While the Northwestern defense was able to considerably slow down an impressive Salisbury offense, the Tigers’ own offense had its momentum interrupted throughout the game, resulting in a 7-3 loss to the Falcons last Friday night.
Salisbury, which scored 47 points in its season opener and compiled just over 500 yards of total offense, struggled for yardage in week two against the Tigers. It wasn’t until late in the third quarter that Salisbury got on the board, and that drive was aided by an untimely defensive penalty.
Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.
The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.
Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.
An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.
Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.
In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.
The Zephyrs beat Emmaus 42-35.
When Josh Snyder took over the Northwestern Tigers in 2012, he was quick to put young players in the lineup. He knew they were going to take some hits and go through rough times, but ultimately they would be better players down the road because of the experience that they gathered. This season, injuries hit the offensive and defensive lines leading up to the first week of the season, creating a familiar situation for Snyder.
Coming into the season, Tom Eshelman was a good pitching prospect for the Phillies, but he was overshadowed by pitchers like Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Nick Pivetta.
For pitcher Jose Taveras, he was among the group of top pitching prospects, but he was in the lower levels of the minors and thought to be at least a couple, if not three years away from reaching the majors.
Things changed for both pitchers in 2017. Eshelman is now among the elite group of pitching prospects, while Taveras moved through the organization at a pace faster than anyone expected.
Monday, Aug. 28
Moravian topped Northwestern 405-424, handing the Tigers (3-1) their first loss of the season.
Tyler Wiik shot a 79 to lead the Tigers, while Mason Vogwill and Luke Hallman carded 84 each. The Lions’ Matt Pulcini shot 75.
Moravian 405, N’western 424
Matt Pulcini 75, Drew Warner 78, Juan Pablo Vidal 79, Peter Chiarida 86, C. Pfennig 87
Tyler Wiik 79, Mason Vogwill 84, Luke Hallman 84, Colin Rex 87, Gabby Smalley 90
- Played at Olde Homestead Golf Course
High School football got under way Friday night across the state. Several teams from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area posted big wins to open the season.
Defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Emmaus opened its season with a 62-19 win over Dieruff to open the 2017 season.
Northern Valley’s bid in the Connie Mack state playoffs did not get off to an auspicious start. In their opening matchup, the Chargers fell to a lower-seeded Nazareth team by a score of 11-2, placing them on the brink of elimination. With one loss already on its record, Northern Valley would have to remain undefeated if they were to keep its championship hopes alive.
Ultimately, the Chargers wouldn’t take home this summer’s state title, but they came closer than anyone could have predicted after the opening loss.
Out of the 24 teams playing the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League across both groups, Northwestern was one of the final two teams standing. And if not for a penalty-kick goal, the Tigers, known as New Triploli Bank FC in the summer league, might have been the squad that ended July hoisting the trophy.
Instead, Hornets Gold (Emmaus) defeated New Tripoli Bank on Wednesday, July 26, for the LVSSL championship. A penalty kick was the deciding factor for the Tigers, who lost just two games all summer.
LIMEPORT — Northern Valley looked to ride its wild wave of momentum into Friday’s loser’s bracket semifinals of the Connie Mack state playoffs against Doylestown at Limeport Stadium.
What did the Chargers have left in the tank? A lot. But Doylestown had just a little bit more.
The Chargers searched for more late-game heroics and tallied three runs in the top of the seventh to take an 8-5 lead. But Doylestown found some magic of its own with three runs in the bottom of the frame to send the contest to extras.