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Saturday, September 8, 2012
ron gower/times news Rich Smith of Panther Valley spins out of a Schuylkill Valley tackle.

Panther Valley head coach Lon Hazlet said earlier this week that in order to stay in the game with Schuylkill Valley they had to limit their big plays.

Schuylkill Valley was coming into their contest against Panther Valley with 15 out of 22 starters returning from last year's AA District 3 playoff squad and over 3,500 yards of total offense between their quarterback and two running backs.

So it's safe to say that coach Hazlet's game plan was the right one.

Saturday, September 8, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Dylan Quirk is brought down by a pair of Schuylkill Haven defenders.

The term "playmaker" is the ultimate compliment.

Marian has a number of playmakers on both sides of the ball. Friday night, they flashed their big play ability.

The Colts rode those performances to a 22-0 Anthracite Football League victory over Schuylkill Haven.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

ALLENTOWN - Pleasant Valley coach Jimmy Terwilliger stated that he was always taught that you do what you have to do to win ball games.

Several players on the Pleasant Valley football team showed they have the capability of doing just that in what turned out to be a commanding 52-14 victory over Dieruff last night.

However, it was Austyn Borre that pointed the Bears in the right direction and to an eventual victory at J. Birney Crum.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Things did not go as planned for Bill O'Brien and the Nittany Lions last Saturday against Ohio.

However, I don't think it's time to panic yet in Happy Valley. Although, that's exactly what has seemed to happen already.

Saturday, September 8, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Dylan Snyder tries to slip the tackle of Salisbury's Tyler Waterman.

Northwestern had something to prove this week.

After losing their opener by 41 points, the Tigers wanted to prove they're a better team than the one that was shut out by Palisades last week. They wanted to show improvement in all phase of the game, and they did that this week.

This time it was Northwestern pitching a shut with a 23-0 win over Salisbury in the home opener at Tiger Stadium.

"To come back off a 41-0 loss and win 23-0, it feels great," said Northwestern running back Mason Schuler.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

GREEN POND Following his team's extremely tough 12-7 win over Notre Dame of Green Pond Friday night, Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout was clear that his program didn't want to make any excuses for why the game was so close.

In fact, the Crusaders had more than one opportunity to pull off an 'upset' during the fourth quarter. Up until Nate Farber's last-minute first down sealed the win for the Bulldogs, the game's outcome remained teetering in the balance.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

STROUDSBURG – Not even a 40-minute lightning delay could help the Lehighton defense slow down Stroudsburg's offensive attack.

The Mounties' two talented skill players, running back Altarique Mosley-Dew and wide received Donovan McDonald, accounted for 83 percent (257 yards) of the team's offensive output and helped lead Stroudsburg to a 35-7 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton. Their speed and quickness was unmatched by everyone else on the field and was the driving force behind the Mounties' week two win.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

September 8, 2006 Derek George carries 12 times for 174 yards and a touchdown to help Palmerton cruise to a 49-0 Colonial League victory over Bangor. Zach Heller tosses a pair of scoring passes, one from 28 yards out and the other a 54-yard strike, to Avery Weber. The Bombers, coached by Paul McArdle, take control of the game early by scoring 35 first-quarter points. George scores on a 10-yard run while the winners also receive TDs from Justin Petersen (34-yard run), Chase Brown (19-yard run), Matt Falcone (24-yard run) and Jeff Noyes (five-yard run).

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Tamaqua's Jake Love follows the blocking of lineman Austin Resch as he picks up some yardage in Friday night's win over Allen. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS

One of Tamaqua's biggest question marks entering the season was its offensive line.

After the first two games of 2012, though, there's no doubt the men in the trenches are no longer a major concern.

Last week, the Blue Raiders' front helped open holes for both Dalton Nunemacher and Jake Love, as the two running backs each topped the 100-yard plateau in a win against Jim Thorpe. On Friday night, it was more of the same against Allen.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mayhem captures tournament title Carbon United Soccer Club's U14 Mayhem team won the 2nd Annual Sage Stauffer Memorial Tournament with a perfect 4-0 record. They outscored their opponents 41-2. The Mayhem team, coached by Frank Bokan, captured the tournament title for the second straight year. The team plays in the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League. Team members are, seated, from left, Aubrey Blasiak, Rajah Quinones, Shane Meckes, Shane Meckes, Patrick Lawler, Dyaln Pettit. Middle row, Franky Bokan, Sean Choley.