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Football Forecast – 10
By Scott Huff
We are the champions!!!!
The Suburban One League crowned three outright champions last week as Pennsbury, Upper Dublin, and Plymouth Whitemarsh all captured impressive victories.
The SOL National Conference champion is Pennsbury (9-1) as the Falcons soared to a 35-0 victory over rival Neshaminy (4-6). The Orange & Black finished the season unbeaten in conference play @ 6-0.
The SOL Continental Conference champion is Upper Dublin (10-0) as the Flying Cardinals soared to a 38-8 victory over defending champion Quakertown (5-5). The Cardinal & Grey finished the season unbeaten in conference play @ 5-0.
The SOL American Conference champion is Plymouth Whitemarsh (8-2) as the Colonials marched to a 56-20 victory over Upper Moreland (8-2). The Scarlet & Blue finished the season unbeaten in conference play @ 5-0.
The Suburban One League football regular season that began in the blistering heat of August and has concluded before the frost was on the Halloween pumpkin will now focus on the PIAA District One playoffs.
Sometimes lost with the creation of the playoffs in District One is the tremendous accomplishment of winning a conference championship.
Congratulations to Pennsbury, Upper Dublin, and Plymouth Whitemarsh – you can order those unbeaten conference championship banners right now.
Playoffs???? We’re finally talking playoffs!!!!
The Suburban One League will send seven teams to the PIAA District One playoffs in Class 6-A – three SOL teams in the PIAA District One playoffs in Class 5-A – and one SOL team in 4-A.
In Class 6-A, No. 3 Pennsbury (9-1) will host No. 14 North Penn (5-5) * No. 6 Central Bucks East (8-2) will host No. 11 Central Bucks West (6-4) * No. 7 Souderton (8-2) will host No. 10 Central Bucks South (7-3) * and No. 16 Quakertown (5-5) will be on the road @ No. 1 Garnet Valley (9-0).
In Class 5-A, No. 1 Upper Dublin (10-0) will host No. 16 Academy Park (3-7) * No. 4 Plymouth Whitemarsh (8-2) will host No. 13 Sun Valley (5-5) * and No. 9 Upper Moreland (8-2) will be on the road @ No. 8 Great Valley (7-3).
In Class 4-A, No. 3 Springfield (5-4) will be on the road @ No. 2 Pope John Paul II (9-1).
There are two regular season rematches of Suburban One League 6-A teams in the first round of the District One playoffs. And both are SOL National Conference rematches.
Pennsbury and North Penn squared off just three weeks ago – and CB East hosted CB West just last week.
*See all the playoff snapshots below.
SOL/PIAA District One Trivia:
There are two teams in the SOL who made the District One playoffs this year that did NOT make the playoffs last year. Which teams are new to the playoffs this year? *Bonus* There are two SOL teams that failed to make the D-1 playoffs this year that DID make the playoffs last year. Which teams failed to make the playoffs this season?
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There were 10 Suburban One League 6-A football teams that did not qualify for the postseason and saw their respective seasons come to an end.
Cheltenham (5-5) finished the regular season with a convincing 49-18 American Conference victory over Wissahickon. The Black Cats finished the season ranked #18 in District One and just missed the 16-team D-1 field.
Zaheim Welton and Jonathan Ingram each scored 2 touchdowns for the Panthers and Ingram also fired a TD pass to Malachi Wyche in the win over the Trojans. Tre McLeod and Lequane Sanford also scored touchdowns for the winners.
The other Cheltenham victories this season came against Abington (26-8), Chestnut Hill (7-6), Upper Darby (34-0), and William Tennent (42-0).
Neshaminy (4-6) finished the regular season with a 35-0 National Conference loss to rival Pennsbury. The Redskins finished the season ranked #20 in District One.
Neshaminy was defeated for the fourth straight game against the Falcons. The Skins scored only 21 points the final five games of the season.
In the 2022 season - Neshaminy defeated Ocean City NJ (21-0), Council Rock South (21-7), Abington (26-0), and Pennridge (7-6).
