B. Hollywoods Mid-Week 2/11 report
Written by: Brian Ptashinski on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Highlighting District 2 & 11 HS Football
Today is September 11th and we remember all those we lost on that tragic day eighteen years ago. Thoughts go out to those survivors and families of those who lost loved ones on that faithful morning. We will never forget!
This will be a weekly report on PIAA high school football in both District 11 and District 2 as we have basically played a third of the regular season. We will have a review of games played and a focus on key upcoming games as we get into the heart of the schedules as teams move into position for possible playoff runs. So with all that said let’s get into it.
We first will take a peak into the Colonial League in District XI, which consists of Southern Lehigh, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton, Pen Argyl, Catasauqua, Bangor, Saucon Valley, Salisbury Twp, Notre Dame-Green Pond, Northwestern, Palisades and Wilson Area. The Southern Lehigh Spartans lead the way in the West at 3-0 with this past Friday’s big 62-27 win over Notre Dame at Quakertown High School, being the field at Southern Lehigh has been unplaybale due to grass concern. However, the school announced that they got the issue corrected and should be in good shape for their September 20th game with Palisades. The Spartans also have wins over Saucon 45-13 and Palmerton 27-12. Running backs Asher Smith, Hunter Hughes and Cam Fisher lead the way for the Spartans as they amassed 403 yards on 35 carries between them in the win against Notre Dame and each accounting for two touchdowns apiece. Following Southern Lehigh at 2-1 are Northern Lehigh, Northwestern and Salisbury followed by Palmerton and Catasauqua at 1-2 and 0-3 respectively.
In the East Division Bangor, Notre Dame and Saucon Valley are all at 2-1. Wilson is 1-2 and Palisades in 0-3. Bangor coming off a big win over Northern Lehigh Friday night 28-21. Bangor will host Southern Lehigh Friday night. The other key game this week will be on Thursday night as Salisbury travels to face Saucon Valley at 7pm. This weeks’ games consist of Palisades at Catasauqua, Palmerton at Notre Dame Green Pond all on Friday. Saturday will showcase Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl “up on the hill” and Northwestern will be at Wilson.
Moving into the Schuylkill League Division 1 Blue Mountain, Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua are all 3-0. North Schuylkill is 2-1 after a 31-14 loss to non-conference foe Wyomissing. Pottsville is also 2-1 with Lehighton at 1-2. In Division 2 Minersville leads at 2-1 while Mahanoy Area is 1-2. Marian Catholic, Panther Valley, Schuylkill Haven and Shenandoah Valley are still looking for their initial win at 0-3. Saturday afternoon, Blue Mountain will face unbeaten Wyomissing, who also has a win over Pottsville. Other matchups this weekend will be Minersville hosting Hamburg, Kutztown will be at Jim Thorpe, Marian Catholic will be at Lehighton, Mahanoy area hosts Nativity BVM, North Schuylkill at Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah Valley will travel to face Midd-West, Pottsville will host Wyoming Valley Conference’s Crestwood and Tamaqua will be at Panther Valley.
Now looking at the EPC, in the South Division Freedom, Nazareth and Easton are all 3-0. Liberty, Parkland, Emmaus Bethlehem Catholic are all at 2-1. Allentown Central Catholic is 1-2 while Whitehall is winless at 0-3. Nazareth will travel to BASD Stadium Friday night to face Freedom. The Blue Eagles defense has eight picks in just 3 games and returned four for scores, while the Freedom offense has yet to turn the ball over. The Patriots had a last minute win over Bethlehem Catholic. The other key games will be Liberty traveling to Cottingham Stadium to face Easton. Bethlehem Catholic will play their fourth game in Bethlehem hosting Parkland. Allentown Central Catholic will be at J. Birney Crum Stadium hosting Whitehall. In the EPC North the “Battle for the Little Brown Jug” as Stroudsburg plays host to East Stroudsburg South, Stroudsburg needed a last second field goal to eadge Pocono Mountain West Saturday 23-21 while ESS nipped Pocono Mountain East 33-28 to stay unbeaten. William Allen is looking to go to 3-1 overall as they face Pocono Mountain West. Allen is coming off a 60-16 win over East Stroudsburg North. Northampton and Stroudsburg join Allen at 2-1 while Pocono Mountain East, Dieruff, East Stroudsburg North Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain West all seach for that elusive first win.
Moving up the Pennsylvania Turnpike we next look at the Wyoming Valley Conference in District 2. In District 2 there are just 34 teams as the three Wilkes-Barre schools, Meyers, Coughlin and G.A.R have merged to form the Wilkes-Barre Area Wolfpack. Wilkes-Barre got their first win over Scranton and then shutout Nanticoke Area last week 42-0. Northwest Area may have the biggest upset so far this young season as they defeated the defending Class A Eastern Champion and state runner-up Lackawanna Trail 8-7 in week one. Dallas, Berwick and Wyoming Area are all 3-0. Lake-Lehman, Northwest , Crestwood and Tunkhannock are all 2-1. Pittston, Wyoming Valley West, Hazleton and Hanover Area are 1-2. Holy Redeemer and Nanticoke Area are struggling at 0-3. Key games this weekend will be Wilkes-Barre hosting possibly best 6A team in District 2 from LFC Del Val. Crestwood will travel to Pottsville for a non-conference matchup. Wyoming Valley West plays a rivalry game at Crispin Field against Berwick.
Finally, moving up Route 81 to The Lackawanna Football Conference, Del Vall leads Division 1 at 2-1. The Warriors may be the class of District 2 6A coming off a 70-0 thrashing of Wallenpaupack. Del Val’s only loss was to Pennridge 13-0 in week 1. Scranton and Wallenpaupack is 1-2. in Division 2 Valley View and Western Wayne are 3-0. Scranton Prep trails at 2-1. Abington Heights, North Pocono and Honesdale are 0-3. Lakeland leads Division 3 at 2-1 followed by Mid Valley, Riverside, Dunmore and Carbondale. Lackawanna Trail, the state runner-up in 1A last year and Old Forge are in charge of the 4th division as Montrose and Susquehanna are both winless. As mentioned before Del Val will be at Wilkes-Barre Friday night. Lackawanna Trail will travel to Dunmore, Scranton will be at Wallenpaupack and the big game will be Valley View at Scranton Memorial Stadium to face Scranton Prep Saturday afternoon.
That wraps up this week’s report. Check back next week for results and more. I will have live updates on Twitter and Facebook Friday night from BASD Stadium as Freedom hosts Nazareth and on Saturday night again from BASD as Bethlehem Catholic hosts Parkland 7pm.
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