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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.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Although there are still four games left in the regular season, the Pleasant Valley football team has already accomplished some big things in 2010.

Through six games, the Bears already have as many wins (five) as they did all of last year - which was their most since 2004. Their current five-game winning streak is their longest such streak since 2000. And thanks to those two things, Pleasant Valley is currently ranked No. 3 in the District 11 standings.

Monday, October 11, 2010
Patrick Deutsch Deutsch/Special to the TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell stretches for extra yards while Marian defenders Anthony Damiano (34), JT Keer (3) and Ron Kosar (32) combine for the tackle.

Never mind that these two teams were a combined 1-9. They laid everything they had out on the Panther Valley Stadium turf Friday night in the annual Panthers-Marian Colts rivalry, the outcome not being decided until the final 30 seconds of play.

And, in a stunning outcome, Coach Frank Damian's Panthers gained their first victory of the campaign, a 24-21 triumph that early in the fourth quarter seemed unlikely, considering they were facing a nine-point deficit.

Monday, October 11, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Zach Coleman turns the corner and look for running room against East Stroudsburg South.

Red zone turnovers on its first two possessions of the game no problem.

Well over 100 yards in penalties not a big deal.

An early deficit who cares.

With Michael Carmella at quarterback, nothing was going to stop the East Stroudsburg South offense.

Carmella did it through the air and also on the ground to lead the Cavaliers to a 35-12 victory.

"I can't say enough about Michael's play tonight," said East Stroudsburg South coach Ed Christian. "He consistently made great decisions, he was extremely accurate, he had just an outstanding game."