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Saturday, October 27, 2012

DINGMANS FERRY – Down 21-6 and not playing very good football heading into halftime, it looked as if Pleasant Valley's outright title hopes would disappear into the mountain air.

As it turned out, the break and a chance for a restart couldn't have come at a better time for the Bears.

Pleasant Valley rebounded from a terrible first half to score 24 unanswered points and knocked off Mountain Valley Conference foe East Stroudsburg North, 30-21. The victory means that the Bears will play for the MVC championship next week at Stroudsburg.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Parents beware.

Cheese curls and soda can make your sons and daughters stupid. Cell phones and computers can do the same.

No, this isn't the intro to one of those oversensationalized health and fitness articles this column warns you about. It's probably the pronouncement you would've made had you read the same articles I've read over the last few months.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

BANGOR - In preseason Michael Clarke was planning to be Bangor's starting tailback. When Phil Vass was moved from wide receiver to the backfield, Clarke became the back up.

It's worked out well for the Slaters. Vass leads the Colonial League in rushing.

When Vass went down with an ankle injury Friday night, Clarke took the opportunity to shine, running for a career high 185 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-14 win over Northwestern.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

QUICK HITTERS

The skinny: The Spartans tallied 29 first quarter points with a balanced attack before Panther Valley played them fairly evenly the rest of the way.

The offensive standout: For North Schuylkill, Ethan Motsney and Matt Gownley rushed for 120 yards and Dan McSurdy caught two TD passes for a combined 108 yards.

The defensive standout: The Spartan defense sacked PV quarterback Matt Levitt five times.

The turning point: After the Panthers closed a first half gap to 14-6, the Spartans scored 15 points in only two drives totaling three plays.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Senior tailback Mike Racciato seemed to be on a mission from the start. He knew that going into the Green Knights' game against host Palmerton, that he needed 49 rushing yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark. After two drives, not only had he accomplished that standard, but he also helped his team take a two-score lead on their way to a 35-7 win over the Blue Bombers.

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Jordon Flexer/Flexer Photography Tamaqua's Tyler Hope (27) struggles for extra yardage as Minersville's Ryan King (7)tries to bring him down.

It would have been easy for Tamaqua to be caught looking ahead the last few of weeks.

Instead, the Blue Raiders stayed focused and took care of business.

Because they did, there's even more to look ahead to now.

Friday night, Tamaqua remained unbeaten with a 49-0 mercy-rule mauling of Minersville. Since moving into the Anthracite Football League driver's seat with a week six victory over North Schuylkill, Tamaqua has now outscored its last three opponents 122-6.

That sets up a week 10 showdown between the Raiders and once-beaten archrival Marian.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Nittany Lions looked pretty impressive in their win over Iowa last week in Iowa City, thrashing the Hawkeyes 38-14. Penn State has not performed well at Kinnick Stadium over the years and a dominating victory is a nice thing to see for those who support the Blue and White.

Saturday, October 27, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Wyatt Clements breaks loose for a touchdown as teammate Kyle Troch runs along side to block.

It could have been the perfect ending for Lehighton on Senior Night.

But for Jacen Nalesnik and the rest of the Indians' upperclassmen, it just wasn't meant to be.

Trailing by two points with 2:19 left to play, Nalesnik led his team on a late drive to set up a possible game-winning field goal. But his 38-yard attempt as time expired was wide left, allowing visiting Pocono Mountain West to escape with a dramatic 16-14 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

October 27, 1984 Rick Marsilio scores one touchdown and throws for another to help Marian earn a 21-12 victory over Hazleton. Marsilio tosses a 25-yard scoring pass to Trevor Lawrence to open the scoring in the second quarter. Later in the frame Marsilio scoops up a fumble and races 25 yards to the end zone. Dave Houser, who carries 28 times for 134 yards, adds the final Colt score when he reaches paydirt from 10 yards out. Marian, coached by Stan Dick, also receives an interception from Lawrence and a pair of sacks from Steve Baranko.

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Marian's John Julian (27) tries to avoid the tackle of Jim Thorpe's Mike Mulderig. The Colts defeated the Olympians, 42-6.

Friday night's match-up between Jim Thorpe and Marian pitted arguably the Anthracite League's most dangerous offense in the Olympians against the AFL's best defense in the Colts.

JT came into the match-up averaging 32 points per game, while putting up 354 yards of total offense per contest.

On the flip side, the Marian "D" has only let up 148 yards of total offense per game this season and has held opponents to just nine points per contest.