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.
The Hawks came back from an early 13-0 deficit to beat Parkland 24-16.
Bethlehem Catholic (3-1) outscored the Trojans 17-0 in the second half and 24-3 in the final three quarters. The Trojans (2-2) only points after the first quarter was a 48-yard field goal by Devin Bartholomew late in the first half.
Nicholas Lucien (4 receptions, 155 yards) caught a pair of touchdown catches for the Hawks, while Paul Carreras (3 carries, 73 yards) ran for the other score.
Zamar Brake completed 11 of 17 passes for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Over her first three seasons, Maddie Consuelos has been one of the top runners on her team and in the Colonial League.
This year she’s added a new strength to her game as the Northwestern girls cross country team tries to defend the league title it won last year and return to the state championships.
The Tigers had one of their first big tests of the season Saturday at the 30th Annual Centaur Invitational at DeSales University. Consuelos employed a strategy she’s been working on the entire offseason and it helped her take fourth place overall at 20:40.2.
Last week, the Wilson Warriors were looking to grab their first win of the season against Salisbury.
They were trailing 14-7 in the fourth quarter when Salisbury’s Weston Schaffer picked off a pass and returned it 47 yards to give the Falcons some breathing room as they handed the Warriors their third straight loss in a 21-7 game.
Northwestern had the defending league champs on the ropes Friday night. The Tigers took an early led and never let Palisades in front through four quarters.
In the end, they came one play away from handing the Pirates their first Colonial League loss since Sept. 16 of 2016. When the Tigers failed to convert their two-point conversion attempt in overtime, Palisades had it’s 18th straight league win, 35-34.
While the loss certainly stings, the Tigers know didn’t play their best Friday night, but they still nearly beat a very good team.
Tamaqua girls’ volleyball team pushed every button it could get its hands on Wednesday evening against Northwestern.
By the time nightfall had hit the Northwestern Lehigh School District campus, the hosts were celebrating a 3-2 victory over the Blue Raiders.
Northwestern Lehigh came back more times than one of those Walking Dead creatures on the AMC channel.