There are 21 football playoff contests on tap this weekend. We'll provide game-by-game scoring predictions tomorrow. Today, we peer into the crystal ball and tell you how the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA and AAA tournaments will shake out. At the AA and A levels, we break down the District 1-12 sub-regional playoffs.
Week 10 is marked by the cutoff date for the PIAA District 1 playoffs. Teams on the bubble for the 16-team Class AAAA tournament include No. 12 Pennridge (6-3, 85.6 power-point average), No. 13 Souderton (5-4, 84.4), No. 14 Council Rock South (6-3, 83.3), No. 15 Coatesville (6-3, 81.1), No. 16 Downingtown East (5-4, 77.8), No. 17 Conestoga (6-3, 76.7), and No. 18 Chester (6-3, 73.3).
The football playoffs are just around the corner. Sixteen schools qualify for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA tournament. Plenty of people say that's eight teams, or at least four, too many. The argument is that it's a watered-down opening round, with lopsided scores, and the PIAA only expanded the number of teams in the tournament (two years ago, from eight to 16) as a way to make more money.
Not guilty! That was the verdict for Greg Godfrey on Friday afternoon in Mechanicsburg, when a panel from the PIAA board of directors overturned last month's ruling to suspend the Nazareth Academy girls' basketball coach for one year for violating the organization's rules pertaining to the recruitment of a student-athlete.
We continue our Top 10 football review with the best receivers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We put together this list based on, among other things, a player's hands, route-running ability, toughness, blocking contributions, and skill at running for yardage after the catch.
Here we go again with the potential for a football weekend washout. Wet and windy weather is expected to slam the area over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service. The rain might not taper off until late tomorrow. That said, there could be plenty of shuffling going on when it comes to the high school football schedule. Let's hope for the best.
Each week this fall, we'll rank the best in local football. We start with the glamour position, quarterback. Except for a few prototypical pocket passers, the area is flooded with dual-threat QBs. That crop is headed by West Catholic's Curtis Drake, who last season passed for 1,325 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for nearly 600 yards. The 6-foot, 170-pound senior could be a wideout or QB at Penn State.
Rick O'Brien has been writing for the Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He focuses on football and boys' basketball and baseball, with other events (Penn Relays, regattas on the Schuylkill, etc.) and some pro sports mixed in.