Northwestern had two primary goals last Friday night. The Tigers wanted to get off to a quick start on offense. Defensively, they wanted contain Saucon Valley’s explosive running back.
They did both in a 49-28 win that knocked the Panthers from the ranks of the unbeaten and put a damper on their Homecoming.
“One of our points of emphasis this week was to get out to a fast start,” said Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder. “We felt like we could get ahead and maintain a lead we could get them uncomfortable offensively.
The Northwestern girls cross country team had something to prove at Tuesday’s Colonial League Championships.
The Lady Tigers had big plans for this season. They were going to go unbeaten in the Colonial League and continue an unbeaten streak that included a 24-0 record in 2017.
Many of this year’s juniors and seniors were part of the program’s last win streak, which spanned 134 victories and ended in 2016.
Emmaus and Freedom both won football games Friday night to improve to 7-0 and set up next week’s match up of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams. Parkland won a rivalry game over Whitehall Friday night, while Bethlehem Catholic picked up a win on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of this week’s games from around the Lehigh Valley Press area.
The Trojans picked up a 49-21 win over Whitehall Friday night in Orefield.
Last year at this time golf was barely on Cole Norman’s mind.
This year he is one of a select group of high school players to qualify for the District 11 Championship Tournament Monday at Lehigh Country Club.
Norman qualified for districts by taking third place at last week’s Colonial League Championship at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Cousre.
The Northwestern senior played one of the best rounds of his young career to shoot 84 and earn third place at leagues.
Over her first three seasons, Maddie Consuelos has been one of the top runners on her team and in the Colonial League.
This year she’s added a new strength to her game as the Northwestern girls cross country team tries to defend the league title it won last year and return to the state championships.
The Tigers had one of their first big tests of the season Saturday at the 30th Annual Centaur Invitational at DeSales University. Consuelos employed a strategy she’s been working on the entire offseason and it helped her take fourth place overall at 20:40.2.
Northwestern had the defending league champs on the ropes Friday night. The Tigers took an early led and never let Palisades in front through four quarters.
In the end, they came one play away from handing the Pirates their first Colonial League loss since Sept. 16 of 2016. When the Tigers failed to convert their two-point conversion attempt in overtime, Palisades had it’s 18th straight league win, 35-34.
While the loss certainly stings, the Tigers know didn’t play their best Friday night, but they still nearly beat a very good team.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
The East Penn Conference South teams rolled over their North Division counterparts on the opening night of the 2018 football season.
Emmaus, Parkland, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Northampton were all part of the big night for South Division teams.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern won a shootout, while Catty dropped its opener.
The Hornets got two touchdowns from each of their senior running backs and couple passing touchdowns from quarterback Ethan Parvel in a 62-6 rout of Allen.
Northwestern Lehigh graduate Cole Miller is nearly a full golf season into his professional career.