The plan was for Northwestern Lehigh to come out quick and look to put away Palisades early in the game. That changed when rain started to fall heavier and heavier as the game started then diminished later in the contest.
The outcome was still the same as the Tigers moved out to an eventual 35-0 lead and beat the Pirates 35-7 Friday night.
The Wilson football team is 1-2 on the season. But the Warriors have been in every game they’ve played, and have shown that they don’t quit. Their two losses are by a total of seven points, falling to Northern Lehigh 14-10 in the season opener and then to Salisbury in a 27-24 loss last week in overtime. In between was a come-from-behind win over Palisades that saw them score the winning touchdown with just 20-seconds left in the game.
The Northwestern girls cross country team opened the season with a successful showing at the Moravian Academy Lions Invitational.
The Tigers were the top-finishing Class 2A team at the event and earned third place overall behind Council Rock North (68 points) and Abington Heights (102). Northwestern finished well ahead of its two biggest District 11 Class 2A rivals in Blue Mountain (fourth place, 131) and Notre Dame of Green Pond (fifth, 163).
Tamaqua had the momentum.
But Northwestern quickly seized it back.
The result was a 25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 25-15 nonleague victory for the Tigers last Wednesday night.
Northwestern seemed on its way to a sweep before the Raiders dug in and won the third set.
But with all the momentum on the Raiders’ side, Northwestern came out on fire to start the fourth set, and Tamaqua never recovered.
Northwestern field hockey head coach Lissa Opolsky has been fortunate with the number of gifted goal scorers her team has this fall. There have been over 10 players to put the ball in the cage this year so far for the Lady Tigers.
That scoring distribution has been a key part in Northwestern’s fast start to the fall season. The Lady Tigers (2-1-1 overall) won two of their three games in the opening week of the season, which included dominant victories over Palisades and Catasauqua by scores of 8-3 and 7-1, respectively.
It has been a tough week for the Northwestern Lehigh boys soccer team.
A potential game-winning shot hit off the crossbar Tuesday afternoon against Saucon Valley. The Panthers took possession, got the ball immediately down the field and put away a shot at the other end for a 1-0 overtime win on their home field.
It was the second consecutive league loss and the third defeat in the last four games for Northwestern (4-3 overall, 2-2 Colonial League). Following three straight wins to open the season, the Tigers dropped contests to Wilson, Hamburg and the Panthers (4-2, 4-0).
On a night that opened with the celebration of the 1995 District 11 championship team and a tribute to the late Brett Snyder, the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers christened the new turf field at Tiger Stadium with a 38-17 win over Colonial League foe Salisbury.
Deven Bollinger and Justin Rodda played a game of catch, connecting for four touchdowns and 75 yards receiving for Rodda. Bollinger finished the night with five touchdown passes and 163 yards passing in the win.
After opening the season with two nonconference wins, both Northwestern Lehigh and Salisbury came into Tuesday night’s girls soccer matchup with undefeated records.
The game played out with almost a playoff atmosphere as momentum shifted back-and-forth. In the end, Northwestern overcame a controversial no-call play that would have given the Tigers a penalty kick and turned in a 2-1 win over the Falcons.
The Northwestern Lehigh Tiger football team doesn’t take any team for granted.
Facing an 0-2 Palisades team that lost tits opening week game to Palmerton by a lopsided 47-6 score doesn’t give Tiger head coach Josh Snyder any reason to let his team come in thinking this week is an automatic win. Snyder stressed to his team this week that the Pirates can be an obstacle if they don’t prepare for them as hard as they prepared in the first two weeks of the season.
Game day for Northwestern football is going to be different this week — in more ways than one.
The first change is when the game will be played. Instead of the normal Friday night kickoff, the Tigers will host Salisbury on Thursday night.
The second change is to the field. Thursday’s game will be the debut of Northwestern’s new turf field.