Ta­maqua hosts 7-0 Olympians tonight

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - GAMEDAY 2017 -

Jim Thor pe will put its per­fect 7-0 record on the line this evening when the Olympians head to Ta­maqua to face the 5-2 Blue Raiders in a Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion I show­down.

Also on tonight’s Schuylkill Lea gue card, North Schuylkill en­ter­tains Blue Moun­tain, Mar­ian is at Shenan­doah Val­ley, Pan­ther Val­ley vis­its Schuylkill Haven, and Ma­hanoy Area hosts Min­ersville.

In Wy­oming Val­ley Con­fer­ence play, Crest­wood pays a visit to Hanover Area.

Jim Thorpe at Ta­maqua

WHO: Jim Thorpe Olympians (7-0, 2-0) vs. Ta­maqua Area Blue Raiders (5-2, 1-2)

WHAT: Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion I game; East­ern Con­fer­ence Di­vi­sion 3 A game

WHEN/WHERE: 7, tonight; Tam aqua Area Sports Sta­dium

LAST YEAR: Jim Thorpe 26, Ta­maqua 18

THE COACHES: Jim Thorpe: Mark Rosen­berger (20th sea­son, 125-82); Ta­maqua: Sam Bon­ner (11th sea­son, 65-49)

KEY PLAY­ERS: Jim Thorpe: Ju­nior LB Colin Ja­cobs leads the Olympians in solo tack­les (32) and to­tal tack­les (39) this sea­son. Ta­maqua: Se­nior QB/WR Thad Zu­ber has thrown for 663 yards and 9 TDs, rushed for 91 yards and a score, and caught 7 passes for 78 yards and a touch­down this sea­son.

STATS-N-STUFF: Jim Thorpe: Olympian de­fense is pri­mary rea­son team is 7-0, pitch­ing five shutouts and hold­ing the op­po­si­tion to four touch­downs all sea­son, three com­ing in last week’s 42-18 win over North Schuylkill .... Thorpe had string of 23 con­sec­u­tive shutout quar­ters snapped in sec­ond quar­ter last week .... Olympians have forced 17 turnovers, in­clud­ing 9 INTs and 8 fum­ble re­cov­er­ies. ...Se­nior Justin St. Hill has done it all for the of­fense, lead­ing in rush­ing (139-938, 17 TDs) and re­ceiv­ing (9-145, TD). He has also thrown 3 TD passes. ...Se­nior QB Nick Rosa­hac has been su­per ef­fi­cient, com­plet­ing 34-of-57 passes for 505 yards, with 3 TDs and no INTs. ...Seven dif­fer­ent re­ceivers have a touch­down catch for the Olympians. ...JT is cur­rently third in District 11 Class 3A rank­ings, be­hind fel­low un­beat­ens Pal­isades and Le­high­ton. Ta­maqua: Blue Raiders have suf­fered back-to-back losses to Pottsville (42-12) and un­de­feated Le­high­ton (41-35) af­ter start­ing sea­son 5-0. ...Tam- aqua is cur­rently sixth in the D-11 Class 3A rank­ings. ... Af­ter giv­ing up 83 points in last two weeks, Blue Raiders may have to rely on of­fense to out score Olympians .... Ju­nior RB Nick Breiner (1331,006, 12 TDs) leads all area rush­ers, and also has 13 catches for 255 yards (19.6 ypc) and 3 scores. ...Soph RB Nate Boyle is also a threat both run­ning (73-491, 8 TDs) and re­ceiv­ing (19-329, 2 TDs). ...Zu­ber (36-of-55 pass­ing, 663, 9 TDs ,2 IN Ts) and soph Bray­den Knoblauch (41-of-62, 600, 6, 2) con­tinue to be ef­fec­tive two-man QB. ...Six-foot­five TE Casey Rother leads team with 25 catches for 400 yards and 7 scores.

NEXT WEEK: Pottsville at Jim Thorpe; Ta­maqua at North Schuylkill

Blue Moun­tain at Nor th Schuylkill

WHO: Blue Moun­tain Ea­gles (2-5,1-2) vs. North Schuylkill Spar­tans (5-2, 0-2)

WHAT: Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion I game; East­ern Con­fer­ence Di­vi­sion 3A-4A cross­over game

WHEN/WHERE: 7, tonight; Ghosh Orthodon­tics Field at Spar­tan Sta­dium, Foun­tain Springs

LAST YEAR: Blue Moun­tain 16, North Schuylkill 7

THE COACHES: Blue Moun­tain: Cory Mabry (5th sea­son, 13th over­all; 65-69);

Nor th Schuylkill: Wally Hall (5th sea­son, 11th over­all; 75-45)

KEY PLAY­ERS: Blue Moun­tain: Se­nior QB David Krew­son has thrown for 940 yards (67- for -118) with 7 touch­downs and 5 in­ter­cep­tions. Nor th Schuylkill: Se­nior QB Doug Weist needs 4 yards to reach 1,000 for the sea­son, com­plet­ing 83-of-143 with 10 TDs and 5 INTs.

