Remaley gets redemption vs. Wilson
There was no secret entering the 2010 high school football season that opposing teams were going to focus on trying to stop Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley from repeating any performance he had against them last year.
Wilson, last week's foe, would have been glad to have the Bulldog scatback repeat his performance against it. Remaley carried the ball just 12 times for 17 yards, but did manage a touchdown on a kickoff return in a 35-7 loss to the Warriors.
All Remaley did was gain 259 yards and score four TDs in a thrilling 52-36 win at Wilson on Saturday afternoon in a matchup of Colonial League unbeatens.
The feat was good enough to earn Remaley, who is now the Colonial League all-time career rushing leader, TIMES NEWS Player of the Week. Remaley also won the award last season and was also the 2009 TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Year.
"It was a huge win, especially since we got hammered by Wilson pretty good the past two years," said Remaley. "To come out Saturday and break their win streak and also their streak of victories at home and put up that many points feels really good."
Remaley, believe it or not, seems to be even quicker than he was last year after running sprints on the track team this past spring.
"Track really helped me out a lot for this season," he said. "I think it got my form down running the straightaways and then I lifted a lot in the off-season to put on as much weight as I could so I could also be stronger."
The senior running back won't take all of the credit for his accomplishments either. He'll be the first to tell you without fullback Matt Gill and the offensive line, he wouldn't be where he is today.
"I credit my linemen and Matt all of the time," said Remaley. "The linemen give me enough room to run and then I always cut off of Matt. He always gets that one, last person and depending on how he makes his block determines whether I can break the long one or not."
Remaley was surprised when head coach Joe Tout told him after the game that he broke the Colonial League career rushing record. He had no inkling whatsoever that he was even close.
Tout actually gives Remaley credit for making the Northern Lehigh offensive line better.
"He's made believers out of them," Tout exclaimed. "They believe that if they stay on their blocks, he can break a long run any time. It's been fun to watch the progression where our kids literally believe he's going to score.
"This year, he's been breaking a lot of tackles. He's always been a strong kid but now he's matured into believing he is.
"I give our track coach (Mike Lehtonen) a lot of credit because the kid is flat out faster. And secondly, he's not going down easy. He's looking to punish people when they hit him."
Good news for Patriot League teams is that Remaley wants to play football in that conference. Hopefully, Lehigh, Lafayette or Colgate will come knocking on the door soon.