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October 4, 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 6 Games of the Week
Pennsbury at Abington
Buzz: Off to a 5-0 start, Abington might be getting its stiffest test of the season here against Pennsbury. The good news for the Ghosts is that it comes at home. The bad news? It comes against a team that's just as prolific on the ground as they are. Pennsbury's offense is always difficult to stop for a full game, just because of it's relentless physicality on the ground. But if Abington can get an early lead, maybe control the ball itself with Craig Reynolds, the Ghosts might gain a significant advantage.
Penncrest at Garnet Valley
Buzz: It's 5-0 versus 5-0 in the Central League, and a game that should help bring some clarity to District 1 as a whole. Garnet Valley, as usual, as the more explosive offense. The Jaguars score 38 points per game, but the defense is a little more porous. Penncrest's offense is balanced, with multiple weapons, but less potent. The defense, however, gives up just under seven points per game.
Manheim Central at Cocalico
Buzz: PaPreps' choice for the Game of the Week, these two are almost identical. They both give up just under a touchdown per game, have combined for nine mercy rule games, and put up over 50 points per game. Both teams even rush for close to 350 yards per game. So what gives this weekend? It might come down to developing a little more balance on offense, throwing something the opposing defense hasn't seen...and that means Manheim Central might have a slight advantage with experienced QB Colin Fry.
South Fayette at Quaker Valley
Buzz: Perhaps the biggest game at Quaker Valley in decades. The surprising 5-0 Quakers are off to their best start in 30 years, but for it to continue, they'll have to knock off one of the more potent offenses in the WPIAL. South Fayette QB Brett Brumbaugh is as good as it gets, and the Lions also have an underrated running game. The best common opponent is Steel Valley, who Quaker Valley barely beat and South Fayette routed. But QV has the homefield advantage and nothing to lose, making this a potential upset.
Gateway at North Allegheny
Buzz: For five weeks, Gateway's survived by the skin of its teeth. The Gators have better individual talent than pretty much everyone, but they haven't played like it. This is their chance to prove that they still do belong among the contenders in the west. As much as North Allegheny struggled at times this year, the Tigers are still 4-1 and potent enough to make a run. NA could also use this game to get back on their own title track.
St. Joseph's Prep at Archbishop Wood
Buzz: Speed, speed, speed versus brute strength. Few teams can match Archbishop Wood's physicality, and once the Vikings start rolling downhill, they're all but impossible to stop. Prep likely can't match that strength, but they do have more athleticism. Prep's answer might be to cut around blocks to bring down players in the backfield on defense and to create their own big plays on offense. That's a tall task, though.
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