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Football

Monday, November 2, 2009

In the opening minutes of Palmerton's game against Pen Argyl Saturday afternoon, it became quite apparent that a classic showdown between Blue Bomber quarterback Joe Weber and Pen Argyl running back Dylan Evans could have easily been the highlight of the entire game.

After all, both of them nearly touched the ball on every play leading to the final 19 seconds of the first half until a clear separation began. Unfortunately for the Blue Bombers, Evans stole the show the rest of the afternoon.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

DINGMANS FERRY - Lehighton had a long bus ride up to East Stroudsburg North on Friday night.

Unfortunately for the Indians, the game seemed to take even longer.

East Stroudsburg North piled up 295 yards on the ground on its way to a 32-6 beat down of its Mountain Valley Conference opponent. Things didn't start out great for Lehighton, as it fumbled the opening kickoff and couldn't do anything as the Timberwolves scored five players later. It was all downhill from there.

Saturday, October 31, 2009
doug edwards/times news Tom Acker of Jim Thorpe tries to break away from a Marian defender during Friday’ night’s game. The Olympians rallied for a 37-34 victory.

Rallying from a 20-0 first period deficit, the Jim Thorpe Olympians scored 10 unanswered points in an eight minute span in the second half on Friday night at the Men of Marian Stadium stunning the host Marian Colts, 37-34, on a 26-yard field goal by junior James Denny.

The boot came with 3:51 left in the game, followed by a defensive stand by the visitors that preserved the win for Coach Mark Rosenberger's squad.

Saturday, October 31, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Rich Irving (21) can't hold on to a pass as Tim Pacheco of Pocono Mountain East defends.

Rivalry was personified last night in Brodheadsville.

The game included the home team and winning team's crowd rushing the field at the end…one of the game's stars nearly broke down in tears of joy…the winning team's coach was on the brink of speechlessness…both teams entered the contests with identical 3-5 records overall and no hopes of a championship.

To 'throw out the record books' was an understatement, as the Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East football teams entered the Brodheadsville football stadium with intentions of leaving every ounce of energy on the field.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

MINERSVILLE - The Tamaqua defense doesn't have a catchy nickname, but maybe it's time to come up with one.

Big Blue Crush? Blue Blitz? Raider Swarm?

Nickname or not, the Raiders have definitely taken a "Blue Collar" approach that has paid off, with a defense that allows just 13.7 points per game and an area best 159.3 yards of total offense per outing.

The Raider D pitched its second shutout of the season Friday night, limiting host Minersville to just 23 yards rushing and 91 yards of offense in earning a 28-0 Anthracite League victory.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS – In 2007, VH-1 canceled the reality series "Hogan Knows Best."

During that same year, the North Schuylkill football team seemed to be on the verge of being blacklisted after suffering through a miserable 0-10 season.

Last night in Fountain Springs, a new episode of "Hogan Knows Best" debuted.

...only this time, the reality is that the undefeated North Schuylkill Spartans are your 2009 Anthracite Football League Champions!

Saturday, October 31, 2009
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Garrett Lerner tries to get past two Bangor defenders during the third quarter of Friday's game.

Big plays got Northwestern its first three touchdowns, but it was two sustained drives that clinched Northwestern's 28-21 win over Bangor Friday night in New Tripoli.

The Tigers scored three times on plays off 44 yards or longer to build a 21-7 lead late in the third quarter.

When two quick Bangor scores made it 21-21 with 11:07 left in the fourth, Northwestern (6-3) answered with a 70-yard, 11 play touchdown drive for a 28-21 lead with 6:40 left.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Northern Lehigh is often the site of Smash Mouth football.

And more times than not, the Bulldogs are the team delivering the punishment.

On Friday night, however, visiting Catasauqua gave Joe Tout's squad a dose of their own medicine.

The Roughies dominated in the trenches on both sides of the ball and powered their way to a 21-7 Colonial League victory.

"They kicked our butt," said Tout, whose team dropped to 7-2. "We were flat, we weren't focused. Give Catasauqua credit, their kids were hungry tonight. They laid one on us.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jake Dunn didn't touch the ball much against Tamaqua last Friday night.

But when he did, he definitely made it count.

The Panther Valley receiver totaled 117 yards on four catches, two of them for touchdowns, against the Raiders.

Besides his offensive numbers, the talented senior player also recorded seven tackles from his linebacker position, returned a punt 32 yards, and punted twice for a 42.0 average.

That effort not only led the Panthers to a 20-2 victory over one of their rivals, but it also earned him the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The high school football season is in its stretch run. With just two weeks left in the regular season, three teams have already clinched berths in the District 11 playoffs.

Northern Lehigh, Panther Valley and Tamaqua will all be part of this year's expanded Class AA field.

Probably the most amazing thing about the last two weeks of the season is the fact that although just one other team in the coverage area has a winning record - Northwestern - five teams are still alive for District 11 playoff berths.