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Published September 12. 2013 05:00PM



WHEN: Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: North Schuylkill (2-0, 2-0 Anthracite); Jim Thorpe (1-1).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: North Schuylkill def. Minersville 48-0; Blue Mountain def. Jim Thorpe 49-19.

NORTH SCHUYLKILL'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Spartans did damage through the air last week. Quarterback Matt Smarkanik went 6 for 9 for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Smarkanik's main target on the night was John Rupinski, who caught three balls for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

JIM THORPE'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Olympians Ryan Saunders and Deonte St. Hill are their top threats on offense. Saunders rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown and also threw for a score last week. St. Hill gained 66 yards on 14 carries. St. Hill's backfield mate Robbie Heller can also be a threat for Thorpe.

FAST FACTS: After a surprise week one win over Tamaqua the Olympians were overmatched in their week two bout with Blue Mountain. After trailing just 21-13 at half they gave up 28 points in the second half. The Jim Thorpe "D", which looked to be improved in week one, had a definitie set back against the Eagles as they gave up 366 yards of total offense, including 312 yards on the ground. That will need to change in week two as North Schuylkill is known for running the football and running it with success. The Spartans have crushed their first two opponents of the season, outscoring Shenandoah and Minersville 82-7. Thorpe's offense is probably the best unit that the Spartans will have seen up to this point as the Olympians have averaged 348 total yards of offense in their first two games against formidable opponnents.

QUOTABLE: "We just had too many defensive breakdowns and penalties last week. We ran the ball well again, but we can't expect to win if we play keep playing like that." - Jim Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger.


WHEN: Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Marian (0-2, 0-1 Anthracite); Mahanoy (2-0, 1-0 Anthracite)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Schuylkill Haven def. Marian 30-6; Mahanoy def. Nativity 52-6.

MARIAN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: It seems to still be up in the air if starting quarterback KJ Snerr will be able to play on Friday night. The Colts will need to depend on Anthony Agosti, who is their most experienced and most dangerous weapon on offense. The senior running back rushed for 78 yards and touchdown a week ago. Senior Lucas Damian is also a playmaker at the tight end spot, but has been moved to QB in Snerr's absence.

MAHANOY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Mahanoy Area running back Dylan Mahmod has rushed for over 200 yards in both of the Golden Bears games this season. Last week against Nativity Mahmod rushed for 261 yards, which was good enough for third best in the state. The Bears' Tyler Cavenas is also a force on the defensive side of the ball, lining up at the defensive end position.

FAST FACTS: Marian has had a rough go at it so far this season. The trouble started at Lehighton when starting quarterback KJ Snerr went out on the first play of the game with a dislocated shoulder. Since then the Marian's offense has not been good. The Colts have only been able to generate 152 yards per game with Snerr out and their defense hasn't been much better. Marian's "D" which was the foundation for their success in 2012 is struggling. They've given up an average of 369 yards per game to oppossing offenses and their rush defense has been giving up 251 yards per game. In fact, last week Schuylkill Haven dominated on the ground, gaining 361 yards rushing against the blue and gold. That will have to change this week as Mahanoy RB Dylan Mahmod is averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground. So, you know he will see a lot of carries come Friday night. Mahanoy has not played the best competition so far in 2013 so it will be interesting to see how they react against the Colts.

QUOTABLE: "We had some bright spots last week, but we still have a lot of room for improvement. Mahanoy has a very athletic team and they're undefeated for a reason. It certainly won't be easy." Marian head coach Stan Dakosty.


WHEN: Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Kutztown (0-2, 0-0 Berks), Panther Valley (0-2, 0-1)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pequea Valley def. Kutztown 21-19; Schuylkill Valley def. Panther Valley 46-7.

KUTZTOWN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Running backs Zack Sessions and Nate Onorofsky look to be the main catalysts for the Cougars. Last week against Pequea Valley Sessions ran for a game-high 154 yards and a score. Onorofsky also chewed up some yards for Kutztown, rushing for 104 yards and a score.

PANTHER VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Kyle Ferryman and Richard Nase will most likely make the most impact for the Panthers on Friday night. Ferryman had a big week one, rushing for 168 yards and three scores against Mahanoy. Last week, he was stifled a bit by Schuylkill Valley, gaining just 55. Nase is a force more on the defensive side of the ball, which is the unit he anchors, but he did rush for 79 yards last week.

FAST FACTS: The Panthers are once again having defensive issues, like they've been having over the last few seasons. They are giving up an average of 48.5 points per game and 491.5 yards per game. Not many games are going to be won with those type of numbers. Coming in this week is District three, Berks County League member Kutztown, which is a team that is also struggling this season. This game comes down to whoever plays better defensively. Ferryman and the Panthers offense showed against Mahanoy that they have the ability to score, so it's up to the Panthers defense to come up with some stops.

QUOTABLE: "They're 0-2 and we're 0-2; something has to give." - Panther Valley head coach Lon Hazlet.


WHEN: Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m

RECORDS: Shenandoah Valley (0-2, 0-1 Anthracite Football League); Tamaqua (1-1, 0-1 Anthracite Football League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: University Prep def. Shenandoah Vy. 42-24; Tamaqua def. William Allen 21-0.

SHENANDOAH'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Randy Maksimik's coaching staff had a lot of juggling to do last week against University Prep, as the club was short-handed with the loss of running back Dave Gottshall and end Kayin Herb. Both players were hurt in an opening night loss to North Schuylkill. Blue Devils' quarterback Angelo Maskornick, a versatile junior, wound up at running back on offense for the first time and also was moved from linebacker to defensive back. He had 57 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

TAMAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: In last week's win over William Allen, Nate Edmonds threw two touchdown passes to Austin Morielli from 20 yards out in the second quarter and finished off the Raiders' scoring with a 75-yard hook-up to Dustin Vandermartin in the fourth quarter. The Raiders' also got ground support with a 33-yard TD run by Ernie Shilko in the second quarter. Tamaqua's offense should be even more potent this week with the expected return of Tyler Hope. The Raiders' defense also made strides since the opening night loss to Jim Thorpe, holding Allen to 220 yards of offense.

