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HS Football Polls ‘23 – Week 8

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There continues to be very little movement in our high school polls this year–which is just fine to the top teams in each of the Astound TV Network’s EPC and Colonial Leagues polls.

Parkland, Nazareth, Northampton, Northwestern, Southern Lehigh and Notre Dame all won again – and won big – last weekend and continued playing well heading into the last two weeks of the regular season. Central Catholic had to come from behind but still won by 16 and Emmaus won their game by 15.

Once more, most of the above mentioned teams will likely be favored to win their remaining games before the playoffs.  (Keep an eye on the cross-league game between Blue Mountain and Bangor coming up, which could go a long way in shaping the District XI 4A playoff picture.)

That being said, there’s still some great individual efforts and a number of players that are nearing milestones to keep an eye on for the next few weeks.

Before we look at this week’s high school football polls, here’s a look at recent games seen on ATVN.

Astound Sports: Whitehall vs. Bethlehem Catholic (9/23)

Astound Sports: Wilson vs. Pen Argyl (8/23)

Astound Sports: Nazareth vs. Emmaus (9/23)

Now here’s a look at our polls along with our criteria that we use.

This year, we are once again going to break down the two polls into EPC and Colonial League schools, within the Astound TV broadcast area.  With the Colonial teams cross-scheduling and playing teams from the Schuylkill League and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playing different “cross-over” teams, our poll will be an interesting barometer for teams in the Lehigh Valley since many local teams will not have the same opponents throughout their schedules.

Below we have high school polls for both leagues in the ATVN viewing area, along with the listing of all of the teams that are included in our respective categories.

  1. Parkland
  2. Nazareth  
  3. Northampton
  4. Central Catholic
  5. Emmaus

Eligible Teams (in no particular order):

Northampton, Bethlehem Catholic, Easton, Freedom, Liberty, Dieruff, Allen, Allentown Central Catholic, Parkland, Whitehall, Emmaus, and Nazareth.

  1. Northwestern
  2. Southern Lehigh
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Bangor

Eligible Teams (in no particular order):

Bangor, Pen Argyl, Notre Dame – Green Pond, Wilson, Catasauqua, Salisbury, Saucon Valley, Northwestern, Northern Lehigh and Southern Lehigh.

Be sure to check back to the “upcoming events” section here on our website and check it frequently for any changes and for our ongoing broadcast schedule information throughout the regular season and postseason.


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