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Saturday, October 3, 2009

SHENANDOAH Just when the Jim Thorpe faithful thought last week's loss to Panther Valley was behind them.

Things got even worse last night in Shenandoah Valley.

While the Panthers spread the wealth around a bit against the Olympians, it was the Blue Devils' Eric Whalen, who single handedly punished the Olympians' defense.

The sophomore outgained the Olympians' offense by himself to spark the Blue Devil to a 43-21 Anthracite Football League victory last night.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Opportunity, meet Kevin Schaller.

The Panther Valley senior defensive back watched as the pigskin squirted from the grasp of Dajone Fairell on the Panthers 20 during a Schuylkill Haven drive late in the first half.

Whether the play would be ruled a fumble or incompletion, Schaller didn't wait to find out. He scooped up the loose ball and raced 75 yards up the sideline in the opposite direction.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pleasant Valley knew coming into its Friday night contest with Wyoming Valley West that it would have its hands full with the size and strength of the Spartans.

The Bears knew the Spartans would run the ball right at them, but they still couldn't find a way to stop them.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Knowing what's coming and being able to stop it are two totally different things.

Salisbury knew what Northern Lehigh would do Friday night. But it couldn't stop the Bulldogs from doing it in a 41-14 win on Homecoming night in Slatington.

The Bulldogs ran the ball for 432 yards and made big play after big play in their running game.

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

POCONO MOUNTAIN EAST AT LEHIGHTON

WHEN

Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS

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

KEYS TO THE GAME

* 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.