NORTH PENN AT COATESVILLE

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m., Coatesville High School

RECORDS: The 11th-seeded Knights are 7-3 after defeating Souderton, 44-14. Sixth-seeded Coatesville is 9-1 after losing to Downingtown West, 24-7.

LAST SEASON'S GAME: Did not play.

OUTLOOK: The returning Class AAAA state finalists saw their undefeated season and the Ches-Mont League championship go by the boards in last weekend's loss to Downingtown West.

And they enter this first-round district matchup without the services of RB/DB Daquan Worley (a Penn State recruit at defensive back), their 1.200-yard rusher who suffered a torn ACL two games ago.

But however wounded the Red Raiders may be, they still have standouts like Maryland recruit Tyler Burke (FB/LB), RB Isaiah Flamer and QB Sami Warren, and this is not an easy draw for the Knights.

"(Coatesville) has a lot of speed, they're large up front and they're very physical,' North Penn head coach Dick Beck said. "They're a tough team.'

Still, Beck said his Knights are entering district play as loose as proverbial geese.

"The pressure is all on them,' Beck said. "If I polled everybody this week they would say (Coatesville) are the favorites. We started the year at 0-3, we feel like we're playing with house money. Our practices this week have been loose, but productive.'

Beck added that, win or lose, he has enjoyed the ride his team has given him and his coaching staff.

"When you come back from the depths of dismay like this group has, it's a great feeling,' Beck said. "I'm so proud of this senior class. These last seven weeks have been a lot of fun.'

PERKIOMEN VALLEY AT BAYARD RUSTIN

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m., Bayard Rustin High School

RECORDS: Fifteenth-seeded Perkiomen Valley is 8-2 after defeating Upper Perkiomen, 28-7. Second-seeded Bayard Rustin is 10-0 after defeating Octorara, 60-20.

LAST SEASON'S GAME: Did not play.

OUTLOOK: The Vikings hit the postseason for the first time since 2007, and face an unbeaten Rustin team that had its closest game in the season opener against Methacton (winning 14-6).

The ground-hungry Golden Knights Wing-T offense is led by RB Terry Loper, who rushed for 169 yards on 12 carries a week ago, and QB Dave Fithian, who has thrown for 12 touchdowns without throwing an interception this season.

"They're very big,' said PV head coach Scott Reed of the Knights. "(Loper) is very good, and as the weeks have gone by they've featured him more and more. So a lot of our focus this week has been on stopping him.'

Reed added the game's result will likely hinge on two factors — field position and turnovers.

"We need to keep getting first downs,' the coach added. "If they get past the 50 (yard line), they're going to be confident enough to go for it on fourth down. We have to move the ball, get opportunities to score and take advantage.

"(Rustin) is a team that's gotten better every week. They're undefeated, and that's no fluke. They play tough defense, they have a terrific linebacker (Sean Steinmetz) and they're very tough to score on.'

PV will miss interior lineman Austin Gansz, who is down for the season due to injury.

UPPER DUBLIN AT ABINGTON

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m., Abington High School

RECORDS: Ninth-seeded Upper Dublin is 9-1 after defeating Upper Merion, 34-14. Eighth-seeded Abington is 8-2 after defeating William Tennent, 33-12.

LAST SEASON'S GAME: Did not play.

OUTLOOK: The Cardinals are enjoying their fifth district playoff appearance in the last seven years, although they have yet to break through with a district victory.

Another tall task awaits them in the Ghosts, who have had a very impressive season, considering their starting quarterback, Anthony Lee, went down for the season in Week Four against Council Rock North.

With Lee sidelined, the Ghosts have stepped up the workload for RB Craig Reynolds, who has responded with a team-leading 1,460 rushing yards and 12 catches good for another 134.

"They're big, we probably give up about 50 pounds per man across the front,' said Cardinals head coach Bret Stover. "They might be playing with their second-string quarterback, but Reynolds is a very special running back.'

Still, Stover is optimistic about his young team, which has played well beyond its experience level all year.

"If we've been enjoying a dream year, I hope no one wakes us up,' Stover said. "I like our game plan going into the game, and this is a team that expects to win. That's the way they are.'

PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH AT CENTRAL BUCKS WEST

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m., War Memorial Field, Doylestown

RECORDS: Tenth-seeded Plymouth Whitemarsh is 8-2 after defeating Springfield, 27-12. Seventh-seeded Central Bucks West is 8-2 after defeating Central Bucks South, 45-7.

LAST SEASON'S GAME: Did not play.

