BLUE EA­GLES TOP VAL­LEY BIG SCHOOL FOOT­BALL RANKINGS

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The EPC South’s last two un­beat­ens have climbed to the top of The Morn­ing Call’s big-school foot­ball rankings, while the EPC North’s fi­nal un­beaten has earned a ranking for the first time.

Here’s how our vot­ers see things af­ter Week 4.

Small School Top 3 rankings

The top 3A, 2A and A teams in The Morn­ing Call cov­er­age area No. 1 — Ta­maqua Record: 4-0.

Last week: No. 1.

Poll points: 11 (three first-place votes).

Blue Raiders quar­ter­back Bray­den Knoblauch tossed his 32nd ca­reer TD in a 50-16 rout of Pan­ther Val­ley to pass his un­cle Adam Knoblauch, who had 31 ca­reer TD passes, and tie Nate Ed­monds (2010-13) for the school record. No. 2 — Jim Thorpe Record: 4-0. Last week: No. 2. Poll points: 7.

The Olympians’ 76-0 rout of Kutz­town was stopped at half­time. The coaches agreed to end the game be­cause the game was non­com­pet­i­tive and the Cougars suf­fered first-half in­juries that re­duced the ros­ter to about 20 avail­able play­ers. No. 3 — Notre Dame-Green Pond Record: 3-1.

Last week: No. 3.

Poll points: 6 (one first-place vote).

Se­nior An­drew Darno was im­pres­sive in his first start at quar­ter­back with 176 yards pass­ing for two TDs and also ran for 57 yards and two more scores in a 50-14 win over Palmer­ton. Sopho­more Derek Ber­litz has re­placed Darno as the Cru­saders’ most fre­quent pass-catch­ing threat. He had five catches

for 80 yards against the Blue Bombers. Watch list North­ern Le­high (3-1)

The Bull­dogs hit the tough­est patch of their sched­ule with Sau­con Val­ley and South­ern Le­high com­ing up the next two weeks.

Big School Top 5 rankings

The top 6A, 5A and 4A teams in The Morn­ing Call cov­er­age area No. 1 — Nazareth Record: 4-0.

Last week: No. 2.

Poll points: 19 (three first-place votes). Quar­ter­back An­thony Har­ris be­came the Blue Ea­gles’ all-time pass­ing leader in Fri­day’s win over Free­dom, push­ing his ca­reer to­tal to 6,161 yards. No. 2 — Eas­ton Record: 4-0. Last week: No. 5. Poll points: 15 (one first-place vote).

The Red Rovers lead the EPC South in scor­ing of­fense (46.3 points per game) and scor­ing de­fense (14 ppg). No. 3 — Free­dom Record: 3-1. Last week: No. 1. Poll points: 13.

Free­dom set sea­son-highs in penal­ties (11) and penalty yards (94) Fri­day against Nazareth, lead­ing to its first loss this sea­son and a tum­ble from the top spot in the big-school rankings. No. 4 — Beth­le­hem Catholic Record: 3-1. Last week: No. 4. Poll points: 9.

Af­ter play­ing their first four games in Beth­le­hem, the Golden Hawks fi­nally leave the city limits for a Fri­day show­down at Nazareth. No. 5 — East Strouds­burg South

Record: 4-0.

Last week: NR.

Poll points: 2.

The Cava­liers won the bat­tle for the Lit­tle Brown Jug with Strouds­burg for the first time since 2009, post­ing a 21-0 vic­tory with a de­fen­sive ef­fort that lim­ited the Moun­ties to three first downs. Watch list Em­maus (3-1), Northamp­ton (3-1), North­west­ern Le­high (3-1), Park­land (2-2), Sau­con Val­ley (3-1), South­ern Le­high (4-0). Sau­con Val­ley has av­er­aged 33.3 points per game dur­ing its three-game win­ning streak. Points awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 scale (big school) and 3-2-1 scale (small school). Vot­ing done by Keith Groller, Stephen Miller, Tom Housenick and Michael Blouse.

RICK KINTZEL/THE MORN­ING CALL

Nazareth quar­ter­back An­thony Har­ris, cen­ter, scores a touch­down last Fri­day.

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