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Bears take on Timberwolves

Published October 24. 2013 05:00PM

ES North-Pleasant Valley

WHEN: Friday October 25 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: ES North (2-6, 1-5 MVC); Pleasant Valley (6-2, 5-1 MVC).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Stroudsburg def. ES North 28-0; Pleasant Valley def. Allen 50-0.

PLEASANT VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Hello, Austyn Borre. The Bears tailback carried the ball 24 times for 213 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead Pleasant Valley to a dominant 50-0 win over Allen. Pleasant Valley used its ground game exclusively in the win, not attempting a pass in the contest. But don't forget Bears' signal caller Brandon Leap, who has 1,060 yards passing this season and is the active leader in District 11 passing with 3,861 career yards. Pleasant Valley's Nyiem Nevarez also returned a punt for a touchdown in the contest. The Bears' defense bounced back after giving up over 200 yards to East Stroudsburg's South's Niko Petrone in a 30-14 loss to the Cavaliers, holding the Canaries to 53 yards on the ground and 114 overall in last Saturday's win.

ES NORTH'S IMPACT PLAYERS: ES North had just 125 total yards of offense, 64 of which came on the ground, and 61 through the air in last week's 28-0 loss to Stroudsburg. Freshman quarterback Thomas Melchiorre had a couple of nice pass plays for decent yardage, but couldn't find the end zone. Running backs Elijah McBride (11-41) and Khair Bowman (15-37) paced the Timberwolves on the ground. McBride (2-24), Jaelon Talley (1-13) and David Quiles (1-24) were ES North's leading receivers. Stroudsburg used a very balanced offensive attack in last week's win, as running back Gerald Douglas ran the ball for 97 yards on 12 carries, while Mike Nikorak was able to throw for 119 yards and three touchdowns on 6-of-12 passing. The Timberwolves will need to shore up those defensive holes in a hurry with Pleasant Valley's playmakers looking for another big week.

FAST FACTS: After a two-game absence, it is unknown if ES North quarterback Will Quiles will be under center against Pleasant Valley. The cause of Quiles' absence is unknown...Pleasant Valley is a perfect 3-0 at home this season while ES North is 2-2 on the road...Pleasant Valley won last year's meeting 30-21...The Timberwolves scored 155 points this year (19.3) but allowed 242 (30.2). Pleasant Valley, on the other hand, has scored 264 (33) and allowed 161 (20.1)...The Bears shutout win over Allen last week equaled their total from 2012.

QUOTABLE: "Usually when we practice for East Stroudsburg North, I have to dust off the hold cleats and run the triple option. It gives me a some motivation to get going a little bit." Pleasant Valley coach Jim Terwilliger.


WHEN: Friday October 25 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Tamaqua (5-3, 3-3 Anthracite); Minersville (1-7, 0-6 Anthracite).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Tamaqua def. Panther Valley 32-14; Minersville def. Carson Long 44-20.

TAMAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Tyler Hope has been the guy to provide the Blue Raiders with consistent offense since Dustin Vadermartin's injury. Hope missed three games this year due to injuries as well, but has been extremely productive when on the field. Hope has 837 yards on the ground (167 per game) and 11 rushing touchdowns this season for the Blue Raiders. Look for senior quarterback Nate Edmonds to excel this week. Edmonds has eight passing touchdowns and 849 yards in the air on the season.

MINERSVILLE'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Jonathan McBreen and Luke Heffron will be taking most of the snaps behind center for Minersville. Heffron is now two weeks back from injury and should be the as healthy as he's been this season. Running back Dave Schultz has shown flashes of tough running and agility. Look for him to impact the game on the ground.

FAST FACTS: Minersville has only scored 35 points in Anthracite League games this season. Tamaqua has a plus seven point difference in terms of points forward/allowed in league play as they sit at 3-3. Tamaqua is 5-1 on the season when they have at least 35 rushing attempts. The Raiders currently sit in the seventh spot in the District 11 AA playoff rankings and need to win out to get in. A win this week and next week could sneak the Raiders in, but they definitely need to earn this victory in order to qualify for the Eastern Conference playoffs as well.

QUOTABLE: "We need to put ourselves into a good situation heading into the last game of the season. Every game counts and we have been emphasizing that all week long. Our team needs to continue to get better every week. Minersville has tough kids and a great coaching staff. We played a good second half last week and we will hopefully build off of that." Tamaqua coach Sam Bonner

Lehighton-PM West

WHEN: Friday October 25 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Lehighton (4-4, 3-4 MVC); PM West (3-5, 2-4 MVC).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: ES South def. Lehighton 34-7; PM West def. Dieruff 19-7.

LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Lehighton's Wyatt Clements and Tyler Cann propelled the Indians to 164 yards in the first half of last week's loss to ES South, which was 54 more than the Cavaliers allowed teams to run for on average in the first seven games. During the second half, the two only gained 20 more yards between them, as Lehighton mustered only 48 yards in the second half. The Indians had only three first downs after halftime and didn't get past the Cavs' 46-yard line. Cann had a 32-yard touchdown for the Indians, capping a drive that went eight plays and 76 yards. Lehighton's defense held Cavs' running back Niko Petrone, the conference's leading rusher, to 65 yards and kept him in check for most of the game. But the Cavaliers still managed 234 yards on the ground in the game.

PM WEST'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Offensively the Panthers have switched to a "wildcat" type offense after they got off to an 0-4 start. Running back Qmac Quiteh has switched to quarterback and orchestrates the "wildcat" scheme. Running back Amir Blair is a threat to make plays and receiver Jordan Hardy is also a playmaker for PM West as well.

FAST FACTS: The Indians have a lot on the line in the next two weeks as they're currently in position to make the District 11 AAA playoffs. However, a loss against the Panthers this week could knock them out. The Indians' defense will look to keep their solid 2013 campaign going. So far the Indians rank No. 1 in the TN area, giving up just 232 yards of total offense per game. Offensively, Lehighton will be looking to get back on track this week after scoring just seven points against ES South.

QUOTABLE: "We played well in the first half last week, but one half is not going to get it done. We just need to make sure we bounce back and regroup." Lehighton coach Tom McCarroll.


WHEN: Friday October 25 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Bangor (3-5, 3-5 Colonial); Northwestern (5-3, 5-3 Colonial).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Bangor def. Northern Lehigh 46-18; Pen Argyl def. Northwestern 28-13.

BANGOR'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Bangor comes in with the second-best running attack in the Colonial League. It will be interesting to see how the Northwestern defense responds after giving up 309 yards rushing to Pen Argyl last week. Bangor'S gameplan is simple. They run the ball a lot and almost all of the time with running back Phil Vass and quarterback Jyri Davis, who both run the ball well.

NORTHWESTERN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Cam Richardson played sparingly last week after missing two straight games with a foot injury. He should see more plays this week, which will help the Tigers offensive attack. Last week, Pen Argyl was able to control the line of scrimmage and held Harry Hall to just 102 yards rushing, Hall's lowest total since the third game of the season against Wilson. A rebound performance by the offensive line will be important for Northwestern.

FAST FACTS: Bangor dropped their first four games of the season by a combined score of 150-49, but have turned things around and have won three of their last four by combined scores of 131-100. Take out a 42-0 loss to undefeated Catasauqua in that stretch and Bangor's streak is even more impressive… Pen Argyl's win over Northwestern flip-flopped the two teams in the power rankings for division playoffs, putting Northwestern on the outside looking in with two games left. The Tigers need a win over Bangor this week and an upset win over Catty in the final week of the regular season to have a shot at district playoffs.

QUOTABLE: "They run a single-wing offense and they've got Vass back and he's averaging over ten yards a carry, their quarterbacks averaging over seven yards a carry. They're the second-best rushing team in the conference and they're probably licking their chops after watching this film." Northwestern coach Josh Snyder.

Catasauqua-Northern Lehigh

WHEN: Friday October 25 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Catasauqua (8-0, 8-0 Colonial); Northern Lehigh (1-7, 1-7 Colonial).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Catty def. Palmerton 38-7; Bangor def. No. Lehigh 46-18.

CATASAUQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Talented running back RaVon Burton will be out again this week after getting his appendix out. That means the carries will go to back-up running back Devin Flores. Flores rushed for 122 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns against the Bombers a week ago. Quarterback Zack Bradley threw for 151 yards and three touchdowns a week ago as well and once again will be looking to get the ball to his two dynamic receiving targets. Receivers Paryss Marshall and Ricky Houser combined for 136 yards and three touchdowns last week.

