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Overtime

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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

As far as losses go, Friday night's 49-48 overtime heartbreaker against Panther Valley would probably have to rank among one of the toughest in Jim Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger's career.

Anytime a team losses by a point in overtime, there are dozens of plays that a coach can replay over and over in his head that might have changed the outcome.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Playing meaningful games late in the season is the goal of all high school football teams.

For six of the nine teams in the TIMES NEWS coverage area, that's exactly what they will be doing as the regular season concludes this weekend.

Northern Lehigh has qualified for the District 11 Class AA playoffs while Marian has a very slight chance of making the District 11 Class A playoffs. Most of the drama surrounds the Eastern Conference playoffs where Marian, Tamaqua, Northwestern, Pleasant Valley and Lehighton are all alive.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's hard to believe, but the 2011 high school football season is already into the home stretch.

The first eight weeks of the season haven't been extremely successful for the majority of area teams. Heading into this week's action, Northern Lehigh is the only local team with a winning record. The Bulldogs (7-1) are also the only area team that appears likely to be headed to the District 11 playoffs.

But despite the lack of overall team success, the season has produced some outstanding individual highlights so far.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It was a week full of fantastic finishes on the local high school football scene.

Unfortunately for area teams, almost all of them ended up on the losing side of the thrilling finishes.

Four of the eight games involving TIMES NEWS area teams were decided on scoring plays late in the final quarter with three of them occuring in the final three minutes.

Marian, Lehighton, Panther Valley and Northwestern all suffered heartbreaking losses while Northern Lehigh was the only area team on the winning side of a fourth quarter comeback.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

With only four weeks remaining in the regular season, the lead of this week's OVERTIME column will focus on the playoff outlook for some area football teams.

The bad news is that if the playoff started today, only one TIMES NEWS area team would be attending the District 11 dance.

Northern Lehigh, which is currently holding the fourth and final playoff slot in Class AA, would be the sole invitee. The Bulldogs will be in the playoffs if they can win out and have a shot even with one more loss.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The talk first surfaced back in July, when the PIAA Board of Directors unanimously passed at its first reading a proposal to cut the PIAA football season from 16 weeks to 15 weeks..

The final decision should come by the time the Board concludes its two-day meeting tomorrow.