William Allen at Tamaqua
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: William Allen 0-1 (0-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Tamaqua 1-0 (1-0 Anthracite Football League)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Allentown Central Catholic def. William Allen 35-7; Tamaqua def. Jim Thorpe 34-29
ALLEN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Alvin Lara (TD pass), RB/WR Jaleel Ennis (TD rec)
TAMAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Jake Love (15-105-2TD rush), RB Dalton Nunemacher (17-100 rush, 2-37-TD rec, INT TD), QB Nate Edmonds (2-9-37-TD pass), RB Tyler Hope (2-80-TD rush)
FAST FACTS: Allen has won just five of its last 61 games dating back to the middle of the 2005 season. Fittingly, all five of those wins have come against Dieruff. In those last 61 games, the Canaries never once faced a team lower than the AAA level. Last year Allen scored a measly 8.9 points-per-game while allowing a staggering 47.8. Conversely, Tamaqua has only faced three AAAA teams since 2000. The Raiders are 0-3 in those games, having lost to Pleasant Valley each of the last two years and State College in 2001. The key for Tamaqua will be to contain Lara. Lara can cause trouble in the pocket or make plays with his legs. Allen also has a lot of size up front. The Raiders may look to spread them out with the pass in hopes of lossening them up later in the game.
QUOTABLE: "Allen hasn't had a lot of success, but you have to look at the teams they have been playing in the LVC. They have a new coach who is trying to establish a different mentality. Our goal will be to contain their athletes and have a balanced attack offensively." Head coach Sam Bonner.
Pleasant Valley at Dieruff
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Pleasant Valley 0-1 (0-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Dieruff 0-1 (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Nazareth def. Pleasant Valley 50-28; Pocono Mountain East def. Dieruff 39-12
PLEASANT VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Brandon Leap (16-34-244-2TD pass, 12-33 rush), RB Austyn Borre (11-105-2TD rush, 2-4 rec), WR Sekou Jones (6-94 rec), WR Andrew Romeo (3-54-TD rec), WR Tony Bell (3-49-TD rec)
DIERUFF'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Quentin Williams (9-20-72 pass, 11-88-TD rush), RB Shakur Lester (12-64-TD rush), RB Kasey Myers (2-29 rush, 3-29 rec), WR Eddie Rodriguez (1-29 rec)
FAST FACTS: Friday night's game will be Dieruff's home opener as a member of the Mountain Valley Conference. The Huskies played their first in-conference game last week, in which they lost to Pocono Mountain East 39-12. The loss was Dieruff's 31st consecutive loss. In fact, the MVC's two newest members (Allen and Dieruff) had combined to win just nine games in the last seven years as members of the Lehigh Valley Conference. Despite being down 28-0 to the Cardinals at one point, the Huskies put together an 11-play, 97-yard scoring drive and showed signs of resiliency under new coach Kyle Beller. Their biggest threat is Williams, who is 6-3 and possesses the ability to make plays and make people miss. Dieruff surrendered 397 yards of offense last week, including 265 yards on the ground. The Pleasant Valley offense, which nearly went for 400 yards against a much better defense in Nazareth, could be in for a big day this weekend. The Bears will have to limit their turnovers though, as they turned the ball over six times last week. The last meeting between these two teams was back on Sept. 2, 1983 when Dieruff won 23-0. Pleasant Valley head coach Jim Terwilliger wasn't even born at the time.
QUOTABLE: "Dieruff has some good athletes who can play some plays. They have a new head coach and although they haven't won much lately, they have nothing to lose and that can make them dangerous. Our defense must play with a sense of urgency after last week and can't take anything for granted." Head coach Jim Terwilliger.
Salisbury at Northwestern
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Northwestern 0-1 (0-1 Colonial League); Salisbury 0-1 (0-1 Colonial League)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Palisades def. Northwestern 41-0; Bangor def. Salisbury 20-7
NORTHWESTERN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Frank Dangello (16-27-139 pass), RB Cam Richardson (9-108 rec), WR Mason Schuler (3-7 rec; 4-12 rush), WR/DB Alex Bobbyn (1-10 rec; 12 tackles), TE Justin Betz (2-14 rec; 6 tackles), OL/DL Mac Storm
SALISBURY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Derek Brown (7-14-80-TD pass); WR Mason Kresley (2-60-TD rec), RB Ted Denver (13-55 rush), QB Michael Abraham, OL/DL Gavin Sontagg
FAST FACTS: The Falcons have gone winless in two of their last four seasons and are 1-20 since the opening day of 2010. Both teams have first-year head coaches in Salisbury's Andy Cerco and Northwestern's Josh Snyder, a former Northwestern player who played at Lehigh and spent seven years as a Tigers' assistant. The Tigers had not lost their season opener since 2008 when they fell to Bangor, 28-14. They haven't started 0-2 since 2000, when they lost to Salisbury and Southern Lehigh to start a 5-5 campaign. That also marks the Falcons' last win over Northwestern. Since 2001, the Tigers have beaten the Falcons eight times, including a District 11 Class AA semifinal overtime win in 2001. The teams did not meet last year or in 2004-05.
