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Written by: Daniel Reed on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS:
This past weekend I started outside of the Schuylkill/Colonial League, as I traveled down south a bit to cover a game between two undefeated teams at Governor Mifflin stadium, and to witness one of the states top running-backs in Nicholas Singleton of Governor Mifflin. Though he wasn’t the star of the show during the first half, he definitely made an impact in the second half. Penn State head coach was in attendance to watch him play, as well as a player from the Cougars of Harrisburg. Singleton eventually ended the night with 161 yards on 19 carries, and had 3 touchdowns. Other players that played a major roll in the Mustangs running attack were QB-Eden Johnson who had 25 yards on 8 carries, 2 touchdowns, and Athlete-Trey Rock, ended the night with 70 yards on 12 carries. The Mustangs defense would slow down the Cougars, and win 49 to 13.
I had the pleasure of going to two game, the first being at the Eagles Nest to watch the annual rivalry game between the Pottsville Area Crimson Tide vs Blue Mountain Eagles. Both teams entered the contest at 2-1, with Pottsville winning the last 3 games vs the Eagles. This beautiful yet somewhat hot afternoon would see the Crimson Tide roll over the Eagles with a convincing 47 to 14 victory to take a 6 to 4 *Clash of 61* series lead. The overall series history between these two Schuylkill County programs is lead by Pottsville with 45 wins to just 13 losses. The star of the days game was Pottsville’s QB Jazce Carabello-Snowell who lead the Tide in offense with 388 yards in total, followed by Amari Dunn who finished the day with 193 yards. Tide running-back Travontai Davis lead the way as far as touchdowns goes with 4 in total, and Amari Dunn finished with 3. For the Eagles, James Seaman would lead the charge in rushing with just 60 yards, and Will Jacobson who finished with 84 yards passing. In total, the Eagles would finish with 168 yards in total, while the Tide would rack up just under 500 yards.
My evening was capped off with another great DXI match-up in Pleasant Valley vs E. Stroudsburg South. ESS Cavaliers entered the game with a 2-1 record, winning their last 2 games, while the Bears of Pleasant Valley(2-0) came into the game winners of 2 straight by a combined score of 96 to 2. The Cavaliers would come out on top in this game, as it was the defense of the Cavaliers that would slow down the Bears offense, and take the victory 36 to 14 at the Purple Pit.
In Other Big Games from Around the League:
Minersville took down PFN State Ranked Williams Valley behind the arm of John Adams, who threw for 1 yard shy of 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. Adams would also lead the way in rushing with 59 yards on 13 carries, and 1 touchdown. Williams Valley’s QB-Whiteash wasn’t too shabby himself as he threw for 349 yards with 1 touchdown, and RB-Alex Achenbach would rush for 92 yards, 1 touchdown. Minersville gave the Vikings their first loss of the season(3-1), and the Miners now equal to the Vikings at 3-1 as well.
North Schuylkill defeated Palisades 52 to 12. Spartans QB-Jake Hall completed 13 of 16 passing for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns, RB-Josh Chowansky finished the night off with 140 yards on 12 carries, and tallied 3 rushing tds, and 1 td receiving. We cannot forget about the receiving core of the Spartans with Joey Flail leading the way with 108 yards on 5 receptions and 1 touchdown.
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Northwestern Lehigh traveled to Lehighton and took control of the game in the first half, leading 41 to 0 over the Indians, eventually winning 49 to 7. The Indians offense was able to amount 217 yards but that just wasn’t even to keep up with the Tigers, who tallied just under 400 yards of total offense on the night.
Jim Thorpe was able to get back to a .500 record when the Olympians would take care of Salisbury Twp. 20 to 0. Throughout the first half however, this game could’ve gone either way as they were tied at 0 at halftime. Jim Thorpe QB-Balliet would lead the way with 134 yards passing and 2 touchdowns.
Remaining games on the weekend:
Marian Catholic lost to Palmerton at Stan Dakosty Field 54 to 0
Catasauqua stayed undefeated, now 4-0 by beating Panther Valley 32 to 6
Nativity BVM evens their record at 2-2 by defeating Mahanoy Area 36 to 27
Pine Grove got first win of 2021 season by taking down Shenandoah Valley 26 to 8.
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