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Pennsylvania Preps Pick'em: Playoffs Week 5

Each week we'll take three intriguing matchups and put our knowledge to the test with some predictions. If you think your team's game is one of the best on the schedule, let us know in the comments or on Twitter @CParishESPNHS and we'll put it up for debate.

(Ranks are based on this week's state rankings)

Council Rock South (12-1) vs. North Penn (11-2)

Council Rock South has just one loss this season — a three-point loss to Pennsbury. That, coincidentally, is who the Golden Hawks' opponent just beat to advance to the quarterfinals. North Penn toppled Pennsbury, 27-3. Does that mean North Penn is 30 points better than Council Rock South? Hardly. The Golden Hawks will rely on senior QB Brian Donnelly to shoulder the load offensively, and he'll do so as he's done all season — by running the football. North Penn counters with a defense that has been stellar of late — the Knights have averaged less than eight points allowed per game over their last four contests. PREDICTION: North Penn 27, Council Rock South 17

Montour (11-2) vs. No. 9 Grove City (12-0)

You might not find a defense anywhere in the state as impressive as Grove City has. The Eagles have allowed just 58 points all season long. To put it in perspective, the offense has scored more than 58 points in four games this season. They've shut out three of their last four opponents. But it's safe to say the Eagles haven't faced anyone as talented as Montour yet this season. The Spartans have plenty of offensive talent — they average more than 37 points per game in the tough WPIAL — and they have one of the state's best quarterbacks in senior Dillon Buechel, not to mention stellar senior RB Julian Durden. Can District 10's best hang with the class of the WPIAL? This game could be epic. PREDICTION: Grove City 24, Montour 21

Tyrone Area (12-1) vs. Hickory (11-1)

Tyrone enters the game with arguably the best quarterback in District 6. Senior Steve Franco, who's headed to Akron next season, needs only 59 passing yards to break his own school record for yards in a season. He's already surpassed his completions mark. He and senior rusher Christian Getz form a very balanced offense, and the defense does the rest. On the other side, Hickory relies on stellar running back DeShawn Coleman, a junior who's amassed 2,237 yards and 31 scores on the ground this year. For the winner? In all likelihood, a date with dangerous WPIAL foe Aliquippa (with all apologies to a stellar and unbeaten Moniteau squad). PREDICTION: Tyrone Area 24, Hickory 17

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