Council Rock South (4-6) lost its final game of the season with a 21-20 Continental Conference loss to rival Council Rock North. The Golden Hawks finished the season ranked #23 in District One.
In the loss to North, Chase Ennis scored 3 touchdowns to highlight the Hawk offense.
In the 2022 season – Council Rock South defeated William Tennent (21-7), Harry S Truman (14-6), Hatboro Horsham (46-0), and Bensalem (37-6).
Council Rock North (4-6) won its final game – and the Unity Cup – with a 21-20 Continental Conference victory over Council Rock South. The Indians finished the season ranked #24 in District One.
In the victory over Rock South – Will Scibona caught a pair of touchdown passes, while Julian Matera threw a TD pass to Gavin Papp.
In the 2022 season – Council Rock North also defeated Wissahickon (21-7), Harry S Truman (20-13), and Hatboro Horsham (48-20).
Pennridge (2-8) lost its final regular season game with a 32-23 National Conference loss to Central Bucks South. The Rams will play Quakertown on Thanksgiving. The Green & White finished the season ranked #25 in District One.
In the loss to CB South – Brennan Fisher scored on runs of 6 and 42 yards, while Noah Keating fired a TD pass to Nate Mossbrook. The Rams led at half – 15-10.
In the 2022 season – Pennridge defeated Bensalem (35-0) and Abington (31-0).
Abington (2-8) lost its National Conference game to North Penn, 38-21. The Ghosts finished the regular season ranked #27 in District One.
In the loss to North Penn – Jamie Rivera scored two touchdowns, while Antonio Ford scored on a TD pass from Joshua Young.
In the 2022 season – Abington defeated Council Rock North (45-13) and Harry S Truman (49-7).
Bensalem (2-8) lost its final Continental Conference contest against Souderton, 45-6. The Owls finished the season ranked #28 in District One.
The loss to Souderton was the fifth straight defeat for the Blue & White. In that losing streak the Owls were outscored 141-26.
In the 2022 season – Bensalem collected wins against Norristown (24-6) and Council Rock North (22-14).
Harry S Truman (2-8) lost its final game of the season with a 45-0 non-league setback to Springfield (Delco). The Tigers finished the season ranked # 29 in District One.
The loss to Springfield was the fourth consecutive setback for Truman which finished the season losing eight of its last nine games.
In the 2022 season – Harry S Truman defeated Chichester (19-2) and Bensalem (8-7).
Wissahickon (1-9) lost its final American Conference game to Cheltenham, 49-18. The Trojans finished the season ranked #31 in District One.
Gavin Myers and Matt Torres each scored touchdowns for Wissahickon in its loss to Cheltenham.
In the 2022 season – the lone victory of the season came against William Tennent (28-3).
William Tennent (1-9) lost is final American Conference game against Springfield, 50-24. The Panthers finished the season ranked #33 in District One.
The loss to Springfield was the fifth straight loss for Tennent. In that stretch, the Panthers were outscored 219-48.
In the 2022 season – the lone victory of the season came against Hatboro Horsham (30-18).
Answer to SOL/District One Trivia: The two SOL teams that made the District One playoffs this year that did not make the playoffs last year are Pennsbury & Springfield. The two SOL teams that did not make the D-1 playoffs this year that made the playoffs last year are Cheltenham & Pennridge.
And the beat goes on…
First Round of the PIAA District One Playoffs
Friday/November 4. 2022
No. 14 North Penn Knights (5-5) @ No. 3 Pennsbury Falcons (9-1)
North Penn has captured victories over Quakertown (49-7), Neshaminy (35-28 in overtime), Central Bucks South (35-21), Pennridge (42-6), and Abington (38-21). The Knights have lost games to La Salle (37-28), Upper Dublin (32-28), Central Bucks West (35-14), Central Bucks East (42-35), and Pennsbury (44-34).
