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Thursday, September 16, 2010

There was more excitement and anticipation surrounding the Pleasant Valley football program this season than there had been in a long time.

The Bears last winning season on the gridiron was in 2004. During the next four seasons, they managed a total of just eight victories.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Tom Linette era at Northwestern High School is officially underway.

After nearly 30 years and more than 300 games as an assistant coach, Linette led the Tigers onto the field as a head coach for the first time on Friday night.

Northwestern made sure that game one, season one of Linette's head coaching career is one he'll always remember as it rolled to a 30-0 victory over Salisbury.

But if you thought that all those seasons as a Tiger assistant made this just another Friday night for Linette, think again.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another regular season is in the books. Ten weeks of high school football has flown past.

It might seem like only yesterday that the nine area high schools were running through summer practices in the heat and humidity of August, but anyone out attending last Friday night's games when temperatures fell into the 20s knows that the 2009 season is now in its home stretch.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

For Stan Dakosty and Marian, it was stunning

For Mark Rosenberger and Jim Thorpe, it was exhilarating.

Last Friday night in Hometown, the Colts raced to a 20-0 first quarter lead against their rivals.

While there were still three quarters left to played, history instead hinted at the fact that this game was over.

Amazingly, the Olympians rallied to cut the gap to six by halftime, tied the game early in the fourth quarter and then won it on a 26-yard field goal off the foot of James Denny.

After the contest, Coach Dakosty said, "To lose like this is tough."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The high school football season is in its stretch run. With just two weeks left in the regular season, three teams have already clinched berths in the District 11 playoffs.

Northern Lehigh, Panther Valley and Tamaqua will all be part of this year's expanded Class AA field.

Probably the most amazing thing about the last two weeks of the season is the fact that although just one other team in the coverage area has a winning record - Northwestern - five teams are still alive for District 11 playoff berths.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's not a situation Stan Dakosty has found himself in very often during his coaching career at Marian.

Dakosty and the Colts are accustomed to battling for postseason berths, not fighting for a .500 record.

OVERTIME talked to the veteran Marian coach about how this season's stretch drive will differ from the last three years when the Colts were contenders for District 11 championships.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

All coaches will tell you that injuries are part of the game in football.

Most will go out of their way to avoid mentioning injuries after a loss.

That's because they know that over time, things have a way evening out. One year your team might not suffer a key injury the entire season, the next you might lose several starters for a lengthy period of time. Most years, it lies somewhere in between.

But a few area teams have suffered so many key injuries this season, especially at the quarterback position, that OVERTIME has decided to look at it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Offenses that rely primarily on their running game, can sometimes be labled "conservative or boring."

Northern Lehigh does just that. The Bulldogs have attempted just 50 passes and completed only 12, both numbers are the least among TIMES NEWS area teams this season.

But there is nothing boring about the Bulldogs' offense.

OVERTIME talked to Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout this week and will look at the Bulldogs' ability to score from almost anywhere on the field.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

This week's OVERTIME lead will examine another young area coach trying to turn a program around.

A year ago, Tamaqua's Sam Bonner and Panther Valley's Frank Damian both had tremendous success in season two of their regimes.

At Pleasant Valley, rookie coach Jim Terwilliger's team took another step in its rebuilding process by posting a come-from-behind victory against Lehighton in its Mountain Valley Conference opener Friday night.

Terwilliger and the Bears don't have to look far to find examples of first-time head coaches making an immediate impact.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The first Overtime column of the season features outstanding offensive and defensive performances by area teams, some individual excellence, a notable position change, and a controversial ending.

With week #1 of the high school football season officially in the books, it's time to head into Overtime.