It’s easy to look at a team’s record and make some assumptions about it. When one looks at Palmerton’s 1-4 record, it’s easy to assume this would be an easy week for Northwestern when it visits the Blue Bombers Friday night.
Look deeper though and some interesting things about Palmerton can be revealed, mainly the quality of competition that its had to play through the early going.
The teams that have handed the Bombers their four losses this season – Palisades, Southern Lehigh, Saucon Valley and Notre Dame - are a combined 15-5 on the season.
The Northwestern Lehigh soccer team has a lot of goal-scoring weapons at its disposal. On Monday, though, it wasn’t one of the higher-profile players that scored the winning goal to beat Southern Lehigh 3-2 in overtime.
This time around, it was Jake Sacco, who is accustomed to coming off the bench to contribute but was on the field to start the overtime period for the Tigers.
Late in the first half, Southern Lehigh was awarded a penalty kick when one of its players was pulled down in the box.
Last week, the Wilson Warriors were looking to grab their first win of the season against Salisbury.
They were trailing 14-7 in the fourth quarter when Salisbury’s Weston Schaffer picked off a pass and returned it 47 yards to give the Falcons some breathing room as they handed the Warriors their third straight loss in a 21-7 game.
Anyone who has watched high school football scores roll in the first couple weeks of the season knows just how potent the Palisades offense has been. The Pirates put up 49 points against Palmerton and then 61 against Wilson. It’s easy to say that the Northwestern defense is going to be the toughest Palisades has faced so far, which is where the challenge lies for the Tigers.
The heat from Sam Seyfried’s foot challenged the heat of the day Tuesday as the Northwestern boys soccer team opened up defense of its Colonial League and District 11 Championships with a 7-1 win over Salisbury.
Seyfried, a senior, scored four goals in the game to pace the Tigers.
For a while, it looked like Northwestern was just going to completely roll over Salisbury in week two of high school football. The Tigers scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead but then saw the Falcons toughen up. In the end, Northwestern took the bus ride home with a 28-14 win and a 2-0 start to the season.
The Northwestern football team opened the season with a big 42-41 overtime win over Notre Dame last week.
The Tigers now have put that win behind them and are focused on the task at hand in week two, which takes them to Salisbury High School to face the Salisbury Falcons (0-1).
While the Tigers win was a bit of a surprise, the Falcons week one loss to Pen Argyl was also a surprise.
The game came down to the final five seconds when Green Knights quarterback Tadd Barr found tight end Connor Kupres for a five-yard touchdown pass that tied the game.
With Lehigh grads Phil Stambaugh and Josh Snyder as coaches on opposite sidelines, opening night of the high school football season was made even more special when Notre Dame and Northwestern Lehigh met at Tiger Stadium.
Devon Bollinger’s first varsity football game was a start at quarterback for Northwestern Lehigh during his freshman year. In his first two seasons he took his share of lumps as the team struggled to find an identity and Bollinger struggled to find a rhythm. Now in his junior season, everything could be coming together for the six-foot, four-inch signal caller.
It always seems that when one is tired, things go wrong. That was the case for Northern Valley late this season, and in particular against regular season champion Salisbury last Friday.
The Chargers played 17 games in a 14-day span and were simply worn out. It showed as they committed six errors and seemed a little rough around the edges against the Falcons.
The six errors led to four unearned runs that helped Salisbury to an 8-3 win.