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Thursday, September 8, 2011

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

smcfarland@tnonline.com

It will be a story of two different offenses when the Indians host the Blue Raiders Friday night in Lehighton.

Whereas Tamaqua pounded it on the ground 50 times last week in a 21-point victory over Jim Thorpe, Lehighton tossed it around 26 times against Marian even with its fourth-string quarterback leading the way. Although it is only Week 2, both coaches acknowledged that their game-plans will probably remain the same for the rest of the season.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The high school football season kicked off last Friday night and that means it's time for another season of OVERTIME.

OVERTIME is the football column that goes inside the numbers and behind the scenes to provide you with stories, facts and trivia about our area teams.

Week one of the 2011 season produced interception, fumble and kickoff returns for touchdowns; a Blue Raider stat that hadn't been matched in nearly a quarter of a century, and an opening night victory by Palmerton's rookie head coach.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Marian at Schuylkill Haven

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Marian 1-0 (0-0 Anthracite Football League); Schuylkill Haven 1-0 (0-0 Anthracite Football League)

LAST WEEKS RESULTS: Marian def. Lehighton 32-27; Schuylkill Haven def. Tri-Valley 34-6

MARIAN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Paul Martin (30-245 rush, 3 TD), RB/DB Dylan Quirk (6-29 rush, TD, 44-yd fumble recov. TD), OL/DL Brendan McGowan

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Brandon Cooper (30-261 rush, 4TD), QB Ryan Fink (11-79 rush), RB Jake Naus (10-60 rush, TD)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Paul Martin mentioned Friday night in a 32-27 victory over Lehighton that he didn't realize he carried the ball 30 times for 245 yards. Martin might not have noticed the chunks of yardage he was gaining, but the Indians sure did and so did most around him as Martin's week 1 performance earned him TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.

It was no secret going into Marian's week one match-up with Lehighton that Martin was going to be the focal point of Marian's offense.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

It should come as no surprise that Northern Lehigh dominates this year's TIMES NEWS All-Star Football Team.

The Bulldogs posted an undefeated regular season, winning the Colonial League in the process, and then went on to claim District 11 Class AA honors.

With such success, Joe Tout had seven of his players named to our First Team. Six more were selected to the Second Team.

Pleasant Valley, which reached the district playoffs for the first time since 1994, had six players make the First Team and three more honored on the second squad.

Monday, November 22, 2010
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh football players hold the District 11 Class AA trophy high in the air after defeating North Schuylkill on Saturday night.

They waited a year for a chance to get their hands on district gold medals and the trophy and there was no way they were going to let it slip away this time.

Joe Tout and his Northern Lehigh Bulldogs went after North Schuylkill right on the opening drive and kept the lead the entire night as they handed the Spartans a 25-23 setback to win the District 11 Class 2A championship on Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.

Monday, November 15, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe’s Terry Moll is brought down by Northern Lehigh defenders Kirk Bender (40), Trevor Yashur (on ground) and Caleb Johnson (86).

In its three biggest regular season games this season, Northern Lehigh owned the second half. When Saturday's District 11 Class AA semifinal was close at halftime, the Bulldogs liked their position.

Northern Lehigh had a one-point lead after two quarters Saturday. If not for a late first-half touchdown, Jim Thorpe could have been ahead at halftime.

But as Northern Lehigh has done before, it dominated the second half en route to a 34-19 win. The win sets up a district title rematch against North Schuylkill, which beat Pen Argyl in Saturday's other semifinal.

Friday, November 12, 2010

I took a big hit during the final week of the regular season. It was a good time to gamble a bit and all of the gambles I took fell by the wayside.

The good news is, we have three more weeks left starting tonight and even though I might not be able to catch the top of the heap, hopefully I just won't finish in last place.

Three local teams (Northern Lehigh, Jim Thorpe and Pleasant Valley) have kept their seasons alive and hopefully two of them will still be around when I write this column next week.

So get your playoff game face on and here goes:

Friday, November 12, 2010
Jim Thorpe's Phil Schron

Everyone in District 11 knows about the accomplishments of Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley.

After all, not many running backs eclipse 6,000 rushing yards in their career.

Many others are aware that Jake Kern, the Bulldogs' most versatile player, can also go the distance any time he touches the ball.

While those two have grabbed most of the headlines throughout their perfect 10-0 season, Jim Thorpe head coach Mark Rosenberger is more impressed with the real reason the two have been able to post impressive numbers in 2010.

Friday, November 12, 2010
JT biggest team Nolehi has faced

The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs finished their first order of business last week when they tucked away the Colonial League championship with a perfect 10-0 regular season record.

While the team was headed toward the fire trucks and buses that paraded them around town, Bulldog quarterback Dylan Hofmann put everything into perspective for his teammates.

"We'll enjoy this now, but remember, we're 0-0 again tomorrow," he quipped.

The Bulldogs stayed focused through the entire 10-game schedule, except for what might have been a little hiccup during the win against Palisades.