Pennsbury has captured victories over William Tennent (35-0), Council Rock South (41-6), Central Bucks West (26-21), Central Bucks South (28-6), Central Bucks East (37-22), Pennridge (27-24), North Penn (44-34), Abington (35-0), & Neshaminy (35-0). The lone loss of the season came against Coatesville the first week of the season, 28-6.
North Penn earned its way into the playoffs with a 38-21 victory over Abington. Quarterback Ryan Zeltt was once again spectacular, completing 16 of 19 passes for 312 yards and 4 touchdowns. Yazeed Haynes caught 5 passes for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Rashad McNeil and Xavier Bryan each scored receiving touchdowns. Michai Cuffie scored on a 27-yard run. For the season, Zeltt has over 2,500 yards passing and 23 touchdowns.
Pennsbury earned itself a SOL National Conference title with a 35-0 victory over rival Neshaminy. Galamama ‘G’ Mulbah scored on touchdown runs of 14 & 3 yards and rushed for a game-high 150+ yards. Quarterback Shane McGurrin scored on a 1-yard run. Chamar Wade and Nate Beighley each intercepted passes and returned them for defensive touchdowns.
1st Meeting of the Season
Pennsbury defeated North Penn 44-34 in the 8th week of the season.
Mulbah was breathtaking in that Falcon victory rushed the ball 49 times for 364 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. As a team, the Orange & Black rushed the ball a staggering 57 times for 450 yards. It was the first win for Pennsbury over North Penn since 1996.
Zeltt was equally impressive in the Knight defeat, completing 22 passes for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns. Haynes scored 2 receiving touchdowns for NPHS, while McNeil and James Mangine also caught scoring passes from Zeltt.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the game between No.6 Central Bucks East and No. 11 Central Bucks West.
***Upset Special #1***
North Penn Knights 38 – Pennsbury Falcons 35
No. 10 Central Bucks South Titans (7-3) @ No. 7 Souderton Indians (8-2)
Central Bucks South has defeated Plymouth Whitemarsh (21-6), Harry S Truman (35-8), Council Rock North (56-7), Abington (34-19), Neshaminy (21-7), Central Bucks West (27-14), & Pennridge (32-23). The Titans have lost games to Central Bucks East (21-7), Pennsbury (28-6), and North Penn (35-21).
Souderton has defeated Haverford (27-7), Pennridge (24-21), Council Rock North (35-14), Harry S Truman (38-0), Quakertown (34-20), Warwick (45-24), & Bensalem (45-6). The Indians have lost games to Central Bucks East (30-13) & Upper Dublin (34-3).
Central Bucks South rallied from a 15-10 halftime deficit to defeat Pennridge 32-23. Jack Carver carried 24 times for 150 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 1 & 17 yards. Anthony Leonardi scored on a 74-yard run and also had over 100 rushing ayrds.
Souderton routed Bensalem 45-6 in its SOL Continental Conference finale. Ryan Sadowski scored 3 touchdowns for the Indians, while Logan Wrubel scored 2 touchdowns for the winners. Ty Quintois continued to showcase his talents as one of the elite placekickers in the area by booting still another field goal for the Big Red.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the game between No. 2 Perkiomen Valley and No. 15 Owen J Roberts.
***Upset Special #2***
Central Bucks South Titans 28 – Souderton Indians 20
No. 11 Central Bucks West Bucks (6-4) @ No. 6 Central Bucks East Patriots (8-2)
Central Bucks West has captured victories over Quakertown (56-14), North Penn (35-14), Abington (27-0), Neshaminy (22-0), Pennridge (27-8) & Central Bucks East (21-14). The Bucks have lost games to Garnet Valley (14-7), Upper Dublin (35-7), Pennsbury (26-21) & Central Bucks South (27-14).
Central Bucks East has captured victories over Chambersburg (38-21), Bensalem (42-0), Souderton (30-13), Central Bucks South (21-7), Pennridge (16-13 in double overtime), North Penn (42-35), Abington (31-6) & Neshaminy (22-7). The Patriots have lost games to Pennsbury (37-22) & Central Bucks West (21-14).
