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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jake Kern has been that special player that every coach dreams about.

He does everything asked of him and goes that extra mile if he knows it is going to help his team.

Last Friday night against Palmerton, the senior utility player was asked to do a little of everything.

When the final seconds ticked off the clock, he had three touchdowns to his credit on offense and played havoc in the defensive secondary in the Bulldogs' 52-6 win over the Blue Bombers, earning him TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week honors.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just three TIMES NEWS area football teams will be taking part in postseason action this weekend.

Pleasant Valley qualified for the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs and will host East Stroudsburg South on Friday night.

Northern Lehigh and Jim Thorpe both qualified for the District 11 Class AA playoffs and will face each other on Saturday night in Slatington.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Last week the Pleasant Valley football team suffered a heart-breaking loss to Stroudsburg and squandered its opportunity to be the undisputed Mountain Valley Conference champ in the process.

Now, through an act of fate or coincidence, the Bears have been given one more chance to prove that they are in fact the best team in the MVC.

Monday, November 8, 2010

MINERSVILLE – Last night, Panther Valley simply ran out of time.

After allowing Minersville to take a 20-15 lead with 1:28 remaining in the game, the Panthers season boiled down to one final drive.

Just four weeks prior, Panther Valley secured its only win of the season (a 24-21 victory over Marian) with a come-from-behind victory that culminated on a four-yard touchdown run with just 31 seconds remaining.

Last night, the Panthers' hopes that history would repeat itself came up four yards short as time expired on their season.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

There will be much more on the line than just the '209 Trophy' when Lehighton and Jim Thorpe hook up for their regular season finales Friday night.

While it is the two teams' rivalry game and they will be playing for the right to hoist the 209 Trophy, the Indians and the Olympians will also be fighting for a respective playoff bid. That means the game is no longer about bragging rights. It's about keeping their seasons going.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Palmerton at Northern Lehigh

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records ... Palmerton 3-6 (3-6 Colonial League), Northern Lehigh 9-0 (9-0 Colonial League)

Northern Lehigh's offense has to ... expect the unexpected. The Bombers have played multiple fronts and might dare the Bulldogs to throw the ball and use plenty of blitzing. They also must make sure the linemen are on their blocks every play.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

With just one week remaining in the regular season, as many as five TIMES NEWS area teams could still qualify for postseason play.

Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley already have spots in the District 11 playoffs secured.

With a win over Palmerton on Friday night, the Bulldogs will be the No. 1 seed in the four-team Class AA field. Even with a loss, they will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, which means that they are guaranteed a home playoff game next weekend.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tamaqua coach Sam Bonner (left) congratulates Blue Raiders senior running back Grif Griffiths for receiving THE TIMES NEWS Player of the Week award. Griffiths rushed 19 times for 161 yards and 3 TDs in the Raiders' 29-7 win over Minersville. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

After Tamaqua qualified for the postseason the past two years, expectations were high on Stadium Hill entering this season.

Tamaqua was returning its entire backfield, including leading rusher Grif Griffiths, who gained 1,333 yards on the ground and scored 14 touchdowns last year.

However, the Blue Raiders got off to an 0-3 start and dropped six of their first seven games. Four of those losses came by a TD or less.

The Raiders could haved packed it in and looked towards next season, but Griffiths and company weren't going to give up on this year.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

SWIFTWATER – Not only was the Old Oaken Bucket on the line Friday night, but it was also the 50th career meeting between Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East.

The Bears retained the Bucket for the second straight year under head coach Jim Terwilliger by beating the Cardinals, 35-13 in Mountain Valley Conference play. Known as a passing team throughout this year, Pleasant Valley did it on the ground this weekend and ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns on its way to victory. It is the Bears 27th win over the Cardinals.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Spartans rip PV

The last thing the rest of the District 11 Class AA football field wants to see is North Schuylkill developing a new weapon.

The Spartans already possess an air-tight defense, a powerful inside running game, and several backs with breakaway speed.

North Schuylkill flexed all of those muscles in a 54-0 mercy-rule victory over Panther Valley on Friday night.

The Spartans also gave their passing attack a few reps and while it might not have looked ripped it certainly had some definition.