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Saturday, October 30, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe quarterback Terry Moll (17) is wrapped up in the open field by Marian's John Julian.

Teams aspiring to the post-season playoffs need to have the ability to shake off a poor performance if they want to attain their goal. And, so, when Jim Thorpe's Olympian football team dropped a 42-27 battle last week with Schuylkill Haven, Coach Mark Rosenberger's squad knew the importance of Friday night's encounter at home against the Marian Colts.

Equal to the task, the Red, White and Blue answered the bell in what one might say was "the first round," delivering knockout punches to Colts swiftly and near effortlessly in a 41-0 triumph.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Zach Coleman is stopped by Julian Anamege (27) and Imad Taylor of East Stroudsburg North. Coleman did have a 35-yard touchdown run in the game as the Indians posted a 36-19 victory.

You hear it from every coach.

And Lehighton's George Ebbert is no different.

But while many mentors hope for it to happen, Ebbert is actually seeing it happen.

Win or lose, we just want to improve every week.

"I know it's a cliche and every coach says it," said Ebbert. "I told the kids from Day One that I'm not going to tell them they have to win. I stress that every week. I tell them as long as they play better every week the wins will come."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

CATASAUQUA - Every scholastic football fan in the area knows that Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley is a great football player.

Just how great, actually, is he?

In Friday night's match-up against Colonial League foe Catasauqua, it took the 5-10, 185-pound senior tailback about 20 seconds to score two touchdowns and pretty much sealed the 49-7 win for the Bulldogs. Remaley took a 64-yard pass from Dylan Hofmann and a 40-yard run in for paydirt and put his team up 14-0 with 9:41 left in the first quarter.

Friday, October 29, 2010

By ED HEDES

While the guys up at the top of the Grid Picks standings continue to battle it out, there's been some movement down at the other end as well.

Andy Steinmetz and Jason Boris continue to vie for first place with Shawn McFarland quietly lingering two games behind them.

Down under, Bob Ford sits in last place, four games behind Emmett McCall, T.J. Engle and yours truly. The three of us are three games behind Rod Heckman.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An injury to one player always creates an opportunity for another one.

When Lehighton lost two of their talented skill players in Jacen Nalesnik and Giuseppe Caruso, the Indians needed other players to step up their game.

Enter Anthony Farole.

A starter the entire season, but a secondary option early on, the junior has recently become one of the team's main weapons offensively.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The importance of this Friday's night Colonial League showdown with Bangor is pretty obvious to Northwestern head coach Tom Linette.

"This is our third game in a row that we've been in for some kind of important game or championship," Linette said. "With Northern Lehigh, we were sitting with one loss at the time. So, we were talking about the league. This past week with Pen Argyl, that was important for a spot in double-A (districts).

"This one's different in a the way since we're playing against someone in a different class."

Thursday, October 28, 2010

One look at the summaries from last weekend's area football games tells the story.

Pleasant Valley and East Stroudsburg South combined for 75 points, Jim Thorpe and Schuylkill Haven put up a total of 69, and Northwestern and Pen Argyl lit up the scoreboard for 63 points. Of the eight games involving TIMES NEWS area teams, the lowest scoring contest produced a total of 39 points and 11 of the teams involved in those games scored at least 27 points.

Monday, October 25, 2010

PEN ARGYL With just two winning seasons in the last eight years, it's been a while since Pen Argyl had seen an offensive performance like the one Dylan Evans put in on Saturday, when he ran for five touchdowns in a 35-28 win over Northwestern.

"We didn't score five touchdowns for a few games at times," said Knights head coach Paul Reduzzi.

The senior back ran for 216 yards on 29 carries. The Knights' had five first-half possessions and three of them resulted in touchdowns.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seven weeks down, three to go to the 2010 regular season so it would be nice to make a push towards the middle half of the standings in our Grid Picks before the playoffs start.

It was tough to make a move last week since it turned out to be a rather easy one with Jason Boris, Shawn McFarland and Mike Haines all posting 15-0 weeks. I'm not sure who was responsible for picking the games last week, but the out of area matchups didn't need much research.

Hopefully this week brings some tougher matchups so I could gamble on one or two to break further away from the basement.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jim Thorpe at Schuylkill Haven

Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS ... Jim Thorpe (6-1 overall, 5-1 Anthracite Football League); Schuylkill Haven (5-2 overall, 4-2 Anthracite Football League)

JIM THORPE'S OFFENSE NEED TO ... untilize its team speed on the turf at Schuylkill Haven's Rotary Field. The Olympians have several skill people, including quarterback Terry Moll, running back Shane Edwards and wide reciever PJ Johnson, who possess excellent speed and should benefit from the artificial field.