Central Bucks West ‘upset’ Central Bucks East 21-14. Vinny Cherubini scored on a 23-yard touchdown run in the second half to secure the victory. Cherubini rushed for an even 100 yards on 11 carries. Eli Boehm scored on a 4-yard run, while Conor McFadden scored on a 39-yard pass from Ganz Cooper.
Central Bucks East was ‘upset’ by Central Bucks West, 21-14. The game was tied 14-14 at halftime. Ethan Shine, who was forced to leave the game with an injury in the second half, scored on a 6-yard run for the Patriots, while Luke Wilson scored the second CB East touchdown on a 24-yard run.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the game between No. 3 Pennsbury and No. 14 North Penn.
***Upset Special #3***
Central Bucks West Bucks 24 – Central Bucks East Patriots 21
No. 16 Quakertown Panthers (5-5) @ No. 1 Garnet Valley Jaguars (9-0)
Quakertown has captured victories over Southern Lehigh (42-28), Council Rock South (16-0), Bensalem (37-0), Harry S Truman (35-18) & Council Rock North (46-19). The Panthers have lost games to North Penn (49-7), Central Bucks West (56-14), Plymouth Whitemarsh (49-0), Souderton (34-20), & Upper Dublin (38-8).
Garnet Valley has captured victories over Central Bucks West (14-7), Upper Darby (55-20), Radnor (49-0), Ridley (35-7), Springfield-Delco (20-7), Haverford (25-7), Penncrest (47-7), Lower Merion (35-7) & Conestoga (49-3).
Quakertown lost a chance for a shared SOL Continental Conference championship as the Panthers were routed by Upper Dublin, 38-8. Q-town scored in the final 41 seconds of the game as Brady Martin scored on a 1-yard run. Aiden Whiteley added a 2-point conversion for the Black Cats.
Garnet Valley prepped for its District One playoff run as the top seed with a 49-3 rout of Conestoga.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the game between No. 8 Spring-Ford and No. 9 Ridley.
***Sorry Can’t Go there***
Garnet Valley Jaguars 49 – Quakertown Panthers 14
Friday/November 4, 2022
No. 16 Academy Park Knights (3-7) @ No. 1 Upper Dublin Cardinals (10-0)
Academy Park defeated Unionville (12-7), Chichester (15-6) & Penn Wood (44-20). The Knights lost games to Coatesville (35-0), Haverford (32-18), Great Valley (28-25 in overtime), Avon Grove (24-6), Downingtown East (34-6), Interboro (21-20 in overtime) & Chester 39-16.
Upper Dublin defeated Kennett (37-13), Central Bucks West (35-7), North Penn (32-28), Bensalem (33-7), Wissahickon (47-0), Council Rock North (41-13), Council Rock South (16-0), Harry S Truman (44-14), Souderton (34-3) & Quakertown (38-8).
Academy Park prepped for its playoff season with a 39-16 loss to Chester.
Upper Dublin captured the SOL Continental Conference championship with a resounding 38-8 victory over Quakertown. Colin O’Sullivan completed 10 of 14 passes for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns. DJ Cerisier, Shyne Roberts, and Griffin Pensabene all caught TD passes for the Cardinals. Nyfise McIntyre rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown. Cerisier intercepted a pass and returned it 67-yards for a defensive touchdown.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the game between No. 8 Great Valley and No. 9 Upper Moreland.
Upper Dublin Flying Cardinals 45 – Academy Park Knights 7
No. 13 Sun Valley Vanguards (5-5) @ No. 4 Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials (8-2)
Sun Valley has collected victories over Penncrest (27-19), WC Henderson (28-9), Penn Wood (29-6), WC East (50-14) & Oxford (15-14). The Vanguards have lost games to Unionville (35-14), Great Valley (40-6), Avon Grove (35-28), WC Rustin (42-14) & Kennett (35-7).
