HS Football 2019: Pre-Season Predictions

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Last week, we started to get you ready for the start of high school football with some “storylines to watch” for the 2019 campaign.

This week, we have our pre-season high school football poll (as voted by select media members, coaches & administrators within the RCN-TV viewing area) and the return of the “Pick 4” predictions for games that will be played this weekend in the season’s opening weekend of contests.

Now the unveiling of our preseason high school football poll for District XI teams…

“Big” Schools Poll

1)  Freedom

2)  Parkland

3)  Easton

4)  Nazareth

5)  Emmaus

“Small” Schools Poll

1)   Bethlehem Catholic

2)  Northwestern

3)  Central Catholic

4)  Notre Dame

Our poll remains with the standard, tried-and-true format that we have utilized for many seasons.  We will take the 400-male enrollment number as the cutoff for schools within the District XI/RCN-TV footprint.  All of the schools above that number qualify as “big schools” in our poll. These schools consist of Parkland, Liberty, Allen, Easton, Emmaus, Dieruff, Freedom, Stroudsburg, Pleasant Valley, Northampton, Nazareth, Whitehall, Southern Lehigh, East Stroudsburg-South, and Pocono Mountain East & West.

“Small schools” (below 400-male enrollment) consist of Bangor, Saucon Valley, Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic, Northwestern, Wilson, Palisades, Palmerton, Salisbury, Notre Dame, Pen Argyl, Northern Lehigh and Catasauqua.  Each pollster will identify their top five teams among the “big schools” and the top four squads for the “smaller” group—the top school gets five (or four for the small schools) points, the second team gets four points and so on, with an average score determining the order of teams in the poll.

Check back each week here at “The Shop” to see if your favorite teams make our list!

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Now, here are our RCN football experts weighing in on four of the biggest high school games this weekend…

The “PICK 4” Northwestern @ Notre Dame
*on RCN-TV
East Stroudsburg South @ Whitehall Central Catholic @ Stroudsburg Pleasant Valley @ Liberty
Keith Groller Northwestern Whitehall Central Catholic Liberty
Tony Cocca  Notre Dame Whitehall Central Catholic Liberty
Chris Michael  Northwestern Whitehall Central Catholic Liberty
John Leone  Notre Dame East Stroudsburg South Stroudsburg Liberty

Keep following along each week here at “The Shop” and on “RCN SportsTalk” to see which of our football experts correctly predicts the most high school games this fall.

Chris Michael About Chris Michael

Chris handles play-by-play for RCN sports events, including baseball, football & basketball games and produces/hosts the station’s 60-minute live call-in show. Among Chris’s other responsibilities include reporting on local news & sports stories, conducting “Take 5” interviews with community and political leaders, producing commercials, voiceovers and promos; and generating blog entries and videos on the internet. Click here to listen to the weekly Sports Talk podcast.

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