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Published October 17. 2013 05:00PM

Tamaqua-Panther Valley

WHEN: Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Tamaqua (4-3, 2-3 Anthracite); Panther Valley (2-5, 1-4 Anthracite)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Tamaqua def. Schuylkill Haven, 23-14; Panther Valley def. Shenandoah Valley, 34-21.

TAMAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: I think it' safe to say that after Tyler Hope's 350 yard rushing performance last week that he will be a definite impact player this week. Tamaqua quarterback Nate Edmonds, who has thrown for 741 yards this season will also be a threat for the Raiders. Fullback Trevor Skripko also saw a lot of carries last week againt the 'Canes and could be an option for Tamaqua in goal line situations.

PANTHER VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: For the Panthers it's been the Kyle Ferryman and Richard Nase show all season long. Both Ferryman and Nase have scored eight touchdowns a piece on the year and have put up some nice rushing numbers. Ferryman has rushed for 912 yards on the year, while Nase hase rushed for 709.

FAST FACTS: The question is can Tamaqua play like they did last week againt Haven? If they can then it's pretty obvious they're going to be a tough team to handle for the Panthers. PV has struggled a ton on the defensive side of the ball this season, giving up over 400 yards of offense per game. The Panthers have given up nearly 300 yards per game on the ground, which does not serve them well after the Raiders rushing performance last week. Tamaqua must keep a handle on Ferryman and Nase because they both offer up big play ability.

QUOTABLE: "We've been harping on it all week that we need to contain Ferryman and Nase. Those guys can break big plays at anytime. We knw they're a team that if they string everything together they can be a tough team to beat. We just need to take care of business upfront and control the ball. Also, when we get the opportunity to score we need to put points on the board." Tamaqua coach Sam Bonner

"Our number one goal has to be to contain Tyler Hope. I don't know if you can totally stop a guy that talented, but we need to slow him down and tackle well. Also in order to stick with a team like Tamaqua you have to finish drives. We've done a good job at time this season moving the ball from the 20 to the 20, but we haven't been able to punch it in. Putting points on the board will be key for us if we want to come out on top." Panther Valley coach Lon Hazlet

Schuylkill Haven-Jim Thorpe

WHEN: Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Schuylkill Haven (4-3, 4-2 Anthracite); Jim Thorpe (6-1, 6-0 Anthracite)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Tamaqua def. Schuylkill Haven, 23-14; Jim Thorpe def. Mahanoy Area, 26-0.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Schuylkill Haven quarterback Ryan Fink, who was injured for a good portion of the season is back and looks good. Tamaqua held him in check last week, but there's no denying he's a talented athlete. Also, Haven running back Will Casella has shown he is one of the toughest runners in the Anthracite this season. Casella rushed for 185 yards last week and showed the ability to run hard and break tackles.

JIM THORPE'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Ryan Saunders II has been torching Anthracite opponents all season and there's no reason to think he won't do the same this week. Saunders has rushed for a TIMES NEWS best 1,082 yards this season and 12 touchdowns. His running mate Deonte St. Hill has also racked up the yards, rushing for 636 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last, but not least bruiser type back Robbie Heller has also had success, rushing for 328 yards. Defensive stopper Alex Vitti has also been a for the Olympians on the season.

FAST FACTS: After a big win over previoulsy undefeated Mahanoy Area last week the Olympians must be careful to not have a let down against the 'Canes on Friday night. Haven might have had has some setbacks this season, but they were picked to win the league in the pre-season coaches poll. They have talent and are very capable of sticking with the Olympians. On the other hand Haven did give up 350 yards to Tamaqua's Tyler Hope last week and Jim Thorpe has the best rushing attack in the Anthracite this season. Jim Thorpe has rushed for 336 yards per game so far in 2013, so if Haven didn't correct their mistakes from last week, it's going to be a long ride back home for the 'Canes.

QUOTABLE: "We have a much different test with Schuylkill Haven this week. Last week it was more of a responsibility discipline and this week our toughness and physicality will be tested. We need to play a very physical game to get the win on Friday and I believe our guys like they have all year will answer the challenge." Jim Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger.

