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Around District 11 we go, the travels of Guy and Pam!

Written by: on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

 

Guy and Pam Smith are PA high school football fans. We are not affiliated with any team, nor do we have any relative that plays. Our goal is to see as many D11 teams as we can!

Quest: D11 (Week 1)

 

After being severely limited in high school football attendance in 2020, my wife Pam and I decided to see how many different PA District 11 teams we could see play in 2021. Our self-imposed “rules” were that it had to be a varsity or JV game at the school’s home stadium, or a playoff game at a neutral site.

Weather played havoc with our Week 1 plan, but we managed to see four games in five trips, while leaving two other possibilities on the table.

1a) FRIDAY, AUGUST 27. SALISBURY FALCONS. Our first stop was in Allentown to see the Catasauqua Rough Riders visit Salisbury. Catasauqua is our “small school” team, as I did my student teaching there, my wife graduated from there, we lived in the town for about 15 years, and at one time I had a number of friends that coached there. We looked at the weather and chose to head south from our Effort home as the weather looked better to the south than closer to home.

Catasauqua and Salisbury were both coming off losing seasons, but both had momentum carrying over from the end of last season. Catty won a district playoff game for the first time in years, while Salisbury ended their season with a win over a 6A team in a contingency game. There was not much offense in the first half, with Catty scoring on a long pass to the end zone to take a 6-0 lead at the break.

During halftime, lighting was spotted in the area and the game was delayed, then eventually suspended.

2) SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 (NOON). ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS. Meanwhile, across town on Friday night, the ACC game vs. Dieruff was also suspended by lightning. They didn’t even make it to halftime. The game resumed in a light rain on Saturday at 12:00 noon with ACC holding a 15-7 lead.

I have a soft spot in my heart for Dieruff, as I’m an ASD grad (Allen ’78) and when I was young my cousin was an assistant coach at Dieruff and our family attended all their home games. Dieruff looks to be markedly improved this year, but has to find a way to eliminate the “big mistake” that kills their drives. The ACC defense were the stars on Saturday, pitching a day-two shutout and cruising to a 39-7 win in a game that was once tied 7-7.

3) SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 (AFTERNOON). WILSON WARRIORS. Wilson is one of the teams with no lights at their field, so their home games are on Saturday afternoons. It was nice to see a game on a grass field for a change. Once again, the game began with a light but steady rain falling. Wilson looked fantastic, as they were unstoppable in the first half, building up a 47-0 lead over visiting Pen Argyl before the break. This is a game we might have left early, but were hanging around for more Lehigh Valley football so stayed until the final play with Pen Argyl scoring two late touchdowns.

1b) SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 (EVENING). SALISBURY FALCONS (PART II). We decided to return to Salisbury for the second half of the game we had attended the night before, as the 22-hour halftime concluded and play resumed with Catasauqua up 6-0. And that’s how it finished. It wasn’t great defense, but a lack of offense that prevented either team from reaching the end zone on the second evening of play.

We could have gone to a different game instead and added another D11 team for the year, as the Tri-Valley game was postponed from Friday evening to Saturday evening. But since Catty is our small school team, and we felt it only right to finish what we started the night before, we passed on Tri-Valley for now. We could also have gone to a game on Sunday, as the Marian Catholic game was postponed from Friday evening until Sunday evening. But we had already made plans to meet friends at the Sprint Car races at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, so had to pass on Marian this week.

4) MONDAY, AUGUST 29. NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH TIGERS. It’s been many, many years since we had gone to a JV game, and I am learning that a lot of scheduled JV games are cancelled. After a time consuming search, we ended up in New Tripoli, where we learned that for all NWL sports, even JV, all admission tickets must be purchased on-line in advance with a requisite processing fee added.

Pam has a long workday on Tuesdays, leaving the house at 8:00 a.m. and not returning home until 11:00 p.m. And we hit the gym for our daily workout before that, so we are up at 5:00. Just our luck, there was an accident that delayed the arrival of visiting Tamaqua and the game started about 45 minutes late. I’m not sure how many of the Colonial League teams even field JV teams, but Northwestern Lehigh’s JV team looked real good. It’s nice to be retired and be able to enjoy JV football on Mondays.

Not sure how long our Monday JV schedule will last, but we plan to keep with it as long as we can find different D11 stadiums to visit. We got in four on the first week, and were certainly happy with that. On to week two.

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