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District 1-6A First Round
Haverford at
North Penn
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Crawford Stadium, North Penn.
Records: Sixth-seeded North Penn is 8-2 overall and finished 6-0 in the Suburban One League Continental Conference. No. 11 Haverford is 8-2 overall and finished 6-2 in the Central League.
Where They’re Ranked: North Penn is No. 6 in this week’s Pa. Prep Live Top 20. Haverford is No. 17.
Up next: The winner advances to next week’s quarterfinals against either Garnet Valley or Central Bucks West.
Last Week: The Knights rolled past Abington 46-8. The Fords lost 31-17 to Springfield Delco.
Last Year: North Penn won 56-7 over Haverford in the first round of districts.
Players to Watch: K.J. Cartwright gained 98 yards and scored four touchdowns last week for the Knights. Quarterback Jake Ruane has been having a tremendous year for the Fords.
Prediction: North Penn 35, Haverford 21.

District 1-6A First Round
Quakertown at
Pennridge
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Helman Field, Pennridge.
On the air: The game will be broadcast live on the radio on 1440 AM and live online at www.wnpv1440.com.
Records: Tenth-seeded Quakertown is 7-2 overall and finished 5-1 in the SOL American. No. 7 Pennridge is 8-2 overall and finished 5-1 in the SOL Continental.
Where They’re Ranked: Pennridge is No. 10 in this week’s Pa. Prep Live Top 20.
Up next: The winner advances to play either Perk Valley or Penn Wood in the quarters.
Last Week: The Rams won 28-12 over Central Bucks East. The Panthers blew away PW 42-23.
Last Year: Pennridge rolled 55-27 over Quakertown on Thanksgiving.
Players to Watch: Evan Exner and Nick Tarburton were part of a robust ground attack last week for the Rams. Michael Terra is a big ground gainer for Quakertown.
Prediction: Pennridge 27, Quakertown 20.

District 1-6A First Round
Penn Wood at
Perkiomen Valley
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at PV.
Records: Second-seeded Perk Valley is 9-1 and finished 5-0 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty Division. No. 15 Penn Wood is 8-2 overall and finished 5-0 in the Del Val League.
Where They’re Ranked: Perk Valley is No. 11 in this week’s Pa. Prep Live Top 20.
Up next: The winner advances to next week’s quarterfinals to take on either Pennridge or Quakertown.
Last Week: The Vikings won 43-26 over Pottsgrove in the PAC title game. The Patriots won 14-6 over Chester.
Last Year: Perk Valley was a 55-28 winner over Penn Wood in the opening round of districts.
Players to Watch: Ryan Cerula is a special teams demon for PV — last week he returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a score. Desman Johnson Jr. can air it out for the Pats — last week he threw for almost 200 yards.
Prediction: Perk Valley 23, Penn Wood 10.

District 1-6A First Round
Central Bucks West at
Garnet Valley
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Garnet Valley.
Records: Fourteenth-seeded CB West is 6-4 overall and finished 2-4 in the SOL Continental. No. 3 Garnet Valley is 9-1 overall and 8-1 in the Central League.
Where They’re Ranked: Garnet Valley is No. 9 in this week’s Pa. Prep Live Top 20.
Up next: The winner advances to next week’s quarterfinals to face either North Penn or Haverford.
Last Week: The Bucks were upset 21-14 by Souderton Area. The Jaguars hammered Conestoga 49-19.
Last Year: The two teams did not meet in 2016.
Players to Watch: Senior running back Jake Reichwein could be in line for a big game for the Bucks. The Jags have a diverse ground attack that features Colin Robinson.
Prediction: Garnet Valley 33, CB West 20.

District 1-6A First Round
Spring-Ford at
Neshaminy
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Heartbreak Ridge, Neshaminy.
Records: The No. 16 Rams are 6-4 overall and finished 3-2 in the PAC Liberty. The No. 1 Skins are 9-1 overall and finished 6-0 in the SOL National.
Where They’re Ranked: Neshaminy is No. 8 in this week’s Pa. Prep Live Top 20.
Last Week: Spring-Ford was a 51-13 winner over Pope John Paul II. Neshaminy hung on for a wild 21-20 win over Pennsbury.
Last Year: The two teams did not meet in 2016.
Players to Watch: Quarterback T.J. Pergine was 15 of 28 last week for 240 yards in a big game for the Rams. Neshaminy has a tough runner in Joel Stills.
Prediction: Neshaminy 28, Spring-Ford 7.