OUTLOOK: West got smoked by Upper Dublin in its opener this year, and has only lost once (to North Penn) since.

The key for the Bucks has been the emergence of RB Marvin Todd, a Truman transfer who has rushed for 1,059 yards in just eight games, while QB John Fitz has thrown for 1,224 yards and 13 touchdowns and added another 533 yards on the ground.

"(Todd) is a big part of the offense,' said PW head coach Dan Chang. "I know it's a cliche, but he can take it to the house on any play. You give him the smallest seam, and he'll accelerate through it. And once he gets into the secondary, you won't catch him.'

PW has come up empty in its district appearances over the last two seasons, but Chang is hoping the third time is the charm.

"Everybody's pretty excited,' Chang said. "We're looking forward to this opportunity. We'd like to make a name for ourselves, and make that jump to the next level.'

SPRING-FORD AT DOWNINGTOWN WEST

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m., Downingtown West High School

RECORDS: Spring-Ford is 8-2 after defeating Pottstown, 49-7. Downingtown West is 8-2 after defeating Coatesville, 24-7.

LAST SEASON'S GAME: Did not play.

OUTLOOK: After going to the district final a year ago, the Rams are hoping lightning can strike twice.

But their first-round opponents, the Whippets, are a team on a roll, winning seven in a row after starting the season at 1-2, with losses to Plymouth Whitemarsh (in overtime) and Neshaminy.

That roll was accentuated by last weekend's upset of Coatesville, that gave the Whippets the Ches-Mont League title.

"Watching them on film, you have to respect how hard they play,' Rams head coach Chad Brubaker said of West. "They play the right way, they don't take a play off.

"Offensively, they're multiple and disciplined, and well-coached all around.

"We're going to have to play as mistake-free as possible, and hope things go our way.'

The Rams have bee decimated by injury all season, losing the likes of playmaker Tate Carter, receiver Danny Matthews, quarterback Brandon Leacraft and safety Mike Fuhrmeister to the injury bug.

"Our opponents aren't going to care how many players we've lost,' Brubaker said.

LA SALLE AT SAINT JOSEPH'S PREP

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m., Plymouth Whitemarsh High School

RECORDS: La Salle is 8-2 after defeating Father Judge, 35-0. Saint Joseph's Prep is 7-2 after defeating Roman Catholic, 45-24.

LAST SEASON'S GAME: Prep defeated La Salle, 35-28, on Oct. 11, La Salle defeating Prep in last year's Class AAAA PCL title game, 28-27, in overtime.

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GERMANTOWN ACADEMY AT PENN CHARTER

TIME: Saturday, 1:30 p.m., William Penn Charter School

RECORDS: Germantown Academy is 5-4, 1-3 after defeating Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 41-23. Penn Charter is 4-5, 1-3 after losing to Haverford School, 48-38.

LAST SEASON'S GAME: Penn Charter won, 35-7.

OUTLOOK: The 127th renewal of the longest continuous schoolboy rivalry in the country sees a contest that could go down to the wire.

The Patriots lost their first three Inter-Ac League contests then broke through (and snapped a 15-game Inter-Ac losing streak) with a victory over Springside Chestnut Hill Academy last weekend.

PC took a similar route, defeating SCHA in its Inter-Ac opener before dropping its last three Inter-Ac games.

If GA is to earn its first win over its archest of rivals since 2000, it will have to slow down the Quakers' two-pronged running attack of James Biggs-Frazier (115 carries, 795 yds.) and Corey Kelley (110 carries, 760 yds.).

Meanwhile, the Patriots are dancing on the moon after last weekend's come-from-behind win, and look to carry that momentum into this one.

GA QB Hayes Nolte (103-for-201, 1,428 yds., 14 TDs) threw for four touchdowns a week ago.

NORRISTOWN AT METHACTON

TIME: Saturday, 1 p.m., Methacton High School

RECORDS: Norristown is 0-10 after losing to Cheltenham, 35-14. Methacton is 6-4 after defeating Phoenixville, 48-14.

LAST SEASON'S GAME: Methacton won, 31-16.

OUTLOOK: The last time the Warriors won as many as seven games in a season was the year 2000 when they won eight. They can hit the seven-win mark in their season-ender against the Eagles, who are looking to snap their 17-game losing streak.

Methacton has been rolling down the stretch in style, averaging 48 points and 426 yards per game over its last three contests.

A large part of that roll has been the play of RB Michael Cassidy, who has 339 rushing yards and five touchdowns over those same three games.