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September 27, 2013TweetFollow @achiappazzi
Each week, PaPreps will highlight some of the more intriguing match-ups of the weekend, from interesting locations to milestone moments to premium contenders going at it, we'll try and grab the best potential games of the weekend.
Later Friday night and again on Saturday, we'll post scores from around the state as they come across the Associated Press wire.
Week 5 Games of the Week
Pottsgrove at Spring-Ford
Buzz: Pottsgrove is off to a 4-0 start because once again, the Falcons are running right over teams. Pottsgrove averages 260 rushing yards per game, thanks to RB Marquis Barefield and dual-threat QB Riley Michaels. Spring-Ford is Pottsgrove's chief challenger in the Pioneer pretty much every season, so if the Falcons are going to stumble, it might be against Spring-Ford and RB Jarred Jones.
Seneca Valley at Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Buzz: Perhaps the Game of the Week in the state, the state's top team will get a stiff test from fellow Fine 15 member Seneca Valley. Central Catholic's defense and running game has taken care of business throughout its first four games, but they haven't faced an offense like Seneca Valley's. The Raiders have a strong balance, thanks to dual-threat QB T.J. Holl and RB Mason DeHart. The key might be Central Catholic QB J.J. Cosentino, a Florida State commit who hasn't had to do much through four games. This might be a case where he has to win the game for Central Catholic.
Central Valley at West Allegheny
Buzz: West Allegheny's offense averages 45 points per game. Central Valley's defense averages 1.5 points per game. Something will give on Friday night in the other chief challenger for Game of the Week. Central Valley has gamebreaker Jordan Whitehead, RB Jaquan Pennington and underrated QB Nathan Climo. West Allegheny has RB/LBs Tory Delmonico and Chayse Dillon, junior QB Andrew Koester and, if he's healthy, LB Armand Dellovade. They match up well, athlete for athlete, strength for strength. So the key might come down to coaching, and Central Valley will be without head coach Mark Lyons, who is suspended for two games. Will that turn the tide?
Whitehall at Parkland
Buzz: Last year, this game proved to be the launching point for Parkland's season. After the Trojans slogged to a 2-2 start, Parkland's 52-33 win over Whitehall shot them to an 11-3 finish and PIAA semifinal appearance. That was last year. This year, both Parkland and Whitehall are showcasing unexpectedly stronger defenses (for them). Whitehall's 4-0, Parkland's 3-1, and there's extra juice in this for Whitehall beyond revenge: A win keeps them undefeated and puts them in prime position as Easton's top challenger in the league.
La Salle at Archbishop Ryan
Buzz: Prior to the season, PaPreps there might be a changing of the guard in the PCL. The thought was it might be St. Joseph's Prep, but both the Hawks and La Salle have an early season loss. Instead, it's Archbishop Ryan that's undefeated through four games. La Salle's had the tougher schedule, which has created some doubts thanks to a tight win over Malvern Prep and a loss to Imhotep. Ryan isn't nearly as tested, but they do have perhaps the breakout performer of the PCL in RB Samir Bullock. Will he be enough in Ryan's biggest test so far? Or will La Salle turn them back into pumpkins and leave the PCL battle up to the Explorers and SJP?
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