Marian-Shenandoah Valley

WHEN: Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Marian (4-3, 3-2 Anthracite); Shenandoah Valley (1-6, 1-5 Anthracite)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Marian def. Minersville, 43-7; Panther Valley def. Shenandoah Valley, 34-21.

MARIAN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Dean Richards did a nice job filling in at quarterback for the injured Lukas Damian. Damian, who has been the Colts best defensive player all season was filling in at QB for the injured KJ Snerr, who is out for the season. Richards scored two touchdowns and ran the Colts offensive nicely. Running back Anthony Agosti showed his veteran prowess last week, rushing for 143 yards and three scores.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Shenandoah quarterback Ian McCole is their main weapon. McCole attempted 39 passes last week, completing 23 of them for 321 yards and two touchdowns.

FAST FACTS: After starting out 0-3 the Colts have won four straight games and have moved into sixth place in the District 11 A rankings and have done so fighting through some injury problems. If Damian returns this week it's unknown whether he'll go back to QB or his more natural position, which is tight end. Also, playing TE would give Damian a little more rest on the offensive side of the ball in turn saving him a little more for his real strong suit, which is on the defensive side of the ball. Either way the momentum Marian has created by winning four straight should carry over to their game against the Devils. The key for the Colts is simple. Don't turn the ball over and play strong defense.

QUOTABLE: "Our offensive line has really come on as of late and that's been a big reason for our success. They're more confident, they're communicating better, and they've just become a better unit. We need that to continue this week because that's the key to success for any football team." Marian coach Stan Dakosty

Lehighton-East Stroudsburg South

WHEN: Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Lehighton (4-3, 3-3 Mountain Valley); East Stroudsburg South (7-0, 6-0 Mountain Valley)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Lehighton def. William Allen, 55-8; East Stroudsburg South def. Pleasabt Valley, 30-14.

LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: This year's Lehighton squad features the Tyler and Tyler show on the offensive side of the ball. Tyler Cann and Tyler Crum have been catalysts for the Indians this season and they certainly didn't disappoint last week. Cann and Crum both scored two touchdowns a piece in a 55-8 rout of Allen. Running back Wyatt Clements has been the workhorse for the Indians, rushing for 551 yards and 11 touchdowns. Clements is also a force on the defensive side of the ball and is the leader of that unit.

EAST STROUDSBURG SOUTH'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Like usual, the Cavaliers have a very dangerous running back in Nico Petrone. Petrone rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns last week against Pleasant Valley. Freshmen quarterback Jake Cirillio has also had a solid season for East Stroudsburg South, leading them to a 7-0 record.

FAST FACTS: Last season, Lehighton shocked the Mountain Valley Conference and upset the Cavaliers so the Indians must be ready for an extra hyped ESS squad. The Lehighton defense has been pretty stout throughout the season, allowing just 214 yards per game, which is tops in the TN area. They've also done a solid job of handling the run, giving up 116 yards on the ground per contest. Petrone will certainly test the Indians' "D" on Friday. Lehighton will have to make sure they gang tackle and fly to the football, which is something they've proven they can do. On offense, Lehighton will almost have to play mistake-free football and Cann, Crum, and Clements will have to make plays.

QUOTABLE: "We're coming into this game with some momentum and our staff is really happy with the way that our guys are playing football. We just need to continue to do what we've been doing defensively, which is gang tackle and fly to the football. That's been our calling card this year. Offensively, we need to run the football succesfully and control the clock." Lehighton coach Tom McCarroll

Northern Lehigh-Bangor

WHEN: Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Northern Lehigh (1-6); Bangor (2-5)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Northwestern Lehigh def. Northern Lehigh, 28-0; Bangor def. Palmerton, 41-28.

NORTHERN LEHIGH'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Northern Lehigh quarterback Chance DeLong will be back for the Bulldogs this week, which will pay huge dividends for NL on offense. Taz McNair can now back to his original position at wide receiver after filling in for DeLong. Stephen Ingles is also expected to make a bigger impact for the Bulldogs with DeLong back. Ingles is averaging 21.64 yards per catch this season.

