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JT looks to build on win

Published September 05. 2013 05:00PM


WHEN: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Jim Thorpe (1-0 Anthracite Football League), Blue Mountain (0-1 Berks Football League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Conrad Weiser def. Blue Mountain 48-20; Jim Thorpe def. Tamaqua 34-14.

BLUE MOUNTAIN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Halfback Will Bornstein carried the ball 15 times for 100 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles loss to Conrad Weiser. Bornstein also attempted a pass, connecting on a 26-yarder. Eagles' quarterback Shane Grapsy completed six of 11 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, giving Blue Mountain plenty to work with on the ground and through the air.

JIM THORPE'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Quarterback Ryan Saunders and halfback Deonte St. Hill comined for 267 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Jim Thorpe's win over Tamaqua. Robert Helder chipped in 73 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown to help the Olympians control the tempo from the outset. Jim Thorpe will need to establish a physical presence up front once again against Blue Mountain.

FAST FACTS: Blue Mountain defeated Jim Thorpe 47-20 last year. The Olympains will look to start a season with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2010, their last season with a winning record. Jim Thorpe's lost in the district playoffs to Northern Lehigh, finsihing the year with an 8-3 record. Blue Mountain's Cory Mabry is in his first season as the head coach while Rosenberger enters his 16th at the helm of the Olympians.

QUOTABLE: "Last week's win against Tamaqua was a big confidence booster; it was great to start the season on a positive note. But we have to move on from that and focus on this week because Blue Mountain is a very good football team. In order to win we're going to have to run the ball and pass the ball effictively." Jim Thorpe head coach Mark Rosenberger.


WHEN: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Wilson (0-1 Colonial League), Palmerton (0-1 Colonial League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Catasauqua defeated Wilson, 40-7; Southern Lehigh defeated Northern Lehigh, 49-0

WILSON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Junior Nick Labatch (Rb-LB) scored the lone Warriors touchdown last week on a five-yard run late in the game...Junior Jahid Beamon (6-1, 225) is the stud on this team and will see action on both sides of the ball at running back and linebacker. He led the team in tackles last year with 99....

PALMERTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Tre Nelson, the Bombers' junior running back and linebacker, broke loose for a 31-yard touchdown in the opener against Notre Dame and will be counted on heavily to get the Palmerton running game untracked....Bombers will likely go with sophomore QB Zach Buck this week as he'll be looking for targets like Austin Cook, last week's leading receiver....Placekicker Jon Schwartz can also play a key role if the Bombers get in field goal range.

FAST FACTS: Warriors have had a number of great quarterbacks in recent years, but with freshman Michael Glovas getting the call, Warriors' head coach Brett Comp is just looking to see improvement each week. Glovas was 8-for-18 for 102 yards....The starting position was up for grabs between junior Izayah Johnson (6-foot-1, 150 pounds), sophomore Nick Maston (5-10, 145) and Glovas (5-10, 155). Johnson will go back to wide receiver for now....Warriors pulled out a 19-12 win over the Blue Bombers last year....Bombers must solidify its blocking up front and control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball....Wilson is more of a run team then in years past, so we must stop their run game while still being cautious of their aerial assault.

QUOTABLE: "We can build off of our effort that we displayed late in the game in week 1; however it is imperative we get off to a great start this week. We must establish our run game and play better defense by eliminating the big plays for touchdowns." - Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak


WHEN: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Notre Dame GP (1-0 Colonial League), Northern Lehigh (0-1 Colonial League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Notre Dame defeated Palmerton, 25-13; Southern Lehigh defeated Northern Lehigh, 49-0

NOTRE DAME'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Senior quarterback Kordell Theadford is back for his third year as the starting signal caller, but got hurt in the game against the Bulldogs last year and lost valuable time....He threw for three touchdowns last week's win over Palmerton. He finished the night completing 9-of-25 passes for 197 yards and also rushed for 58 yards. The TD pass that put the icing on the cake was a 67-yard completion to Derek Gardner in the final quarter...Junior Trey Watson was the leading rusher against the Bombers gaining 83 yards on 15 carries and scored on a nine-yard run....

