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Saturday, October 3, 2009

True to its perch atop the Anthracite Football League standings, the North Schuylkill Spartans ran roughshod over the Marian Colts on Friday night at the Men of Marian Stadium, Hometown, delivering a knockout punch on their hosts in the early going and breezing to a 37-0 triumph.

Coach Rick Geist's Spartans, now 5-0, displayed an impressive and explosive prowess both on the ground and in the air, compiling 368 yards of total offense, with much of it coming during a 23-point second quarter explosion.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Run the football.

Sustain drives.

Score points.

For most high school football coaches, that formula is the goal week in and week out.

Last night for Pocono Mountain East, it was the means to spoil Lehighton's homecoming festivities.

The Cardinals ran for 427 yards and led from start to finish in claiming a 30-13 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

"We just got our butt kicked," said Lehighton head coach George Ebbert. "They did a great job against us. Physically they just hammered us. Mentally we weren't prepared to play.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Last week, I was talking about how it felt to be in last place for the second week in a row.

I did find one bright side. The week before I was in the basement all alone. Last week, I got to share it with Bob Ford and T.J. Engle.

Not that I didn't enjoy their company, but with the best record (11-4) in Week No. 4, I've moved in to a tie for third place with former co-leader Mike Haines (who was 7-8 last week), Emmett McCall and Joe Plasko with a 40-20 record.

Thursday, October 1, 2009



Friday, 7 p.m.


Pocono Mountain East 1-3 overall (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference); Lehighton 1-3 overall (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference)


* Lehighton expects East to run either a "53" or "60" formation on defense. Thus, the Indians will look to "polish" up their own "Apache" offensive attack - their own version of the "Wildcat." With Tim Sulzer limited with a slight injury, the Indians will look to 6-foot, 190-pound senior running back Nate Black to carry the load of the carries.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pleasant Valley has a lot of new faces on its football team this year.

From the head coach to the assistant coaches to the starters on the field, there have been a number of people who have turned a 'rebuilding season' into a little bit more than that.

One face everyone will soon come to know is that of Robert Getz.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

This week's OVERTIME lead will examine another young area coach trying to turn a program around.

A year ago, Tamaqua's Sam Bonner and Panther Valley's Frank Damian both had tremendous success in season two of their regimes.

At Pleasant Valley, rookie coach Jim Terwilliger's team took another step in its rebuilding process by posting a come-from-behind victory against Lehighton in its Mountain Valley Conference opener Friday night.

Terwilliger and the Bears don't have to look far to find examples of first-time head coaches making an immediate impact.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Before his Panthers began the season, Panther Valley head coach Frank Damian was well aware of what teams were going to be serious contenders in the Anthracite Football League.

"We knew coming back that (the AFL) would have some good, solid teams that had a lot of people coming back," Damian said. "If they stayed injury free, they're all going to be tough in the league.

"North Schuylkill being one, Tamaqua being another, and Haven as well."

Monday, September 28, 2009

ROSETO - In a shootout in which two teams' offenses appeared to be no match for the others' defense, missed opportunities cost the Marian Colts an chance to get its record at the even point in game four of the high school football season here on Saturday afternoon.

Unable to stop a potent Pius X Royals' offense that compiled 499 yards, the Colts dropped a 38-19 decision to fall to 1-3.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Now this was the Panther Valley team most people expected to see in 2009.

After three straight weeks of inconsistent play, the Panthers finally put it all together Friday night against rival Jim Thorpe.

Scoring on its first three possessions and relying on its talented skill players, PV dominated from start to finish to register a lopsided 50-6 Anthracite League win.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

It's not too often that a coach complains about a win being too ugly.

In fact, Palmerton head coach Paul McArdle doesn't mind how ugly his team's 18-17 come-from-behind, last-minute win over Saucon Valley might have been.

In the final two minutes, Palmerton's senior quarterback Joe Weber connected with junior receiver Christian Marcin for two touchdowns, bringing his team back for the seemingly impossible win.

"We needed this win, without a doubt," McArdle said. "It was a 'must win' and it wasn't pretty but that's fine with me."