FAST FACTS: Tamaqua picked up a 26-18 win over Shenandoah last year...Since 2007, The Blue Raiders have a 3-3 record in the series, which started in 1923...Shenandoah Valley has allowed a total of 76 points in losses to North Schuylkill and University Prep, respectively...Randy Maksimik is in his first year as the head coach at his alma mater, where he was also a standout during his playing days.

QUOTABLE: "Defensivley, I thought we made some improvements last week against Allen and looked a lot quicker than we did against Jim Thorpe. I thought we looked a lot better offensively, too. We're going to have to continue to play well on both sides of the ball in order to win this week." Tamaqua head coach Sam Bonner.


WHEN: Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m

RECORDS: Lehighton (1-1, 0-1 Mountain Valley Conference); Pocono Mountain East (2-0, 2-0 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Stroudsburg def. Lehighton 13-6; Pocono Mountain East def. East Stroudsburg North 34-8.

LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Lehighton was limited to 154 yards of total offense in last week's loss to Stroudsburg. Tom Ruzicka had the Indians' lone TD, a 20-yard score late in the second quarter. Quarterback Tyler Cann was held in check after a breakout performance against Marian in the opener. Cann will no doubt look to get back on track early against a constantly improving Cardinals' defense. The Lehighton defense harassed Mounties quarterback Mike Nikorak all night, sacking the junior four times and never letting him get comfortable in the pocket. An active defense will be crucial again this week against East's dynamic offense.

PM EAST'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Cardinals Corey Castillon, a transfer from New York, is emerging as one of the MVC's biggest stars after he rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 86 yards for a score as East gained revenge for a heartbreaking loss to the Timberwolves last season. Quarterback Steve Dienno was 6-for-6 in the air and the East defense was much improved from its opener against Dieruff.

FAST FACTS: Pocono Mountain East won last year's meeting, 41-0...Lehighton's last win in the series came in 2008, when the Indians picked up a 30-16 victory in Swiftwater...From 2009-12, East averaged 42 ppg. in four consecutive wins over Lehighton...The Cardinals' 2-0 start is their best nine years, and another win would equal last season's total.

QUOTABLE: "Even though it was a loss, there are a lot of positives we can take away from our performance against Stroudsburg. Our defense played very well once again and the kids played hard for all four quarters. I'm hoping that same effort will get us a win this week." Lehighton head coach Tom McCarroll.


WHEN: Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m

RECORDS: Northern Lehigh (0-2 Colonial League); Saucon Valley (1-1 Colonial League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Notre Dame GP def. Northern Lehigh 31-22; Saucon Valley def. Bangor 24-14

NO. LEHIGH'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Bulldogs QB Chance Delong hooked up with tight end Stephen Ingles for a couple of long pass plays that got the Crusaders to back off a bit...Offensively, the Bulldogs don't have the home run hitter like they's had in the past, but look for Nate Farber to grind things out and keep long drives going...

SAUCON VY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Marco Santiago is one of the outstanding linemen for the Panthers and picked up a fumble and ran 74 yards with it for a touchdown last week...Saucon's game plan is for its veteran offensive line to open holes for running back Nick Savant or whoever steps in at running back and balance the offense through the air with senior quarterback Keith Mosher....Savant is the stud running back for the Panthers, but is questionable for this week.

FAST FACTS: Bulldogs goals this week are to cut down on penalties, turnovers and not let the Panthers have big plays and just be consistent...Turnovers and letting the opponents have big plays have hurt the Bulldogs in the first two games. If they do that, they have a chance to pick up their first win of the season.

QUOTABLE: "The Panthers have a running game and we gave up over 300 yards rushing last week. They want to go down hill and run the ball at you with a play action pass thrown in there. We have to know our keys this week." - Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout


WHEN: Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Northwestern (1-1 Colonial League), Wilson (0-2 Colonial League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Northwestern beat Salisbury 43-8; Wilson lost to Palmerton 28-7.

WILSON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Warriors rely primarily on their ground game led by junior Nick Labatch, who is averaging 3.4 yards per carry, has 140 yards rushing on the season and has scored the team's only two touchdowns. Wilson goes with freshman quarterback Michael Glovas at quarterback, who has completed 35% of his 34 passes this season. When Glovas throws, his favorite target is Javante Tooley, who has five catches for 112 yards.

NORTHWESTERN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: Sophomore running back Harry Hall has been getting the lion's share of carries for Northwestern, with receiver/running back Cam Richardson also contributing mightily. Against Salisbury, Frankie Dangello threw just three times after getting picked off four times against Palisades in week one. It's likely that Dangello will throw more against Wilson, but not as much as he did - 16 times - against Palisades. Hall also had a big showing defensively against Salisbury with seven tackles, five of which were solo tackles and two of which were tackles for losses.

FAST FACTS: After turning the ball over five times against Palisades, the Tigers didn't have a turnover last week against Salisbury, which was something they've been stressing in practices. Special teams came up big in their week two win with a blocked punt early in the game that set up the Tigers first touchdown of the night. Last year's meeting between Wilson and Northwestern ended in a Tigers 27-20 win, but the Warriors were inside the Northwestern five-yard line twice in the game's final five minutes and couldn't push the ball across.

QUOTABLE: "All three phases of our game offense, defense and special teams played really well against Salisbury and that's what we need to do to win." Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder.

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