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Overtime

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The final week of the regular season often has all the intensity and pressure of postseason football.

Some teams are battling to get into the playoffs while others are fighting for a better seed and a postseason home game.

There were six games last week that featured local teams and four of them (Jim Thorpe at Lehighton, Marian at Tamaqua, Northwestern at Catasauqua, and Stroudsburg at Pleasant Valley) had postseason implications for one or both teams.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It seems like only yesterday that the high school football season was kicking off. Nine area teams entered the season with high hopes and playoff dreams.

But the warm Friday night's of early September have given way to the brisk autumn evenings as the calendar prepares to turn to November.

Six area teams still have their playoff dreams intact as we brace for the final weekend of the regular season. This week, OVERTIME will examine how the year-old District 11 power rating system is impacting one area team's bid for a district playoff berth.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

As expected, Catasauqua and East Stroudsburg South are proving to be the class of the Colonial League and the Mountain Valley Conference respectively. Both teams were pre-season league favorites and are currently undefeated. OVERTIME would be remiss not to point out the great seasons one-loss teams Palisades and Southern Lehigh are having in the CL and that Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg are enjoying in the MVC.

But since both Catty and South have already beaten their two nearest pursuers, there seems to be little doubt how those league races are going to finish.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Six of the nine TIMES NEWS area teams picked up wins last weekend.

Included among those squads were Lehighton, Tamaqua and Marian which upped their season records to 4-3.

With Jim Thorpe at 6-1 and Northwestern and Pleasant Valley at 5-2, no less than six area clubs currently have winning records.

The last time six TN teams were above .500 after seven weeks of the season was 2008. In fact, in the previous 20 years there had only been four times that this has happened (2008, 2005, 1999 and 1994).

Thursday, September 26, 2013

This week's OVERTIME column will highlight how Pleasant Valley has stepped up its defensive play the last couple of weeks. OVERTIME will also feature a long streak that came to an end at Northern Lehigh, a couple of rare offensive feats by Jim Thorpe, some noteable achievements by a pair of Pleasant Valley players, and a few other interesting items.

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It hasn't quite reached the point where Pleasant Valley's Jim Terwilliger needs to find a part-time job or take out a loan, but "Taco Monday" definitely has had Tewilliger digging deep into his pockets the last few weeks.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What a difference a year can make!

This week's OVERTIME column will focus on the early-season turnaround the Jim Thorpe football program has made in 2013. The Olympians haven't been alone when it comes to laying the ground work for a bounce back season, however.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Welcome to the postseason version of OVERTIME.

The TIMES NEWS has four teams Pleasant Valley, Northern Lehigh, Tamaqua and Marian playing in the District 11 playoffs this weekend.

Only twice since the District football playoffs began in 1984 has the area had more teams qualify.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

There were no championships on the line this past Friday night when Pocono Mountain West beat Lehighton, 16-14.

But there was a definite "bowl game atmosphere."

With Tom McCarroll coaching Lehighton and his uncle Jim McCarroll coaching Pocono Mountain West, the matchup became McCarroll Bowl #1. The two coaching staffs actually wore t-shirts that said exactly that.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Some football teams are lucky enough to have a feature back that they can hand the ball off to when the game is on the line. In the pro ranks, the Chicago Bears had Walter Payton, the Detroit Lions had Barry Sanders and presently the Philadelphia Eagles have LeSean McCoy.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Pleasant Valley football team faced a pretty tough opponent this past weekend in the Wyomissing Spartans. The Spartans were no run-of-the-mill squad, being ranked number three in class AA in Pennsylvania according to the Harrisburg Patriot News.