It doesn’t get much better than that.
Northwestern’s offense scored every time it touched the ball Friday night (not counting a final drive in which it was running out the clock) as the Tigers rolled to a 49-0 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.
Most of the damage done by Josh Snyder’s club against the Blue Bombers came through the air, as the head coach made a conscious effort to get the passing game going.
For a team that prides itself on having one of the better ground games in the Colonial League, the Tigers looked like a different animal last week in their 49-0 win over Palmerton (1-5).
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.
It seems to happen often. Two teams play to a scoreless tie through regulation and just a few minutes into overtime, somebody finds that elusive goal and sends their team home happy. Such was the case Tuesday night when the Northwestern and Salisbury field hockey teams were scoreless through 60 minutes and then Sydney Derr broke the tie a little over three-and-a-half minutes into overtime, allowing the Tigers to celebrate a 1-0 win.
Northwestern coach Kelly Bleam admits that her girls had a difficult week, but she wasn’t ready to accept any excuses. When her team came out flat against Bangor, she used halftime to let her players know that she wasn’t at all happy with how they played in the first 40 minutes. That not-so-gentle encouragement woke the team up enough to turn a scoreless game into a 6-0 win over the Slaters in Colonial League play.
On their first two drives of Friday’s game against Wilson, Northwestern gained just 21 yards.
The good news is that was all they needed to score two touchdowns after opening the game with drives starting from the Warriors 10- and 11-yard lines, respectively.
The early field position battle helped Northwestern take a 31-14 win on their home field.
On their opening drive, Wilson (0-4) struggled to gain any ground and punted the ball away.
The officials that did the Northwestern and Bangor football game last Friday probably had to have their throwing arms checked following the game. They got quite a workout tossing yellow flags as the two teams were penalized a total of 23 times in the game for 215 yards. The refs threw more penalty flags than the two quarterbacks threw passes. In all, there were 22 passes, compared to the 23 flags.
The bottom line, though, was a 29-21 win for Northwestern that moved the Tigers to 4-1 at the halfway point of the season.
It’s easy to look at a team’s record and make some assumptions about it. When one looks at Palmerton’s 1-4 record, it’s easy to assume this would be an easy week for Northwestern when it visits the Blue Bombers Friday night.
Look deeper though and some interesting things about Palmerton can be revealed, mainly the quality of competition that its had to play through the early going.
The teams that have handed the Bombers their four losses this season – Palisades, Southern Lehigh, Saucon Valley and Notre Dame - are a combined 15-5 on the season.
The Northwestern Lehigh soccer team has a lot of goal-scoring weapons at its disposal. On Monday, though, it wasn’t one of the higher-profile players that scored the winning goal to beat Southern Lehigh 3-2 in overtime.
This time around, it was Jake Sacco, who is accustomed to coming off the bench to contribute but was on the field to start the overtime period for the Tigers.
Late in the first half, Southern Lehigh was awarded a penalty kick when one of its players was pulled down in the box.
The annual Colonial League Golf Championships were held Monday at Bethlehem Catholic Golf Course.
Moravian Academy took top honors, with Lions winning the boys and girls individual titles while also capturing the team title.
Moravian’s Davis Koch and teammate Will McKay both shot 83 before Koch won the title outright on the second playoff hole.
Northwestern’s William Norman grabbed third place by shooting 84 on the par-71 Monocacy Course.