District 12-6A Semifinal
Roman Catholic vs.
La Salle
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Plymouth-Whitemarsh.
Records: The Cahillites are 2-8 overall and finished 2-4 in the Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division. La Salle is 6-3 overall and finished 4-2 in the PCL Red.
Where They’re Ranked: La Salle is No. 6 in this week’s Pa. Prep Live Top 20.
Up next: The winner will face either Father Judge or St. Joe’s Prep in the final next week.
Last Week: Roman won 14-7 over Father Judge. La Salle fell to Archbishop Wood, 31-17.
Last Meeting: The Explorers routed Roman 42-7 in Week Eight.
Players to Watch: Malik Griffin is a nice deep threat for Roman. Danny Solecki threw four touchdown passes in the first meeting between the two.
Prediction: La Salle 42, Roman 7.

District 1-5A First Round
Radnor at
Upper Dublin
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Upper Dublin.
Records: Twelfth-seeded Radnor is 5-5 overall and finished 3-5 in the Central League. No. 5 Upper Dublin is 6-3 overall and finished 4-2 in the SOL American.
Up next: The winner moves onto the quarterfinals to face either Academy Park or Chichester.
Last Week: The Raiders won big over Penncrest, 35-13. The Cardinals lost 21-20 to Upper Moreland.
Last Year: The two teams did not meet in 2016.
Players to Watch: Radnor has a pretty mobile quarterback in Sean Mullarkey. Lucas Roselli averaged eight yards per carry last week for Upper Dublin.
Prediction: Upper Dublin 24, Radnor 20.

District 1-4A Semifinal
Upper Perkiomen at
Pope John Paul II
Time/Place: Saturday, 7 p.m., at Conshohocken Field A.
Records: Third-seeded Upper Perk is 6-4 overall and finished 4-1 in the PAC Frontier. No. 2 Pope John Paul II is 7-3 overall and finished 3-2 in the PAC Frontier.
Up next: The winner moves onto the final to face either Pottsgrove or Interboro.
Last Week: The Indians lost 31-6 to Owen J. Roberts. PJP lost 51-13 to Spring-Ford.
Last meeting: Upper Perk won 41-14 over PJP in Week Eight.
Players to Watch: UP’s Tyler Whary rushed for over 100 yards in the first meeting between the two. In that same game, PJP’s Jacob Bildstein had seven receptions for 74 yards.
Prediction: Upper Perk 30, Pope John Paul II 23.

District 1-12 3A Regional Semifinal
Lansdale Catholic vs.
School of the Future
Time/Place: Saturday, 1 p.m., at the South Philly Super Site.
Records: The Crusaders are 3-6 overall and finished 3-3 in the PCL Blue. Future is 6-2 overall and finished 5-2 in the Philly Public League.
Up next: The winner advances to face either New Hope or Conwell Egan in the final.
Last Week: LC won 49-27 over Bishop McDevitt. High School of the Future defeated Kipp-DuBois Collegiate Academy 34-8 in the Public League 3A Championship.
Last Year: The two teams did not meet a year ago.
Players to Watch: Matt Casee gets tough yards for the Crusaders and could help tilt control to LC. QB Mike Dutkiewicz could also be instrumental for the Crusader attack.
Prediction: LC 27, Future 19.
Malvern Prep at
Germantown Academy
Time/Place: Saturday, 2 p.m., at GA.
Records: Malvern is 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the InterAC. GA is 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the InterAC.
Last Week: The Friars rolled 31-7 over Haverford School. The Patriots were shut out 18-0 by Episcopal Academy.
Last Year: Malvern won 45-15 over GA.
Players to Watch: Malvern defensive lineman Ryan Betz and linebacker Cole McCabe are committed to play at Bucknell next year. Linebacker Tanner Long helps bolster the defense for GA.
Prediction: Malvern Prep 28, GA 14.
Methacton at
Upper Darby
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Upper Darby.
Records: The Warriors are 0-10 overall and finished 0-5 in the PAC Liberty. The Royals are 6-4 overall and finished 5-3 in the Central League.
Last Week: Methacton was shut out, 20-0 by Pottstown. Upper Darby lost 36-22 to Ridley.
Last Year: Upper Darby was a 42-22 winner over Methacton.
Players to Watch: Dylan Schultz was out last week for the Warriors, with Nicholas Olivieri replacing him at the QB spot. Josh Gouch is a versatile threat at QB for the Royals.
Prediction: Upper Darby 35, Methacton 7.

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