By Don Seeley
Here we go... final regular-season games for some, the first round of district playoffs for others and, of course, the big Lawrenceville-Hill showdown (plus a special treat - or a possible preview of how little I do know about football) - with my picks of all the District 1-AAAA and AAA games below.
Garnet Valley at Spring-Ford: Garnet Valley has made it a habit to play in the postseason in recent years, while Spring-Ford made its very first appearance a year ago (and one the blue-and-gold gang would like to forget). Don't bother looking at the seedings, this is a toss-up. Unlike last year, the Rams seem to be improving down the stretch this time. ... SPRING-FORD.
Great Valley at Pottstown: The Patriots, a former member of the PAC-10, has had an up-and-down season and it cost them a spot in the District 1-AAAA playoffs. They move the ball and play decent defense. The Trojans certainly move the ball, but defense ??? ... GREAT VALLEY.
Perkiomen Valley at Saucon Valley: The Vikings take a trip up to play Saucon Valley in the shadows (before the lights come on) of Lehigh University. They're determined to finish on a high note after back-to-back losses to Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford, and they should rather easily ... PERKIOMEN VALLEY.
Phoenixville at Interboro: One thing Phoenixville learned a year ago was that it could play with some of the traditional AAA powers in the district.They'll play Interboro tough, guaranteed. But the hosts may have the slightest edge this year. ... INTERBORO.
Souderton at Boyertown: The Big Red is seeing red after getting beat 11-10 by North Penn and falling out of the Top 16 for the District 1-AAAA playoffs. Bears are playing rather well of late, but may not be able to keep pace with their guests. ... SOUDERTON.
Strath Haven at Pottsgrove: Strath Haven has been one pain in the hip pads for PAC-10 teams until Pottsgrove's overtime win a year ago. This isn't your typical SH team, though, and Pottsgrove - at least over the past month - has been as good as any Falcon team before it. ... POTTSGROVE.
Upper Merion at Owen J. Roberts: One thing about this one is Upper Merion is way better than a 1-9 team. OJR is better than a 3-7 team, too. Who wants a non-league win on the second weekend of November more ??? ... OWEN J. ROBERTS.
Lawrenceville at Hill School: You have to attend one of these games to appreciate what a real rivalry is. It may be one of those very few games when you actually can throw out the records. But the ailing Hill lineup will be hard-pressed to keep up with the Larries' passing game, and the fact the Larries are playing for a Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship, too. ... LAWRENCEVILLE.
Methacton at Norristown: Methacton has a lot to play for, Norristown doesn't. ... METHACTON.
Last week: 6-1.
For the season: 62-17 (.785).
Here I go with my opinions on all the District 1-AAAA and AAA playoff games. My picks are the teams bolded.
No. 16 Wissahickon at No. 1 Downingtown East (not even close)
No. 9 Coatesville at No, 8 Unionville (Red Raiders won 42-0 back on Sept. 29th)
No. 13 Neshaminy at No. 9 Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Possible upset? Nah)
No. 12 Haverford at No. 5 Central Bucks South (a no-brainer)
No. 15 Downingtown West at No. 2 Ridley (go Green, although this could be an upset in the making)
No. 10 Garnet Valley at No. 7 Spring-Ford (already said it above - plus gotta go with the alma mater)
No. 14 Abington at No. 3 Pennridge (Pennridge is downright good)
No. 11 Rustin at No. 6 Pennsbury (Rustin isn't rustlin' easy wins like it did before)
No. 8 Strath Haven at No. 1 Pottsgrove (this could be a Falcon romp... could be)
No. 5 Springfield-Delco at No. 4 Henderson (Henderson's a sleeping giant, be aware)
No. 7 Upper Moreland at No. 2 Academy Park (this is another no-brainer)
No. 6 Phoenixville at No. 3 Interboro (definitely the toss-up of the opening round)