Tout wants more
Another game, another offensive eruption for Northern Lehigh.
Friday night, the Bulldogs topped the 40-point mark for the fourth straight week as they buried Palisades, 52-0.
So far this season, Northern Lehigh's numbers are as intimidating as they are impressive. In four games, it has scored 194 points.
The Bulldogs' 48.5 points per game average is sixth best in the state and the best in District 11.
But if you expect Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout to be singing his team's praises and making postseason plans, then you don't know Joe Tout.
When OVERTIME talked to Tout earlier this week, he made it perfectly clear that just because his team is winning big, doesn't mean it is playing well.
"We weren't happy with Friday night's performance and the kids know it," said Tout. "I was disappointed with the effort. Penalties and turnovers are usually a pretty good indication of a team's focus and our play in the first half against Palisades showed pretty clearly that we weren't as focused as we need to be.
"We played an emotionless first half. I don't feel like we got better as a football team last week."
It might be somewhat understandable if the Bulldogs weren't on the top of their game or emotionally charged up to play the last two weeks. After beating Wilson, 52-36, in a week two showdown between projected Colonial League contenders, Northern Lehigh will be playing its third straight winless team this week when it travels to Salisbury.
Tout isn't cutting his team any breaks, however.
"We can't afford two weeks without sharp practices and good execution in games," said Tout. "I don't think a whole lot will need to come from the coaches this week. The players know how we feel and we have a great group of seniors, so I'd be shocked if things weren't drastically different this week."
If the Bulldogs live up to Tout's expectations Friday night, it can only mean bad news for the Falcons.
THE THREE BIG BEARS ... Pleasant Valley showed the ability to run and pass the ball efficiently in last week's win over Lehighton.
The Bears had a 100-yard rusher (Rob Getz 125), a 100-yard passer (Derrik Walling 208), and a 100-yard receiver (Rich Irving 168).
The last time a Pleasant Valley team accomplished that feat was Sept. 23, 2005. That also happened against Lehighton as Kyle Bonser rushed for 124 yards, Jamie Irvine passes for 120 yards and Mike Reyes racked up 103 yards receiving.
It has also been a while since a PV player put up the type of receiving numbers that Irving did nine receptions for 168 yards. Ironically, the last Bear receiver to account for at least that many yards was Irvine. In 2004, one year before he was switched to quarterback, Irvine had 177 yards receiving against Wyoming Valley West. It has been even longer since a Pleasant Valley player had nine receptions in a game. Dan Muir was the last Bear to do it, catching nine passes on Nov. 5, 1993 against Northern Lehigh.
POINTS A PLENTY ... The Pius X victory against the Colts was a wild shootout that featured 13 touchdowns. The Royals had eight of those TDs, including kickoff, punt and interception returns for touchdowns.
The scoring outburst broke several Marian all-time records. Among them:
* Pius' 62 points were the most ever allowed by a Marian team in its 57-year football history. The previous record was 60 points scored by Nativity in 1972.
* The 36 points by the Colts were the most ever by a Marian team in a loss. In 247 all-time losses, the Colts previous high point total was 34. That happened last season in a 37-34 defeat at the hands of Jim Thorpe.
* The 98 combined points shattered the previous mark for most points in a game. Marian has played 612 games in its history and prior to Friday night, the highest scoring game happened in 1999 when the Colts defeated Lake Lehman 45-38 for a total of 83 points.
GROUNDING IT OUT ... Jim Thorpe football went "old school" last week in a 14-0 shutout of Panther Valley.
The Olympians used an outstanding defensive performance and a time-consuming ground game to pick up the victory. The Olympians ran the ball 39 times for 217 yards against PV.
With regular starting quarterback Terry Moll sidelined with an injury, Jim Thorpe virtually ignored its passing game as it threw the ball just seven times for six yards.
The last time an Olympian team had so few yards through the air, but still picked up a victory was Sept. 23, 2005. In that game, the Olympians defeated Wilkes Barre GAR, 36-28, despite the fact that they failed to complete a pass in eight attempts. Jim Thorpe rushed for 337 yards in the victory over the Grenadiers.
TOUCHDOWN TONY ... Marian's Anthony Damiano scored four touchdowns in last week's 62-36 loss to Pius X.
The last time a Colt player had four TDs in a game was Nov. 24, 2000 when Al Donadi scored four times in a playoff game against Delone Catholic.
Damiano also added a two-point conversion in the loss to Pius, giving him 26 points in the game.
Donadi was also the last Colt to accomplish that as he scored 26 points against Panther Valley on Sept. 22, 2000.