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Saturday, October 30, 2010

SWIFTWATER – Not only was the Old Oaken Bucket on the line Friday night, but it was also the 50th career meeting between Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East.

The Bears retained the Bucket for the second straight year under head coach Jim Terwilliger by beating the Cardinals, 35-13 in Mountain Valley Conference play. Known as a passing team throughout this year, Pleasant Valley did it on the ground this weekend and ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns on its way to victory. It is the Bears 27th win over the Cardinals.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Spartans rip PV

The last thing the rest of the District 11 Class AA football field wants to see is North Schuylkill developing a new weapon.

The Spartans already possess an air-tight defense, a powerful inside running game, and several backs with breakaway speed.

North Schuylkill flexed all of those muscles in a 54-0 mercy-rule victory over Panther Valley on Friday night.

The Spartans also gave their passing attack a few reps and while it might not have looked ripped it certainly had some definition.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Alex Vignone breaks loose on one of his two touchdown runs as Pen Argyl's Mike Racciato gives chase.

If the game of football only consisted of two quarters, the Palmerton Blue Bombers would have a winning season right now.

Just as they have the past four weeks, the Bombers played their opponent (Pen Argyl) tough in the first half and actually had a 12-7 lead at intermission.

The Green Knights, however, one of the top four Class 2A teams in District 11, turned the game around with three third quarter TDs and Palmerton found itself on the short end of a 33-12 final score.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The G&G Express has picked up momentum for Tamaqua.

The tandem of senior running backs Grif Griffiths and Garth Lakitsky is plowing its way through opposing defenses, and it has turned the Blue Raiders' fortunes around.

Griffiths carried 19 times for 161 yards and three TDs, and fullback Lakitsky added 13 carries for 84 yards and a TD as Tamaqua pulled away from Minersville for a 29-7 Anthracite League triumph Friday night on Stadium Hill.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 30, 1953 Duane Whetstone carries 10 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Tamaqua to a 33-7 win over Shenandoah. Whetstone scores on runs of seven and one yard. The Blue Raiders, who total 267 yards on the ground, also receive rushing TDs from Luther Miller (five yards), Andy Felsoci (one yard) and Percy Satoris (three yards). Satoris finishes with 59 yards rushing while Hood adds 52.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Penn State picked up a much-needed victory last week with its 33-21 win at Minnesota.

Granted, it was against the last place team in the Big Ten, but it provided a boost for the Nittany Lions, who improved to 4-3.

The question for the Lions this week is whether they can continue to build on that win with Michigan in Happy Valley tonight. Kickoff is at 8 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Notre Dame played its worst game in the short tenure of Brian Kelly being head coach and one of its worst games in many years last Saturday at the new Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Irish were so dominated by Navy that it was embarrassing to watch. ND was not prepared, did not play with any enthusiasm, were not tough and appeared indifferent to the game itself. That all falls on Kelly and his staff.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

BANGOR – When Bangor hit for a 75-yard touchdown on its first play from scrimmage, it looked like the sign of an upcoming shootout.

As it turned out, that first touchdown, and the two-point conversion that followed, would have been all the Slaters needed to beat Northwestern on Senior Night at Paul Farnan Field at Bangor Memorial Park.

The Slater defense took over from there and led the team to a 22-7 win.

"We were thrown off our rhythm," said Northwestern head coach Tom Linette. "Bangor was the better team on both sides of the ball.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe quarterback Terry Moll (17) is wrapped up in the open field by Marian's John Julian.

Teams aspiring to the post-season playoffs need to have the ability to shake off a poor performance if they want to attain their goal. And, so, when Jim Thorpe's Olympian football team dropped a 42-27 battle last week with Schuylkill Haven, Coach Mark Rosenberger's squad knew the importance of Friday night's encounter at home against the Marian Colts.

Equal to the task, the Red, White and Blue answered the bell in what one might say was "the first round," delivering knockout punches to Colts swiftly and near effortlessly in a 41-0 triumph.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Zach Coleman is stopped by Julian Anamege (27) and Imad Taylor of East Stroudsburg North. Coleman did have a 35-yard touchdown run in the game as the Indians posted a 36-19 victory.

You hear it from every coach.

And Lehighton's George Ebbert is no different.

But while many mentors hope for it to happen, Ebbert is actually seeing it happen.

Win or lose, we just want to improve every week.

"I know it's a cliche and every coach says it," said Ebbert. "I told the kids from Day One that I'm not going to tell them they have to win. I stress that every week. I tell them as long as they play better every week the wins will come."