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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."

Monday, October 11, 2010
RICH GEORGE/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Ty Cunningham (6) comes in from the right to bring down Palmerton's Aaron Cook after the Blue Bomber picked up 12 yards. The Tigers scored twice in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 35-22 Colonial League win.

Northwestern Lehigh head coach Tom Linette thought for a while that the team who would make the last mistake would wind up on the losing end of Friday night's battle with Palmerton.

In the end, the Tigers withstood a late mistake and ran in two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 35-22 win to spoil the Blue Bombers' homecoming.

"You've got to give it to our kids," said Linette afterwards. "We were down going into that fourth quarter and we took it down the field and scored.

Monday, October 11, 2010

MINERSVILLE Big runs…big numbers…big drama…sounds like every coach's dream on a Friday night in scholastic football action.

However, if you were to ask Jim Thorpe head coach Mark Rosenberger if he loved the last quarter of the Minersville-JT football match-up, he may claim otherwise, as his team needed some huge plays on the defensive side of the ball to preserve a tight scholastic win, 21-14.

"We were just very inconsistent offensively in the second half tonight," Rosenberger said after the thriller concluded. "We have to find a way to get more consistent with the ball."

Monday, October 11, 2010

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - The North Schuylkill juggernaut marches on, crushing everything in its path.

The defending District 11 Class AA and Anthracite League champion Spartans continued to run roughshod Friday night, and this time Tamaqua was the victim.

Unleashing their devastating rushing attack, the Spartans cruised to a 49-0 whitewash of the Blue Raiders in front of a Homecoming crowd at Ghosh Orthodontics Field.

Monday, October 11, 2010
 Pen Argyl's Michael DePaolo tries to bring down Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley as teammate Nathan Hood moves in. The Bulldogs took control in the second half to win its sixth straight game this season without a loss. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Jake Kern does it all for Northern Lehigh.

The wide receiver/quarterback the ran the Bulldogs offense at one of the most critical times of the season Friday night, helping his team to a 35-20 win over Pen Argyl in a matchup of the last two undefeated teams in the Colonial League.

After struggling to move the ball in the first half, Kern was inserted at quarterback, working out of the shotgun with running back Cody Remaley and fullback Matt Gill flanking him.

Monday, October 11, 2010

It had been nearly 10 years since the Pleasant Valley football team had gone on a five-game winning streak.

Friday night, the Bears made that stat irrelevant.

Pleasant Valley racked up 453 yards of total offense on its way to knocking off Mountain Valley Conference foe Pocono Mountain West, 40-22. Quarterback Derrik Walling threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Bears to points on all four of their first-half drive.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

If there is one thing that Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout preaches to his team it is to stay focused on one game at a time. Never look ahead.

Needless to say, it had to be pretty tough for the Bulldogs, who are now 5-0 on the season, not to want to look ahead to this week's matchup the past two weeks.

Northern Lehigh traveled to Palisades and Salisbury for its two latest wins and neither team has a win between them. The Bulldogs defeated the Pirates 52-0 and followed that up with a 67-28 victory over the Falcons.

This week, things get real exciting.