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Central Bucks West in Familiar Role
By Jason Coleman

Mike Pettine is the only coach that Central Bucks has ever had. Why would they ever want anyone else. The Bucks are not just the favorite to win their third straight PIAA AAAA championship, but have been one of the most consistent programs in the nation. CB West, ranked #3 in the nation, square off against Erie Cathedral Prep on Saturday at 5:00 at Hershey Park Stadium. Juniors at CB West do not know what it is to lose. They are 14-0 this year and looking for their third straight perfect season. 44 games in a row they won on this current streak, two state championships and a lot of national attention.

The Bucks are coming off of a 26-14 come-from-behind win against Bethlehem Catholic in the PIAA Eastern Finals. They are averaging 35 points per game and give up just an amazing 5 points a game coming out of one of the toughest AAAA conferences in the state - District one's Suburban National. Their opponent, Erie Cathedral (13-0), is coming off their own come-from-behind 27-23 victory against previously unbeaten Woodland Hills. Prep used a big play offense to outlast the Wolverines. One aspect of that game that must worry the Rambler's staff is the running game. Woodland Hills was able to put up over 200 yards rushing on the vaunted Rambler defense and offensively Erie Prep was stymied in their run game. Prep's big play passing game is what got them past Woody High and will be a have to play a major role on Saturday.

If Woodland Hills caused Erie problems for their rushing defense, imagine what Dustin Picciotti can do. He has 1,725 yards on the season and is widely thought to be one of the best fullbacks on the east coast. He spearheads a team that has become the states first true AAAA dynasty. They have a chance for state championship #4 in the 1990's.

These two teams have been on a collision coarse since the beginning of the season. They were ranked as the top teams in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania all season, but it took fourth quarter heroics to get rid of both Bethlehem Catholic and Woodland Hills. Central Bucks West's offensive line and Picciotti wore down the Hawks and WR Ed Henkel's brilliant run on a screen pass dashed Woodland Hills' hopes. Both teams will need to play near flawless ball as the PIAA Quad A championship game pits two undefeated team since the 1995.

Game time is set for Saturday at 5:00 pm and can be heard LIVE at www.NSNsports.net!