Palmerton at Northwestern
WHEN: Friday 7 p.m. at Northwestern
RECORDS: Palmerton (2-3, 2-3 Colonial); Northwestern (3-2, 3-2 Colonial)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Palisades def. Palmerton 39-22; Northwestern def. Notre Dame 33-27.
NORTHWESTERN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Crusaders were able to limit Cam Richardson's effectiveness on the ground, so the Tigers just turned to Harry Hall for the heavy lifting and Hall picked up a career-high 195 yards rushing. Frank Dangello threw the ball just five times last week, but still threw for 117 yards. Both the ground game and passing game should be able to put up yardage against a relatively weak Palmerton defense.
PALMERTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Blue Bombers average just 17 points per game. Quarterback Logan Lesher is completing 55% of his passes, but doesn't throw too often, completing just 30 passes. Domonic Shivone and Austin Cook have combined for half of those catches. Northwestern should be able to concentrate on the Palmerton ground game, where Tre Nelson is the top gun, averaging just under eight yards per carry, with a team-high four touchdowns.
FAST FACTS: Palmerton led the league in turnover ratio at plus-eight coming into last week, but a rough week against Palisades dropped them to fifth with a plus-four ratio. Northwestern's defense is the stingiest in the Colonial League, allowing just 75 total points this season. The next closest are Notre Dame and Southern Lehigh, who have both allowed 91 points. The Blue Bombers are eighth in the league with 128 points allowed… Palmerton had outscored their opponents 57-40 in the first three weeks of the season. In the last two, they've been outscored 88-28… The league enters division play this week over the final five weeks of the regular season.
QUOTABLE: "They can be tough. They're the type of team that you can't make mistakes against or they'll surprise you." Northwestern coach Josh Snyder on the Palmerton Blue Bombers.
"This is a very big game for us as we enter the second half of the season. We still have many of our pre-season goals in tact that we want to accomplish. In order to achieve them, we need to prove that we can win games in our division play." Palmerton coach Chris Walkowiak.
Minersville at Jim Thorpe
WHEN: Friday October 4th at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Minersville (0-5, 0-4 Anthracite); Jim Thorpe (4-1, 4-0 Anthracite).
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Mahanoy def. Minersville 47-7; Jim Thorpe def. Shenandoah 27-14.
JIM THORPE'S IMPACT PLAYER'S: Jim Thorpe's trio of runners in Ryan Saunders, Deonte St. Hill, and Robbie Heller were back at it last week. The three combined for 322 yards rushing against the Blue Devils. Saunders was responsible for a big chunk of that, rushing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Saunders leads the TN area in rushing (694 yards) and is also in a three way tie for most touchdowns on the season (nine). St. Hill is fourth in the area with 529 yards and is also a part of the three way tie for most scores with nine.
MINERSVILLE'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Luke Heffron did not play last week versus Mahanoy, but is expected to make a return this week. Heffron is the Miners best weapon on offense as he has rushed for 213 yards and a touchdown this season. Miners' quarterback Nick McBreen is also a skilled player and can make plays with his arm.
FAST FACTS: The Miners are having a serious down year and they've been giving up huge numbers to their Anthracite foes throughout the season. Last week against Mahanoy, the Miners gave up 297 yards rushing to the Bears. That doesn't not bode well for the Miners as the Olympians are rushing for a TN area best 327.7 yards per game. Saunders, St. Hill, and Heller will surely be looking to rack up the yards on the Miners defense and barring injuries that's probably what will happen. On defense, Thorpe needs to continue to play solid and not let up the big play. Their "D" at times this season has given up the big play, but fortunately for them their offense has been able to continuously bail them out.
QUOTABLE: "Minersville is a young team that is in the same position that we were in the last two seasons with a lot of inexperience. Still, they will always play you tough and with a lot of energy and coach Mason always has them prepared. For us, we need to do better with ball security this week. A couple of our drives were stopped because of that issue and we've been working hard to correct that this week. We also need to continue to run the football well and played a well-balanced football game." Jim Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger
North Schuylkill at Tamaqua
WHEN: Friday October 4th at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: North Schuylkill (3-2, 3-2 Anthracite); Tamaqua (3-2, (1-2 Anthracite).
