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Saturday, October 1, 2011

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Going into its game with Schuylkill Haven, Panther Valley felt it had a decent chance to pull out a win.

The Hurricanes' leading rusher, Anthony Cooper, was out with a knee injury, and with a presumably capable group up front, the Panthers thought they would be able to match up well in the trenches.

Things didn't go according to the plan, however.

Freshman tailback William Casella rushed 31 times for 215 yards and a touchdown and Haven easily dominated up front, in the back, and many other places for the deceptive 16-6 final.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ian Radler of Palmerton is the new Pennsylvania state record holder for bullhead catfish, breaking the previous Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission state record which had been established in 1983, with a fish he caught at Beltzville Lake.

Radler was fishing the evening of Monday, Aug. 22, when he caught a brown bullhead on cut bait near the Trachsville Bridge. His record fish had a certified weight of 4 pounds, 10 ounces, breaking the previous record of 4 pounds, 4 ounces set by Ed Lasorda of Exton with a brown bullhead he caught at Marsh Creek Lake in Chester County.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 1, 1982 Lehighton receives touchdowns from five different players, including two from Glenn Whiteman, to cruise to a 44-7 Centennial League win over Pleasant Valley. Whiteman scores on runs of one and 10 yards for the Indians, coached by Dave Parsons. Tom Keer reaches the end zone on a 19-yard scamper and also tosses a three-yard scoring strike to Bob Hartman. Scott Andreas, who carries nine times for 116 yards, scores on a two-yard run while Scott Freeman adds an eight-yard tally.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

With Pennsylvania's archery deer season opening this morning, thousands of hunters across the state will be taking to their favorite perches high up in the trees in an effort to remain undetected by wary whitetails. And while concealing movement from a deer's eyesight is important when trying to get within close range of a buck or a doe, so is trying to remain undetected by its excellent sense of smell.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Rob Getz (20) of Pleasant Valley finds running room against Tamaqua. The Raiders' Tyler Hope (27) and Dylan Houser (3) chase from behind.

Friday night's game between Tamaqua and Pleasant Valley was thought to be a run versus the pass battle.

As it turned out, both teams brought a 'ground-and-pound' approach.

Both the Raiders and the Bears rushed for over 200 yards as a team and racked up at least 300 yards of total offense. Tamaqua used its ground game to build a 14-7 lead over Pleasant Valley, but the Bears responded with 21 unanswered points in the second half to come from behind and knock off the Raiders 28-14 in non-conference play.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

SHENANDOAH - It's a rarity at the high school football level that a team will have extremely talented players at each skill position on offense. The Shenandoah Valley football squad is definitely an exception to that rule. The Devils' coaching staff didn't hesitate either using their talented bunch to dismantlevisiting Jim Thorpe on Friday night, 42-16.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pleasant Valley's No. 3 doubles team of Kara Urland and Madison Olexson captured a Mountain Valley Conference championship to highlight Friday's scholastic sports card.

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MVC championships

Led by a gold medal performance from Urland and Olexson, Pleasant Valley finished in third place at the Mountain Valley Conference championships.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Cody Grohotolski brings down Palisades quarterback Jesse Snyder for a loss during Friday night's 7-6 Blue Bomber win.

The old cliche "Offense wins games, defense wins championships" held out to be true on Friday night in the Palisades-Palmerton Colonial League football battle.

The Blue Bombers were stopped a couple of times by the Pirates in the first half, but managed to score one touchdown.

The Pirates were able to put one scoring drive together in the second half, but the Bombers' defense stood tall to stop them on other opportunities.

In the end, it was Nick Carullo's extra point kick after the Palmerton TD that gave the Bombers a 7-6 victory.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Northern Lehigh quarterback Dylan Hofmann (right) prepares to hand off to Kirk Bender.

Back in the second game of the season, Kyle Schomp moved back to his natural spot at defensive tackle.

Since that game, no one has scored on the Northern Lehigh defense.

Schomp and his friends held another opponent scoreless Friday night, shutting out Salisbury 41-0. It is the Bulldogs second shut of the year and third straight week the defense was not scored upon.

Schomp led a defensive effort that limited the Falcons to just 22 rushing yards on 31 carries. Schomp had one sack in the game and several tackles.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Against an undefeated team that's averaging 48.2 points per game, the margin of error is very slim.

Unfortunately for the Marian Colts, a two-minute span in the middle of their encounter on Friday night against the North Schuylkill Spartans was just enough to ruin their upset bid, as they proceeded to make just enough mistakes to hand over momentum to their guests, dropping a 39-21 game that was a lot closer than the score indicates or than what most people would have thought.