Saturday, September 5, 2015

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

As Notre Dame begins the 2015 football season with its opener tonight in South Bend, there is one thing for sure. The Irish have the talent to make a run for the national title.

ND returns 18 starters this season and the strong suit for the Irish will be its defense, something that faltered badly in the second half of last season which resulted in ND losing four games in a row. Head coach Brian Kelly heads into his sixth season at the helm, and it better be a good one. Except for the title run in 2012, Kelly’s record his not that impressive.

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Lehighton’s Gavin Zehner (8) gets set to take on Mahanoy Area defensive back Mason Ryan. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The schedule said Friday was opening night for area football teams.

But at Lehighton, the Indians ground attack looked like it was in midseason form.

Led by Wyatt Clements and Tyler Cann, the Tribe’s running game ran through Mahanoy Area en route to a 40-6 Anthracite League win.

“I was really pleased with our running game,” said Lehighton head coach Tom McCarroll. “I was pleased with it because they put at least eight guys in the box on every play. Our line did a decent job of picking some things up, but we knew that’s what we were going to get.

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Toby Sanders of Palmerton returns a kick for a touchdown. RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mike Stasko has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.

The Palmerton junior made his debut as the Blue Bombers premier running back and put on quite a show in the Colonial League season opener on Friday night. He ran for two touchdowns of 96 and 32 yards and caught a TD pass from junior quarterback Garrett Perschy in a 55-34 win over Wilson.

Stasko ended the night with 248 yards rushing on 18 carries to set a new Palmerton single game rushing record that was held by Chris Siracuse, who gained 243 yards back in 1998.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

GREEN POND — Four turnovers helped to sink Northwestern in its season opener at Notre Dame on Friday night. The Crusaders took advantage of those turnovers to stage a 30-19 upset of the Tigers.

Senior quarterback Tre Jordan threw for 160 yards and Mitch Daniel rushed for 93 yards on the night. Jordan also added 63 yards rushing and scored three rushing touchdowns for Notre Dame, which snapped a 10-game losing skid with the win.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

It’s no secret that North Schuylkill is the consensus favorite to win the Anthracite Football League again in 2015.

It seemed that the Spartans were right on track to cruise by Tamaqua in the first quarter, as they put two quick scores on the board within the first six minutes.

Tamaqua faced adversity, but showed no signs of giving up at any point despite being down early.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN - The only thing that failed to jolt Viking Stadium Friday evening in the season opening high school football game was a clap of thunder. The lightning bolts came from Marian’s herd of Colts, as they never skipped a beat, roaring early and often en route to 35-7 thrashing over Williams Valley in a non-league contest.

What the Colts did was impressive on both sides of the ball. They put a quick stamp of their shoe on the chest of the Vikings, scoring what at times seemed at will in roaring to a 35-0 halftime lead.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

It’s way too early to see if defending Eastern Conference champion Northern Lehigh is a postseason contender again this year, but after their opening game don’t rule it out.

The Bulldogs overcame all sorts of adversity to pull out a 20-6 win over Pen Argyl in a Colonial League contest.

First, the ‘Dawgs depend on a two tailback system on offense. The key component of that was supposed to be junior Ryan Farber, but Farber got injured in practice Thursday. Before that, Austin Lancsak, a senior fullback and linebacker, tore an ACL and underwent surgery earlier this week.

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Pleasant Valley gets soccer, volleyball wins

Pleasant Valley’s girls soccer and volleyball teams both picked up season-opening wins on Friday. Other area winners included the Northern Lehigh girls soccer team and the Northwestern boys soccer squad.


Catasauqua-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh got a hat trick from Jill Olewine en route to a 4-1 Colonial League triumph over Catasauqua.

In addition to Olewine’s three goals, Lexie Merkle also found the back of the net for the Lady Bulldogs (1-0).

Northern Lehigh out-shot Catasauqua 16-14.

PMWest-Pleasant Valley

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Two deep.

Two words that are very special to the Penn State Nittany Lions football program this season. Those two words resemble resiliency, they resemble determination, and quite frankly they resemble one heck of a great recruiting job by Head Coach James Franklin and his staff.

For the first time since the NCAA sanctions hit the program, PSU is two deep at every position on the field. That might not seem like much of a luxury, but it is, considering most big time college football programs are three and four deep at each spot.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

After Jim Thorpe’s 42-8 impressive Anthracite Football League victory over Minersville on Friday it was evident that this year’s Thorpe team had a little bit of a different attitude.

The tone setter came on Minersville’s second play from scrimmage from their own 28-yard line. Miners’ running back Aaron Beach took a pitch to the left side of the field and there to meet him was Olympians’ defensive back Antonio Madera. Madera laid a video game like hit on Beach that sent not only the JT sideline, but the home side of the bleachers into a frenzy.