Freshman quarterback Deven Bollinger threw for a game record 291 yards and Trevor Cunningham caught 145 yards of those passes, good enough for second all-time in a Northwestern game. But both players would have liked just a few more inches added on to their totals. Bollinger’s pass with just 4.8-seconds left in the game fell just inches shy of a first down, resulting in a 34-27 loss to Palisades on Friday.
Northwestern has two wins in two weeks of high school football, but neither was easy. In week one, a 13-12 win over Palmerton, the winning touchdown came with about three minutes left in the game and was followed by a big defensive play that stopped the Bombers from getting a last-minute, go-ahead touchdown.
Things went a little better last week against Salisbury in a 19-5 win, but penalties and mistakes ruled the night for the Tigers, who trailed at halftime before scoring three times in the second half.
Through the first two weeks, some things stand out for the Tigers.
It’s hard to believe, but as of this week, just two weeks remain in the Colonial League regular season golf schedule. And as Northwestern hits the home stretch of league play, head coach Tim Miller can’t be upset with the results he’s seen so far.
Tuesday’s 432-553 victory over Notre Dame (Green Pond) positioned Northwestern at 5-2 in league play with roughly half the league slate behind them. The Tigers’ only losses came against Moravian Academy and Southern Lehigh.
Northwestern’s win over Salisbury wasn’t exactly ugly, but the Tigers certainly made their share of mistakes, giving coach Josh Snyder and his staff a lot of work to do as they prepare for Palisades in week three.
Salisbury took a quick lead thanks to a Northwestern miscue and led 5-0 at the half, but the Tigers did all of the scoring in the second half to leave Salisbury High School with a 19-5 win.
In just looking at the numbers, one wouldn’t know that the Northwestern football team had to pull out a touchdown late in the game to pick up a 13-12 win over Palmerton in week one of the high school football season.
Trevor Cunningham set the new single game receiving yardage record, catching 184 yards worth of catches from freshman quarterback Deven Bollinger. The old record, held by Payton Bachman (2010) and Cam Richardson (2013), was 135 yards.
There might be some new faces on Northwestern’s roster.
But the Tigers still know how to win.
Northwestern put together a drive late in the fourth quarter and came up with a huge stop in the end zone to edge Palmerton 13-12 in their Colonial League season opener.
After dismantling Allen in the season opener last Friday night 56-6, the Parkland football team has its eyes set on their first Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division opponent in Nazareth. It will be the first road test for the young Trojans.
“I was really happy with the effort and the performance of our guys Friday night,” said head coach Tim Moncman. “With the shortening of the preseason and having one less week to prepare, I thought that we would be a little behind the eight ball, but that wasn’t the case.”
The 2016 Blue Mountain League championship series had a lot of familiar faces for Lehigh Valley baseball fans. Former local high school players ranging in age from 17-40 laced up their cleats in what proved to be what former Parkland baseball standout Nick Rabasco called “déjà vu.”
The Limeport Bulls came back from a 2-1 series deficit and took the final two games to win the BML title in a dramatic 1-0 game 5 last Saturday night at Limeport Stadium. It was the second year in a row these two teams met for all of the marbles, and the second consecutive league trophy for the Bulls.
When Josh Snyder took over as the head coach at Northwestern in 2012, he looked around and decided the best approach was to go with young players.
Back then, Snyder knew the team would take some lumps for a while, but also believed that he would be able to build those young players into not just a strong team, but also a program that would be competitive for years to come.
National championships in any sport beckon the best that sport has to offer.
In track cycling, one of the best resides right here in the Lehigh Valley.
James Mellen of Schnecksville earned multiple national medals, including two national championships, during the 2016 USA Cycling Junior and Elite Track Cycling National Championships at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Breinigsville in late July.
Before any events were even completed, Mellen considered himself victorious.