Four Northwestern players were honored as Colonial League First Team all-stars before Thursday’s championship game against Notre Dame (Green Pond).
Two of those all-stars helped the Tigers break through in a big way against the Crusaders.
Senior Noah Meyers set up fellow senior Kenny Gawelko for the game’s first and only goal midway through the second half to lift No. 1 seed Northwestern (20-0) over No. 2 Notre Dame, 1-0, at Northern Lehigh High School.
The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.
The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.
While both Northwestern and Northern Lehigh haven’t had the types of seasons they would have hoped for, this week both football teams will put that all behind them and put school pride and bragging rights on the line.
The Tigers and Bulldogs are one of the better rivalries in local high school football and both teams look to this game as a high point in their season.
Shoot early and shoot often. That’s the slogan that Northwestern girls soccer coach Kelly Bleam would like her players to adopt, but instead, they’ve taken a more passive approach to the game which has made it difficult to score. Against Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League semifinals, the lack of scoring led to a 1-0 loss for the Tigers.
Northwestern has been atop the Colonial League boys’ soccer landscape for the past two years, winning the league titles in 2015 and 2016.
On Thursday, the Tigers will look to complete the coveted three-peat when they face Notre Dame (Green Pond) in the Colonial League championship game. Top-seeded Northwestern (19-0) disposed of No. 4 Saucon Valley (10-5-3) in Tuesday’s semifinal game, 4-0, at Northern Lehigh High School.
Senior kicker Hunter Miller set a school record with a 47-yard field goal and the Northwestern offense mounted a late drive toward the end zone, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell to Southern Lehigh 28-21 Friday night.
The Tigers were able to grind out yardage on the ground for much of the game, while Southern Lehigh took advantage of a couple quick strikes for scores.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top two teams rolled to victories Friday night, while in the Colonial League Northwestern put a scare in once-beaten Southern Lehigh before falling to the Spartans.
Here’s a look at some of the action in the eighth week of the 2017 high school football season.
The Golden Hawks cruies to a 56-14 win over Whitehall.
After dropping their first three games of the season, Northwestern battled back to a 2-3 record, but had to play a tough Saucon Valley team in week six looking to even its record. The Panthers downed Northwestern, but the Tigers rebounded last week to beat Bangor, again putting them within reach of a .500 record on the season. As far as the schedule goes, history repeats itself as Northwestern now needs a win over Southern Lehigh (6-1) for its fourth win of the season.
Northwestern boys soccer head coach Nathan Hunsicker was glad that his team’s nonconference matchup against District 3’s Fleetwood High School out was rescheduled from the beginning of the regular season to the final week of the schedule.
He just might not have been as happy battling to the final whistle with the Tigers.
Northwestern scored two goals in the first half, and after giving one back in the second half, held on for a 2-1 victory Monday afternoon at Tiger Stadium in Fleetwood.
Northwestern is no stranger to having its special teams units contribute to wins. Friday night against Bangor, special teams pretty much dominated the play with the Tigers blocking a punt and recovering two muffed punts. The plays led to the only two touchdowns that were scored in the game as Northwestern downed Bangor 14-0.
Umer Javed blocked a punt with 9:58 left in the first quarter and the Tigers started their drive at the 47-yard line. Eight plays later, Justin Rodda came around left end and sprinted into the front corner of the end zone for the first score of the night.