Another heavyweight gets a shot at Freedom
Freedom dispatched The Morning Call’s No. 2-ranked bigschool team when it held off Parkland on Friday.
The top-ranked Patriots will face the new No. 2 to highlight the Week 4 schedule.
Here are the games that top this week’s slate.
EPC South Nazareth (3-0) at Freedom (3-0)
Nazareth stifled Central Catholic’s rushing attack last week, holding the Vikings to minus-4 yards on 27 carries. It also forced four turnovers.
The Blue Eagles need another strong performance from their defense when they head to Freedom. The Patriots haven’t turned the ball over during their 3-0 start and have two running backs, Jalen Stewart and Matt Russin, averaging 7-plus yards per carry.
Liberty (2-1) at Easton (3-0)
Liberty’s run defense scuffled in its first EPC South game, allowing 294 yards and 6.7 yards per carry in a last-minute loss to Bethlehem Catholic. The Hurricanes won’t find life any easier when they head to Cottingham Stadium to contend with an Easton offensive line loaded with experience.
Easton running back Nahjee Adams has capitalized on the holes that group has provided. He has rushed for 686 yards in the Red Rovers’ 3-0 start.
Parkland (2-1) at Bethlehem Catholic (2-1)
With both these teams losing to Freedom in the first three weeks, consider this an elimination game in the EPC South race. One key for survival will be offensive balance.
Parkland has thrown for 127 yards in its first two division games. Bethlehem Catholic has enjoyed more success attacking downfield but has also thrown three picks in its two EPC South matchups.
EPC North Pocono Mountain West (0-3) at Allen (2-1)
The Panthers may be 0-3, but their first three opponents are a combined 8-1. They have dominated Allen in recent years, winning 56-28 last year.
If this truly is a different Canaries team, this is the time to show it.
East Stroudsburg South (3-0) at Stroudsburg (2-1)
The Cavaliers are the only EPC North unbeaten, but their wins are over teams that are a combined 0-9. This is a chance for South to show it has something special going under firstyear coach Matt Walters.
Colonial League Salisbury (2-1) at Saucon Valley (2-1)
The NFL isn’t the only league that plays Thursday nights.
This is the third Colonial League Thursday night matchup of the season, and it’s a good one between a pair of 2-1 teams trying to stay in the league title race.