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Marian def. No. Schuylkill 27-26; Tamaqua def, Annville-Cleona 43-34.
TAMAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: It's looking like the Raiders "jack of all trades" player in Dustin Vadermartin will miss the rest of the season with a collarbone injury he sustained last week. This is a huge loss for Tamaqua as Vandermartin has score nine times on the season and is responsible for 532 yards of total offense. He has only touched the ball 26 times, meaning everytime he touched the ball this season he gained 20.46 yards per touch. A positive is that the Raiders got big production out of Tyler Hope last week, who finally seems to be 100% healthy as he rushed for 153 yards and two scores. Quarterback Nate Edmonds (638 pass) and backup tailback Ernie Shilko (254 rush, 4TDs) will also make an impact.
NO. SCHUYLKILL'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Spartans' quarterback Bobby Grigas rushed for 87 yards last week against the Colts and also threw for 177 yards and two scores. North Schuylkill wide receiver Glen Weist also showed how dynamic he was last week as well. He caught four balls for 110 yards and two scores. He also took back a punt for a 63-yard touchdown.
FAST FACTS: This game is a big one for both teams not only for the district playoff picture, but also for league play as well. Both teams are right now on the outside looking in for the District 11 playoffs as they sit in the seventh (Tam) and eighth (NS) spots respectively. North Schuylkill is coming off a crushing 27-26 loss to Marian, while the Raiders are coming off a nice win over Annville-Cleona. As noted, Tamaqua is going to be playing without Dustin Vandermartin, which certainly swings things in the favor of the Spartans. Without the combo of Tyler Hope and Vandermartin this season the Raiders have not fared well against the opposition.
QUOTABLE: "We got down in the second half last week but I like the fact that we were able to come back from a pretty big deficit. I thought the kids showed a lot of character in coming back to take the lead and finish the game." Tamaqua coach Sam Bonner
Lehighton at ES North
WHEN: Friday October 4th at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Lehighton (2-3, 1-3 MVC); ES North (2-3, 1-2 MVC).
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Dieruff def. Lehighton 35-34 (OT); PM West def. ES North 48-27.
LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Tyler Cann and Wyatt Clements have been the driving force behind the Indians' offense all season long. They both had solid games once again last week as Cann rushed for 116 yards and also threw for 110 yards and two scores. Clements rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Cann and Clements are both ranked in the top ten in the TIMES NEWS area in rushing as Cann has rushed for 313 yards on the season, while Clements has rushed for 309. Nick Newton and Tyler Crum also serve as formidable targets at the receiver spot. Tom Ruzicka added 59 yards rushing and a touchdown a week ago as well.
ES NORTH IMPACT PLAYERS: Senior quarterback Will Quiles has been successful with his arm and his legs this year, rushing for over 500 yards and passing for over 300, putting him in the top five in the MVC in both categories. Quiles isn't the Timberwolves only threat to run the ball, as Khair Bowman and Elijah McBride have both gained over 200-yards on the ground this season.
FAST FACTS: East Stroudsburg North has won the last two meetings by a combined score of 82-35...Lehighton won the 2010 contest by a score of 36-19...The Indians are 0-3 at home this season and 2-0 on the road. The Timberwolves are 0-2 at home and 2-1 on the road...Lehighton has allowed 97 points this season and scored 108 while ES North has allowed 140 and scored 120...From 2005-08, games between the Timberwolves and Indians were decided by a combined 13 points, with the teams splitting the four games. From 2009-12, the point differential ballooned to 90, with the Timberwolves going 3-1 in that span...Last week, the Timberwolves' defense allowed 48 points to a PM West team that had scored seven in its four previous games this season.
QUOTABLE: "Last week was definitely tough, but we have a chance to come out Friday night and redeem ourselves in another league game. We're looking forward to it." Lehighton coach Tom McCarroll.
PM East at Pleasant Vy.
