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Football

Monday, October 25, 2010

PEN ARGYL With just two winning seasons in the last eight years, it's been a while since Pen Argyl had seen an offensive performance like the one Dylan Evans put in on Saturday, when he ran for five touchdowns in a 35-28 win over Northwestern.

"We didn't score five touchdowns for a few games at times," said Knights head coach Paul Reduzzi.

The senior back ran for 216 yards on 29 carries. The Knights' had five first-half possessions and three of them resulted in touchdowns.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seven weeks down, three to go to the 2010 regular season so it would be nice to make a push towards the middle half of the standings in our Grid Picks before the playoffs start.

It was tough to make a move last week since it turned out to be a rather easy one with Jason Boris, Shawn McFarland and Mike Haines all posting 15-0 weeks. I'm not sure who was responsible for picking the games last week, but the out of area matchups didn't need much research.

Hopefully this week brings some tougher matchups so I could gamble on one or two to break further away from the basement.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jim Thorpe at Schuylkill Haven

Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS ... Jim Thorpe (6-1 overall, 5-1 Anthracite Football League); Schuylkill Haven (5-2 overall, 4-2 Anthracite Football League)

JIM THORPE'S OFFENSE NEED TO ... untilize its team speed on the turf at Schuylkill Haven's Rotary Field. The Olympians have several skill people, including quarterback Terry Moll, running back Shane Edwards and wide reciever PJ Johnson, who possess excellent speed and should benefit from the artificial field.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It is amazing how much things can change in four years.

If someone would have told Jim Terwilliger in 2007 that he would be leading a 6-1 Pleasant Valley football team into battle with East Stroudsburg South this weekend for the inside track to the Mountain Valley Conference championship, he wouldn't have believed it. In fact, he might have told you to see a doctor.

However, due to a string of events, that is exactly what will happen this Friday in Brodheadsville.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Northern Lehigh senior linebacker/fullback Matt Gill is congratulated by head coach Joe Tout after receiving the TIMES NEWS Football Player of The Week award. Gill topped the Bulldogs in tackles with 10 in leading his team to a shutout win over rival Northwestern. He also was the lead blocker for Cody Remaley, who gained 175 yards on 38 carries. For good measure, he added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Matt Gill was hoping he could help keep the tradition alive.

After Friday night's effort - mission accomplished.

Ever since he's been in fifth grade, Northern Lehigh has always defeated rival Northwestern on the football field.

Thanks to Gill and a stingy defense, the Bulldogs not only kept the tradition going but they did it in convincing fashion with a shutout.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

There's nothing more appropriate than having an overtime game to kick off this week's OVERTIME column.

Friday night at Mahanoy Area, Jim Thorpe won the first overtime game in school history. The Olympians actually needed a pair of overtime periods to defeat Mahanoy Area, 18-12, in a game that had significant playoff implications for both teams.

Friday, October 15, 2010

I have to be the first to admit the 2010 High School Football season hasn't been kind to me. Week 7 is upon us and I'm still sitting right near the bottom of the pack in our Grid Picks.

With four weeks left in the regular season and a couple of post-season playoff weeks, some might think nine games out of first might be a lot to overcome. That might be right, but I'm still going to give it a shot.

The bad news is, Bob Ford is slowly sneaking back up on me. The good news is, I'm tied again with TJ Engle, just one game behind Emmett McCall and Rod Heckman.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Two of the Colonial League's best football teams. The area's best high school football highlight show.

Put them together and what do you get?

Friday Night Football live from Northwestern Lehigh's Tiger Stadium coming to your living room Friday, Oct. 15 at 10:30 p.m.

For the first time in its eight-year history, Blue Ridge TV13's Emmy-awarding winning high school football highlights show will hit the road for a live telecast following the Northern Lehigh at Northwestern game in Week 7.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Northern Lehigh-Northwestern

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Northern Lehigh 6-0 overall (6-0 Colonial League); Northwestern 5-1 (5-1 CL)

Northwestern's offense needs to ... control the ball and keep Northern Lehigh's high-powered offense off the field. The Tigers are at their best when they run the football, but they might need to put it in the air this week. The Bulldogs give up less than 100 yards per game on the ground, but have allowed 144 yards per game passing.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Over the last 10 years, Jim Thorpe and Mahanoy Area have met in week two of the football season and the Olympians have won every time.

This year, a schedule change has pushed the matchup between the two Anthracite Football League teams back to week seven.

According to Olympian head coach Mark Rosenberger, it's going to set-up "a different feeling" in Mahanoy City on Friday night, especially with the game being played so late in the season.