NORTHERN LEHIGH IMPACT PLAYERS: The Bulldogs have lost running back Nate Farber for the season with a leg injury. Farber was responsible for 879 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns. Obviously, the NL offense we'll have a tough time replacing him. Quarterback Chance DeLong will now have to depend on some underclassmen running backs to make some plays and receiver Taz McNair will also have to make an impact at the receiver spot. Stephen Ingles will probably be the Bulldogs best weapon in the passing game and their best candidate for making big plays as he has 22 catches this season and is averaging over 21 yards per catch.

FAST FACTS: Don't be surprised if the Bulldogs air out it a little this week with Farber being out. Catty is ranked fifth in the state according to the Pennsylvania Football News. The Roughies are just a darn good football team and the Bulldogs have to try and do their best to try and contain their many weapons. Offensively and defensively NL has struggled this season, totaling just a hint over 200 yards per game on offense, while surrendering 335.8 yards per game. It's important for the Bulldogs more than ever this week to take care of the ball (five turnovers a week ago) and to not give up the big play.

QUOTABLE: "I told our guys they should be excited to go out there and compete with a team like Catasauqua. It's great going out there against a team that talented to see how you stack up. Our main concern is to not turn the ball over like we did last week. Also, against a team like Catty you can not give up the big play. Like I said we're excited to get out there and compete on Friday night." Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout.

Palmerton-Pen Argyl

WHEN: Saturday October 26 at 1:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Palmerton (2-6, 2-6 Colonial); Pen Argyl (5-3, 5-3 Colonial).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Catty def. Palmerton 38-7; Pen Argyl def. Northwestern 28-13.

PALMERTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Palmerton will once again need to depend on running back Mike Stasko and Trey Nelson to make plays for the Bombers. Nelson is a North/South runner, while Stasko has shown the ability to make nice cuts and has nice speed. Until the Bombers passing game improves it will be up to these two to do the scoring for the Bombers offense. Nelson has also shown the ability to make a ton of plays on the defensive end.

PEN ARGYL'S IMPACT PLAYERS: When you play Pen Argyl you know you're going to get a strong dose of the run game. They run the ball extremely well and running back Depaolo is a load to bring down. However, if you solely focus on the run the Green Knights can hurt you through the air with Nick Oyer catching and Ryan Hunt throwing. Ryan Lobb is also a formidable option for Pen Argyl in the backfield.

FAST FACTS: Palmerton will once again have their hands full, facing off with the powerful Green Knights rushing attack. One thing is for sure though, Pen Argyl will have to work for every yard as the Bombers "D" has shown this season they're no pushovers. Last week against Catty, Palmerton did a pretty good job of containing the Roughies offensive attack. Offensively, Palmerton has to try and get things going. They're averaging just 15.9 points per game and 170.6 yards per contest on offense. It's evident the Bombers offensive line has struggled this season and improvement has to be made there in order for them to put some points on the boards.

QUOTABLE: "We have had a great week of practice in preparing for Pen Argyl, there is no quit in our team nor staff. We look forward to Saturday's game on the Hill in Pen Argyl. It is an awesome atmosphere to play in. We are looking for a quick start to get some energy going and to make big plays happen in all three phases of the game." Palmerton coach Chris Walkowiak.

Panther Valley-North Schuylkill

WHEN: Friday October 25 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Panther Valley (2-6, 1-5 Anthracite); No. Schuylkill (5-3, 5-2 Anthracite).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Tamaqua def. Panther Valley 32-14; No. Schuylkill def. Mahanoy 31-7.

PANTHER VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Panther Valley quarterback Kyle Ferryman in on the verge of eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark this week. The senior needs just three yards to do so. His backfield mate Richard Nase is also looking to make an impact this week against the Spartans. Nase has 803 yards on the season, rushing for over six yards per carry.

NO. SCHUYLKILL'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Bobby Grigas scored three touchdowns for the Spartans last week and running back. Auston Hummel rushed for a career-high 123 yards. Running back Matt Smarkanic is also expected to make an impact.

FAST FACTS: The Panther have given up a TIMES NEWS area worst 399 yards of total offense per game. The Spartans are coming off a big win over Mahanoy and with that win have put themselves in position for a possible share of the AFL title and a district or Eastern Conference playoff berth. North Schuylkill also runs the ball very well and PV is giving up 292 yards rushing per game. All season long the Panthers have shown the ability to move the football, but they haven't been able to finish off their drives. That will have to change this week if they want to be in the ball game with an always competitive Spartan football team.

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