Also in Northeast Philly, Archbishop Ryan is pitted against George Washington. The Raiders and Eagles hope to ease the disappointment associated with falling short of their goals in the Catholic and Public League, respectively.
Imhotep Charter vs. Martin Luther King has some intrigue, but Imhotep, which is set to continue in the PIAA Class AA playoffs Saturday, might end up using its starters for only a quarter or so.
Could Conwell-Egan vs. Harry S Truman offer more drama? Last year, Truman escaped its Bucks County rival in double overtime, 34-31.
Here is a closer look at some of the holiday games. Last week: 4-0. Overall: 93-29 (.762).
No. 8 Ryan (7-3) at Washington (5-5, 4-1), 10. The host Eagles' focus will be on slowing 1,700-yard rusher Samir Bullock. The Raiders lead the series by 26-9-1. Pick: Ryan, 34-7.
Central (6-5) at Northeast (5-6), 10. Walter Pegues and the visiting Lancers, who last beat the Vikings in 2004, look to avenge last year's 14-12 loss. Pick: Central, 26-20.
No. 21 Father Judge (6-4) at Lincoln (5-6), 10. Can Lincoln defy the odds and post its first win over its down-the-block foe since 1989? The Crusaders lead the series, 34-3-1. Pick: Judge, 47-6.
Neumann-Goretti (6-4) at Southern (8-3), 10. Bryant Hudgins and the host Rams need to keep the Saints from finding 6-foot-6 wideout Jamal Custis on fade tosses. Overall, Neumann-Goretti leads, 55-20-3. Pick: N-G, 26-8.
Conwell-Egan (3-7) at Harry S Truman (4-6), 10. Ty Walker's 4-yard catch was the difference in last year's taut contest. C-E leads on Thanksgiving, 10-8. Pick: Truman, 30-21.
Quakertown (6-4, 3-3 Suburban One Continental) at Pennridge (7-4, 3-3), 10:15. Pennridge's Mike Class, with 5,481 career rushing yards, plays for the last time at Poppy Yoder Field. The Rams have a 52-26-5 advantage. Pick: Pennridge, 33-7.
Interboro (5-5, 3-2) at Ridley (6-4), 10:30. The host Green Raiders plan to end on a high note against the injury-depleted Bucs. Pick: Ridley, 22-14.
No. 1 Imhotep (10-1) vs. Martin Luther King (9-3), 10:30. Delane Hart and company hope to catch the Panthers looking ahead to Catasauqua, their playoff opponent. Pick: Imhotep, 49-13.
Upper Darby (8-3, 7-1 Central) at Haverford High (7-3, 6-2), 10:45. The Fords have won the last three years, but the Royals have a 43-42-6 edge. Pick: Upper Darby, 27-14.