WHEN: Friday October 4th at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: PM East (3-2, 2-2 MVC); Pleasant Vy. (4-1, 3-0 MVC).
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: ES South def. PM East 32-28; Pleasant Vy. def, Wyomissing 49-38.
PLEASANT VY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Pleasant Valley starting quarterback and leader Brandon Leap was knocked out of last week's game, but fear not another Brandon came to the rescue. Brandon Kuehner threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns to lead the PV to a win. Leap will play this week and like usual is expected to make an impact. Austin Borre had another solid week, rushing for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Nyien Nevarez caught three passes for 139 yards and two scores, while Kevin Cruz caught five balls for 94 yards and two scores.
PM EAST'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Luke Hohenstein had 131 yards passing, a TD and three INTs in last week's loss to ES South. The Cardinals got a huge game from senior running back Corey Castillon, who rushed for a season-best 231 yards and three touchdowns. He had TD runs of 29, 29 and 20 yards. In the first half, the senior had 198 yards.
FAST FACTS: Pleasant Valley has won the last four meetings, including a 14-13 triumph last year, which proved to be the Bears' closest contest in 2012...Pleasant Valley is 7-2 against PM East over the last nine years, losing only in 2007-08. The Cardinals outscored the Bears 21-0 in those games...Pleasant Valley's 28-7 win over PM East in 2006 was its only victory of the season...The Bears will have senior quarterback Brandon Leap back under center this week. Leap sustained an eye injury late in the first quarter of last week's game against Wyomissing and did not return...ES South's win over PM East last week vaulted the Cavaliers into a first-place tie with Pleasant Valley in the MVC. The loss put the Cardinals two games out of first as the second half of the season gets underway...Pleasant Valley is 2-0 at home this season and is currently on a four-game winning-steak. The Cardinals, however, are 3-0 on the road but have only one away game remaining after this week.
QUOTABLE: "We want to improve in all areas. I think we've shown glimpses this year that we can be a good football team. Against Pocono Mountain East, we're really going to have to put it together and win the four phases of the football game." Pleasant Vy. coach Jim Terwilliger.
Northern Lehigh at Pen Argyl
WHEN: Saturday, October 5th at 2:30 p.m.
RECORDS: Northern Lehigh (1-4, 1-4 Colonial League); Pen Argyl (3-2, 3-0 Colonial League).
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Northern Lehigh defeated Salisbury 12-6; Southern Lehigh defeated 2-16.
NO. LEHIGH IMPACT PLAYERS: Bulldogs finally hit the win column last week and did it with Nate Farber scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 207 yards on 37 carries. CJ Young backed up Farber with 28 yards. Farber wound up taking snaps from center when quarterback Chance DeLong went down with an ankle injury. If DeLong can't go, look for Farber to take the majority of the snaps again while freshmen Taz McNair and Ryan Farber getting their feet wet at times.
PEN ARGYL IMPACT PLAYERS: Green Knight running back Mike DePaulo was injured and played defense last week against Southern Lehigh. Freshman running back Logan Ruppert stepped in and gained 97 yards on 23 carries in the win two weeks ago at Wilson. The Green Knights have a big and solid line, but have lost senior Joey Sisson for the season.
FAST FACTS: Pen Argyl won last year's meeting 41-28 in a game that saw the Knights rack up 222 yards on the ground and over 200 through the air...The two teams have split the last four regular season meetings, with Pen Argyl winning the last two...The Knights gave the Bulldogs their only two losses in 2011, a 14-8 setback in the regular season and a 26-7 loss in the District 11 Class AA title game. Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl did not play in 2008...The Bulldogs have allowed 140 points this season while scoring 68. The Knights have scored 107 and allowed 101...Northern Lehigh is 0-2 on the road this season while Pen Argyl is 2-1 at home. After Friday's contest, three of the Knights' final four games will be on the road... From 2009-12, the Bulldogs had a combined 18-2 record through five games.
QUOTABLE: "Our defense has to keep us in games at this point, just like they did against Salisbury. That won the game for us last week and we'll have to count on them again." Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout.