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Grid picks

Published November 11. 2011 05:02PM

Playoff time.

This has usually been a busy time for THE TIMES NEWS Sports Staff. Not this year, however.

Only Northern Lehigh, with its 9-1 record, has earned a District 11 berth. And Tamaqua, continues its season in the Eastern Conference playoffs tonight.

So without being able to pick up any ground towards the top half of the standings last week, I'll take another crack at what will be on of our last three weeks during the post-season playoffs and where things will get interesting.

Let's not waste any time:

NORTHERN LEHIGH AT NORTH SCHUYLKILL - For the third straight year, these two teams get to meet in the district playoffs. The Spartans won in 2009 and the Bulldogs last year, so this is the tiebreaker. Spartans were slowed by some injuries down the stretch, but were still able to win. Still can't pick against the Bulldogs ... Northern Lehigh, 14-13.

TAMAQUA AT CATASAUQUA - Blue Raiders earned the right to play another week with a big win over rival Marian last week. If the linemen come to play, the Raiders should get a win here ... Tamaqua, 21-7.

DELAWARE VALLEY AT NAZARETH - No doubt about it we're going with the Blue Eagles here ... Nazareth, 28-7.

STROUDSBURG AT PARKLAND - Joe Bernhard has done an excellent job with the Mountaineers this year. Jim Morgans has the Trojans running through walls, however ...Parkland, 28-7.

FREEDOM AT EASTON - Some injuries could keep the Red Rovers from winning this one and then they'll get to prep for Thanksgiving ... Freedom, 14-7.

SCRANTON AT WYOMING VALLEY WEST - Don't have a clue who to pick in this one, so it's ... Wyoming Valley West, 24-13.

ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC AT EAST STROUDSBURG NORTH - The Vikings want to start their second season with a blast ... Central Catholic, 35-0.

POTTSVILLE AT BANGOR - Slaters have started to slide the last three weeks after going 7-0 early ... Pottsville, 20-14.

PINE GROVE AT PEN ARGYL - The Green Knights are the team to beat in AA ... Pen Argyl, 35-7.

WILLIAMS VALLEY VS. PIUS X - They'll be playing on Nazareth's turf field Saturday afternoon so the Royals will unleash the speed ... Pius X, 21-20.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY AT MINERSVILLE - The Battlin' Miners have a tougher offense than the Devils ... Minersville, 24-12.

POCONO MOUNTAIN EAST AT WHITEHALL - This is one case where the LVC is better than the MVC ... Whitehall, 42-0.

BLUE MOUNTAIN AT SOUTHERN LEHIGH - I sort of like the Spartans here, but the Eagles have something that can't let me turn them away ... Blue Mountain, 19-7.

NATIVITY AT BUCKTAIL - It's hunting season so why not pick ... Bucktail, 7-6.

NORTHWEST AREA AT MAHANOY AREA - The Golden Bears want to show that they are definitely better than they showed last week ... Mahanoy Area, 28-14.

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