Keeping a high school football program at a premier level year in and year out is a difficult task to achieve, but with kids like Trevor Yashur it's easy to see why the Bulldogs stay at that level. Yashur's performance (22-243-3 tds) last week against Palisades has earned him week four TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.
Northern Lehigh's (4-0, 4-0 Colonial) head back knew he had to be an offensive threat coming into 2011, to build off the Bulldog's success from last season.
"We knew we had to step it up in order to have the same season we had last year," added Yashur. "We busted our humps in the weightroom during the off-season and we want to have another successful year here."
It's no secret that Northern Lehigh likes to run the football. Going into week five the Bulldogs have amassed a total of 900 yards on the ground, which Yashur explains could not happen without the excellent play of his offensive line.
"This award isn't only for me," said Yashur. "It's also for our lineman who have been doing a great job blocking for me. I run the ball, but they have to do the work, and they have answered every challenge that has been set in front of them this season."
Yashur who has predominately been a defensive back in his career at Northern Lehigh had to take on a new role as the Bulldog's feature back. Yashur is second in the area in rushing with 488 yards and has scored seven touchdowns.
"Trevor is a kid that our guys look up to," said Northern Lehigh Head Coach Joe Tout. "He had to take on a new role for us this season running the football and he has impressed us with his production so far."
What impresses the Northern Lehigh staff the most about Yashur is his ability to keep his feet moving and run through opposing tacklers.
"He is a real good straight ahead runner and he hits the hole hard," added Tout. "We like how he always keeps his feet moving and extends plays for us. Last week he ran though a lot of tackles, and that contributed to his success running the football."
Field conditions around the area are looking to be just as poor as last weekend with Salisbury (0-4, 0-4 Colonial) and talented running back Andy Eherts coming to Slatington this week. The Bulldogs who have been rolling this season are dominating on both sides of the football scoring 37.0 ppg and only giving up 6.3 ppg.
"We just have to keep getting better every week," said Tout. "We don't look at long-term goals and we tell the kids the mark of a good team is not to overlook any opponent. Our approach is to just take care of Friday night."
Yashur agrees with his Coach's comments and knows it's a long road to where the Bulldgs want to end up at the end of the season.
"No matter who we play each week we have to keep the same high intensity," said Yashur. "It doesn't matter who it is, we just want to get better week in and week out. We know were going to see different challenges throughout the season, but if we play consistent and make things happen I think were going to have a good year."