Week 5 football predictions

In Week 5's only 4-0 vs. 4-0 matchup, Bishop Shanahan will visit West Chester Henderson in a Ches-Mont League National Division contest at J. Oscar Dicks Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.

This is old territory for Henderson, which last season started 5-0 before losing to eventual National Division cochampion Downingtown West.

It's new ground for Shanahan, off to the best start in program history.

With its veer-option attack, the Warriors are averaging 32 points. The catalysts are quarterback Jake Richard, fullback Ryan Brewer, and halfback Zach Jones. Wideout Austin Constable is expected back after missing the last two games because of an ankle injury.

In last week's 35-14 romp over West Chester East, Henderson netted 178 rushing yards and 141 passing.

"In defending the option, you have to understand your responsibilities," Shanahan coach Paul Meyers said. "If you have one blown assignment, they could go all the way."

With rising junior quarterback Ryan Egolf at the controls of a spread offense, often with five receivers, the Eagles are averaging nearly 40 points.

"He's a real good passer, is very poised in the pocket, and reads defenses well," Warriors coach Joe Walsh said.

Egolf, who has thrown 10 touchdown passes, is supported by halfback Keegan Lawton, fullback Mike Ibarguen, and tight end/wideout Chris Cordivari.

Henderson's 4-3 defense, which has allowed 15 points a game, is headed by ends Myles Jackson and Quincy Rhoades, linebacker T.J. White, free safety Jones, and cornerback Spencer Rymiszcwski.

Shanahan's 3-5-3 unit, with an average yield of 19 points, is led by freshman nose guard Andrey Green, inside linebacker Joe Sweeney, outside linebacker Kyle Sullivan, and cornerback Scott Nulty.

We expect the Warriors, who prevailed by 39-16 last season, to wear down pass-happy Shanahan. Pick: Henderson, 29-20.

Last week: 9-6.

Overall: 42-18 (.700).

Pennridge (3-1, 0-0) at Souderton (2-2, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday. Jesse Knepp has sparked the Rams, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. The Indians' go-to ballcarriers are Tyler Scholl and Javon White. Pick: Souderton, 27-23.

St. Joseph's Prep (1-3) vs. Father Judge (4-0), at Northeast, 7 p.m. Friday. With a brutal nonleague schedule behind them, the Hawks open Catholic League Class AAAA play against Raul Quinones (480 rushing yards) and the unbeaten Crusaders. Pick: Prep, 28-10.

Strath Haven (3-1, 3-0) at Conestoga (3-1, 2-1), 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers have rebounded nicely since an opening loss to Class AAA rival Upper Moreland. Pick: Conestoga, 26-21.

Pennsbury (2-2, 0-1) vs. No. 9 Council Rock South (4-0, 1-0), at Council Rock North, 1 p.m. Saturday. A win here for the Golden Hawks would solidify their position as a Suburban One League National Conference title contender. Pick: C.R. South, 23-14.

No. 6 Cardinal O'Hara (4-0) at Chester (3-1), 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Clippers have a terrific playmaker in 6-foot, 180-pound receiver Anthony Davis. The Lions have won their games by a combined 151-24. Pick: O'Hara, 28-6.

 

Other games to watch:

Central (2-2, 1-2) vs. Mastbaum (1-3, 1-2), at Northeast, 3 p.m. Friday. Pick: Central, 24-16.

Avon Grove (2-2, 0-1) at No. 7 Downingtown East (3-1, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday. Pick: East, 28-7.

Marple Newtown (2-2, 1-2) at No. 8 Garnet Valley (4-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. Friday. Pick: Garnet Valley, 34-14.

Methacton (3-1, 2-0) at Owen J. Roberts (2-2, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday. Pick: OJR, 28-24.

Roxborough (4-0, 2-0) vs. Dobbins (3-1, 2-0), at Simon Gratz, 11 a.m. Saturday. Pick: Dobbins, 19-14.

Del-Val Charter (3-1, 3-0) vs. Bok (3-1, 2-1), at Southern, 2 p.m. Saturday. Pick: Del-Val, 16-14.

Interboro (2-2) vs. Monsignor Bonner (2-2), at Upper Darby, 7 p.m. Saturday. Pick: Interboro, 27-14.

 


Contact staff writer Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019 or robrien@phillynews.com.