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Football

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.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Billing it as the "Game of the Week" just might be an understatement.

For Panther Valley and North Schuylkill, Friday night's Anthracite Football League showdown in Fountain Springs is the "Game of the Year."

In fact, for many Panthers and Spartans, it could end up being the "Game of their Lives."

The stakes are enormous in a contest that will decide the Anthracite Football League Championship, the first for either school.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

MARIAN AT JIM THORPE

WHEN

Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS

Marian 3-5 (3-4 Anthracite Football League); Jim Thorpe 2-6 (2-5 Anthracite Football League)

KEYS TO THE GAME

Saturday, October 24, 2009

SWIFTWATER - There is only so much that players, teams and coaches can blame on the conditions of the games they play in. However, in last night's rain and mud-fest at Pocono Mountain West, Lehighton managed to cough up the football five times and lost possession twice, on its way to a 21-14 loss.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

SHENANDOAH It probably wouldn't have mattered if the Marian Colts hadn't hung on for a 27-20 win here over the Snenandoah Blue Devils, but what does matter is that Coach Stan Dakosty's squad showed clearly Friday night it has gotten better.

A heavy underdog, the Colts didn't let that label hold them back as they rushed to a 12-0 lead, before watching it slip away very quickly, and then responded with 15 unanswered points to pull away from their hosts and win for the third time in eight starts.

Saturday, October 24, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Jake Dunn (3) hauls in a pass as Tamaqua's Tom Robin (26) defends. Dunn turned the play into an 81 yard TD.

The Homecoming crowd at Panther Valley Stadium had to endure two rain-soaked delays Friday night, after the lights went dark twice for a total of 25 minutes.

When the power was restored, it was the Panthers who played lights out" defense in the red zone against visiting archrival Tamaqua.

The Blue Raiders made three trips inside the PV 20, only to be held without a touchdown.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

BANGOR – The Bulldogs are now officially on a roll.

Since a Week 2 loss to Wilson, Northern Lehigh has won five straight and outscored opponents 226-105. Friday night they rolled over the Slaters at Bangor Memorial Park, 49-7.

Northern Lehigh got a big night from its workhorse back, big plays from a few other offensive players and a shut-down defensive effort against one of the Colonial League's best dual-threat quarterbacks.

"We're peaking at the right time, heading into the playoffs" said sophomore middle linebacker Kirk Bender. "Hopefully we keep it rolling."