5-0 NAZARETH STAYS ATOP HIGH SCHOOL FOOT­BALL RANK­INGS

The Morning Call - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Miller, Keith Groller

The team that started the year atop The Morn­ing Call’s smallschoo­l foot­ball poll (Notre DameGP) has dropped out of the rank­ings.

A pair of two-loss teams played well enough in de­feat to earn spots in this week’s bigschool poll.

Here’s how our vot­ers see things af­ter Week 5.

Small School Top 3 rank­ings

The top 3A, 2A and A teams in The Morn­ing Call coverage area No. 1 — Ta­maqua

Record: 5-0.

Last week: No. 1.

Poll points: 12 (four first-place votes).

The Blue Raiders aced their stiffest test of the sea­son with a

49-14 vic­tory over Blue Moun­tain, get­ting three first-quar­ter touch­downs and five sacks from its stingy de­fense. An­other test looms against Pottsville this week.

No. 2 — Jim Thorpe

Record: 5-0.

Last week: No. 2.

Poll points: 8.

The Olympians got an­other big night from C.J. Selby in a 41-0 rout of Midd-West. Selby went over the 100-yard mark the fifth straight week, run­ning for a sea­son-high 250 yards and pair of touch­downs on 23 car­ries.

No. 3 — Sal­is­bury

Record: 3-2.

Last week: Not ranked.

Poll points: 4.

The Falcons have al­ready won more games this sea­son than they did all of last year and have a fa­vor­able sched­ule in the sec­ond half of the sea­son. Speedy ju­nior Chad Par­ton con­tin­ues to be a big-play threat. He had nine catches for 144 yards and two TDs in win over Notre Dame.

Watch list

North­ern Le­high (3-2), Notre Dame-Green Pond (3-2).

Big School Top 5 rank­ings

The top 6A, 5A and 4A teams in The Morn­ing Call coverage area

No. 1 — Nazareth

Record: 5-0.

Last week: No. 1.

Poll points: 19 (three first-place votes).

Doubt Nazareth’s de­fense no longer; the Blue Ea­gles have sur­ren­dered an EPC South-low 77 points through five weeks.

No. 2 — Eas­ton

Record: 5-0.

Last week: No. 2.

Poll points: 16 (one first-place vote).

The Red Rovers have scored 212 points, the most in the EPC South.

No. 3 — Free­dom

Record: 4-1.

Last week: No. 3.

Poll points: 11.

The Pa­tri­ots play their sec­ond game against an EPC North team Fri­day when they host Po­cono Moun­tain West.

No. 4 — Bethlehem Catholic Record: 3-2.

Last week: No. 4.

Poll points: 6.

Bran­don Lysick posted seven tack­les (four solo), a sack and two tack­les for loss in Fri­day’s loss to Nazareth.

No. 5 — Em­maus

Record: 3-2.

Last week: Not ranked.

Poll points: 4.

The Green Hor­nets play three of their next four games at home. Watch list

East Strouds­burg South (5-0), Northamp­ton (4-1), North­west­ern Le­high (4-1), Park­land (3-2), Sau­con Val­ley (4-1), South­ern Le­high (5-0). South­ern Le­high, led by Hunter Hughes who has 35 tack­les, has sur­ren­dered only 11.6 points per game dur­ing its per­fect start and av­er­aged 331.2 yards on the ground.

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.

AMY SHORTELL/THE MORN­ING CALL

Alden Fries helped Eas­ton move to 5-0 with its one-point win over Em­maus.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.