The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs finished their first order of business last week when they tucked away the Colonial League championship with a perfect 10-0 regular season record.
While the team was headed toward the fire trucks and buses that paraded them around town, Bulldog quarterback Dylan Hofmann put everything into perspective for his teammates.
"We'll enjoy this now, but remember, we're 0-0 again tomorrow," he quipped.
The Bulldogs stayed focused through the entire 10-game schedule, except for what might have been a little hiccup during the win against Palisades.
"One thing that we have to give our kids credit for this year is that they haven't looked by anybody," said Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout. "We came out a little flat against Palisades but were able to get things going and get the win.
"Our kids believed us last week when we told them Palmerton played people tough for three quarters, they just weren't finishing games.
So they entered that game and knew with the win, everything else will take care of itself and that's what they did.
"I think it was after the Pen Argyl game that our kids started to believe we could go undefeated. And what impressed me was we went from Pen Argyl, to Northwestern, to Catty, to Palmerton. It wasn't an easy road."
Now the Bulldogs take the No. 1 seed into the District 11 2A playoffs this Saturday when they host No. 4 seed Jim Thorpe in a 7 o'clock start.
One thing that makes Tout happy is that this year, they get to play someone outside of the league right off the bat.
Last year, the Bulld