Not surprisingly, running backs Rob Hollomon and Raymond Maples both eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark. Penn Charter's defense will be challenged by those two and similarly athletic quarterback Curtis Drake. Barring a rainy day that stalls West's high-octane offense, the Burrs win by two touchdowns or more.
Pick: West Catholic, 23-7.
No. 7 Garnet Valley (1-0) at Penncrest (1-0), tonight, 7. Penncrest must come down to earth after its uplifting Week 1 win over Strath Haven. Garnet Valley, with top-notch running backs Tim Keyser and Jared Bonacquisti, poses a bigger challenge. The Jaguars, who last season reached the PIAA Class AAA state championship game, crushed shorthanded Harriton, 42-6, in their opener. Kudos to the Lions and interim coach Paul Graham for the victory over Strath Haven, but we don't see another upset here.
Pick: Garnet Valley, 32-12.
Frankford (1-0) at No. 9 Pennsbury (1-0), tonight, 7. Frankford is fresh off an impressive road victory against a formidable suburban school. Tailback Zaire Anderson zipped for an 81-yard touchdown run, and the underdog Pioneers held off Hatboro-Horsham, 14-7. Pennsbury needed a late touchdown - and the help of the referees, who put time back on the clock in the late going - to nip Archbishop Ryan, 21-20. We love Frankford's spirit and guts. Not enough, though, to side with them against the Falcons.
Pick: Pennsbury, 19-6.
Father Judge (1-0) at Northeast (0-1), tonight, 6. We were glad to see the start of this Northeast Philadelphia rivalry in 2005. The Vikings took the inaugural matchup, 28-14. The Crusaders dominated the last two meetings, winning by 27-7 in 2006 and 38-7 last year. Key for Judge is finding a capable replacement for quarterback Paul Volpe, who passed for more than 1,200 yards last season. Note to Northeast coach Mel Hinton: Find more ways to get Je'Ron Stokes the ball.
Pick: Father Judge, 28-13.
Other games to watch:
Perkiomen Valley (0-1) at No. 10 Coatesville (1-0), tonight, 7. Pick: Coatesville, 20-14.
Council Rock North (0-1) at Central Bucks South (0-1), tonight, 7. Pick: South, 27-26.
Bensalem (0-1) at Pennridge (1-0), tonight, 7. Pick: Pennridge, 24-16.
Lansdale Catholic (1-0) at No. 2 North Penn (1-0), tonight, 7:30. Pick: North Penn, 27-6.
North Catholic (0-1) vs. Archbishop Ryan (0-1), at George Washington, tomorrow, 1. Pick: Ryan, 23-21.
Conwell-Egan (0-1) vs. Archbishop Carroll (0-1), at Radnor, tomorrow, 7:30. Pick: Carroll, 21-0.
Pick of the Week
La Salle (1-0) at No. 6 Malvern Prep (0-0),
Because of the threat of tropical storm Hanna, this one was moved up a day. La Salle looked good in clobbering Plymouth Whitemarsh, 45-0, in last week's opener. Mike Donohoe rushed for more than 100 yards and Drew Loughery threw for more than 100 and a pair of touchdowns. Malvern Prep has to replace QB Ryan Nassib, but has eight starters back on offense and six on defense. A potent ground game is sparked by Neil Willis and James Connelly. Joe Price is the top receiving threat for new signal-caller Billy Conners. The Explorers put up a good fight on the road, but the Friars escape with a win.
Pick: Malvern Prep, 26-21.
- Rick O'Brien
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