Tuesday, Sept. 13
Bangor scored three goals in the second half to come away with a 4-1 victory over Northwestern.
Shaelin De Wit scored the lone goal for the Tigers.
With the loss, Northwestern falls to 1-2-1 overall and in league play.
Saturday, Sept. 13
Palmerton and Northwestern’s Colonial League contest ended in a 0-0 draw.
Thursday, Sept. 8
Northwestern gained a 2-1 Colonial League victory over Catasauqua.
While Northwestern graduated the most recognizable piece of last year’s state semifinalist team, the Tigers have a lot of last year’s cast back this year and are expecting just as much from this season, maybe even more.
The Tigers are off to a 6-0 start to the season and while they are no longer relying on one primary scorer to do most of the damage, they are getting offense from several different players and it’s been working just as well as last year’s plan.
The DeSales Invitational, held each year in early September, is used by the area’s top cross country teams as a gauge. It gives teams an early look at the competition that they will see in league and district championship races, and some that they might not run into until the state meet.
Northwestern’s girls team had its eye on one other team specifically.
The Lady Tigers knew Southern Lehigh had the potential to end their streak of a 135 consecutive league wins, so they wanted to go head-to-head with the Spartans in a nonleague setting just to get a gauge.
For Northwestern coach Josh Snyder, these days are somewhat like a Dickens novel. They are the best of times and they are the worst of times.
Snyder and his wife Lacey recently welcomed their third child, a little girl to go along with two boys. Snyder admits to running more on adrenaline than on sleep these days, but says it’s all worth it and knows these are great times.
Then, there’s his football team.
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.