QUOTABLE: "They spread the football around. They're very multiple. The do a lot of short passing, a lot of bubble screens and slants. They keep you on your toes. They can break any of those short passes for a big gain." Head coach Josh Snyder.
Jim Thorpe at Blue Mountain
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Jim Thorpe 0-1 (0-1 Anthracite Football League); Blue Mountain 0-1 (0-1 Berks Football League)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Tamaqua def. Jim Thorpe 34-29; Conrad Weiser def. Blue Mountain 28-14
JIM THORPE'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Pat Duvigneaud (13-33-229-3TD-5 int. pass, 10-54-TD rush), WR Khaaliq Lynch (11-185-2TD rec), WR Mike Harleston (1-30-TD rec, 2-37 rush)
BLUE MOUNTAIN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Shane Grapsy (5-11-58 pass, 13-68-TD rush), RB Justin Gilfillian (12-57-TD rush), RB Will Bornstein (5-35 rush), RB Mike Donovan (8-22 rush)
FAST FACTS: Jim Thorpe will test Blue Mountain this week with their passing attack. The Olympians Khaaliq Lynch caught 11 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns against Tamaqua in week one. The last time somebody had over 185 yards receiving at Jim Thorpe was in 2008 when another Lynch recorded 195 yards. Khaaliq's brother Kysheem caught four balls for 195 on Onctober 28th, 2008. Duvigneaud showed big play potential passing for 229 yards, but also showed some inconsistency throwing five picks. Either way Blue Mountain will have to be on their toes come Friday night. With the TIMES NEWS records going back to 1985 this is the first meeting if any between Jim Thorpe and Blue Mountain before that time. Blue Mountain will look to try and get the "big play" against the Olympians. The Olympians gave up scores of 80, 96, and 80, and also gave up a 65-yard run to start the game.
QUOTABLE: "We've been preaching as a coaching staff to not give up the big play. Last week that was the difference in the game. We also need to not turn the ball over. Last week if we limit their big plays and not turn the ball over six times and it could have been a different outcome. Blue Mountain has a goo group of linebackers as well so it's important for us to stick on our blocks. We also have to be able to run the ball this week, in order to counter our passing attack." Head coach Mark Rosenberger
Lehighton at Stroudsburg
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Lehighton 0-1 (0-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Stroudsburg 0-1 (0-0 Mountain Valley Conference)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Marian def. Lehighton 34-10; Northampton def. Stroudsburg 20-14
LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Jacen Nalesnik (10-98-TD rush, 1-6 rec), QB Tyler Crum 2-9-7 pass)
STROUDSBURG'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Mike Nikorak (11-21-139-2TD pass), WR Donovan McDonald (9-128-2TD rec), RB Altarique Mosley-Dew (24-82 rush), RB Gerald Douglas (9-75 rush)
FAST FACTS: Receiver Donovan McDonald is Stroudsburg's playmaker, as he hauled in nine receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns. The Mounties' defense is big up front and stepped up on the ground last week. They held Northampton to just 46 yards and 27 carries. That doesn't bode well for the Indians since they rely on the run and managed just seven yards passing last week against Marian. The locals also gave up 118 passing yards to a run-based team. Stroudsburg has won the last five meetings between the two teams. Lehighton's last win came in 2006 when it won 35-21.
QUOTABLE: "We have had a good tempo this week and the kids have been confident. The have bounced back with a nice approach at our practice even though we are coming off of a tough loss. I think our kids are getting ready to go. Hopefully, we don't have a letdown." Head coach Tom McCarroll.
