Like an old heavyweight who is down on points, I came out swinging hard last week and posted a perfect 12-0 record. With all the momentum on my side, it’s time to keep this train rolling in Week 7.
Last Week: 12-0
THE GAME: Lampeter-Strasburg (4-2, 2-1) at Manheim Central (5-1, 3-0)
THE WINNER: Manheim Central
THE REASON: This is arguably the best matchup of the week with two teams that are on the upswing.
While the L-S run defense has improved as the weeks go by; containing a Barons run game that has rushed for 650 yards the past two weeks is going to be a tall task on the road.
An L-S upset wouldn’t surprise me but I think Central has the edge on both sides of the ball.
THE GAME: Cedar Crest (1-2, 2-4) at Hempfield (2-1, 5-1)
THE WINNER: Hempfield
THE REASON: The Black Knights are coming off a heartbreaking 15-9 loss to Section One king Wilson and I expect them to take out a little aggression this week at home against the Falcons.
Hempfield’s aggressive defense could prove to be a constant problem for Cedar Crest freshman quarterback Logan Horn and I see the Falcons getting worn down in this one.
THE GAME: Lebanon (0-3, 1-5) at Lancaster Catholic (1-2, 2-4)
THE WINNER: Lancaster Catholic
THE REASON: I’m not sure how the Cedars, who are yielding 43 points per game, will contain Lancaster Catholic’s dual-threat quarterback Bryan Downey.
Downey has over 700 yards rushing so far this season in addition to his 915 passing yards.
THE GAME: Cocalico (2-1, 3-3) at Elizabethtown (0-3, 0-5)
THE WINNER: Cocalico
THE REASON: Despite their record, E-town seems to be improving. But I don’t think they’re good enough yet to upset the Eagles and their ground-and-pound veer offense. This could be close for a little while but I expect Cocalico to eventually pull away.
THE GAME: Columbia (0-2, 0-6) at Ephrata (0-2, 0-6)
THE WINNER: Columbia
THE REASON: The good news here is that someone will leave this game with their first win of the season. The bad news is that the loser of this game faces a real chance of an 0-10 season.
Both of these teams give up about 44 points per game but Columbia has shown a bit more production on offense so I’ll roll with the Crimson Tide.
THE GAME: Conestoga Valley (2-1, 3-3) at Wilson (3-0, 5-1)
THE WINNER: Wilson
THE REASON: The Bulldogs extended their Section One winning streak to 53 games last week and I’m predicting they pick up no. 54 this week.
Wilson’s defense is allowing about 9 points per game and their offense will have a favorable matchup against the Buckskins, who are yielding almost 40 points per game.
THE GAME: JP McCaskey (1-2, 2-4) at Warwick (0-3, 1-5)
THE WINNER: JP McCaskey
THE REASON: The Red Tornado offense has looked much better the last two weeks, averaging 28.5 points.
I think this could come down to a special teams play or a bad turnover but I’m still rolling with the big play capabilities of McCaskey.
THE GAME: Solanco (3-0, 6-0) at Garden Spot (1-2, 3-3)
THE WINNER: Solanco
THE REASON: The undefeated Golden Mules don’t beat their opponents with trickery, they simply wear them down.
That being said, these are two physical teams that like to establish the run game early.
This should be a fun game to watch but it’s too hard to pick against Solanco’s winning formula right now.
THE GAME: Penn Manor (0-3, 0-6) at Manheim Township (3-0, 5-1)
THE WINNER: Manheim Township
THE REASON: The Comets are giving up around 25 more points than they are scoring right now and that doesn’t bode well against a Township squad that is capable of scoring points in bunches with quarterback Erik Benjamin under center.
THE GAME: Pequea Valley (1-2, 3-3) at Donegal (2-1, 3-3)
THE WINNER: Pequea Valley
THE REASON: Call it a feeling or call it stubborn pride but I picked the Braves to be the surprise team in Section Three this year and a win over the Indians would go a long way in setting that back in motion.
If Pequea can limit turnovers and mental errors, they will have a chance to pull the upset here.
Elco at Northern Lebanon
Annville-Cleona at Kutztown