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Football

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pleasant Valley at

East Stroudsburg South

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Pleasant Valley 4-3 (2-1 Mountain Valley Conference); East Stroudsburg South 2-5 (2-2 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pleasant Valley def. East Stroudsburg North 36-13; Pocono Mt. East def. East Stroudsburg South 22-13

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It was a week full of fantastic finishes on the local high school football scene.

Unfortunately for area teams, almost all of them ended up on the losing side of the thrilling finishes.

Four of the eight games involving TIMES NEWS area teams were decided on scoring plays late in the final quarter with three of them occuring in the final three minutes.

Marian, Lehighton, Panther Valley and Northwestern all suffered heartbreaking losses while Northern Lehigh was the only area team on the winning side of a fourth quarter comeback.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's fair to say that it has been an up and down year for the Tamaqua Blue Raiders (3-4, 3-2 Anthracite) this season. Although the Raiders haven't been consistent as a whole this season there is no doubt that Tamaqua running back Jarred Muffley has been. The Raiders' back ran right through the eye of the hurricane last week pounding Schuylkill Haven for 272 yards on the ground and three scores to earn the week seven TIMES NEWS Player of the Week.

Monday, October 17, 2011
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Travis Wolfe (left) brings down Bangor's Josh Wing after a short gain.

All of the pre-game talk before Palmerton hosted unbeaten Bangor on Saturday night was about Josh Wing, the Slaters running back who is the leading rusher in the Colonial League.

What the critics forgot to mention was the Bangor offensive line, who opens the holes to give Wing the daylight he needs to break loose.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Panther Valley Panthers aren't usually known for their aerial attack on offense. Friday night was a different story with Panthers' Head Coach Lon Hazlet implementing a game plan that was exciting for all in attendance at Panther Valley Stadium. That game plan was simple. When in doubt throw it deep. The Panthers big plays weren't enough however, with Shenandoah Valley squeaking out a 20-19 Anthracite Football League win.

Monday, October 17, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Mike Harleston scampers around the line en route to a gain in contest against Mahanoy Area on Saturday.

Like any other coach, Jim Thorpe's Mark Rosenberger doesn't like to lose.

So it wasn't surprsing that the Olympians head coach was a little bit upset after Saturday's 52-14 loss to Mahanoy Area.

The lopsided loss, however, wasn't the main reason for Rosenberger's distress.

"It's one thing to lose a game because the team's more talented, (and Mahanoy Area is more) talented than us," said Rosenberger. "But when the effort's not there on top of it, that's a little bit dissapointing and disheartning.

Monday, October 17, 2011
ron gower/times news Four Marian defenders combine to bring down Minersville's Bill Powanda (40). Making the play for the Colts were Anthony Pilla (55), Jordan Weber (61), Ryan Karnish (7) and Phil Schron (32).

The difference in victory and defeat in any football game eventually comes down to which team makes the plays. Unfortunately for the Marian Colts on Saturday night at the Men of Marian Stadium, they didn't make 'em, and the Battlin Miners did.

Friday, October 14, 2011

It's getting near "Crunch time"!

Heading into Week No. 7 of the high school football season it's that time of the year when teams who still have a shot at the post-season playoffs give it their best shot week in and week out as we head down the homestretch.

The middle of the pack in our Grid Picks race is getting pretty crowded so it's definitely time to make a move.

Most of the games on our list have playoffs implications in some way so lets not waste any time and get to it:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Northwestern at Northern Lehigh

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Northwestern 4-2 (4-2 Colonial League); Northern Lehigh 5-1 (5-1 Colonial League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Palmerton def. Northwestern 21-14; Pen Argyl def. Northern Lehigh 14-8

NORTHWESTERN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Ty Cunningham (has had a hand in a TD every week), RB Alex Bobbyn (6-103 rec last week), RB Payton Bachman (eight receptions last week)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

When Palmerton receiver Monty Szukics came to head coach Chris Walkowiak with a broken hand right before the start of the season one can imagine Walkowiak and his staff weren't very happy. Szukics, who hurt his hand playing basketball, told Walkowiak "I was only doing what you told me to coach, which was to stay active."

Szukics recovered from his injury and was certainly active last Friday night against Northwestern. The Palmerton senior caught two touchdown passes along with intercepting two passes in the second-half to earn week six TIMES NEWS Player of the Week.