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Monday, November 23, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Ryan Porambo pulls in a pass as Kody Flail of North Schuylkill makes the tackle.

POTTSVILLE – After relying on its ground game for the majority of Saturday's District 11 Class AA semifinal game, North Schuylkill went to the air to save its season.

Unable to punch the ball in on the ground on any of its three overtime possessions during in a game in which the Spartans compiled close to 200 yards rushing in regulation the Spartans turned to their passing game twice in overtime.

The resulting touchdowns allowed North Schuylkill to escape with a 35-28 victory.

Monday, November 23, 2009
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley looks for running room against Catasauqua.

Northern Lehigh's defense was on the field for the final six minutes and 31 seconds of the game as Catty's offense held the ball for 19 plays to end Saturday's District 11 Class AA championship game.

But after the Roughies decided to go for the win instead of keeping a game-tying field goal on the board, Bulldogs held them out of the end zone to secure a 20-17 win and a berth in Saturday's title game against top-seeded North Schuylkill.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bob Mitchell had hoped his 308th and final game as Northwestern's head coach would end with his team hoisting the Eastern Conferene Class AAA trophy.

However, despite Beca's 13-0 win in Friday night's title game in New Tripoli, Mitchell walked off the field proud of his team and the effort it gave.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Heading in to last week's first round of post-season play, I felt pretty confident that I'd be able to pick up a game or two on some of those sitting right in front of me in the Grid Picks race.

Even though I tied the four guys up front with a 10-5 week, it's not good enough if I want to at least try to finish in the top half of the standings.

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



Eastern Conference Division II (Class AA) semifinal


Friday, 7 p.m.


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


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


* 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.