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Written by: Daniel Reed on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
Schuylkill and Colonial League Review: Week-3 was one for the books, at least for me as far as memories being made.
To start the weekend off, I headed east, down to the Lehigh Valley area Friday night for a non Schuylkill/Colonial League game to witness more history being made at Zephyr stadium with former standout RB at Whitehall, Penn State, and current NY Giants RB, Saquon Barkley in attendance to have his high school football jersey retired. The Zephyrs football team did not disappoint on this night as they defeated Bethlehem Liberty 30 to 6 behind the legs of their running back Nigel Linton, who rushed for 114 yards on 15 carries, with 3 touchdowns. Linton wasn’t the only player on the team however who ran the ball, QB Quinn Wentling had 86 yards on the ground, 1 touchdown to go along with his 144 yards thru the air on 13 of 20 passing. Damonte Foreman gained 67 yards on 17 carries. Saquon would hold a brief press conference during halftime, that ended about midway through the 3rd quarter.
My next game I attended, was another non Schuylkill/Colonial League matchup down in the Lehigh Valley area on Saturday afternoon at Andre Reed Field at J. Birney Crum Stadium. Emmaus came in undefeated at 2-0 to face off against also undefeated, 2-0 Allentown Central Catholic. My colleague and I both figured this game to be a close hard fought battle between two very good teams. To say the least, this game was not as close as the score might look, as Central Catholic defense would shutout Emmaus 21 to 0.
The only Schuylkill/Colonial League I was to attend this weekend on Friday night, had to be rescheduled to Monday night, when the Bangor Slaters(2-0) would make the trek 1 and a half hours to the Eagles Nest where they would take on the Blue Mountain Eagles(1-1). What started out to look like a blowout, turned into a tough close battle in the end. The Eagles would jump out to an early 14 to 0 lead just 6 minutes into the game, then add another score to make it 21 to 0 before Bangor finally started to gain some ground, and stormed back to trail Blue Mountain 21 to 14 at halftime. The Slaters would receive the second half kickoff, and would eventually tie the game, then even take the lead 27 to 21 after an extra point attempt failed. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles would once again utilize their running attack and regain the lead 28 to 27. The Eagles would add another touchdown to put themselves ahead 35 to 27, and would fight off a late charge by the Slaters, only to have their drive end on the final play of the game, when a pass to the endzone from about 15 yards out would be intercepted to seal the deal for Blue Mountain 35 to 27. The Eagles(2-1) will host Pottsville Area(2-1) on Saturday at noon for the *Clash of 61* Trophy, while Bangor(2-1) will try to rebound when they host Southern Lehigh(0-2) on Friday night.
In other big home games from around the Schuylkill/Colonial League games for Week-3….
Pottsville defeated Saucon Valley 35 to 7. In what some of us thought would be a much closer game, turn out to be much different. Tide RB Travontai Davis ran the ball for 202 yards on 13 carries. Saucon Valley did have moments in the first half to score but failed to do so. Pottsville would rack up a whopping 457 yards of total offense, 314 of those yards by way of the run. Saucon Valley would fumble 6 times, losing 2. Next up for the Panthers, Wilson Area on Saturday at 1:30pm. Next up for the Tide(2-1), Blue Mountain(2-1) at the Eagles Next on Saturday at noon.
North Schuylkill defeated Jim Thorpe 28 to 7. The Spartans just keep on rolling extending their league regular season winning streak to 15, 13 straight Division 1 wins, and 11 straight wins dating back to last seasons, season opener. North Schuylkill’s offense is lead by Senior QB Jake Hall, who had thrown for 440 yards thus far, 219 against Jim Thorpe on Friday night, and has 7 touchdowns total on the season, 5 passing, and 2 rushing.
Remaining Schuylkill/Colonial League home games for Week-3…
Wilson Area defeated Lehighton 42 to 21.
Tri-Valley defeated Pine Grove 34 to 0.
Hamburg defeated Mahanoy Area 21 to 0.
Conwell-Egan defeated Nativity BVM 40 to 3.
Williams Valley defeated Schuylkill Haven 38 to 8.
Minersville defeated Shenandoah Valley 43 to 0.
Northern Lehigh defeated Tamaqua 21 to 0… *Game Called at Halftime due to Weather/Power Outages*.
Be sure to check back later this evening for this week’s edition of:
PFNDan’s Double Down Schuylkill/Colonial League Week-3 Preview and Predictions !
This Weekend’s Photo Gallery for each game attended…
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