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Saturday, September 15, 2012

It might be an understatement to suggest that a 36-year veteran coach is "over the hump" with only three games played this season.

But Marian High School coach Stan Dakosty is taking a deep breath tonight after his Colts scored 34 second half points to defeat the Mahanoy Golden Bears.

"We were out of character in the beginning of the game when they surprised us by recovering an onside kick," said Dakosty. "And before we could really get started, they hit us for a quick touchdown."

Saturday, September 15, 2012

It wasn't pretty, in fact, it was a down right disappointing performance by Notre Dame last Saturday but thanks to a completely unexpected hero, a real "gamer" the Irish managed to get a 20-17 win over a Purdue team that gave the Irish all they could handle.

That unexpected hero, of course, was quarterback Tommy Rees. He came off the bench to lead ND down the field and set up for the winning 27-yard field goal. Rees got into the game due to a hand injury to starter Everett Golson that occurred when he fumbled the ball to give Purdue the chance to tie the game.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The term that can best describe Jim Thorpe's season so far in 2012 is "what if?"

What if the Olympians didn't give up six scoring plays of over 40 yards against the Spartans last night?

What if Jim Thorpe didn't commit eight penalties, three of them coming on drives where the Olympians were cruising and looking to get the ball into the end zone?

Saturday, September 15, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Austyn Borre breaks loose for a big gain in Friday night's rout over Pocono Mountain West.

Pleasant Valley's Andrew Romeo didn't exactly have the start to Friday night's football game that he was hoping for.

However, after throwing a bone-crushing block early in the second quarter, Romeo's fire was re-lit and it helped carry him to an impressive night on the gridiron.

Pleasant Valley put four touchdowns on the board in the second quarter and ran away from Pocono Mountain West, 45-10 in Mountain Valley Conference play. Romeo hauled in three of those scores, one of which he made happen all by himself, and helped the Bears stay perfect in conference play.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

BY BRAD HURLEY

The Nittany Lions will be back at Beaver Stadium this week, where they will try to get their first win of the young 2012 season against the Midshipmen (3:30 pm ET ABC, ESPN 2) from the Naval Academy.

Penn State sits at 0-2 on the year after an opening home loss to Ohio 24-14 and a heartbreaking loss last week to Virginia by a score of 17-16.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Four out of their first five possessions were turnovers via fumbles. Their opponent had a first-and-goal from the three-yard line in the waning minutes. A 20-yard field goal in the final minute could have given the other team a win.

However, Northern Lehigh found a way to prevail, 18-16 over Saucon Valley, to remain perfect at 3-0 on the season.

"We understood that Saucon Valley was going to be tough to stop," NL head coach Joe Tout admitted. "They're the best team we faced so far, but the bottom line is – we have got to get better."

Saturday, September 15, 2012

SHENANDOAH No longer can Tamaqua coach Sam Bonner talk about the importance of the Blue Raiders getting off to a good start this football season.

After three games, the Raiders have had what could be called an excellent start in winning twice on the road in Anthracite Football League play and being undefeated. That second road victory came at the expense of Shenandoah Valley on its Hall of Fame Night, and once again it was the big-play offensive that made the difference in a 26-18 victory.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

KUTZTOWN – Richie Smith's rushing numbers stand out. But he's not very interested in them. All he cares about is that for the first time in three years as a starter for Panther Valley, he's on a winning team three weeks into the season.

The Panthers rolled to a 54-24 win over Kutztown Friday night, spoiling the Cougars homecoming.

Smith piled up 223 yards and six rushing touchdowns on just 13 carries.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton’s Alex Vignone finds running room against Salisbury. The Bombers’ Trey Nelson (22) is providing a block in the background

Something had to give.

Salisbury and Palmerton entered their Colonial League battle winless on Friday night so someone was going to take a step forward, while the other would take a step backwards.

After a scoreless first half, it was the Falcons who stepped it up a notch and hit the win column with a 13-7 victory at Blue Bomber Stadium.

"Anytime you play in the Colonial League and get a win, it's always a positive," said Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco. "It's a tough league, Palmerton is a good football team and played a heckuva game.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

According to figures tallied by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the average weight of an adult human being on this planet at present is 136.5 lbs. The average weight of adult humans in North America, however, is 177.5 lbs.

This 41-lb. difference creates another great weight-related discrepancy: While North America is home to only 6 percent of the world's population, those people possess 34 percent of the world's total body weight.