It was 53 weeks ago when Northwestern downed Palmerton 50-21 on its way to a 9-1 record, a share of the Colonial League title and a District 11 Class AA championship. Ironically, the two teams almost had a rematch in the District 11 championship, but the Blue Bombers fell to North Schuylkill in the semifinals.
On homecoming night at Tigers Stadium, Northwestern used a big performance from running back Harry Hall, key completions by quarterback Dylan Snyder and another special teams touchdown to pick up a 30-21 win over Salisbury.
Hall’s 191 yards rushing gave him 4,332 career rushing yards, making him the all-time leading rusher in Northwestern High School history. The previous mark was set by Brett Snyder, who finished his high school career with 4,281 yards. As usual, Hall downplayed the milestone, preferring instead to give credit to the players who helped him reach the mark.
Last season, Southern Lehigh and Northwestern were two of the three teams that shared the Colonial League Championship, giving the Spartans back-to-back titles. This season, Southern Lehigh is looking to make it three in a row and they’re in good shape to do just that at 5-1.
Following close on their heels, the Tigers stand at 4-2 and are still hoping to get into the final mix of teams at the top, although they’ll need some help to accomplish that.
Sometimes, an opposing coach can give a proper assessment of how a team plays. In the case of Northwestern’s 1-0 loss to Parkland, Lady Trojans coach Al Haddad seemed to hit the nail right on the head.
“We didn’t create enough scoring opportunities against Northwestern, and in all honesty, they could have won that game,” said Haddad after the win.
The Northwestern football team racked up over 350 yards of total offense against Pen Argyl and the defense delivered its second straight shutout as the Tigers rolled to a 37-0 win over the Green Knights last Friday night at The Jungle.
The win puts Northwestern at 2-1 on the season and drops Pen Argyl to 0-3.
Quarterback Dylan Snyder continues to show increasing confidence and leadership for the Tigers offense, going 9-for-12 in passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Both touchdown passes were to Dylan Lobach, who finished the night with three catches for 79 yards.
The Tigers weren’t going to sulk about their opening-week loss to Notre Dame (Green Pond). Instead, they came out firing against Bangor and picked up a 39-0 win.
Harry Hall again led Northwestern’s offense — at least in the relatively short time that he played — with 146 yards on 10 carries. Hall took the first play from scrimmage 76 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for the game.
Anyone who saw Pen Argyl in its season-opening 20-7 loss to Northern Lehigh, but didn’t see the Green Knights last week against Palmerton hasn’t really seen the true Green Knights.
Head coach Paul Reduzzi wasn’t happy seeing his team pick up just 102 yards of offense in week one, so he ditched the spread offense that seemed somewhat inept against Northern Lehigh in favor of a power offense against the Blue Bombers.
With a tough loss to Notre Dame in the opening week of the season, the question is, how will the Northwestern Tigers respond against Bangor. Will they still be licking their wounds from the opener or will they come out with a renewed fire against the Slaters?
Odds are that the early season wake-up call is going to put Northwestern on a mission to leave that as the only loss of the season and the Tigers look to restart the season against Bangor.
One of the hallmarks of the 2014 Northwestern football team was its ability to limit turnovers. That enviable trait wasn’t on display last Friday night when the Tigers turned the ball over four times, helping Notre Dame (Green Pond) to a 30-19 win over last year’s District 11 2A Champions. The win was notable for Notre Dame, who went 0-10 last season, but are infused with talent from the former Pius X team.