Written by: Anthony Franklin on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022
League begins league play Thursday 9/22 in all 4 divisions. The action begins with a few great Thursday afternoon & night games:
Simon Gratz (3-1) travels to Northeast (3-1) for a key Independence Division battle. The Bulldogs are fresh off a 33-6 win over Wissahickon High. Northeast is coming off it’s first loss of the season battling but falling short to Archbishop Wood. The Bulldogs are the last team in the Public League 6A Classification to defeat Northeast and that occurred back in 2017. The Vikings have since reeled off 5 consecutive 6A Public League championships. Look for the Vikings to pull off a convincing win.
Vaux (0-4) v Thomas Edison (0-3): Vaux and Edison are both winless and both teams have struggled offensively to put points on the board. Look for a low scoring game and a defensive struggle. I’ll take Edison for the W.
Ben Franklin (0-2) v Boys Latin (0-4): The Electrons have yet to score in 2 games this season and have struggled with their low number of players available. Boys Latin is working with a young team coupled with a new coaching staff. I’ll go with Boys Latin +14 simply based on having depth and more game experience.
Overbrook (2-1) @ Washington (3-1) 7pm @Northeast: The Panthers were without key players, probably took their opponent for granted and were upset by a scrappy Roxborough team. Washington also was upset last week by a undervalued opponent in Belmont Charter. Both teams look to get back in the W column and meet to open division play under the lights. If both teams are healthy this should be a spirited & very competitive game. Washington is a little more battle tested with their level of competition and I’ll take them in a nail bitter.
Fels (1-1) @ Palumbo (1-2) @ South Philly Supersite: Both schools are in the small school, bottom division of the league and are struggling thus far this season. Fels actually scored a decent win last week at Edison. Palumbo also scored a nice upset win over Dobbins last week. I’ll take Palumbo being the home team to get a close win.
William Tennant (1-1) @ Central (2-2): Central started the season off with a 80-0 loss to Chester and then followed it up with two quality wins over Martin Luther King & Vaux in between a loss at Bishop Shannon. Tennant is coming off their first win and has steadily improved this season. I’ll take Central in a close game.
School of the Future (2-2) @ Dobbins (2-1): Two rising programs looking to take the next step and I’ll take Dobbins +6.
Lincoln (2-2) @West Philadelphia (2-1): One of the top games of the weekend in the Public League has The Rail Splitters heading across town to take on the Speedboys. Lincoln owns impressive wins over Judge & Boys Latin this season. West wins have come over Future & Boys Latin. Both teams are filled with key skill guys and West has an impressive and imposing OL. Lincoln has had the tougher out of league schedule though so I’ll give them a slight edge in this matchup.
Belmont (3-1) @ South Philadelphia (1-3) 7pm: Belmont has quietly put the city on notice with a great win over Washington last week. Their one loss was opening week to MLK. South Philadelphia is led by all purpose athlete Razan Parker looking to get a key division win which may very well determine the division title. I’m torn but think Belmont has more offensive fire power to pull out a big road win.
Mastery North (2-2) @ Martin Luther King (1-3) 7pm: Both schools are separated by less than 2 miles and therefore the neighborhood should be out in full force filling both sides of the stands. Both scheduled tough non league games and are battle tested. Wouldn’t surprise if they meet again in the Pub 5A playoffs in November. I’ll go with MLK in a overtime battle.
Mastery Camden NJ @ Mastbaum (1-3) @Northeast Supersite: Mastbaum finally got in the W column with a 52-8 win over Edison last week. I’ll stick with them extending their winning steak with another big win.
Kipp Cooper @ Kipp Dubois (0-4): Battle of Kipps who wins? Who knows. Both teams have scored 12 points total this season while both giving up 121 points so don’t expect much offense it could very well be a 2-0 game for the winner.
Olney (2-2) @ Bartram (1-3): The Trojans have wins over Father Judge & Spring-Ford while Bartram picked their win up over Capital Prep (Harlem). Both teams are coming off losses and enter league play in a crucial game that could possibly determine who ends up being bumped down a division depending on Frankford/Gratz. I’ll take Olney who has played a little better this season over a youthful Bartram team although this game could truly go either way.
Frankford (1-3) @ Imhotep (1-2) @Germantown Supersite 7pm: This game on paper before the season started looked to be a great matchup with the story line being Frankford looking to avenge their only loss last season which was a blowout. Unfortunately this matchup will probably produce a similar result to last year’s game as Frankford lost key players to transfer from that team and haven’t found their footing offensively this season. Imhotep has played a national schedule gaining a key win out west against Bishop McDevitt and then losing a very close game to Spalding (MD) and Malvern (#2 team in SEPA). Tep still hasn’t exploded on offense yet but their defense has been stingy against top competition. Look for their defense to set the tone and for Frankford to stay in the game they’ll have to force turnovers, limit their penalties, win the time of possession battle and get exceptional play on both lines. Tep by a lot is my prediction.
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