NORTHERN LEHIGH'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Nate Farber is the tailback that takes over a position that has had some great players in recent years. Farber carried the ball 14 times for 64 yards and the Bulldogs will have to find him some holes and did at times last week, but must be more consistent.

FAST FACTS: Bulldogs only beat the Crusaders by a 12-7 score last year....Northern Lehigh has a lot of kids starting for the first time and got out of the blocks a little slow last week. This week, the Bulldog veterans have to help get the team started quicker..... The Bulldogs made an adjustment at practice Tuesday and it helped. It was the fasted and most physical practice they've had. Tout hopes that will carry into game time Friday.....When Notre Dame has the ball, Northern Lehigh has to key on the Crusaders quarterback (Theadford). When he has the ball, he keeps the play alive and can scramble. Bulldogs must keep him inside the tackles and force him to throw.

QUOTABLE: "This week we have to be focused. Everyone knows their assignments. We gave up a big play in the Marian and Lehighton scrimmages and three big plays last week. That can't happen this week." - Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout


WHEN: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Northwestern (0-1 Colonial League), Salisbury (1-0 Colonial League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Salisbury beat Bangor 44-27; Northwestern fell to Palisades 27-15.

SALISBURY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Quarterback Troy Parton ran for a pair of touchdowns last week. He also threw one to wide receiver Tavon Royster. Royster reached paydirt twice, catching a 24-yard pass for a score and returning a kick off 75 yards. The Falcons also feature running backs Teddy Denver and Beran Mitchell. Lineman Brett Sonntag (6-foot, 310 pounds) will be difficult to deal with on both sides of the ball.

NORTHWESTNERN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Sophomore running back Harry Hall and fullback Taylor Breininger will get the bulk of the carries. Receiver/running back Cam Richardson (three catches, 51 yards, one touchdown last week) will also see a lof of the ball. Dylan Snyder and Alex Bobbyn are also likely to get some touches against the Falcons.

FAST FACTS: Salisbury is coming off it's first opening-night win in nine years. The Tigers need to take care of the ball. After a minus-15 turnover ratio last season, Northwestern gave the ball up five times last week and took it away just once. The Falcons haven't beaten the Tigers since 2000. Northwestern has won 25 of 27 meetings since 1984, including two wins in 2001 when the teams met in the district playoffs. The teams did not play in 2004, '05 or '11 because of the rotating bye on the Colonial League schedule.

QUOTABLE: "I'm looking forward to seeing how the guys bounce back and overcome adversity." Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder.


WHEN: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Marian (0-1 Anthracite Football League), Schuylkill Haven (0-1 Anthracite Football League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Lehighton def. Marian 27-14; Wyomissing def. Schuylkill Haven 29-15.

MARIAN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Colts lost starting quarterback KJ Snerr on the first play of the game last week against Lehighton. Snerr won't be available against Schuylkill Haven, meaning Dean Richards will be running the offense. Richards went 3-of-7 last week for 29 yards and an interception while also adding 53 yards rushing on 10 carries. Anthony Agosti was once again a workhorse for the Colts, carrying the ball 13 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Haven didn't too much through the air against Wyomissing, as starting quarterback Ryan Fink completed on 2-of-8 passes for five yards and one interception. The Hurricanes were a force on the ground, though, piling up 234 yards and two touchdowns. Fink carried the ball 21 times for 98 yards and two scores while halfback William Casella registered 31 carries and 138 yards.

FAST FACTS: Schuylkill Haven was the preseason pick to win the Anthracite Football League title. Marian defeated Haven 22-0 last year. Marian's last loss to Schuylkill Haven came in 2010, a 25-8 defeat at home. 2010 was also the Colts' last losing season under Dakosty. Haven is the defending PIAA Class AA champion.

QUOTABLE: "We'll definitely have our hands full this week. They (Schuylkill Haven) outweigh us up front, so we're going to have to use our quickness outside to create plays. We'll make adjustments with Dean as our quarterback and play to our strengths." Marian head coach Stan Dakosty.


WHEN: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Panther Valley (0-1 Anthracite Football League), Schuylkill Valley (1-0 Berks Football League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Mahanoy Area def. Panther Valley 51-28; Schuylkill Valley def. Pottstown 34-19.

