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HS Football Polls ‘23 – Week 11

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Before we look at this week’s high school football polls, a moment to brag just a little bit about the insights that the ATVN pollsters give us each week (again, no, I don’t voice so this isn’t a self-congratulatory mention).

Last week when Northwestern beat Southern Lehigh – quite soundly – many of the other local media had to admit a “shake-up” in their polls or talk about a “major upset” in their Lehigh Valley rankings.

However, the people who rank our poll each week have had Northwestern (not Notre Dame, Southern Lehigh or anybody else) as their number one team in our rankings each week since our pre-season poll way back in mid-August, before the season started.

Not only did our pollsters accurately predict the Tigers and Spartans correctly as our small school “one and two” but they still have the same number three and four teams.

And…for our big schools, four of the five teams they selected back in August are still listed. 

Those people who we are blessed to have participate in our polls (and we do thank them for their time and efforts) should get the recognition they deserve for correctly selecting the top teams in each poll all through the season.

Can they remain as close to perfect as they could possibly be with two weeks left to spare?

Check back next week for the final two weeks of predictions as the playoffs continue and we start to lose our local schools as the games roll on.

Our playoff coverage continues this weekend as we will be bringing you the second round of high school football playoff coverage

On Friday, we’ll have live coverage of the District XI 6A semi-final matchup between Emmaus and Parkland (a rematch of these two teams from two weeks aga in the regular season finale).  Also, we will have the 6A semifinal between Northampton and Nazareth.

Keep checking back to the “SportsTalk Shop” over the next few weeks for highlights of our recent games as seen on the Astound TV Network (video customers can see these games for free through Video-On-Demand for up to two months from the initial airdates!)

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 on our website and check it frequently for any changes and for our ongoing broadcast schedule information throughout the postseason.


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