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Saturday, October 24, 2009

CATASAUQUA - There was no need for a last second "Hail Mary" to decide the winner in this year's Palmerton-Catasauqua matchup.

Rather than coming down to the last play of the game like it did a year ago, Catasauqua decided to take matters into its own hands as soon as it could against Palmerton, who had won the last three meetings between the two.

With the Bombers threatening, the Rough Riders stole the momentum right from the grasps of the Bombers to rattle off 28 unanswered points in a 38-12 victory.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

EAST STROUDSBURG - Friday night marked the first time Jim Terwilliger had taken his Pleasant Valley football team back home to face his former coach and mentor Ed Christian.

The homecoming turned out to be not as sweet as Terwilliger would have liked.

East Stroudsburg South turned four Pleasant Valley turnovers into 28 points in the first half and went on to win easily, 42-7 in Mountain Valley Conference play. The Cavaliers (7-1, 5-0) have now outscored their conference opponents 174-25 on the season.

Saturday, October 24, 2009
Doug Edwards/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Kevin Oxley, right, tries to get around Pen Argyl defender Dylan Evans during Friday's Colonial League game.

It didn't produce any points.

And it only reached midfield.

But it may have been Northwestern's most important drive of the season.

After the Tigers' defense came up with a clutch goal line stand to preserve a 13-7 lead against Pen Argyl Friday night, the offense took over on its own three-yard line with just 4:52 left to play.

With field conditions a mess and three previous possessions producing no first downs, Northwestern head coach Bob Mitchell had some words for his players.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
A lot at stake for Panthers and Raiders

Through the years, the Tamaqua-Panther Valley football series has been a ''throw out the records'' type of rivalry.

Friday's meeting at Panther Valley is shaping up as perhaps the biggest of them all, and it may even serve as a prelude of more to come.

The Blue Raiders and Panthers have been squaring off annually since 1964 and for the first time ever, both enter the game with 6-1 records.

Thursday, October 22, 2009




Friday, 7 p.m.


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


* 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.