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Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ferryman, Nase lead PV  to first win of the season

There were four reasons why Panther Valley defeated Kutztown, 40-26 last night for its first win of the season.

Motivation for the Panthers first home game was displayed when team captains carried a number 22 PV jersey to midfield for the coin toss ceremony in honor of Richard Zabroski, a former PV player and six year assistant coach who was tragically killed in a car crash just a few weeks ago.

The much maligned Panther defense, having allowed 97 points in its first two games was bolstered by the return from a broken hand by senior all-conference linebacker, Mark Williams.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

We dislike the feeling though it's necessary for growth.

No, it's not the burning sensation in your muscles when you increase the intensity of your workout. The "it" is purely mental and somewhat unsettling.

We call it doubt.

Without doubt, however, we wouldn't question ourselves. Without questioning ourselves, we wouldn't grow.

So shouldn't the phrase "plagued by doubt" be reworked? Wouldn't "prodded," "provoked," "aroused," or even "motivated " be a better choice than "plagued"?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

September 14, 1956 Lansford opens its season on a positive note, defeating McAdoo by a 13-6 score. After falling behind early, the Panthers use Edmund Gargula's 25-yard touchdown pass to Tony Zonca and Joe Gazo's successful extra point to take the lead for good. The winners, coached by Dick Forster, add insurance in the final frame when Gargula again throws a TD pass - this one a 29-yard strike to Jim Zuzu.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Although mid-week temperatures soared, the cold front that passed through the area has brought cooler, drier air with northwest winds, increasing the migration of broadwing raptors passing the lookouts at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

In one day 859 birds of various species were counted, and the total number of broadwings passing is expected to increase this weekend. Kettles usually start forming mid-morning and these first kettles stream past the lookout fairly low and bald eagles should be seen in good numbers.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Week three of the Penn State football season offers some intriguing storylines as the Central Florida Knights come to Beaver Stadium for a 6 p.m. (BIG 10 Network, ET) kickoff.

Perhaps, maybe the most interesting of all the hot topics is the fact that Bill O'Brien will be facing off with UCF head coach George O'Leary. O'Leary gave O'Brien his first job at Georgia Tech as a grad assistant where eventually moved through the ranks to become offensive coordinator for the Yellow Jackets.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
JT rallies to beat Spartans

It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

Jim Thorpe proved that on Friday night when it stagged a pair of comebacks to stun North Schuylkill, 41-21, in an Anthracite Football League game.

With four minutes remaining in the opening quarter, the Olympians still hadn't run a play from scrimmage and trailed 14-0.

At that point, a North Schuylkill blowout looked possible and a Jim Thorpe loss looked probable.

But somebody forgot to tell the Olympians.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Many times in football, a game can come down to a crucial turnover, and it can spell the difference between a win and a loss.

Such was the case in Friday night's Colonial League thriller in Hellertown, as Saucon Valley took advantage of a hard hit, causing a Nolehi fumble that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown late in the third quarter to make the score 20-7 at that point. Eventually, the Panthers went on to pull off the 26-21 win over the Bulldogs to drop the latter into some unfamiliar territory.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

MAHANOY CITY – With the football season only three weeks old, it's far too early to declare a "state of emergency" for the Marian football program.

However, there are enough warning signs to suggest that the Colts may be in serious trouble if conditions don't start to improve quickly.

For the third straight game, Marian has been dominated on both sides of the ball, as Mahanoy Area rolled to a 40-6 Anthracite Football League victory.

The loss drops the Colts to 0-3, marking the first time since 1995 that Marian has started a season with three straight losses.

Friday, September 13, 2013

September 13, 1985 Northwestern's Scott Ziegler carries 20 times for 98 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 19-6 Centennial League win over rival Northern Lehigh. After the Bulldogs open the scoring with an eight-yard TD pass from Dennis Long to Barry Parham, Ziegler erases the deficit with an eight-yard scamper to the end zone. The senior fullback adds a seven-yard tally in the second quarter and a two-yatder in the third. Northwestern, coached by Bob Mitchell, plays well defensively, allowing just 74 total yards.

Friday, September 13, 2013
special to the times news Palmerton High School graduate Matt Falcone (center of photo) watches Temple's pregame warmup during the season-opener at Notre Dame. Falcone is a student assistant coach with the Owls.

This fall, Matt Falcone is being exposed to a different side of football. Since his earliest playing days in Palmerton, Falcone has played and experience football as a player.

In high school, Falcone compiled a nearly perfect resume as a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain who became the first Blue Bomber to throw and rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season in his role as a quarterback. He also averaged more than 37 yards as a punter, a position in which he garnered first team All-State honors. Defensively, Falcone recorded 111 tackles at linebacker.