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Football

Monday, November 16, 2009
Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley (2) is tackled by a pair of Salisbury defenders, including Jake Kovach (on the ground). The Bulldogs' Matt Gill (44) is also shown.

When Northern Lehigh's running game gets going, it's hard to stop.

Salisbury found that out earlier this season and was reminded of it Saturday night in a District 11 Class AA playoff game. The Bulldogs amassed 279 yards on the ground in a 21-6 win over the Falcons Saturday in Slatington to advance to next week's district semifinal.

"It was just power I and double tight," Tout said. "The game came down to us controlling the line of scrimmage.

Monday, November 16, 2009
Panther Valley's Kyle McAvoy (5) dives to break up a pass intended for Tamaqua's Grif Griffiths. The pass was incomplete.

Tamaqua led Panther Valley four times in their District 11 Class AA quarterfinal contest.

As long as the Panthers have Jake Dunn, however, they may be down, but they are never truly out.

The standout senior wide receiver caught nine passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns, including two truly amazing circus catches in the end zone, the last being the game-winner in overtime, as the Panthers pulled out a 32-26 victory over the rival Blue Raiders Saturday night.

The Panthers also used a dramatic goal line stand on the Raiders' overtime possession to preserve the win.

Friday, November 13, 2009

When the regular season is finally over and we take a step into the post-season, it gets to become 'Crunch Time' around our Grid Picks corner.

It's time to really put your nose to the grindstone and (1) try and stay at the top if you're lucky enough to be there or (2) try to pick an upset or two along the way to get yourself at least within striking distance.

Shawn McFarland, Andy Steinmetz and Bob Ford all had 12-3 records last week putting McFarland, Joe Plasko and Steinmetz as the top 3, each a game apart. Ford moved ahead of yours truly and TJ Engle with his big week.

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Rod Heckman/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe’s Shane Edwards, left, is congratulated by head coach Mark Rosenberger after being named TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Edwards carried 27 times for 117 yards and threetouchdowns last Friday in a 48-27 win over Lehighton.

Over the last few weeks of the season, Jim Thorpe made some adjustments to its offense - especially in its running game.

And because of those switches, Shane Edwards saw his role change.

Used to getting the ball a handful of times a game, the Olympian junior instead became a workhorse.

Based upon the results, the move was quite favorable for both Thorpe and Edwards.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

SCRANTON PREP AT NORTHWESTERN

WHAT

Eastern Conference Division II (Class AA) semifinal

WHEN

Friday, 7 p.m.

AT STAKE

A berth in the Eastern Conference AA championship game against the winner of Bethlehem Catholic-Coughlin

RECORDS

Northwestern 7-3 overall (7-3 Colonial League); Scranton Prep 7-3 overall (4-2 Lackawanna League Division 2)

KEYS TO THE GAME

* Two run-oriented offense will square off and the battle in the trenches will probably dictate the outcome.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Here they go again.

Three weeks after battling it out in a crucial Anthracite League contest, Tamaqua visits Panther Valley once again, this time on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in a District 11 Class AA quarterfinal match-up.

The two backyard rivals first met on Oct. 23 at Lansford, with the Panthers posting a 20-2 victory over the Blue Raiders on a rainy night that included two power outages at Panther Valley Stadium.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another regular season is in the books. Ten weeks of high school football has flown past.

It might seem like only yesterday that the nine area high schools were running through summer practices in the heat and humidity of August, but anyone out attending last Friday night's games when temperatures fell into the 20s knows that the 2009 season is now in its home stretch.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Joe Tout and his Northern Lehigh Bulldogs are glad to be back in the District 11 playoffs after a one-year absence.

Now, the 8-2 squad wants to take another step in returning the program to its glory days.

The No. 2 seeded Bulldogs host No. 7 seed Salisbury (4-6) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in a Class 2A first round matchup.

The two Colonial League teams met during the regular season with Northern Lehigh rolling to a 41-14 victory. The Bulldogs rushed for 432 yards that night and used numerous big plays to send the Falcons a wakeup call.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Three local Class AA football teams and one AAA squad have had their seasons extended another week by qualifying for the District 11 playoffs or Eastern Conference.

Northern Lehigh drew the No. 2 seed in the district 2A bracket and will host No. 7 seed Salisbury on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium at 7 p.m.

No. 4 seed Panther Valley will entertain No. 4 seed Tamaqua on Saturday at PV High Stadium at 7 in the 2A bracket.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Panthers blank Minersville

As Panther Valley ended their regular season on a good note with a 28-0 shutout win over visiting Minersville last night, it would have liked to work on some things in preparation for the upcoming District 11 Championships.

However, turning the ball over five times in the game was definitely not one of them.

Despite the lack of ball control, the Panthers did improve to 8-2 to and will move on to face Tamaqua in the first round next Saturday.