Remaley runs past SV
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley (right) is congratulated by head coach Joe Tout after being named TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Remaley carried the ball 33 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Saucon Valley.
Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout knew it was just a matter of time.
Junior running back Cody Remaley, one of the premier players in the TIMES NEWS area, was due for a breakout game.
Trailing 26-21 last week at Saucon Valley, Tout stuck with his game plan and Remaley finished the night with 208 yards rushing on 33 carries for three touchdowns, leading the Bulldogs to a 41-32 triumph.
His effort enabled him to earn the third TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors this season.
"The offensive line really stepped it up this week," said Remaley. "Against Wilson, we didn't really have the push that we needed to break anything. This week, they got on people, they stayed on people and opened up the holes.
"At halftime, even though we trailed, we didn't panic. We came out fighting for a victory. It was a good bounce-back win that will hopefully carry us into this week's game."
Remaley scored on runs of 10, 3 and 24 yards and now has 40 points on the season.
He is well on his way to another 1,000-yard season, having gained 415 yards on 60 carries in just three games.
"I liked my last touchdown the best because I did a lot of cutting and juking around to get in the end zone," Remaley said.
Coming off a 4-6 season and missing the playoffs, Remaley and his teammates are definitely looking a lot better through the first three games of the season this time around.
Tout, noting the work that Remaley put in during the off-season, is using him more both ways this year.
"He's right where we thought he would be offensively," said Tout. "We're asking more of him this year than we did previously. He has two big rushing games against Notre Dame in the opener and against Saucon Valley. He's become more of a two-way player so he doesn't come off the field a lot.
"He ran the ball very well last week. He ran the counter-trey excellent against Saucon and ran it tight and looked to bounce out. That's an inside, outside play and he did a nice job."
Remaley went back to give the credit to his blockers, however.
"As long as the line gets on their blocks, I'm more of a smaller back and can fit through holes that a bigger back might not," he said. "I like staying behind my linemen and follow them through the holes. Matt Gill, our fullback, before every play just says 'follow me, follow me'. And that's what I do."
There's no doubt about it, Remaley agrees that last year was definitely a learning year and points to the experience the team got last season to its success thus far this year.
"With the great mix of juniors and seniors, we have a good all-around team," Remaley said. "Getting the win last week and not losing two in a row has been a confidence booster for us."