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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:

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.