PANTHER VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Quarterback Kyle Ferryman was all over the field last Friday against Mahanoy Area, running for 168 yards and three scores and throwing for 104 yards and one touchdown. He was the first Panther to rush and pass for over 100 yards in the same game since 2009. Richard Nase collected 50 yards on 11 carries and Calergo Keo proved to be a reliable target downfield, hauling in four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.

SCHUYLKILL VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Senior Nick Scheidt ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns and also scored on a 39-yard interception return to lead Schuylkill Valley in the season opener against Pottstown. Tanner White completed 9-of-21 passes for 75 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns. Edward Shuttleworth carried the ball 16 times for 71 yards and a touchdown.

FAST FACTS: Schuylkill Valley beat Panther Valley 41-14 last season. Panther Valley hasn't defeated Schuylkill Valley since a 34-0 win at home in 2008. Schuylkill Valley was 8-4 a year ago, losing to Wyomissing in the district playoffs.

QUOTABLE: "We exceeded expectations last week against Mahanoy Area on offense, but we have to improve on defense. If you can't make the stops on defense, you're not going to be able to win many games. Schuylkill Valley lost a number of players from a year ago but the sytem is the same: They're well-coached and have good athletes. We're looking forward to the challenge." Panther Valley head coach Lon Hazlet.


WHEN: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Pleasant Valley (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference), Dieruff (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:Pocono Mountain East def. Dieruff 28-27; Nazareth def. Pleasant Valley 31-9.

DIERUFF'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Shakur Lester ran for two touchdowns and passed for one, but he was stopped on the 3-yard line as Dieruff went for two points in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Pocono Mountain East. Chris Marks was 13-for-26 passing for 149 yards and hit Tyshyn Harmon on a 48-yard scoring play, as the Huskies offense showed signs of life on opening night.

PLEASANT VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Austyn Borre had the lone touchdown for the Bears, who trailed Nazareth 25-0 before getting on the board with a fourth-quarter safety. Borre finished with 64 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Brandon Leap was 12-of-28 passing for 103 yards and an interception. Kevin Cruz, Nick Huerta and Borre had three receptions apiece totaling 74 yards.

FAST FACTS: The opening night setback was surely something Pleasant Valley wanted to avoid, but it wasn't something the Bears were unfamiliar with. After last week's loss to Nazareth, Pleasant Valley has now dropped six consecutive season openers to the Blue Eagles, with its last win coming in 2007. Pleasant Valley went on to win the follwing week every year, including a 52-14 victory over Dieruff last season.

QUOTABLE: "I'm looking for progress and four quarters of consitent play. Friday night can't get here soon enough." Pleasant Valley head coach Jim Terwilliger.


WHEN: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Tamaqua (0-1 Anthracite Football League), William Allen (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Jim Thorpe def. Tamaqua 34-14; Allentown Central Catholic def. William Allen 55-6.

TAMAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Quarterback Nate Edmonds, much like the rest of the Tamaqua offense, struggled against Jim Thorpe, completing 10-of-29 passes with a touchdown and an interception. Tyler Skripko was the Blue Raiders leading rusher, gaining 34 yards on four carries. Ernie Shilko had a rushing touchdown. As a team, Tamaqua gained only 75 yards on the ground on 20 carries. The Blue Raiders should receive a boost this week, as Dustin Vandermartin is expected to return from injury.

WILLIAM ALLEN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Allen gained only 143 yards of offense against a dominant Central Catholic defense last week. Allen graduated several quality players, most notably all-league standouts Zak Dakes, Derrell Garland, Trent Clay and Jaleel Ennis. The Canaries are looking for seniors, such as quarterback Courtney Watson and running back Charlie Munoz to step up and fill that leadership void.

FAST FACTS: The Blue Raiders defeated the Canaries 33-6 a year ago. The last time Tamaqua opened a season with two consecutive defeats was 2010, when the Blue Raiders suffered back-to-back losses to Jim Thorpe and Lehighton, respectively. Allen's two wins last season were its most since a 4-6 campaign in 2005. The Canaries have a 12-78 record over the last 10 seasons.

QUOTABLE: "We had a lot of holes in our defense and we're looking to improve that this week. Allen has a lot of athletes and so did Jim Thorpe. We just have to make sure we wrap up when we get to the football." Tamaqua head coach Sam Bonner.

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