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District 11 football playoff seedings come into focus

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon to discuss playoff scenarios heading into week nine of the football season.

With six classifications this season, things appear to be clearer than in the past, as 3A and 6A has eight qualifiers this postseason, while A, 2A, 4A and 5A will have four qualifiers in each bracket.

In 5A, Whitehall, Southern Lehigh, East Stroudsburg South and East Stroudsburg North are the only teams in the classification and all four are headed to the postseason.

A breakdown of each class is below.

A

1. Williams Valley 7-1

2. Tri-Valley 7-1

3. Marian Cath. 5-3

4. Nativity BVM 1-7

5. Shenandoah Vy 0-8

The top three teams have all clinched. Williams Valley and Tri-Valley play this weekend for the top-seed. The battle for the fourth seed will be clearer after this week with Nativity leading the way at the moment.

2A

1. Schuylkill Hav. 8-0

2. Palmerton 3-5

3. Mahanoy Area 3-5

4. Minersville 3-5

5. Catasauqua 2-6

6. Panther Valley 2-6

Schuylkill Haven has clinched the top spot. Palmerton, Mahanoy Area and Minersville all appear to be favorites to advance to the postseason. Catasauqua has a chance to sneak in should they win their final two games of the season. Cattys plays Southern Lehigh this week in a must-win situation. Panther Valley’s chances appear to be slim to none.

3A

1. Notre Dame GP 7-1

2. Pen Argyl 6-2

3. Palisades 6-2

4. North Schuylkill 5-3

5. Jim Thorpe 5-3

6. Tamaqua 4-4

7. Lehighton 4-4

8. Northern Lehigh 3-5

9. Salisbury 2-6

10. Pine Grove 1-7

11. Wilson 0-8

Eight qualifiers in this class. Top-five have all clinched playoff berths. Tamaqua and Lehighton are in position to lock up two of the final three spots, as both of them can clinch a berth on their own with one win over the next two weeks. Tamaqua finishes the season with North Schuylkill this week and Marian Catholic in week 10. Lehighton has Blue Mountain and Jim Thorpe in respective weeks.

Northern Lehigh can clinch one of the final spots with a win over Northwestern or Palmerton in their final two games.

Salisbury has to defeat Palmerton and Southern Lehigh for a chance to sneak in. A Salisbury loss this weekend to Palmerton would essentially clinch spots for Tamauqua, Lehighton and Northern Lehigh.

4A

1. Bethlehem Cath 7-1

2. Central Catholic 7-1

3. Pottsville 7-1

4. Saucon Valley 7-1

5. Blue Mountain 6-2

6. Northwestern 4-4

7. Bangor 2-6

Becahi is the only team that clinched one of the top-four berths so far. Central Catholic is a lock to do so this weekend should they defeat Allen. Blue Mountain still has an opportunity to qualify as well, with things becoming much clearer next week for a possible scenario. Northwestern is eliminated.

5A

1. Whitehall 4-4

2. Southern Lehigh 6-2

3. East Stroud. South 3-5

4. East Stroud. North 2-6

All four teams are in the playoffs. If the Zephyrs go 1-1 in their last two games against Stroudsburg and Northampton, and if Solehi wins out against Catasauqua and Salisbury, Solehi would come out as the top seed.

6A

1. Emmaus 7-1

2. Parkland 6-2

3. Pleasant Valley 7-1

4. Liberty 5-3

5. Stroudsburg 6-2

6. Nazareth 4-4

7. Easton 4-4

8. Freedom 4-4

9. Pocono Mt. West 2-6

10. Dieruff 2-6

11. Allen 1-7

12. Pocono Mt. East 1-7

13. Northampton 0-8

Top-eight teams qualify in 6A with Emmaus, Parkland and Pleasant Valley officially clinched. Teams in the 4-8 range are all most likely qualified as well. Freedom’s win over Nazareth last week basically clinched them a berth. Pocono Mountain West has an outside shot of getting in if they finish the season with wins over East Stroudsburg North and Pocono Mountain East. They would also need Easton (they play Emmaus and Nazareth) and Freedom (they play Becahi and Liberty) to both lose out. Should that magic happen, PMW still could find themselves on the outside looking in.