Southeastern Pa. Football: Week 5 Picks

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Tom Bayer, a senior two-way lineman, and No. 19-ranked Father Judge visit Bonner-Prendergast at 1 p.m. Saturday at Upper Darby High. (Lou Rabito/Staff)

WEEKEND FOOTBALL PICKS

Friday

Springfield-Delco (3-1, 2-1 Central) at No. 23 Penncrest (4-0, 3-0), 7. The Lions' defense, which has notched two shutouts, paves the way for a taut win. Pick: Penncrest, 14-7.

Great Valley (4-0, 1-0 Ches-Mont American) at No. 18 West Chester Rustin (4-0, 0-0), 7. Terry Loper has been on a tear for the Knights, averaging 203 yards rushing per game. Pick: Rustin, 30-14.

Central Bucks West (3-1, 1-0 Suburban One Continental) at No. 10 Pennridge (4-0, 0-0), 7. The Rams have dangerous playmakers in Mike Class and Micah Stutzman. Pick: Pennridge, 33-14.

No. 25 Unionville (3-1) at West Chester Henderson (2-2), 7. Boosted by Garrett Girafalco, who is averaging 7.2 yards per carry, the Warriors fight past the Indians. Pick: Henderson, 27-21.

Saturday

No. 1 Coatesville (4-0) at Bishop Shanahan (3-0), 1. The Red Raiders, thankfully, turn their attention to on-the-field matters. Pick: Coatesville, 36-14.

No. 19 Father Judge (3-1) vs. Bonner-Prendergast (1-3), at Upper Darby, 1. Over the last 14 quarters, the Crusaders have outscored foes by 122-0. Pick: Judge, 31-7.

Roman Catholic (1-3) vs. No. 5 St. Joseph's Prep (2-1), at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 7. Key for the Cahillites is slowing down the Prep's speedy running backs corp. Pick: Prep, 34-20.

Sunday

Cardinal O'Hara (1-3) vs. No. 3 Archbishop Wood (4-0), at William Tennent, 1. It's hard to see any squad, including O'Hara, slowing down Jarrett McClenton and company. Pick: Wood, 42-17.

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