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Written by: Brian Ptashinski on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
A Recap of Week Seven and A Look Ahead to Week Eight in the Colonial League.
We come to the top of the stretch of the high school football season. Some fighting and clawing their way to a playoff spot, others jockeying for prime position in the post-season and others playing out the string in preparation for the off-season. Before we can look ahead, we must take look back to this past weekend.
In what was, on paper, to be a classic match-up between perennial District XI 3A powers the Spartans of North Schuylkill and the Notre Dame Green Pond Crusaders proved to be a one-sided affair as the Spartans ran wild to a 42-21 win Friday night. Both teams came in unbeaten with 6-0 and 5-0 records respectively. Notre Dame led by quarterback Colin Quintano, averaging 325 yards passing per game was held to just 142 yards on 28 attempts by a Spartans defense that recovered thee turnovers in the contest. Josh Chowansky paved the way for North Schuylkill on offense gaining 160 yards and two scores on 28 carries. These two teams could very well meat again in the playoffs, as both teams should be favored to win out their remaining three games.
Scores Featuring Colonial League Teams
Bangor 50 Lehighton 14
Palisades 35 Tamaqua 7
Northwestern Lehigh 22 Blue Mountain 0
Pottsville 43 Wilson Area 8
Minersville 43 Catasauqua 27
Salisbury 28 Pen Argyl 26
Northern Lehigh 27 Jim Thorpe 17
Southern Lehigh 31 Saucon Valley 17
Palmerton 51 Pine Grove 7
Some of the Top Performances Over the Weekend
Southern Lehigh’s Running Back Blaze Curry:
Had 25 carries and 143 yards and one touchdown in 31-17 win over Saucon Valley.
Northern Lehigh’s RB Matt Frame:
Rushed for 118 yards on just 16 tallies and a score in a 27-17 win over Jim Thorpe.
Northwestern Lehigh’s QB Justin Holmes:
Threw for 120 yards on seven completions ran for another 50 yards in a 22-0 win over Blue Mountain.
Bangor’s QB Eric Striba:
Scored three times and ran for 225 yards in a 50-14 win over Lehighton
Palisades RB Steven Lilly:
Picked up 125 yards rushing and three touchdowns in 35-7 win over Tamaqua
District XI Playoff Picture
With just three games left on the schedule, nothing really has been settled in the playoff picture:
1A (Top 4 Qualify) Tri-Valley(5-1) .60752, Williams Valley(6-1) .56314, Nativity BVM(4-3) .46054, Mahanoy Area(2-5) .38235, Marian Catholic(0-7) .24628
2A (Top 4 Qualify) Northern Lehigh(4-3) .58176, Palmerton(6-1) .57915, Minersville(5-2) .51811, Catasauqua(5-2) .48658, Executive Education(4-3) .46407, Palisades(2-5) .34779
3A (Sub-regional With District One, Top 4 Qualify) North Schuylkill(7-0) .76743, NDGP(5-1) .67339, Jim Thorpe(3-4) .44688, New Hope-Solebury(1-6) .33749, Tamaqua(2-4) .32475, Salisbury(2-5) .30637
4A (Top 4 Qualify) Northwestern Lehigh(7-0) .75995, Pottsville(6-1) .71997, Allentown Central Catholic(4-3) .67904, Wilson Area(5-2) .59583, Bethlehem Catholic(2-4) .55563, Blue Mountain(3-4) .51829, Bangor(4-3) .49538
In 5A Colonial/Schuylkill League has only one team participating, Southern Lehigh, who sits in fourth place behind Whitehall(3-3) .63231, East Stroudsburg South(4-3) .62131 and Wyoming Valley West out of District 2(3-4) .44558, Southern Lehigh(1-6) .41358 Pocono Mountain East is fifth at 1-4 and Abington Heights(District 2) is sixth at 1-6. Four teams qualify regardless of District.
Looking Ahead to Week Eight
The Game Of The Week will take place Friday night in New Tripoli as the Crimson Tide of Pottsville, unlike their namesake at Alabama, will look to go on the road to get a win at unbeaten Northwestern Lehigh Tigers. Pottsville’s only blemish was a 42-14 loss to Wyomissing on September 3rd. Both Northwestern and Pottsvill are ranked #6 and #9 respectively in the state by PFN. QB Justin Holmes leads the Tigers offense throwing for 706 yards on 34 of 67 passing and 9TD’s and 5 int’s along with rushing for 758 yards on 88 carries and 14 scores. Cade Christopher has 340 yards rushing on 23 carries and 5 scores while catching 21 passes for an additional 428 yards and 7 touchdowns. Dalton Clymer has carried the ball 54 times for 334 yards and 4 times he found the end zone.
Pottsville has it’s share of play-makers as well. Quarterback Jazce Carabello-Snowell has completed 49 of 88 passes for 823 yards with 8 td’s and 3 picks and has rushed for 431 yards on 52 carries and 4 scores. Travontai Davis is theams leading rusher with 796 yards on 88 carries with 11 scores. Raeff DiCello is Carabello-Snowell’s number one target with 20 receptions for 342 yards and 3 td’s.
Rest of The Schedule(Games played at Colonial League Schools)
(1-6)Pine Grove at (5-2)Catasauqua
(0-7)Pen Argyl at (4-3)Northern Lehigh
(6-1)Pottsville at (7-0)Northwestern Lehigh
(2-5) Palisades at (5-1) NDGP
(2-5)Mahanoy Area at (6-1)Palmerton
(4-3)Bangor at (5-2) Wilson Area Sat afternoon
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