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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The start of the Brian Kelly era attracted a large television audience for NotreDame.

Saturday's preliminary rating was up 77 percent from last year's opener. NBC said Sunday that the Fighting Irish's 23-12 win over Purdue drew a 2.3 overnight rating and 6 share.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

STATE COLLEGE - In the movie "Forrest Gump", the title character is fond of comparing life to a box of chocolates, because one never knows what you'll get.

Starting the season with a new quarterback, especially a true freshman, can be a lot like that.

For the most part, Penn State had to like the taste of what Robert Bolden gave them behind center in the Nittany Lions' 44-14 opening win over Youngstown State Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Hartung plays in Cooperstown Tournament

Connor Hartung, 13 year-old 8th grader from Tamaqua, was chosen to play at the Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament at Cooperstown, New York with the Pottsville Pythons.

The Pythons placed third out of 103 teams from around the world in last year's tournament. The team also includes players from Oweigsburg, Pottsville, Hegins and St. Clair.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September 4, 1992 Bobby Hahn gains 183 yards on just 14 carries and also scores two touchdowns to help Palmerton open the season with a 27-0 win over Pen Argyl. Hahn hits paydirt on runs of 24 and 68 yards. The Blue Bombers, coached by Manny Guedes, also score on a Chris Lucykanish one-yard run and a Mark Slivka 12-yard run. The Palmerton defense holds the Knights to just 22 yards of offense with its deepest penetration being the 33-yard line.

Saturday, September 4, 2010
Northwestern's Payton Bachman (7) finds daylight as he returns a kickoff against Salisbury. nancy scholz/ times news

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP Northwestern's biggest question mark coming into the season was it's new skill players. The Tigers graduated their top five running backs from last season as well as their quarterback and a few receivers.

For the first half Friday night at Salisbury, the questions still remained.

Early in the second half, however, Northwestern junior running backs Payton Bachman and Ty Cunningham did what they could to provide some answers.

Bachman ran for 104 of his 120 yards in the second half. Cunningham had 142 of his 166 yards after halftime.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The selection of true freshman Robert Bolden to start today's season opener against Youngstown State is a bold move for Penn State.

Time will tell if the move is the right one.

Bolden is the man of the moment, however, although the race to replace the graduated Daryll Clark at the helm of the Nittany Lions' Spread HD attack is likely far from over.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

With just over four minutes remaining defending Colonial League champion Wilson was clinging to a eight-point lead over Palmerton in the season opener for both on Friday night.

Then the Warriors used two long passes for touchdowns and any thoughts of a Bomber upset quickly diminished with Wilson grabbing a 28-6 win.

The Warriors actually rewarded head coach Bret Comp with his 100th victory and despite three touchdown passes, it was the defense that kept the Bombers from getting any offense going.

Saturday, September 4, 2010
steve shinko/times news Jim Thorpe's Jon Fritz (27) carries the ball as Tamaqua's Matt Edmonds tries to make the tackle.

Smash Mouth football made a return to Jim Thorpe Friday night.

The host Olympians engaged in a battle of attrition with Tamaqua, with the edge in the trenches, and on the scoreboard, in Thorpe's favor.

Running back Shane Edwards (26 carries, 116 yards, 2 touchdowns) and quarterback Terry Moll (17-112) each went over the century mark on the ground as Thorpe earned an 18-13 Anthracite League victory on opening night.

The outcome was encouraging for the Olympians, who went 4-6 last season and are seeking a return to their winning ways.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It didn't seem as though Northern Lehigh star running back Cody Remaley had as many yards as he did even he was surprised by his total.

Remaley only carried the ball 10 times, but he turned those chances into 204 yards and three touchdowns, leading his squad to the 42-0 Colonial League win over visiting Notre Dame of Green Pond.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Panther Valley's young football players received a lesson the hard way.

Get dominated up front. Walk off the field with an "L".

The Panthers, who lost 15 players to graduation from last year's squad, were completely manhandled in the trenches Friday night against visiting Mahanoy Area and the result was an 18-0 shutout.

"Mahanoy came out and totally dominated us up front," said PV head coach Frank Damian. "We couldn't get anything going. We didn't help our cause by turning the ball over three times.