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Friday, October 1, 2010

It's been a while ... four weeks in fact.

I finally see some light once again as I've been able to climb out of the basement and start my move up the ladder in our weekly Grid Picks.

Going 11-4 might not make some people happy, but it was the second best record of the week so I've got a smile on my face. You don't know how it feels to hear people who you thought were your friends say "Boy, your picks really #@&@!!"

Now, Photo Editor Bob Ford will have to reply to those statements for a week at least.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's been a long time since Palmerton has beaten Palisades in a varsity football game.

"When I got the head job seven years ago, we had a losing streak to every team in the Colonial League so we had a checklist in the coaches' office and we crossed off teams as we beat them," Palmerton head coach Paul McArdle noted. "If we still had that list Palisades would still be unchecked."

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pleasant Valley at Tamaqua

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Pleasant Valley 3-1 overall (1-0 Mountain Valley Conference), Tamaqua 1-3 overall (1-2 Anthracite Football League)

Pleasant Valley's offense needs to ... keep playing within itself. When the Bears focus more on what they have to do as compared to what the defense is doing - they do a nice job. They must control the ball with their short-passing game and run game. That, along with eliminating turnovers, is the key.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another game, another offensive eruption for Northern Lehigh.

Friday night, the Bulldogs topped the 40-point mark for the fourth straight week as they buried Palisades, 52-0.

So far this season, Northern Lehigh's numbers are as intimidating as they are impressive. In four games, it has scored 194 points.

The Bulldogs' 48.5 points per game average is sixth best in the state and the best in District 11.

But if you expect Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout to be singing his team's praises and making postseason plans, then you don't know Joe Tout.

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Pleasant Valley senior wide receiver Rich Irving is congratulated by head coach Jim Terwilliger for being named the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Irving caught nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Lehighton in the Bears' Mountain Valley Conference opener. Irving currently leads the TN area in receptions with 18.

Due to Pleasant Valley's spread offensive attack, most opposing defenses don't have a choice but to play the Bears' receivers one-on-one.

When that happens, quarterback Derrik Walling and wide receiver Rich Irving know that they have an immediate advantage.

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's only Week Four, but I think I've been in the basement long enough.

Looking at the list that was compiled for this week's Grid Picks, I see at least seven or eight games that can go either way. It's going to be interesting to see how many games we all pick alike this week.

Last week proved to be another disaster. Seven wrong, but lucky enough to have a couple of other guys right around the same. As a matter of fact, one guy who I'll fail to mention, had nine wrong.

It's been hard to figure soome teams out. I guess that's why I'm where I am at in the standings.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Memo to the Mountain Valley Conference: The Lehighton and Pleasant Valley football teams aren't going to be push-overs in 2010.

In fact, they both plan to contend for the conference crown.

For the first time since 2007, both the Indians and the Bears will enter their annual match-up and first conference game with a winning record (2-1). That is not the only thing the two teams have in common either. Both teams' offenses and defenses are in the top three in the TIMES NEWS area in points for and against.

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Lehighton junior quarterback Josh Agosto, left, receives congratulations from head coach George Ebbert for being named the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Agosto completed 9-of-12 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-12 victory over Panther Valley Thursday. Agosto, who has already thrown for 612 yards this season, also scored on a 30-yard touchdown run.

In just his third game as a starter, Lehighton quarterback Josh Agosto put on a show last Thursday in front of a TV audience.

It was his chance to tell the TIMES NEWS area that he was ready to take over the reigns of the Indians' new spread offense.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Marian's Stan Dakosty called it "the scariest" moment of his 38-year coaching career.

Dakosty was referring to a serious injury suffered by Colt tight end/defensive end Zach Miller during Friday's game with Mahanoy Area.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Panther Valley at Jim Thorpe

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Panther Valley 0-3 overall (0-2 Anthracite Football League); Jim Thorpe 2-1 overall (1-1 Anthracite Football League)