Malvern's offense is spurred by quarterback Alex Hornibrook and running backs Troy Gallen, Matt Brown, and Hunter Paulus.
EA, which last year handed the Friars a 26-7 defeat, likewise has a capable QB, with Ryan Whayland directing a spread attack, and three capable ballcarriers: Anthony Feliziani, Dee Barlee, and Cody Russell.
The Friars' leading playmakers on defense are end John Nassib (five interceptions), linebackers Paulus and Jake Anderson, and strong safety Jordan Majors.
For the Churchmen, who have registered eight consecutive Inter-Ac wins, a 3-4 defense features Virginia-bound end Evan Butts, nose guard John Minicozzi, and linebackers Mike Watkins and Jake Martilotti.
In what should be a taut contest, we expect the hosts, with Feliziani rushing for 100-plus yards for the fourth straight time, to prevail.
Pick: EA, 23-20.
Last week: 5-5. Overall: 71-22 (.763).
No. 3 Coatesville (9-0, 5-0 Ches-Mont National) at No. 19 Downingtown West (7-2, 5-0), 7. The visiting Red Raiders will try to claim top league honors without two-way back Daquan Worley. The Penn State recruit suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last Friday vs. West Chester East. Pick: Coatesville, 30-14.
No. 25 Upper Darby (7-2, 6-1 Central) at Penncrest (7-2, 6-2), 7. After losing two of their first three games, Cyrus Barlee and Upper Darby have gained steam. Pick: Upper Darby, 26-20.
Catholic AAAA Semifinal
No. 13 Father Judge (6-3, 2-2) vs. No. 6 La Salle (7-2, 3-1), at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 7. The Explorers barely escaped the Crusaders, 17-16, in Week 6. Pick: La Salle, 31-14.
Catholic AA Final
Neumann-Goretti (5-3, 3-1) vs. No. 23 West Catholic (7-2, 4-0), at Southern, 2:30. Even without leading rusher Greg White, the Burrs blanked the Saints, 18-0, two weeks ago. Pick: West, 32-7.
Public AAAA Semifinal
Northeast (4-5, 3-2) vs. George Washington (4-4, 4-1), at Northeast, 3:30. Washington is determined to gain a title-round rematch vs. Frankford, a big favorite against Southern. Pick: Washington, 16-14.
Public AAA Semifinal
Ben Franklin (7-2, 6-2) vs. Martin Luther King (7-2, 6-2), at Simon Gratz, 3:30. King has a solid pass-catch duo in Joseph Walker and Delane Hart. Pick: King, 40-16.
Catholic AAA Semifinal
Bonner-Prendergast (2-7, 1-2) at Cardinal O'Hara (4-5, 2-1), 1. Bonner-Prendie will no doubt have in mind its recent overtime loss to the Lions. Pick: O'Hara, 34-23.