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Football

Thursday, October 22, 2009

PLEASANT VALLEY

AT EAST STROUDSBURG SOUTH

WHEN

Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS

Pleasant Valley 3-4 (2-1 MVC); East Stroudsburg South 6-1 (4-0)

KEYS TO THE GAME

* Pleasant Valley needs to be disciplined on both sides of the ball and play together as one unit. The Bears face a well-coached, athletic Cavalier squad, which is on a roll having won six straight.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Calm, cool and collected.

Football coaches crave those characteristics in their quarterbacks, especially when the game is on the line.

Fortunately for Pleasant Valley mentor Jim Terwilliger, Anthony Bumbulsky has those qualities.

And even more fortunate for Terwilliger, Bumbulsky was his quarterback last Friday night.

The talented senior has played numerous positions for the Bears this season. But against East Stroudsburg North, he was behind center ... and he didn't disappoint.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's not a situation Stan Dakosty has found himself in very often during his coaching career at Marian.

Dakosty and the Colts are accustomed to battling for postseason berths, not fighting for a .500 record.

OVERTIME talked to the veteran Marian coach about how this season's stretch drive will differ from the last three years when the Colts were contenders for District 11 championships.

Monday, October 19, 2009
DOUG EDWARDS/times news Marian quarterback Corey Quick hands off to Paul Martin (26) during Sunday's game against Minersville..

Bruce Balliet was confident Marian's dormant offense would soon come to life.

Until that time, the Colts' senior defensive end led the charge that stiffled Minersville's running game and kept the heat on Battlin' Miners quarterback Zach Dixon.

Balliet's faith in the Colts' attack was rewarded with three second half touchdowns as the Colts pulled away for a 24-13 Anthracite League victory Sunday night in a twice-postponed Homecoming contest at Men of Marian Stadium.

Saturday, October 17, 2009
RICH GEORGE/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Levi Serfass (55) moves in to

Palmerton's football team didn't get to see Bangor junior quarterback Scott LaValva in person at all last year, but they had heard a lot about him.

With the Slaters the bye team for the Blue Bombers in 2008, the two teams didn't meet.

LaValva put on quite an exhibition as he scored all five of his team's touchdowns in a 33-18 Colonial League win to spoil Palmerton's Homecoming game.

"He's definitely as good as advertised," said McArdle afterwards. "He's as good and as tough as they say he is and he's only a junior."

Saturday, October 17, 2009
DOUG EDWARDS/special to the TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Corey Cinicola (second from left) is brought down by a pair of Pocono Mountain West defenders after a short gain.

It is a rare phenomenon when a team beats their opponent on paper in most categories and yet still loses the game in points on the scoreboard.

However, last night's match-up between Pocono Mountain West and host Jim Thorpe was just that scenario.

The Olympians bested the Panthers in statistical areas, but dropped this non-league affair, 8-6.

On the night, JT held advantages in total yardage (222-137), rushing yards (108-64), passing yards (114-37), and first downs (11-6). The difference, however, was two interceptions made by junior defensive back Nick Tomol.

Saturday, October 17, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley tries to bounce outside and avoid the tackle of Northwestern's Nick Boyd.

Cody Remaley's been his team's offensive workhorse for the entire season. Friday night in Slatington Remaley was almost his team's entire offense.

The junior back carried the ball on 49 of Northern Lehigh's 65 offensive plays, piling up 277 yards and leading his team to a 21-7 win over Northwestern.

"It helps not playing defense," he said. "I'm fresh the whole game."

Saturday, October 17, 2009
DOUG EDWARDS/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Jake Dunn (3) stands up Shenandoah's Eric Whalen.

So much for the Panther Valley football team being caught by any potential trap set by Shenandoah Valley.

With the Anthracite Football League title there for the taking the next two weeks with games against Tamaqua and North Schuylkill, there were some who theorized the Panthers were heading into a so-called "trap game" Friday against the visiting Blue Devils. Well, so much for theories.

Saturday, October 17, 2009
 BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Billy Angst (4) is wrapped up by Stroudsburg's Elvin Charles.

A game that looked like it might be decided by multiple touchdowns, came down to just a few inches.

Down 14 points at halftime, playing in miserable weather conditions, and staring a sixth straight loss firmly in the face, it would have been easy for Lehighton to pack it in.

Instead, the Indians packed a second half punch.

In the end, however, a fourth down run in Stroudsburg territory came up just short and Mountaineers held on for a 14-13 victory on Friday night.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pleasant Valley head coach Jim Terwilliger is no stranger to game-winning drives.

But on Friday night, instead of directing the march himself, he was watching from the sidelines.

The Bears' rookie mentor, who used to quarterback at East Stroudsburg University, had to like what he saw from his signal-caller.

After visiting East Stroudsburg North took its first lead of the game with 2:12 left to play, PV's Anthony Bumbulsky moved his team 64 yards on six plays for the game-winning touchdown.