Monday, September 22, 2014


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:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Through the first two weeks of the season, the Jim Thorpe football team has relied heavily on its running game.

The Olympians have run the ball a total of 87 times for 427 yards in their victories over Tamaqua and Reading Central Catholic while attempting to pass on just 15 occasions.

It is easy to see from the numbers that Mark Rosenberger's first priority is to establish a running attack. The Jim Thorpe head coach will attempt to do the same this week. Except this time around it will be much, much tougher.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Panther Valley at Lehighton

Thursday, 7 p.m.

Records: Panther Valley 0-2 (0-1 Anthracite Football League), Lehighton 1-1 (0-0 Mountain Valley Conference)

Panther Valley's offense needs to ... Protect the football and sustain drives. The Panthers need to be able to run the ball against Lehighton's 3-5-3 base defense. The Panthers offense also needs to get reacquainted with having Joe Revell under center, as last week's starting quarterback, Lukas Damian, suffered a leg injury and is out for the season.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

There was more excitement and anticipation surrounding the Pleasant Valley football program this season than there had been in a long time.

The Bears last winning season on the gridiron was in 2004. During the next four seasons, they managed a total of just eight victories.

Friday, September 10, 2010

All you have to do is look to the right of the Grid Picks above this column to see how the first week went for yours truly.

A 9-6 record wasn't the start that I actually wanted and I'll make no excuses. One of the answers just may be when I saw that the other two full-time members of the staff, Emmett McCall and Rod Heckman are right next to me with five wrong.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's only the second week of the high school football season and there is already "big game" fever at Northern Lehigh.

The Bulldogs, coming off a 42-0 win over Notre Dame in their opener, will get a real test this Saturday (1:30 p.m.) when they travel to Wilson to take on the defending Colonial League champions. Wilson opened up with a 28-6 victory over Palmerton.

Even though it's early in the season, there is no doubt that the outcome of this game could play a big part in who is in contention for the league crown eight weeks from now.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lehighton at Tamaqua

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Lehighton 0-1 (0-0 Mountain Valley Conference), Tamaqua 0-1 (0-0 Anthracite League)

Lehighton's offense needs to ... Continue to operate out of the spread offense that racked up 392 yards of total offense against Marian, but finish off drives with points.

Lehighton's defense needs to ... Contain Tamaqua's backfield tandem of Grif Griffiths and Jarred Muffley. Both are capable of breaking long runs, and the Indians' defense was susceptible to big plays during the opener.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Tom Linette era at Northwestern High School is officially underway.

After nearly 30 years and more than 300 games as an assistant coach, Linette led the Tigers onto the field as a head coach for the first time on Friday night.

Northwestern made sure that game one, season one of Linette's head coaching career is one he'll always remember as it rolled to a 30-0 victory over Salisbury.

But if you thought that all those seasons as a Tiger assistant made this just another Friday night for Linette, think again.

Thursday, September 9, 2010
Marian running back Paul Martin (left) receives THE TIMES NEWS Player of the Week award from Colts Coach Stan Dakosty. Martin carried 19 times for 205 yards and 2 TDs in Marian's 28-17 win over Lehighton. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

As a sophomore last season, Paul Martin rushed for a total of 1,017 yards, which put in him a select club at Marian.

Martin became the 15th Colt to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, making him a member of Marian's celebrated Grand Company.

Among the members of that exclusive group are Mike Tracy (who did in three times), Jim Agosti and Dave Houser (each who hit the 1,000 yard mark twice) as well as Pete Albano, Fred Segilia, Joe Agosti, Pete Bumbulsky, Mark Coury, Bob Agosti, Greg Izzo, Joe Gillespie, Justin Barrasso, Al Donadi and Matt Rizzo.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It didn't seem as though Northern Lehigh star running back Cody Remaley had as many yards as he did even he was surprised by his total.

Remaley only carried the ball 10 times, but he turned those chances into 204 yards and three touchdowns, leading his squad to the 42-0 Colonial League win over visiting Notre Dame of Green Pond.