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Saturday, November 7, 2009

It had been five years since the Pleasant Valley football team had as many wins as it did losses.

That streak was put to rest Friday night.

Pleasant Valley capped off Jim Terwilliger's first season at the helm by beating Mountain Valley Conference rival Stroudsburg 28-7. In just one season Terwilliger took the Bears from a one-win team a year ago and made them a .500 team in 2009.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton’s Travis Wolfe gets tackled by Matt Gill of Northern Lehigh during their Colonial League contest Friday night.

"The monkey's off our back."

Those were the first words out of Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout's mouth after the Bulldogs handed Palmerton a 43-14 setback in the final Colonial League regular season game for both teams.

The Bulldogs had never beaten Palmerton in the first three years of Tout's head coaching career but that came to an end Friday night.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Corey Cinicola splits Lehighton defenders Jon Rabenold (52) and Levi Haldeman (32).

Corey Cinicola did everything in his power to make sure Friday's night's game against Lehighton wasn't the final one of his high school career.

Cinicola threw for two touchdowns, ran for one, and was flawless in directing an Olympian offense that at one point scored on six straight possessions.

Cinicola's performance carried Jim Thorpe to a 48-27 victory over Lehighton in their annual game for the Route 209 Trophy.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

CATASAUQUA – Northwestern's defense has had some great performances this season. But Friday night's shut out of one of the Colonial League's best offenses has to be at the top of the list.

The Tigers held Rough Rider quarterback Brandon Lesko to just 95 rushing yards and 70 passing. They didn't allow any big plays in a 13-0 win at Catty's Alumni Field.

"Our defense played really well the whole game," said Northwestern senior defensive back Greg Collopy. "I didn't think we'd shut them out, but I knew we could hold them to at least one score."

Friday, November 6, 2009

There was a bit of a shuffle at the top of the grid picks standings after last weekend's results came in.

Joe Plasko shocked us all with a 13-2 week and grabbed a share of the top spot with Shawn McFarland, who has pretty much had his own way as No. 1 through most of the season. Plasko and McFarland are both tied with 92-38 records right now with Andy Steinmetz just two games out at 95-40.

Despite a 9-6 week, I still picked up a game on the leader and now trail by a mere six games and hope to get a little closer this time around.

So here goes:

Thursday, November 5, 2009



Friday, 7 p.m.


Northern Lehigh (7-2 overall, 7-2 Colonial League); Palmerton (1-8 overall, 1-8 Colonial League)


* Bulldogs go back to fundamentals this week after the loss to Catasauqua. Head Coach Joe Tout said his team isn't carrying the ball well right now. The Bulldogs got away with it against Bangor, fumbling the ball but recovering it. That didn't happen against the Roughies. The Bulldogs must avoid turning the ball over against the Bombers.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

For Stan Dakosty and Marian, it was stunning

For Mark Rosenberger and Jim Thorpe, it was exhilarating.

Last Friday night in Hometown, the Colts raced to a 20-0 first quarter lead against their rivals.

While there were still three quarters left to played, history instead hinted at the fact that this game was over.

Amazingly, the Olympians rallied to cut the gap to six by halftime, tied the game early in the fourth quarter and then won it on a 26-yard field goal off the foot of James Denny.

After the contest, Coach Dakosty said, "To lose like this is tough."

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Palmerton Area High School is holding an advance ticket sale for Friday night's home football game with Northern Lehigh. Tickets will be sold on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the bonfire, weather permitting. In case of imclement weather, tickets will be sold in the high school lobby from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Jim Thorpe football team hasn't exactly had the season it was hoping for back in late August.

Fortunately for the Olympians, they may have received the 'spark' they needed at exactly the right time.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's hard to figure out what was more impressive about Derrik Walling's performance last Friday night.

Was it the fact that the Pleasant Valley junior quarterback was returning to his position four weeks after breaking a thumb on his throwing hand? Or was it the effort he gave in leading his Bears to an exciting victory over rival Pocono Mountain East?

While the two could be debated, there's no questioning that the combination of both was worthy of the most recent TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week award.