An­other heavy­weight gets a shot at Free­dom

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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.

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