BANGOR'S IMPACT PLAYERS: For Bangor, it comes down to two different guys in running back Phil Vass and quarterback Jryi Davis. Vass has been one of the top rushers in the Colonial League over the past two seasons. He rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns last week, while Davis rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

FAST FACTS: With DeLong back the Northern Lehigh offense can now get more versatile and hopefully score some points. The Bulldogs were shutout the last two weeks and there's no doubt the Bulldogs want to change that this week. The key for Northern Lehigh will be to stop Vass and Davis. Both receive the ball about 99% of the time on offense. Bangor runs the ball a lot and the Bulldogs will get their daily dose of Vass and Davis. The Slaters also scored twice in the special teams game last week, which is something Northern Lehigh will have to contain as well.

QUOTABLE: "We feel good about our gameplan defensively, but it's key for us to put points on the board this week. We were very happy with the way Taz McNair filled in at quarterback for us, but with Chance DeLong back we can now be a little more versatile on offense. Another key is for us not to give up the big play. I also believe winning the special teams battle is important as well." Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout.


WHEN: Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Palmerton (2-5, 2-5 Colonial); Catasauqua (7-0, 7-0 Colonial)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Bangor def. Palmerton, 41-28; Catasauqua def. Pen Argyl, 29-14.

PALMERTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Palmerton rushing attack has to be able to make some big plays this week with Trey Nelson and Mike Stasko. The Palmerton passing attack has struggled this season, so it will be up to Nelson and Stasko to try and break some big runs.

CATASAUQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: There might not be enough space for this section in this week's scouting report. Simply put, the Rough Riders are loaded. Quarterback has been fantastic all year long. Paryss Marshall and Ricky Houser are a lethal wide receiver combo and running back RaVon Burton is as good as they come in the state this season.

FAST FACTS: Catty is ranked fifth in the state according to the Pennsylvania Football News rankings. The Blue Bombers have shown improvement this season, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but they haven't seen anything like this offense. Palmerton will just need to play solid football and of course try and get the Roughies to turn it over a few times.

QUOTABLE: "Catty is the top team in the league and a top team in the state for a reason, they have many weapons offensively and play good defense. We are looking forward to this challenge and are preparing to fight for 48 minutes as we continue to build off the good things we did last week and work on the areas we did not execute so well." Palmerton coach Chris Walkowiak.

Pleasant Valley-William Allen

WHEN: Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m.

RECORDS: Pleasant Valley (5-2); William Allen (0-7)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: East Stroudsburg South def. Pleasant Valley, 30-14; Lehighton def. William Allen, 55-8.

PLEASANT VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Pleasant Valley's Brandon Leap turned in another solid performance in last week's loss to East Stroudsburg South, throwing for over 200 yards and rushing for over 30. Leap is over 1,000 yards passing this season and has tossed 12 touchdowns in breaking several school records. Austyn Borre is the Bears leading rusher with over 700 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with over 100 receiving yards and another score. Leap has been just as effective on the ground, racking up over 200 yards rushing and two scores. Nyiem Nevarez and Kevin Cruz are both over 300 yards receiving this season while Dalton Davidson, Nick Huerta and Demetrius Green are all over 100. The Bears have seven different receivers that have caught touchdown passes this season.

WILLIAM ALLEN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Gabe Otero scored Allen's only touchdown in last week's 55-8 loss to Lehighton. The drive went 60 yards, but was the only highlight of the night for the visitors. The Canaries struggled to stop the Indians offense, allowing 48 first half points. Allen allowed touchdowns on the ground, through the air, on a kickoff return and via a fumble recovery. Courtney Watson, the Canaries' QB, has thrown for over 300 yards and two scores this season while also rushing for 333 yards and three scores. Justice Anderson is the team's leading receiver with over 200 yards and two scores this season. Anderson has also taken snaps at quarterback for the Canaries this season. Charlie Muniz has chipped in 140 yards on the ground.

FAST FACTS: Pleasant Valley won last year's meeting 42-0...The average score of Allen's games this year has been 42-6. The Canaries' defense has also allowed the most points in the MVC...Pleasant Valley's loss last week snapped a five-game winning streak...After Saturday's game at Allen, the Bears will finish with two home games against East Stroudsburg North and rival Stroudsburg. Pleasant Valley is 3-0 at home this year and 2-2 on the road.

QUOTABLE: "For us to be able to do what we want to do down the road, we've got to be able to win our next football game and play for the next big moment." Pleasant Valley head coach Jim Terwilliger.

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