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Monday, October 12, 2009

PEN ARGYL - Ever-opportunistic Northern Lehigh had too many weapons, too much Cody Remaley and too much Jake Kern here on Saturday afternoon at Pen Argyl's Alumni Stadium, literally running away with the host Green Knights, 48-21, winning for their fifth time in six starts.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Flail - 1. (noun) hand threshing instrument consisting of a wooden handle at the end, of which a shorter stick is hung as to swing freely;

2. (verb), to thrash, to beat hard;

3. North Schuylkill junior defensive back Kody Flail.

Kody Flail earned his own place in the lexicon, as a synonym for "opportunistic", following his remarkable performance against Tamaqua Friday night.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Panther Valley's offense is finally clicking on all cylinders.

And it's no coincidence that they're doing so with the improvement of the Panthers' offensive line.

With only two returning starters up front, two players moving there from the backfield, and others stepping in, it took some time for the men in the trenches to gel.

Now that they have experience together, the numbers are getting scary.

Friday night at Marian, PV racked up an impressive 334 yards by halftime and rolled to a 47-14 Anthracite Football League victory over the Colts.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

With Minersville and Jim Thorpe both entering Friday night's contest at 1-4, something had to give.

Fortunately, for the Olympians it was a big defensive stand in the final minute that proved to be the difference as they held on for a 28-20 Anthracite League victory.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Just last week I had a chance to talk about making my big move after a pretty successful Week 4 in the Grid Picks race.

This week, needless to say, a 10-5 record last week isn't that bad, but Shawn McFarland's 12-3 week helped him widen his lead and was even better.

Then there was Mike Haines, who by the way is a Dallas Cowboys fan like McFarland, who also finished 12-3 and hopped back up in a second place tie with Andy Steinmetz.

McFarland and Haines, along with other Dallas fan Rod Heckman, are lucky they didn't have to pick the Dallas-Denver winner last weekend.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Two seasons ago, in 2007, Tamaqua and North Schuylkill entered their midseason contest both searching for their first victory.

The Blue Raiders won that game 42-6 on Stadium Hill, giving then first-year head coach Sam Bonner his initial triumph at the helm.

Since the, the fortunes of both programs have changed dramatically for the better.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

His full name is E. Franklin Griffiths IV, but around Tamaqua Area High School, he answers to Grif.

Grif is a much more appropriate name for the gridiron, especially fitting for the hard-nosed running back and linebacker Griffiths has been for the Blue Raiders.

The 6-1, 190 pound junior is the leading rusher for a Raider team that is 5-0 at this point in the season for the first time since 1956.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Offenses that rely primarily on their running game, can sometimes be labled "conservative or boring."

Northern Lehigh does just that. The Bulldogs have attempted just 50 passes and completed only 12, both numbers are the least among TIMES NEWS area teams this season.

But there is nothing boring about the Bulldogs' offense.

OVERTIME talked to Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout this week and will look at the Bulldogs' ability to score from almost anywhere on the field.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Palisades has had its way with Palmerton on the football field for quite some time now.

Nothing changed on Friday night when the Pirates scored 28 second half points to pull away for a 48-6 victory over the Blue Bombers in a game they dominated offensively.

Palmerton trailed by 14 points at halftime, despite having only one first down and just 10 yards total offense.

And as the game went on, time of possession was widely in favor of the Palisades offense and it just wore the Bomber defense down as was evident on the last four Pirate scores.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

TAMAQUA – Grif Griffiths admitted that the Tamaqua High football players have had next Friday's homecoming game against North Schuylkill in the back of their minds. He also stressed that the Blue Raiders were not about to dwell on the game until, well, just about the time they left the field Friday night.