Central Bucks South is looking to keep an unblemished record and take a big step toward winning its first conference football championship since 2007.
After dropping its first two games, North Penn is seeking to post its fourth straight victory and take the driver’s seat in its bid for a fifth consecutive league title and 13th in the last 16 seasons.
C.B. South visits North Penn in a pivotal Suburban One League Continental Conference matchup at 7 p.m. Thursday at Crawford Stadium.
The Titans (5-0, 2-0 league) are coming off a 20-0 blanking of Souderton. The Knights (3-2, 2-0) outlasted Pennridge, 45-35.
The good news for C.B. South is that quarterback Jack Johns is expected to return from a shoulder injury that sidelined him against Souderton. “We’ll see how we use him, but he’ll be active,” Titans coach Tom Hetrick said.
The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Johns has completed 50 of 80 passes for 704 yards and four touchdowns. He was 16 for 23 for 322 yards and two scores in a 37-28 defeat of Central Bucks East on Sept. 16.
C.B. South halfback Ryan Watson has carried 76 times for 508 yards and nine TDs. The 5-6, 150-pounder has 17 catches for 184 yards and a score.
Johns and Watson are supported by running back Connor DiLissio (24 carries for 111 yards, one TD) and wideout Brady Prezelski (12 catches for 226 yards, three TDs).
North Penn’s high-scoring offense is fueled by QB Steve DePaul, running backs Khan Jamal, Dars Bowsky and K.J. Cartwright, handyman Justis Henley, tight end Owen Thomas, and wideout A.J. Catanzaro.
DePaul has connected on 48 of 85 throws for 741 yards and seven scores. His 11-yard TD pass to Jamal gave the Knights a 45-28 lead on Pennridge with less than three minutes to play.
North Penn has won the teams’ last two meetings and leads the head-to-head series, which began in 2006, by 8-3.
No. 9 C.B. South at No. 7 North Penn, 7. Look for the Knights to tighten the screws on defense against Johns & Co. Pick: North Penn, 31-14.
No. 12 Pennsbury (4-1, 2-0 Suburban One League National) at Bensalem (4-1, 0-1), 7. Can the improved Owls gain payback for last year’s double-overtime loss to the Falcons? Pick: Pennsbury, 20-13.
West Chester Rustin (4-1) at No. 5 Coatesville (4-1), 7. Red Raiders sophomore QB Ricky Ortega has thrown for 921 yards and 11 TDs. Pick: Coatesville, 38-12.
Northeast (1-2, 1-1 Public League Independence) at No. 21 Simon Gratz (3-2, 1-1), 6:30. Linebacker Kyle Morasch and the Vikings try to slow dual-threat QB and Temple recruit Amir Gillis. Pick: Northeast, 22-16.
Archbishop Carroll (2-3, 0-2 Catholic League Red) vs. Roman Catholic (0-5, 0-1), at Northwest Philly Super Site, 1. Dahmir Ruffin and the Patriots rebound from losses to powers La Salle and St. Joseph’s Prep. Pick: Carroll, 21-20, in overtime.
West Catholic (3-2, 2-0 Catholic League Blue) vs. No. 20 Neumann-Goretti (3-0, 1-0), at South Philly Super Site, 6. Look for turnovers and penalties to play a key role in a taut contest. Pick: N-G, 30-26.