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Pickable games in short supply

Last week: 4-1 (.800)

Season: 57-12 (.826)

This might be it for the Leader this fall.

Three local teams — Ford City, Freeport and Redbank Valley — are left standing, and nothing is guaranteed after Friday. The sudden finality for losing teams in the playoffs applies to the Leader, who will have to find a way to pass the time during future Thursdays. Foliage tours, perhaps?

Let’s skip the awkward goodbyes and go straight to the good stuff.

Ford City (10-0) vs. Seton-La Salle (9-1) at Valley Memorial Stadium, New Kensington

The Sabers’ past two seasons ended in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals, and the two seasons before that ended in the semifinals. Which fate awaits Ford City• The Leader thinks Ford City’s defense is tough enough to contain Seton-La Salle’s aerial attack and keep the Sabers in the game. Plus, the Leader can’t go against a team that hasn’t lost yet. Ford City, 28-27.

Freeport (7-3) vs. South Fayette (10-0) at NexTier Stadium, Harmony

The Yellowjackets settled a score against long-time rival Jeannette in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs last week. They don’t have much of a shared history with South Fayette, nor do they have the Lions’ offensive firepower. Freeport puts up a fight but falls. South Fayette, 35-20.

Kane (4-5) at Redbank Valley (5-5)

The Bulldogs are banged up for their first-round District 9 Class A game against Kane. They also lack the big bodies Kane has on the offensive and defensive line. Fortunately for Redbank Valley, its spread offense allows its stars to work in space, so the Wolves’ collective weight advantage won’t matter. Redbank Valley, 20-17.

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