Plymouth Whitemarsh has captured wins over Methacton (34-0), Quakertown (49-0), McCaskey (46-0), Cheltenham (37-6), William Tennent (57-7), Springfield-Montco (42-13), Wissahickon (56-6) & Upper Moreland (56-20). The Colonials have lost games to Central Bucks South (21-6) & Ridley (35-13).
Sun Valley prepped for its district playoff ‘second season’ with a 15-14 victory over Oxford.
Plymouth Whitemarsh captured the SOL American Conference championship with a 56-20 victory over Upper Moreland. Luke Winterbottom rushed for 122 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 69 and 10 yards. Tommy Hannon scored on runs of 28 & 1 yards. Nazye Boggs scored on an 89-yard kickoff return. Quarterback Aiden O’Brien scored on runs of 12 & 5 yards – and also fired a 12-yard TD pass to Winterbottom.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the game between No. 5 Chester and No. 12 Marple Newtown.
Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials 42 – Sun Valley Vanguards 14
No. 9 Upper Moreland Golden Bears (8-2) @ Great Valley Patriots (7-3)
Upper Moreland has captured victories over Hatboro Horsham (41-0), Archbishop Carroll (41-13), Executive Education Academy (42-19), New Hope-Solebury (35-13), William Tennent (42-14), Wissahickon (45-21), Cheltenham (14-10) & Springfield-Montco (14-12). The Golden Bears have lost games to Interboro (37-7) & Plymouth Whitemarsh (56-20).
Great Valley has collected wins over Phoenixville (27-20), WC East (34-16), Sun Valley (40-6), Oxford (14-7), Academy Park (28-25 in overtime), WC Henderson (28-6) & Unionville (34-7). The Patriots have lost games to Bishop Shanahan (6-3), WC Rustin (32-0) & Kennett (30-7).
Upper Moreland lost to Plymouth Whitemarsh 56-20 in the SOL American Conference championship game. Stephen Broderick scored 3 touchdowns for the Golden Bears – one on a 43-yard scoring pass from Shawn Herbert – and the other two on scoring runs of 1 and 6 yards.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the game between No.1 Upper Dublin and No.16 Academy Park.
***Upset Special #4***
Upper Moreland Golden Bears 21 – Great Valley Patriots 14
Saturday/November 5, 2022
No. 3 Springfield Spartans (5-4) @ Pope John Paul II Panthers (9-1)
Springfield has captured victories over Lower Moreland (45-6), Harriton (41-7), Hatboro Horsham (21-6), Wissahickon (21-14) & William Tennent (50-24). The Spartans have lost games to Phoenixville (42-21), Cheltenham (30-2), Plymouth Whitemarsh (42-13) & Upper Moreland (14-12).
Pope John Paul II has collected wins over Archbishop Carroll (23-0), Father Judge (22-21), Berks Catholic (49-28), John Bartram (39-21), Upper Perkiomen (42-7), Pottsgrove (35-7), Upper Merion (39-20), Pottstown (40-0) & Phoenixville (42-0). The lone loss of the season for the Panthers was a 21-14 loss to Perkiomen Valley.
Springfield was fueled by an historic outing from running back Dylan McKensie in a 50-24 conference victory over William Tennent. McKensie raced for 354 yards and 6 touchdowns on 33 carries for the Spartans.
Pope John Paul II lost for the first time this season as the Panthers dropped a 14-10 contest to Perkiomen Valley (6-A school) in the Pioneer Athletic championship game.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the game between No. 1 Interboro and No. 4 Bishop Shanahan.
Pope John Paul II Panthers 35 – Springfield Spartans 14
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Last Week in [XXXX]
1. Upper Dublin Flying Cardinals (10-0) --- 
2. Pennsbury Falcons (9-1) --- 
3. Central Bucks East Patriots (8-2) --- 
4. Central Bucks South Titans (7-3) --- 
5. Central Bucks West Bucks (6-4) --- 
6. Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials (8-2) --- 
7. Souderton Indians (8-2) --- 
Others under consideration: North Penn Knights (5-5)