Northern Lehigh at Notre Dame
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Northern Lehigh 1-0 (1-0 Colonial League); Notre Dame 1-0 (1-0 Colonial League)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Northern Lehigh def. Southern Lehigh 33-7; Notre Dame def. Palmerton 26-6
NORTHERN LEHIGH'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Dan Marsh (3-6-44-TD pass, 16-109-2TD rush), RB Nate Farber (17-67 rush), TE Caleb Johnson (4-55-TD rush), WR Darien Middaugh (2-42-TD rec, 3-45 rush, KO TD)
NOTRE DAME'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Kordell Theadford (6-14-100-TD pass, 10-47 rush), RB Reggie Carter (23-74-2TD rush), RB Juvany Georges (4-61-TD rush)
FAST FACTS: Northern Lehigh has dominated the Crusaders, beating them the last 15 times they have faced them. Northern Lehigh, which is always strong on the defensive end will have to stop the three headed rushing attack of Kordell Theadford, Reggie Carter, and Juvany George. The three combined for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Theadford is also very elusive at the quarterback spot and a Bulldog missed tackle here and there could give him the window to make a big play. Northern Lehigh will surely pound the ball against Crusders, but will also need to depend on quarterback Dan Marsh to throw the football if the Crusaders load up in the box. Marsh played well last week combining for 156 yards through the air and the ground and scoring three touchdowns.
QUOTABLE: "We have to get better defensivley this week. We weren't in the proper alignments last week in some instances and with a dangerous player like Theadford running their offense we can't afford to make those mistakes. Also our defensive line playing well again this week will be important for us. We also will be looking to get the ball to Caleb Johnson whenever we can. Dan Marsh did a good job of making decisions last week and we need him to continue to throw the ball well when the opportunity presents itself." Head coach Joe Tout
Schuylkill Valley at Panther Valley
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Schuylkill Valley 1-0 (1-0 Berks Football League); Panther Valley 1-0 (1-0 Anthracite Football League)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Schuylkill Valley def. Pottstown 34-7; Panther Valley def. Mahanoy Area 34-6
SCHUYLKILL VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Kyle Beissel (9-16-70 pass, TD rush), RB Eryk Ceranowski (17-163-3TD rush, 3-39 rec), RB Ryan Matthews (9-101-TD rush)
PANTHER VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Richie Smith (18-215-3TD rush), QB Matt Levitt (4-9-88-2TD pass, 3-11 rush), WR Devon Dilliard (1-15-TD rec), RB Kyle Ferryman (1-34-TD rec)
FAST FACTS: Schuylkill Valley returns 15 of its 22 starters from last year's District 3 AA playoff team. The school's track team won the AA state championship last year and has a number of those runners on its football team this year. The Panthers have won the last three meetings between the two teams. Schuylkill Valley also return two 1,000 yard rushers from a year ago in Ceranowski and Matthews. Beissel also threw for over 1,500 yards last season. Meaning the Panthers defense certainly has their work cut out for them on Friday night.
QUOTABLE: "This is going to be a very interesting match-up. They are more of a finesse team and we are trying to change our cultural to a more physical team. They are playing the role of the boxer and we are playing the role of the puncher. Our goal is to limit their big plays and just ground it out offense." Head coach Lon Hazlet
Palmerton at Wilson
WHEN: Saturday at 1 p.m.
RECORDS: Palmerton 0-1 (0-1 Colonial League); Wilson 0-1 (0-1 Colonial League)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Notre Dame def. Palmerton 26-6; Catasauqua def. Wilson 37-6
PALMERTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB/LB Cody Peters (10-35 rush), RB/LB Trey Nelson (8-24 rush), RB/DB Alex Vignone (8-23 rush), OL/DL John Snyder
WILSON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Trey Robinson (15-131 rush), WR Zack Bogoly (3-35-TD rec), QB Ryan Dailey (5-13-27 pass, 8-20 rush), QB Nick Smith (4-7-77-TD pass)
FAST FACTS: The Bombers have not been very successful against Wilson as of late; only getting one win against the Warriors in the last ten seasons. The Warriors look to be down again however, going 2-8 just a year ago so this could be a year where the Bombers can take advantage. Palmerton is coming off a disappointing week one loss to Notre Damewhere they came up with just 150 yards of total offense, including a mere five yards passing. Wilson looks to be weak against the run, giving up 151 yards to Catasauqua running back Ra'Von Burton on just 11 carries. The Bombers will need to exploit Wilson's inability to stop the running attack with the tandem of Alex Vignone and Trey Nelson in order to get the Colonial League victory tomorrow night.
QUOTABLE: "We need to learn from the mental and physical mistakes we made against Notre Dame in week 1 and move on. Our focus this week in practice is going to be on carrying out blocking assignments correctly at the point of attack and protecting the football. Our defense and special teams did a good job of giving us good field position; we must put the ball in the end zone when these opportunities arise." Head coach Chris Walkowiak.