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Reporter/Times Herald Area Week 13 Football Preview Capsules

Lansdale Catholic vs. Conwell-Egan (District 1/12-3A final)
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., Harry S. Truman High School.
On Twitter: @khunter10.
Records: Lansdale Catholic is 5-6 overall and 3-3 in the Philadelphia Catholic League Blue Division. Conwell-Egan is 5-6 overall and 2-4 in the PCL Blue.
Up Next: Winner advances to face District 11 champion (either Palisades or Lehighton) in the PIAA 3A quarterfinals.
Last Week: Lansdale Catholic defeated School of the Future for the second straight week, rolling to a 42-30 victory last Saturday in the District 1/12-3A semifinals. Conwell-Egan cruised in its semifinal matchup with New Hope-Solebury last Friday, topping the Lions 42-14.
Last Meeting: Lansdale Catholic took advantage of five Conwell-Egan turnovers and scored the final 17 points to rally for a 31-21 victory on Sept. 29 at Truman.
Players to Watch: Both teams boast a 1,000-yard rusher. For LC, Mat Casee has run for 1,103 yards and 14 touchdowns. Conwell-Egan’s Patrick Garwo was named the PCL Blue Division MVP and has rushed for 1,370 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Prediction: Lansdale Catholic 24, Conwell-Egan 21.

 

Pennridge at Garnet Valley (District 1-6A semifinal)
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., Moe DeFrank Stadium, Garnet Valley High School.
On Twitter: @mpcabrey.
Records: The seventh-seeded Rams are 10-2 overall and finished 5-1 in the Suburban One League Continental Conference. The No. 3 Jaguars are 11-1 overall and finished 8-1 in the Central League.
Up Next: The winner advances to the district final against either Pennsbury or Coatesville.
Last Week: The Rams recorded their second straight shutout of the playoffs with a 25-0 win over Perk Valley. Garnet Valley rallied all the way back from 28 down to beat North Penn, 36-35.
Players to Watch: Zak Kantor and Joe Devine hooked up for a big pass play last week for the Rams and could provide some more magic in the semis. Jaguar fullback Matt Lassik is a pounding force in the Jags’ triple option attack.
Prediction: Pennridge 28, Garnet Valley 21.

Upper Dublin at Springfield-Delco (District 1-5A semifinal)
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Springfield Delco.
On Twitter: @emor09.
Records: The fifth-seeded Cardinals are 8-3 overall and finished 4-2 in the SOL American. The top-seeded Cougars are a perfect 12-0 overall and finished 9-0 in the Central League.
Up Next: The winner advances to the district final against either Marple Newtown or Unionville.
Last Week: The Cardinals edged Academy Park 17-12. Springfield Delco rolled 28-7 over West Chester Rustin.
Players to Watch: Upper Dublin quarterback Julian Gimbel was efficient last week and made some big throws in big spots. Ja’den McKenzie had 97 yards rushing last week with a touchdown and added 36 yards receiving as the Cougars’ most versatile threat.
Prediction: Springfield Delco 27, Upper Dublin 20.

Archbishop Wood vs. Simon Gratz (District 12-5A final)
Time/Place: Saturday, 1 p.m., at Northeast High School.
On Twitter: @khunter10.
Records: The Vikings are 8-2 overall and finished 5-1 in the Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division. The Bulldogs are 7-3-1 and finished 3-2 in the Philly Public League.
Up Next: The winner advances to face Wyoming Valley West or Whitehall.
Last Week: Wood routed Archbishop Ryan 48-0. Gratz edged Mastery Charter North-Pickett 26-20.
Players to Watch: Nasir Peoples was in playoff mode last week, rushing for 122 yards and three touchdowns for Wood. Gratz has a nice two-way player in speedy Jevon Edwards, who shines at both strong safety and wide receiver.
Prediction: Archbishop Wood 42, Simon Gratz 7.

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