STATS-N-STUFF: Blue Moun­tain: Ea­gles com­ing off 20-6 home win over Pottsville. ...Team is win­less (0-3) on the road this sea­son. ... Krew­son’s pri­mary tar­get in the pass­ing game is se­nior WR Nate Calderone (35-534, 4 TDs). Sopho­more TE Ja­son Dean has 8 catches for 130 yards and 2 scores. ... The Ea­gles’ lead­ing rush er is se­nior Chase Sin­cav­age (33224, 6 TDs). ... Se­nior LB Jack M cK ivig an leads de­fense with 61 tack les. North Schuylkill: Spar­tans have dropped two straight since start­ing sea­son 5-0, but those losses have come to cur­rent un­beat­ens Le­high­ton (27-14) and Jim Thorpe (42-18). ...Still, North Schuylkill is ranked fifth in District 11 Class 3 A play­off chase .... Spar­tans ended Jim Thorpe’s streak of 23 con­sec­u­tive shutout quar­ters with a secon d-quar­ter TD last week courtesy of Tyler Els­don. ...Team has been with­out in­jured rush­ing leader Mitch Wag­ner (113-660, 8 TDs) in both of its losses, although Zack Chowan­sky (53-217, 2 TDs) and Els­don (27-118, 3 TDs) have been solid re­place­ments. ...WR Scott Gri­gas (34521 re­ceiv­ing, 6 TDs) con­tin­ues to lead area re­ceivers in catches and yardage. ...Aaron Preneta (14-132) and Bran­don Rock well (9-110, TD) are among Weist’s other tar­gets in pass­ing game.

NEXT WEEK: Le­high­ton at Blue Moun­tain; Ta­maqua at North Schuylkill

Mar­ian at Shenan­doah Val­ley

WHO: Mar­ian Colts (3-4, 2-1) vs. Shenan­doah Val­ley Blue Devils (1-6, 0-2)

WHAT: Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion II game; Easter n Con­fer­ence Di­vi­sion 1A/2A game

WHEN/WHERE: 7, tonight; Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Sta­dium, Shenan­doah

LAST YEAR: Mar­ian 56, Shenan­doah Val­ley 14

THE COACHES: Mar­ian: Pat Mor­gans (1st sea­son, 3-4); Shenan­doah Val­ley: Kevin Keat­ing (1st sea­son, 25th over­all; 167-116-4)

KEY PLAY­ERS: Mar­ian: Ju­nior RB Seth Paluck has scored 7 of his 9 r ush­ing touch­downs in the last two weeks. Shenan­doah Val­ley: QB Ja­son Na­ju­nas com­pleted 4 passes for 170 yards and a touch­down in last week’s 30-6 set­back at Pan­ther Val­ley.

STATS-N-STUFF: Mar­ian: Af­ter com­ing to life in fourth quar­ter to rally past Pan­ther Val­ley in Week 6, Colts con­tin­ued mo­men­tum into Week 7 with 41-28 vic­tory over Ma­hanoy Area. ... Colts are now fourth-rated team in District 11 Class A. ...Last week, Paluck rushed for 147 yards on 28 car­ries, and scored 5 times. He leads Colts with 475 rush­ing yards. ...Se­nior Aaron Adams re­turned a kick­off 75 yards for a touch­down last week, eras­ing a 21-14 deficit with the first of three unan­swered Colt TDs that helped swing the mo­men­tum. ...Ju­nior DB Ja­cob McLaughlin in­ter­cepted a pair of passes last week, and the Colts also re­cov­ered a pair of fum­bles, giv­ing the de­fense 8 take­aways in the last two weeks. Shenan­doah Val­ley: Na­ju­nas has stepped in for in­jured start­ing QB Joseph Kar­vois. He hooked up with WR Michael Vi­nas (11-183, TD) on a 75- yard touch­down pass in the fourth quar­ter last week .... Zack Link (66-193, 4 TDs) is SV’s lead­ing rusher. ...Joey Al­shef­ski (2) and Vi­nas (1) have in­ter­cept ions for the Blue Devil de­fense. ...The Blue Devils lim­ited Pan­ther Val­ley to just 214 yards from scrim­mage last week.

