For the first time since its week 1 loss to Palisades, Northwestern looked like the young football team that it is.
Last Friday night a visiting Southern Lehigh team desperately needing a win came into Tiger Stadium and played its best game of the season.
The Spartans' backs were to the wall and they played like it, posting a 46-10 win and keeping Northwestern at arms length after opening an early lead.
If the last two weeks proved anything about Northwestern's football team, it is that the Tigers' season-opening loss had no lingering effect.
This week the team will have to prove that its second loss of the season isn't going to dampen any hopes or expectations.
Tyler Stelmack knows the DeSales University cross country course. He's run it plenty of times in his career.
The Northwestern senior used his knowledge of the course to earn a fourth-place finish Saturday in the 34th Annual DeSales Invitational. Tiger teammate Haley Yost ran to a fifth-place finish in the girls race as four Northwestern runners took home medals, which went to the top 25 finishers in the varsity races.
The Tigers' Rachele Cerrone (12th) and Carly Pierce (18th) also earned medals as the girls team finished fourth overall and the boys came in seventh.
When one football team beats another in all three facets of the game - offense, defense and special teams - the result is usually a comfortable margin of victory.
Northwestern beat Salisbury in all three phases last week and came away with a 23-0 win in the 2012 Tiger Stadium home opener.
After losing by 41 points in week 1, the Tigers wanted to prove they're a better team than the one that was shut out by Palisades on opening night.
"To come back off a 41-0 loss and win 23-0, it feels great," said Northwestern running back Mason Schuler.
Most golfers have gotten that unforgettable feeling for a shot or two. Some have even played stretches of a few holes or more where the ball just seemed to go where they wanted it to on nearly every shot.
But very, very few golfers can sustain that for an entire round.
One of those few is Northwestern junior Cole Miller. In a match against Pen Argyl on August 27 Miller shot a career low 63. He made nine birdies and no bogeys, shooting 3-under par on the front nine and a 6-under 30 on the back side.
Northwestern girls volleyball players had always hoped to play for a high school team. Some of them had been playing for the Northwestern Volleyball Club since middle school, competing against other high school teams during the spring club season.
For years they had been trying to get a high school team started that would compete against others in the fall, but as last year's school year was coming to a close, they still had not received approval.
Scouting a team in Week 1 is never an easy task. Very little game film exists of the opponents and they can always be expected to make some tweaks and adjustments to what they did in the preseason.
Friday night Northwestern's going to see a Palisades team that not only has a new coaching staff, but also has several of last year's key players in new positions.
The fall sports season gets into full swing this weekend.
Northwetsern's golf team started the season nearly two weeks ago, while the rest of the schools varsity fall sports teams get under way Friday and Saturday.
Four Tiger teams will have new coaches this fall. The football, field hockey and golf teams all saw coaches step down after last season, while the new varsity volleyball program has an experienced coach who is in charge of his first varsity program.
A former Tiger star athlete takes over the football program.
Through high school and college Kenrick Smith was one of those increasingly rare athletes that played every sport he could. From swimming to football to track, cross country and then rugby at Widener University, the Lansdale native only gave up participation in one sport when it conflicted with others.
After college graduation, his sports careers went on hold as he started his professional career and a family. But he always wanted to get back into something.
For the past three years Payton Bachman has been a fixture not only on his three sports teams, but also around any Northwestern gyms and athletic fields.
When he doesn't have a game or practice, he's probably with friends cheering on another Tiger team. Last year he was one of the school's top athletes and biggest fans, now he's one of it's most proud alumni.
"If I had a choice I'd go back to Northwestern next year," he said. "I made so many friends through middle school and high school."