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Saturday, November 9, 2013

MUNCY – Starting a freshman quarterback in a playoff game usually isn't a recipe for success, especially when that quarterback hasn't made a start all year.

With starter KJ Snerr on the sideline after reinjuring his shoulder last week against Tamaqua, freshman Ethan Kuczynski stepped in and led the Colts to a 34-13 win over Muncy in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

WHITEHALL Fast starts don't always mean the difference between winning and losing.

But on Friday night, it was a definite factor in Whitehall's 56-28 District 11 Class AAAA subregional quarterfinal win over Pleasant Valley.

The Zephyrs had quick starts both at the start of the game and the beginning of the second half to bring the Bears' season to an abrupt end.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

After showing improvement for the past three weeks the Irish defense took a giant step backwards last week.

The Irish had enough offense to stay ahead of Navy, a 17-point underdog, to win 38-34. The win put the Irish at 7-2 but that might not mean anything the rest of the way.

The Navy win was very costly injury-wise for the Irish defense, and that could mean a lot as ND heads into the final three games of the season and a quest to get into a high level BCS bowl game.

I will detail the injury problems facing the Irish later in the column.

Friday, November 8, 2013
Anthracite team finishes unbeaten

The Anthracite 11-12 year-old Fall Baseball League team recently ended its season with a perfect 10-0 record. Team members include, front row, from left, Chad Eschbach, Derek Pavlik, Chuckie Byers, Josh Horvath and Megan Pascoe. Back row, Aaron MIller, Josh Robin, Colin Rehnert, Jake Taras and Blake Morgans.

Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8, 1980 Mike Tracy carries 19 times for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Marian rolls to a 46-0 victory over Jim Thorpe. Tracy opens the scoring on the second play from scrimmage when he breaks free for a 62-yard TD run. The Colts, coached by Stan Dick, reach the end zone on all six of their first-half possessions. Tracy adds a nine-yard tally while Pete Bumbulsky collects touchdown runs of nine and 11 yards. Bumbulsky finishes the contest with 73 yards on the ground. Marian's other TD runs come from Jim Connolly, Todd Stehle and Hugh McFadden.

Friday, November 8, 2013

BY ED HEDES

With the regular season packed away and the PIAA and Eastern Conference playoffs on the table, this corner is looking ahead and can't wait for winter sports season to get under way since the temperatures keep dropping as we settle into Novemember.

That isn't the case for five TN area football teams, however, who have lived to see another week of the pigskin sport.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Lehighton football team is no stranger to big games this season.

In fact, one could argue their game last week against rival Jim Thorpe had the same allure as a playoff game. It was a packed house at Lehighton Area Stadium and the pressure was on both teams, especially the Olympians who needed to beat the Tribe in order to qualify for the district playoffs.

However, the Indians (6-4) played spoiler and held on to thwart an Olympians comeback, defeating Thorpe 28-24.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pleasant Valley coach Jim Terwilliger wants his teams to be playing in significant games in November, and the Bears will do just that this Friday night.

Pleasant Valley will travel to Whitehall for the opening round of the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs in the TIMES NEWS Game of the Week.

"It's a great honor to be in the District 11 tournament and to make the playoffs," saidTerwilliger. "To be able to play meaningful games in November is a step for our program that we want to take.

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Hall leads Tigers to postseason

Running back Harry Hall has been "Mr. Consistency" for the Northwestern football team this season, averaging close to 130 yards on the ground per game.

So, it's no surprise that Hall's performance in week 10 earned him TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.

Hall's numbers were impressive as he rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns en-route to the Tigers 28-27 overtime victory over Catasauqua. Hall's numbers may have been impressive, but what was even more remarkable was who he did it against.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Lehighton Middle School football team closed the season with three straight victories. The streak allowed coach Rick Bennett's team to finish the 2013 campaign with a 6-4 record.

Lehighton-PM West

Lehighton defeated Pocono Mountain West, 38-24.

Quarterback Cody Scherer led the way as he ran for three touchdowns and was 9-for-11 for 224 yards through the air. Jake Petit-Clair caught five of those passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns while Collen Troxell ran for a touchdown. Scherer had an interception and Petit-Clair recovered a fumble for the Indians.