Northwestern Press

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Football faces challenge against Spartans

Friday, October 13, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After dropping their first three games of the season, Northwestern battled back to a 2-3 record, but had to play a tough Saucon Valley team in week six looking to even its record. The Panthers downed Northwestern, but the Tigers rebounded last week to beat Bangor, again putting them within reach of a .500 record on the season. As far as the schedule goes, history repeats itself as Northwestern now needs a win over Southern Lehigh (6-1) for its fourth win of the season.

Defense, special teams beat Bangor

Friday, October 13, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern is no stranger to having its special teams units contribute to wins. Friday night against Bangor, special teams pretty much dominated the play with the Tigers blocking a punt and recovering two muffed punts. The plays led to the only two touchdowns that were scored in the game as Northwestern downed Bangor 14-0.

Umer Javed blocked a punt with 9:58 left in the first quarter and the Tigers started their drive at the 47-yard line. Eight plays later, Justin Rodda came around left end and sprinted into the front corner of the end zone for the first score of the night.

Trojans’ depth too much for Tigers

Friday, October 13, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern put together a tough challenge for the undefeated Parkland girls soccer team Monday night, but in the end, the Trojan’s depth became a big factor in the game as they took a 3-0 win over the Tigers.

Throughout much of the first half, Parkland (14-0-0 EPC, 16-0-0 overall) controlled play and fired some tough shots at goal keeper McKenna Amey, who was up to the challenge of having to dive for many of the saves that she made throughout the half.

Northwestern falls to Panthers

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For a young Northwestern team, the worst thing that can happen is to fall behind early to a good team.

That’s exactly what happened Friday night when an 81-yard return on the opening kickoff set up an early score for Saucon Valley.

On the next Tigers drive, a fumble gave the Panthers a short field, helping them to go up 14-0 just over four-minutes into the game. Saucon Valley (4-2) turned the fast start into a 49-21 win over Northwestern (2-4).

Lady Tigers suffer first Colonial League defeat

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

By most standards, the Northwestern girls soccer team having a very successful season. The Tigers head into this week at 5-1-1 in the Colonial League and 10-1-1 overall, having already clinched a spot in districts.

That doesn’t mean that everything is going perfectly, as pointed out by a 2-1 loss to Salisbury last week on the Tigers’ home field.

It had been a long time, perhaps as long as 15 years, since the Falcons made the trip to New Tripoli and left with a win.

Tigers make it two in a row

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern’s offense came into week five averaging just over 175 yards per game of total offense, the lowest in the Colonial League. For the second week in a row though, the offense was productive, with Deven Bollinger crossing the 200-yard mark in passing for the second straight week.

That and a defense that seems to be finding its groove helped lead the Tigers (2-3) to a 43-14 win over Pen Argyl (0-5) on Homecoming Night at Tiger Stadium.

Football visits Saucon Valley on Friday

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern has put together two strong games in a row after a dismal start to the season. The result is a chance to reach the .500-mark if they can get a win against a tough Saucon Valley team Friday night on the road.

The Tigers looked like their old selves last week against Pen Argyl, putting up 43 points and getting strong performances from both the offense and the defense. The victory came on the heels of a road win at Wilson the week before where they needed to pull the game out late to get a 29-26 win over the Warriors.

Green Knights visit New Tripoli Friday

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The bus ride home from Wilson Area High School must have been enjoyable for the Northwestern football team last Saturday. After a tough 0-3 start to the season, the Tigers traveled to Wilson and after a hard-fought game against the Warriors, returned home with a 29-26 win, allowing the team to breath a lot easier.

“I think everybody, from the players and the coaches, the parents, even the band felt a lot better after that game,” said coach Josh Snyder. “It really did ease things a little, because we needed that one.”