Palmerton comes into Tiger Stadium with a 1-4 record, which is a bit deceiving. The Blue Bombers have had a difficult stretch of games to open the season. After an opening week demolishing of Palisades in a 47-6 win, Palmerton had to face Southern Lehigh (5-0), Saucon Valley (4-1) and Notre Dame of Green Pond (3-2) on consecutive weeks. The result was losing all three by a combined score of 112-40.
Last week, Palmerton hosted Pen Argyl and fell 28-21 with the Blue Bombers falling into a familiar trap that has cost them in the past – turnovers.
A face very familiar to Northwestern Lehigh football head coach Josh Snyder took over the reins at Bangor this season and Snyder knows what to expect.
Paul Reduzzi, who spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Pen Argyl is now the headman at Bangor, a program that basically had to start from scratch, with just five starters returning from last season.
He might have missed the first two weeks of the football season, but Northwestern sophomore Justin Holmes has made his presence felt in the two games he’s played this season.
Saturday, in the Tigers’ fourth game this year and Holmes second, he caught eight passes for a school-record 215 yards. For his performance, Holmes was named Player of the Week by the Times News of Lehighton.
With big wins over Bangor (6-2-1 overall, 4-2-0 Colonial) and Saucon Valley (5-3-0, 5-1-0) this past week, the Northwestern girls soccer team pushed its season mark to 9-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the Colonial League.
Perhaps the wins were coming a little too easily, because in their 10th game this fall the Lady Tigers came out flat against Southern Lehigh and lost their first game of the season.
The plan was for Northwestern Lehigh to come out quick and look to put away Palisades early in the game. That changed when rain started to fall heavier and heavier as the game started then diminished later in the contest.
The outcome was still the same as the Tigers moved out to an eventual 35-0 lead and beat the Pirates 35-7 Friday night.
The Wilson football team is 1-2 on the season. But the Warriors have been in every game they’ve played, and have shown that they don’t quit. Their two losses are by a total of seven points, falling to Northern Lehigh 14-10 in the season opener and then to Salisbury in a 27-24 loss last week in overtime. In between was a come-from-behind win over Palisades that saw them score the winning touchdown with just 20-seconds left in the game.
On a night that opened with the celebration of the 1995 District 11 championship team and a tribute to the late Brett Snyder, the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers christened the new turf field at Tiger Stadium with a 38-17 win over Colonial League foe Salisbury.
Deven Bollinger and Justin Rodda played a game of catch, connecting for four touchdowns and 75 yards receiving for Rodda. Bollinger finished the night with five touchdown passes and 163 yards passing in the win.
After opening the season with two nonconference wins, both Northwestern Lehigh and Salisbury came into Tuesday night’s girls soccer matchup with undefeated records.
The game played out with almost a playoff atmosphere as momentum shifted back-and-forth. In the end, Northwestern overcame a controversial no-call play that would have given the Tigers a penalty kick and turned in a 2-1 win over the Falcons.
The Northwestern Lehigh Tiger football team doesn’t take any team for granted.
Facing an 0-2 Palisades team that lost tits opening week game to Palmerton by a lopsided 47-6 score doesn’t give Tiger head coach Josh Snyder any reason to let his team come in thinking this week is an automatic win. Snyder stressed to his team this week that the Pirates can be an obstacle if they don’t prepare for them as hard as they prepared in the first two weeks of the season.
All Northwestern Lehigh girls soccer head coach Kelly Bleam has to do is replace over sixty goals that lost from the graduation of Sara Hathaway and Maggie Motolese. And replace pretty much her entire defense. If that happens, the Lady Tigers, who finished 12-4 last season, will be fine. No problem, right?
Actually, the process is going pretty well and both the coach and the players are optimistic about the upcoming season.