The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top two teams rolled to victories Friday night, while in the Colonial League Northwestern put a scare in once-beaten Southern Lehigh before falling to the Spartans.
Here’s a look at some of the action in the eighth week of the 2017 high school football season.
The Golden Hawks cruies to a 56-14 win over Whitehall.
After dropping their first three games of the season, Northwestern battled back to a 2-3 record, but had to play a tough Saucon Valley team in week six looking to even its record. The Panthers downed Northwestern, but the Tigers rebounded last week to beat Bangor, again putting them within reach of a .500 record on the season. As far as the schedule goes, history repeats itself as Northwestern now needs a win over Southern Lehigh (6-1) for its fourth win of the season.
Northwestern boys soccer head coach Nathan Hunsicker was glad that his team’s nonconference matchup against District 3’s Fleetwood High School out was rescheduled from the beginning of the regular season to the final week of the schedule.
He just might not have been as happy battling to the final whistle with the Tigers.
Northwestern scored two goals in the first half, and after giving one back in the second half, held on for a 2-1 victory Monday afternoon at Tiger Stadium in Fleetwood.
Northwestern is no stranger to having its special teams units contribute to wins. Friday night against Bangor, special teams pretty much dominated the play with the Tigers blocking a punt and recovering two muffed punts. The plays led to the only two touchdowns that were scored in the game as Northwestern downed Bangor 14-0.
Umer Javed blocked a punt with 9:58 left in the first quarter and the Tigers started their drive at the 47-yard line. Eight plays later, Justin Rodda came around left end and sprinted into the front corner of the end zone for the first score of the night.
Northwestern’s district playoff hopes were still somewhat alive when the Lady Tigers took the court against Catasauqua earlier this week. But the number of games this squad has together, particularly the tight-knit group of five seniors, is dwindling down.
Tuesday was the perfect memento for that group of seniors and the special season it has had thus far.
Northwestern put together a tough challenge for the undefeated Parkland girls soccer team Monday night, but in the end, the Trojan’s depth became a big factor in the game as they took a 3-0 win over the Tigers.
Throughout much of the first half, Parkland (14-0-0 EPC, 16-0-0 overall) controlled play and fired some tough shots at goal keeper McKenna Amey, who was up to the challenge of having to dive for many of the saves that she made throughout the half.
Just one team remains unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after the seventh Friday night of the 2017 high school football season. Several games on this week’s card have District 11 Class 6A playoff implications. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s action.
The Trojans won a battle of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams with a 38-24 win over the Hawks.
In many ways, Bangor and Northwestern are very similar teams at this point in the season. Both are at 2-4, but both have also shown that they can make some big plays and have some talent to work with. The Tigers are coming off of a 42-19 loss to Saucon Valley, while the Slaters were pounded by Southern Lehigh in a 37-6 loss in week six of the season.
For a young Northwestern team, the worst thing that can happen is to fall behind early to a good team.
That’s exactly what happened Friday night when an 81-yard return on the opening kickoff set up an early score for Saucon Valley.
On the next Tigers drive, a fumble gave the Panthers a short field, helping them to go up 14-0 just over four-minutes into the game. Saucon Valley (4-2) turned the fast start into a 49-21 win over Northwestern (2-4).
Goals from a freshman and a senior paced Northwestern to a 2-0 win over Notre Dame (Green Pond) on Monday, leaving the Tigers as the only undefeated boys soccer team in the Colonial League. Freshman Jeff Garcia and senior Noah Myers scored the goals for the Tigers to put them at 10-0 in the Colonial League and 14-0 overall this season.