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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)

Monday, September 20, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Douglas Saks (right) wraps up Angelo Perrucci of Wilson

WILSON - Stellar quarterback play has been part of Wilson's success over the past five years. Tyler Smith and DJ Lenehan guided the Warrors to three Colonial League titles and one state crown in that span, leaving big shoes to fill this season for first-year starter Chris Cooper.

The senior signal caller has stepped up to meet that challenge. He accounted for 299 of his team's 376 yards in a 25-6 win over Northwestern Saturday afternoon, running for 71 yards and throwing for 228 yards and a touchdown.

Friday, September 17, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik (88) followers his blockers after taking a handoff. Kevin Dunn (4) is the Panthers' defender.

Lehighton head coach George Ebbert knew he had a lot of offensive weapons and wanted to test them out before the Indians ventured into Mountain Valley Conference play next week.

Panther Valley head coach Frank Damian knew the Indians would be tough to stop and watched his young Panthers give it a valiant effort for over a quarter.

Junior quarterback Josh Agosto masterminded a 23-point second quarter to give the Indians a big cushion and they wound up getting a 33-12 victory over the Panthers on Thursday night at LHS Stadium.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

There was no secret entering the 2010 high school football season that opposing teams were going to focus on trying to stop Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley from repeating any performance he had against them last year.

Wilson, last week's foe, would have been glad to have the Bulldog scatback repeat his performance against it. Remaley carried the ball just 12 times for 17 yards, but did manage a touchdown on a kickoff return in a 35-7 loss to the Warriors.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Well Week 2 is in the books and I'm still in the basement. Thanks to Thursday night's Panther Valley at Lehighton matchup, I've had one less day to prepare for this week and hopefully it will be a good thing.

Every year it seems that there is a team or two who gives me some trouble and this year, Tamaqua, Lehighton and Palmerton have all given me nightmares thus far. Hopefully this week things will change for the better.

So here goes: