EPC di­vi­sion play opens with big Week 2 matchups

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Stephen Miller

Af­ter a week of cross­over games to start the 2019 high school foot­ball sea­son, the EPC shifts into di­vi­sion play for most teams this week.

One of the sea­son’s three Beth­le­hem bat­tles leads the Le­high Val­ley’s Week 2 slate.

EPC South Beth­le­hem Catholic at Free­dom

Free­dom surged to a 21-point lead when these teams met in Week 2 last sea­son, pulling away to a 37-20 win. Beth­le­hem Catholic’s in­ex­pe­ri­enced of­fen­sive line will need to play well to slow a Free­dom de­fen­sive front led by Kaden Moore and Jalen Stewart.

Nazareth at Em­maus

Nazareth had no trou­ble dis­patch­ing Po­cono Moun­tain East in its sea­son opener. This will be the Blue Ea­gles’ first chance to show they’re the EPC South contender sev­eral op­pos­ing coaches said they were dur­ing the pre­sea­son.

EPC North Po­cono Moun­tain West at East Strouds­burg South

A matchup of two EPC North ti­tle con­tenders and two qual­ity run­ning backs as Chris­tian Ar­ring­ton, who ran for 209 yards and 3 TDs vs. White­hall, goes against Kaleb Monaco, who rushed for 1,754 yards last year and opened up with 127 on 16 car­ries in a loss to Eas­ton.

Colo­nial League South­ern Le­high at Palmer­ton

Both the Spar­tans and Blue Bombers are com­ing off im­pres­sive open­ing­night wins. This one was supposed to be at South­ern Le­high, but the field is­sues at the home sta­dium have shifted it to Car­bon County.

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