and Pleasant Valley remain the only unbeaten teams left in the conference. So let’s get to it!

This Weekend’s Schedule, Breakdowns and Predictions

Easton(0-4) at William Allen (0-4) Friday 7pm at J. Birney Crum Stadium.

Easton suffered it’s fourth straight loss to start the season by dropping a 37-14 loss to Whitehall, their worst start since 1981. The Rover defense gave p 23 unanswered points in the second half to the Zephyrs after going into intermission tied at 14. Allen was handed a 69-0 setback by Northampton and were limited to just six first downs and less than 50 yards of offense. Hollywood’s Pick: Easton has never started a season 0-5 in their illustrious history, expect the Rovers to not make that kind of history Easton 42-7.


Pocono Mountain East was handed a 28-6 loss by East Stroudsburg South, but much like Easton, the Cardinals gave up 22 points in the second half after taking a 6-6 tie into halftime.Pleasant Valley kept pace with Northampton by dropping Louis Dieruff 41-16. The Bears finally pick up yards in their passing game as they have run that triple-option offense to perfection so far. Hollywood’s Pick This game is for The Old Oaken Bucket that PV currently holds due to their 42-8 win last year. Expect the Bears to keep possession by same count 42-8.


The Panthers are coming off a 23-12 loss to Stroudsburg Ian McHugh passed for a score and also had a rushing touchdown. East Stroudsburg North were drubbed by Emmaus last week 70-6 as the Hornets held the Timberwolves to just 102 total yards and their only score coming off a Wayne King touchdown pass to Michael Watts Jr. Hollywood’s Prediction Pocono Mountain West should get the win by a 42-7 count.

LOUIS DIERUFF (0-4) at STROUDSBURG (2-2) Frday 7pm

The Huskies lost to Pleasant Valley last week 41-16, though quarterback Jordey Guzman tossed for almost 200 yards and Noah Ozario had five receptions for 90 yards. Stroudsburg dropped Pocono Mountain West 23-12. Two key interceptions by Kevin Polonia and a third by Adonia Quartley, who returned it for a score was key in the win. Hollywood is thinking Stroudsburg gets the win by a 28-14 score.

BETHLEHEM LIBERTY (1-3) at Nazareth (3-1) at Andrew Leh Stadium Friday 7pm.

Liberty took a loss to their Christmas City rival Bethlehem Catholic 24-19. The defense could not get the Golden Hawks off the field on third down as they converted 11 of 16 conversions. The offense was led by Jayden Rosario who gained 75 yards on 15 touches. Nazareth was knocked out of the ranks of unbeaten’s with a 45-35 loss to Freedom. Hollywood’s Pick: Expect the Blue Eagles to get back on track against the Hurricanes 35-14.

PARKLAND (2-2) at WHITEHALL (2-2) Friday 7pm At Zephyr Stadium.

Parkland coming off a 21-14 loss to Allentown Central Catholic, as mentioned before without Luke Spang and Trey Tremba playing hurt, but did have a crucial 4th down reception to keep a possible game tying score possible, but a fumble at the goal line that was recovered by the Vikings for a touchback thwarted the drive. The Zephyrs only loss in their last three games was a 27-19 decision to Emmaus. Trey Dogmanits has played well and will need to stay hot if Whitehall wants to maintain postseason aspirations. Hollywood’s thought: Parkland seems to play their best when the Zephs are on the docket, expect the Trojans to get back to over .500 24-17.

NORTHAMPTON (4-0) at EAST STROUDSBURG SOUTH (3-1) at The Purple Pit Friday 7pm.

The Konkrete Kids put up 69 points on Allen last week, but now comes the test with Becahi and Pleasant Valley in consecutive weeks. Quarterback Antonia Russo completed 9 of 12 passes for 197 yards a 3 scores vesus the Canaries. The Cavaliers took down Pocono Mountain East 28-6. I am sure ESS well remembers last year’s game when they were up 20-0 and lost 21-20 to Northampton. Hollywood Says- Expect another close game being ESS are tough at home, but K-Kids get the duke 28-24.

EMMAUS (4-0) at BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC (3-1) FRiday 7PM at BASD Stadium

This is another revenge game as Becahi dropped a 41-3 contest to the Hornets last year and gave up almost 500 yards of offense. The Golden Hawks defeated cross-town rival Liberty 24-19 with Luke Thomas throwing for 245 yards and Rahmel Terry rushed for 100 yards. Emmaus scored 63 points before halftime last week in 70-6 win over East Stroudsburg North. Josiah Williams was nearly perfect throwing the ball completing 6 of 8 balls for 164 yards and 4 scores in the rout. Hollywood’s Pick- Though Becahi will play well, and wouldn’t be surprised with an upset, but going with the Hornets to stay unbeaten 29-25.

BETHLEHEM FREEDOM (2-2) at ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC (3-1) at J. Birney Crum Stadium Saturday 7pm.

Freedom started out last year at 2-2, then went on a run to the District XI 6A championship and then pushing state runner up St. Joe’s Prep to the limit before losing 24-21. The Patriots coming off a huge 45-35 win over Nazareth, which coach Jason Roeder hopes carries his squad through the second half of the season. Last year, thanks to a hype video to former Freedom player, turned pro wrestler, turned actor “The Rock” Dwyane Johnson as he donated new equipment for the players inspired them to a 42-7 win over the Vikings. Central Catholic held on last week 21-14 at Parkland will look to the play of it’s defense and offensive play of quarterback Matt Keyes as will as the running of Caiden Shaffer in this key EPC South contest. Hollywood says- This game again could go either way, but feeling is Freedom starting to come in on the verge of making a run, but Central Catholic’s workman-like attitude should keep it close, Freedom 28-27.

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