WHITEHALL (8-4) AT ABINGTON HEIGHTS (8-4)
When: 1, Saturday Where: Comets Stadium, Clarks Summit Last meeting:
Whitehall, 21-10 (2007).
Noteworthy: The winner advances to the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals to play the winner of the District 12 championship game between Archbishop Wood vs. Simon Gratz.
PLAYERS TO WATCH Zachery Gilbert, QB Whitehall
Has thrown for 2,302 yards with 26 touchdowns this season.
Nick Badalamente, OL-DL Abington Heights
One of the top linemen in the Lackawanna Football Conference. He is also a contributor to the defense with 37 total tackles.
Scouting Whitehall: Zachery Gilbert throws the ball around and has more than 2,000 yards with 26 touchdowns. Six of his top receivers have at least 10 catches with Desmond Boykin leading the way with 68 catches for 1,065 yards. Whitehall’s two losses came against Parkland, which is in the District 11 Class 6A final, and Bethlehem Catholic, which is the District 11 Class 4A champion.
Scouting Abington Heights: Played probably its most complete game of the season last week against Valley West. The defense limited the Spartans’ highpowered offense to 278 total yards, while creating four turnovers. Linebacker Owen Hivner had 13 tackles, while Colin McCreary added eight tackles.
Abington Heights’ Colin McCreary (11) celebrates with Mike Malone (88) in last week’s District 2 Class 5A title game.