Posted by on August 27, 2019 4:23 pm

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Categories: Coal Region Football 2019 Local Sports

A big win over Hazleton in Week 1 of the 2019 high school football season vaulted Pottsville into WNEP’s first regular season Super 16 Football Countdown.

The Crimson Tide defeated Hazleton, 42-7, last Friday, in their season opener on the road. Previously unranked, Pottsville moved into #13 on the WNEP poll.

The top local team remains North Schuylkill at #2 on the WNEP countdown. On Friday, the Spartans turned aside Loyalsock 33-13 to start the season on the right foot. North Schuylkill came into the season as the pre-season #2 on WNEP’s poll.

Two other Schuylkill League teams stayed in the countdown. Tamaqua won last Friday, shutting out Line Mountain, 40-0. They stayed at #9.

And Jim Thorpe actually dropped one spot after it barely escaped Schuylkill Haven in the season opener, 10-7. The Olympians move to #11, from #10, after their Week 1 win.

These teams will look to stay in the rankings another week. On Friday, North Schuylkill hosts Shamokin in what should be a good game. Tamaqua plays host to Mahanoy Area in a non-league matchup of Schuylkill County teams, and Pottsville hosts Wyomissing on the Week 2 schedule.

2019 WNEP Super 16 Football Countdown – Week 1

Here’s a look at the full WNEP Super 16 Countdown for Week 1 of the 2019 season:

  1. Southern Columbia (1-0)
  2. North Schuylkill (1-0)
  3. Valley View (1-0)
  4. Dallas (1-0)
  5. Mount Carmel (1-0)
  6. Berwick (1-0)
  7. Montoursville (1-0)
  8. Wyoming Area (1-0)
  9. Tamaqua (1-0)
  10. Scranton Prep (1-0)
  11. Jim Thorpe (1-0)
  12. Shamokin (1-0)
  13. Pottsville (1-0)
  14. Selinsgrove (1-0)
  15. Old Forge (1-0)
  16. Delaware Valley (0-1)

For classic coal region football fans, it’s worth noting that this Saturday features a great annual matchup between #1 Southern Columbia and #5 Mount Carmel, at Southern.

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