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Hollywood’s Cutting Room Floor- Week 4 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Edition

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| September 18, 2023

Nazareth and Parkland met up on the gridiron this past Friday night, in a game that lived up to expectations.

Nazareth and Parkland came into their contest, both ranked in the top 10 in the top 10 in the 6A classification. The Trojans had a ten point lead on two occasions in the game, but a 3rd quartet rally pulled the Blue Eagles even at 24 in the fourth quarter. It took a 39 yard touchdown pass from Luke Spang to Trey Tremba with 1:22 left to give the Trojans the victory 31-24. Don’t be surprised to see these two teams meet in the District XI playoffs in November.

Allentown Central Catholic and Bethlehem Catholic kept their perfect records in tact as well and lead that next tier of teams that also includes Whitehall. Northampton leads the way in EPC North and clearly the best team in that division.

The Vikings will have their chance to send a message to the rest of the EPC South as they host unbeaten Parkland Saturday night at J. Birney Crum Stadium. Allentown Central Catholic nipped Bethlehem Freedom 35-34 last week.

Last Weekends Results:

Parkland 31 Nazareth 24
Allentown Central Catholic 35 Bethlehem Freedom 34
Whitehall 21 Emmaus 16
Easton 21 Stroudsburg 3
Pocono Mountain East 24 East Stroudsburg North 0
Pleasant Valley 50 William Allen 6
Northampton 70 Louis Dieruff 0
East Stroudsburg South 24 Pocono Mountain West 13
Bethlehem Catholic 48 Bethlehem Liberty 16

Let’s Take A Look at This Week’s Games:

Louis Dieruff Huskies(0-4) at (1-3) Emmaus Green Hornets Thursday night 7PM at EPSD Stadium.
Dieruff lost to Northampton 70-0 while Emmaus lost a close 21-16 decision to Whitehall

Dieruff Struggled the last time they face Emmaus losing by 63 points. The Huskies managed only 145 yards against Northampton. Josiah Williams , the quarterback at Emmaus accounted for 207 yards of offense against the Zephyrs but he had three turnovers as well. PREDICTION EMMAUS GETS BACK ON TRACK 50-0.

William Allen Canaries (0-4) at (2-2) Pocono Mtn West Panthers Thursday 7PM
Allen lost to Pleasant Valley 50-6 PMW took down East Stroudsburg South 24-14

Allen had a total of 15 penalties against Pleasant Valley. The Canaries managed over 200 yards offense last week. The only score came on a long pass from Austin Snyder to Ja Allen. PMW was impressive in their win over ESS Karter Nuss and Jalen Drummond scored rushing touchdowns and Brandon Evan caught a scoring pass in the win. PREDICTION: PMW TO ROLL 47-12

East Stroudsburg South Cavaliers (1-3) at (3-1) Northampton Konkrete Kids Friday 7PM Al Erdosy Stadium
East Stroudsburg South lost to Pocono Mtn West 24-14 and Northampton rolled over Dieruff 70-0

Tough week for the Cavaliers as they last twice a continuation game with Pleasant Valley last Monday and the Friday to PMW. ESS have not much success in games with Northampton 0-6 including being shutout last year. PREDICTION EXPECT NORTHAMPTON TO GO 7-0 vs ESS 24-6.

Nazareth Blue Eagles (3-1) at (2-2) Bethlehem Liberty Hurricanes Friday 7PM at BASD Stadium
Nazareth lost a tough 31-24 decision to Parkland. Liberty was blown out by rival Bethlehem Catholic 48-16.

Blue Eagles showed grit in coming back from double digit deficit to the Trojans but one upside is taht Nazareth will play 4 of last five games at home at Andrew Leh Stadium. The Hurricanes fell behind early to Becahi and only managed less than 200 yards of offense. The lone bright spot was Jake Pukszyn with 75 yards receiving. PREDICTION NAZARETH GETS AHEAD QUICKLY AND CRUISES 42-14

Stroudsburg Mountaineers (1-3) at (1-3) Pocono Mtn East Cardinals Friday 7PM
Stroudsburg lost 21-3 to Easton and the Cardinals shutout ESN 24-0

The Mounties need this game to keep any chances of making the playoffs. They have only scored three points in their three losses. The one positive is that the Mounties are 18-1 against PME. The Cardinals will try to gain some momentum after their first shutout in nearly two years. PREDICTION STROUDSBURG GETS THE W 24-21.

Pleasant Valley Bears (3-1) at (1-3) East Stroudsburg North Timberwolves Friday 7PM
Pleasant Valley took care of Allen 50-6 while East Stroudsburg North were shutout by PME 24-0;

The Bears rushed for nearly 300 yards against the Canaries. They have dominated the Timberwolves by outscoring them 159-0 in the last three meetings. ESN has really struggled this year being shutout twice and only win was against Allen 18-14. PREDICTION EXPECT THE BEARS TO ROLL 38-0

Bethlehem Freedpm Patriots (1-3) at (3-1) Whitehall Zephyrs Friday 7PM
Freedom lost a close 35-34 decision to Central Catholic and Whitehall nipped Emmaus 21-16

Freedom had a 21-0 lead on ACC before falling to the state-ranked 4A team. Freedom is a young team but Coach Jason Roeder is hopeful his team can pull it together in the second half of the season. Whitehall on the other hand have some big teats down the stretch Parkland, Nazareth ACC and Northampton to close out the regular season. PREDICTION THIS SHOULD BE A TIGHT ONE THAT OULD GO EITHER WAY BUT SEE IT ZEPHS 21-20.

Easton Red Rovers (2-2) at (4-0) Bethlehem Catholic Saturday 7PM BASD Stadium
Easton got by Stroudsburg 21-3. Becahi routed Liberty 48-16.

Easton was led by RB Dorian Thomas who rushed for nearly 150 yards last week in the win over Stroudsburg and had a touchdown. The Golden Hawks scored early and often as they dominated cross-city rival Liberty. The Passing combination of Cayden to Carter Vassa and the running of Jacob Sutton has been the keys to Becahi’s success. PREDICTION SUSPECT PLAY AT QB FOR THE ROVERS and SHOUKD BE A WIN FOR THE HAWKS 35-14

(4-0) Parkland Trojans at (4-0) Allentown Central Catholic Vikings Saturday 7:30PM J. Birney Crum Stadium
Parkland defeated Nazareth 31-24 and ACC sneaked by Freedom 35-34

RB Trey Tremba rushed for over 200 yards against Nazareth last week, but he caught the biggest pass of the game 39 yards from Luke Spang with 1:22 left. Now the Trojans take their 6A state ranking on the road to face another state ranked 4A team by PFN. ACC fell behind early to Freedom last week before rallying and stopping a two point conversion to hold on to stay unbeaten. The Vikings also stopped a two-point conversion attempt in week one against Northampton. ACC has beaten Parkland the last two meetings. Question for Parkland is if their two-way lineman Kale Kumernitsky’s injury will hamper him or keep him out. The Trojans will need him down the stretch. PREDICTION PARKLAND LOOKS LIKE A TEAM ON A MISSION. CENTRAL CATHOLIC HAD A COUPLE CLOSE CALLS AND IF THEY FALL BEHIND EARLY IT MAY NOT BE SO EASY TO OVERCOME THAT PARKLAND 35-21

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