Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.
Anyone who has watched high school football scores roll in the first couple weeks of the season knows just how potent the Palisades offense has been. The Pirates put up 49 points against Palmerton and then 61 against Wilson. It’s easy to say that the Northwestern defense is going to be the toughest Palisades has faced so far, which is where the challenge lies for the Tigers.
The heat from Sam Seyfried’s foot challenged the heat of the day Tuesday as the Northwestern boys soccer team opened up defense of its Colonial League and District 11 Championships with a 7-1 win over Salisbury.
Seyfried, a senior, scored four goals in the game to pace the Tigers.
Northwestern head coach Kelly Bleam made a few defensive adjustments late in the first half of Tuesday’s match against Salisbury. It very well might have kept the Tigers unbeaten on the young season and got Northwestern off to a solid start in league play.
Senior forward Sara Hathaway played an important role in the win. Hathaway notched her second hat trick in as many games, scoring three goals as Northwestern (2-0 overall, 1-0 in Colonial League) downed Salisbury, 4-2.
For a while, it looked like Northwestern was just going to completely roll over Salisbury in week two of high school football. The Tigers scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead but then saw the Falcons toughen up. In the end, Northwestern took the bus ride home with a 28-14 win and a 2-0 start to the season.
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
The Northwestern football team opened the season with a big 42-41 overtime win over Notre Dame last week.
The Tigers now have put that win behind them and are focused on the task at hand in week two, which takes them to Salisbury High School to face the Salisbury Falcons (0-1).
While the Tigers win was a bit of a surprise, the Falcons week one loss to Pen Argyl was also a surprise.
The game came down to the final five seconds when Green Knights quarterback Tadd Barr found tight end Connor Kupres for a five-yard touchdown pass that tied the game.
Throughout his years in school, Cole Miller used to have to worry about balancing his time between his academics and the game of golf.
Whether it was at Northwestern Lehigh High Schhol or while he was playing college golf and earning a marketing degree at Penn State University, Miller had to manage his free time between getting his schoolwork done and growing as a competitive golfer.
With Lehigh grads Phil Stambaugh and Josh Snyder as coaches on opposite sidelines, opening night of the high school football season was made even more special when Notre Dame and Northwestern Lehigh met at Tiger Stadium.
The Northwestern golf team got its season underway last week and was 2-2 through it’s first four Colonial Leauge matches and 3-2 overall.
Here are some match recaps from the early part of the season.
Tuesday, Aug. 28
Notre Dame ES-
Northwestern picked up a 439-531 nonleague win over Notre Dame East Stroudsburg.
Jake Dellicker led the way for the Tigers with a 79, while Joe Frey carded an 81 and Luke Hallman shot 83. N’western 439, Notre Dame ES 531