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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Yashur gashes through Pirates

Keeping a high school football program at a premier level year in and year out is a difficult task to achieve, but with kids like Trevor Yashur it's easy to see why the Bulldogs stay at that level. Yashur's performance (22-243-3 tds) last week against Palisades has earned him week four TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.

Northern Lehigh's (4-0, 4-0 Colonial) head back knew he had to be an offensive threat coming into 2011, to build off the Bulldog's success from last season.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

There was plenty of good news for the Panther Valley football team on Friday night.

Not only did the Panthers beat Jim Thorpe for their first victory of the season, but they also saw Brock Mitchell return to the field.

Mitchell, a second-team All-State tight end a year ago, suffered a serious leg injury in an ATV accident back in December.

The injury, which required several surgeries, cost Mitchell the entire 2010-11 winter and spring sports seasons and left him questionable for this football season.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Heading into its matchup with Lehighton last week, Pleasant Valley's defense had to prepare for the Indians' aerial attack.

This week the Bears will have to get ready for the complete opposite, as Tamaqua's run-heavy offense comes to town.

Monday, September 26, 2011
rich george/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Alex Vignone runs away from a Saucon Valley defender.

Palmerton had trouble finding it's offense.

Saucon Valley didn't have much offense either, but the Panthers found just enough to spoil the Blue Bombers' Homecoming Game by winning their first game of the season, 21-0, on Saturday afternoon.

"We didn't come out to play," said Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak. Give Saucon Valley credit. They took it to us from the start. We had a very slow start and from there it was all downhill."

Monday, September 26, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Marian's Paul Martin is wrapped up by Dashon Russell (4) of Pius X.

ROSETO – Quarterbacks often run and throw for a lot of yards in high school football games. But what AJ Long did Saturday in a 45-13 win over Marian can't even be measured by the stellar numbers the sophomore put up Saturday on his home field.

Long completed 13 of 20 passes without an interception. He racked up 251 passing yards while throwing for two touchdowns. And he ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns. A few of his incomplete passes were well-thrown balls that receivers could not come up with.

Monday, September 26, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Kyle Ferryman (24) leaves his feet to intercept a pass intended for Jim Thorpe's PJ Johnson. The Panthers' MikeWeaver (10) is also defending on the play.

Panther Valley's gameplan was a simple one.

Unfortuntaley for visiting Jim Thorpe, it wasn't simple to stop.

With a decided advantage in the trenches, the Panthers used a solid ground attack Saturday night to earn a hard-fought 21-6 Anthracite Football League victory.

"Our staff put together a great gameplan and our kids executed it," said Lon Hazlet, who earned his first win as Panther Valley head coach. "I think we won the battle up front and that's the first time this year we've been more physical with somebody in the trenches.

Friday, September 23, 2011

There usually is never a football season that goes by where one football team will give me fits through its entire schedule.

Sometimes it's Lehighton, sometimes it's Tamaqua and once in a while Northwestern Lehigh will be the team that I am snake bit by.

Through the first three weeks of the 2011 season, there's a new team on the block. I haven't picked the results of a Marian game right yet this season.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

If Pleasant Valley wants to repeat as the Mountain Valley Conference champions, its quest to do so will begin this Friday night.

The MVC schedule gets under way this weekend, as Pleasant Valley travels to Lehighton in the TIMES NEWS Game of the Week. The Indians should enter the matchup as the slight favorite having won its last two games after opening the season with a close loss to Marian. Meanwhile, the Bears are coming off a tough loss to Wyoming Valley West and will be looking to get back on track this week.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

At the high school football level a team's most talented athlete is used at multiple positions on the field. This is because playmakers are hard to come by in the high school ranks. Northwestern's Ty Cunningham certainly fits the mold of a playmaker.

Cunningham serves as a "jack of all trades" for the Tigers who are off to a 3-0 start this season. The Northwestern senior rushed 17 times for 233 yards and three scores against Wilson last Friday night to earn this week's Player of the Week honors.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Three weeks into the 2011 football season, only two of our nine local football teams are still unbeaten.

Marian's loss to Mahanoy Area last Friday night, left Northwestern and Northern Lehigh as the lone 3-0 teams in the TIMES NEWS coverage area.

This week's OVERTIME column will have some information on both the Tigers and Bulldogs, including a look at Northwestern's two-man rotation at the quarterback position.


There is an old saying in football that if you have two quarterbacks, you actually have none.