HS Football 2019: Week 2

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Before we get to our football conversations, a reminder to keep checking out our next few “SportsTalk” programs (on TV and our podcast here on the RCN website), as we will continue to have fall preview features on fall sports teams OTHER than football in both the Lehigh and Delaware Valley areas, in addition to highlighting the top teams and players on the gridiron as well.

Now, we present our first in-season look at our 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” game predictions for games that will be played this weekend in the season’s opening weekend of contests.

For this week’s high school football poll for District XI teams…

 “Big” Schools Poll

1)  Freedom

2)  Parkland

3)  Nazareth

4)  Easton

5)  Emmaus 

“Small” Schools Poll

1)   Bethlehem Catholic

2)  Notre Dame

3)  Central Catholic

4)  Northwestern

Other schools receiving multiple votes: Palmerton

Our poll remains with the standard format that we have utilized for many seasons.  For the largest school districts within the District XI/RCN-TV footprint, they qualify as the “big schools” in our pigskin poll.  These schools consist of Parkland, LibertyAllen, Easton, Emmaus, Dieruff, Freedom, StroudsburgPleasant ValleyNorthampton, Nazareth, WhitehallSouthern LehighEast Stroudsburg-South, and Pocono Mountain East & West. 

“Small schools” for our poll consist of schools from BangorSaucon Valley, Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic, Northwestern, WilsonPalisadesPalmertonSalisbury, Notre Dame, Pen ArgylNorthern Lehigh and Catasauqua. 

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


Now, here are our RCN football experts (along with myself) weighing in on four of the biggest high school games this weekend:

The “PICK 4” Freedom vs. Bethlehem Catholic
*on RCN-TV
Catasauqua vs. Northern Lehigh Pen Argyl vs Saucon Valley Nazareth vs. Emmaus
Gary Laubach Freedom Northern Lehigh Saucon Valley Nazareth
Tony Cocca  Freedom Northern Lehigh Saucon Valley Nazareth
Keith Groller Bethlehem Catholic Northern Lehigh Pen Argyl Nazareth
John Leone  Freedom Northern Lehigh Saucon Valley Nazareth
Chris Michael  Freedom Northern Lehigh Saucon Valley Nazareth

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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