NEXT WEEK: Min­ers- ville at Mar­ian; Schuylkill Haven at Shenan­doah Val­ley

Pan­ther Val­ley at Schuylkill Haven

WHO: Pan­ther Val­ley Pan­thers (3-4, 1-1) vs. Schuylkill Haven Hur­ri­canes (3-4, 3-0)

WHAT: Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion II game; Easter n Con­fer­ence Di­vi­sion 1A/2A game

WHEN/WHERE: 7, tonight; Ro­tary Field, Schuylkill Haven

LAST YEAR: Schuylkill Haven 61, Pan­ther Val­ley 7

THE COACHES: Pan­ther Val­ley: Scott Price (1 st sea­son, 3-4); Schuylkill Haven: Mike Farr (13th sea­son, 95-56)

KEY PLAY­ERS: Pan­ther Val­ley: RB Rene Figueroa rushed for 168 yards and 3 touch­downs, and also re­turned a kick 45 yards for a score in last week’s 30-6 win over Shenan­doah Val­ley.

Schuylkill Haven: Sopho­more RB Kobe Br­ish has rushed for 1,245 yards and 20 TDs, av­er­ag­ing 8 yards per carry.

STATS-N-STUFF: Pan­ther Val­ley: Pan­thers have been up and down, but re­main third in D-11 2A rank­ings right be­hind Haven. ...Soph QB Ethan Reis got his first start last week. He has com­pleted 16-of-24 passes for 196 yards and a score, with 3 INTs. ...Der­rick Beck­ham (26346, 2 TDs), Tyler Baez (14212, TD) and TE Tris­tan Blasko (11-113, TD) aresolidt ar­gets in pass­ing game.

Schuylkill Haven: Af­ter four tough losses to tough Di­vi­sion I foes, Hur­ri­canes have set­tled in against D-II com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning three straight by a com­bined score of 167-33 to take di­vi­sion lead. ...’Canes have moved into sec­ond place in District 11 Class 2 A rank­ings .... Se­nior QB Josh Kalyan has throw for 543 yards and 5 scores. ...LB Austin Yoder and DL Nathan Reedy have com­bined for 10 of team’s 19 sacks. ...LB Steven Balulis leads team in tack­les (67) and fum­ble re­cov­er­ies (2). ...Br­ish has 2 INTs in sec­ondary.

NEXT WEEK: Ma­hanoy Area at Pan­ther Val­ley; Schuylkill Haven at Shenan­doah Val­ley

Min­ersville at Ma­hanoy Area

WHO: Min­ersville Bat­tlin’ Min­ers (2-5, 1-1) vs. Ma­hanoy Area Golden Bears (3-4, 0-2)

WHAT: Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion II game; Easter n Con­fer­ence Di­vi­sion 1A/2A game

WHEN/WHERE: 7, tonight; Alumni Sta­dium, Ma­hanoy City

LAST YEAR: Min­ersville 10, Ma­hanoy Area 7

THE COACHES: Min­ersville: Damian Buggy (2nd sea­son, 4th over­all; 13-26);

Ma­hanoy Area: Dave Hol­man (6th sea­son, 29-33)

KEY PLAY­ERS: Min­ersville: Sopho­more QB Scott Sch­walm has hit on 42-of-93 passes for 631 yards and 2 scores this sea­son. Ma­hanoy Area: When slot­back Danny Lawrence touches the ball, big things hap­pen. He av­er­ages 10.5 yards per carry (21221, 3 TDs), and 3 of his 5 re­cep­tions have gone for scores.

STATS-N-STUFF: Min­ersville: Both of Min­ers’ wins have come against Shenan­doah Val­ley, in Weeks 2 and 6. ...Team’s top rusher is a fresh­man, Ja­cob Hoff­man (27-193, TD ).... Se­nior RB Ken­nyYurk on is (31-190) leads team with 4 touch­downs. He also leads Min­ers’ de­fense with 46 stops and 2 sacks. ...Ju­nior WR Bryce Ellinger is re­ceiv­ing leader (22-496, 3 TDs). ...DB Bren­nan Chap­man has 3 of Min­ers’ 5 in­ter­cept ions. Ma hanoy Area: Bears are cur­rently fourth in District 11 2A rank­ings. ...QB Matt Le­wandows- ki (107-847, 10 TDs) is trig­ger­man in run-ori­ented at­tack. ...Full­back Tyler Clewell (90420, 2 TDs) and slot­back M.J. Terry (33-328, 6 TDs) give the team ad­di­tional op­tions in run game. ...Terry caught 4 passes for 78 yards and a touch­down in last week’s 41-28 loss at Mar­ian, a game the Golden Bears led 21-14 in the sec­ond quar­ter. ...Lawrence and Le­wandowski both had 74-yard TD r uns last week.

NEXT WEEK: Min­ersville at Mar­ian; Ma­hanoy Area at Pan­ther Val­ley

Crest­wood at Hanover Area

WHO: Crest­wood Comets (4-3) vs. Hanover Area Hawkeyes (0-7)

WHAT: Wy­oming Val­ley Con­fer­ence Di­vi­sion Class 4A-3A/1A cross­over game; East­ern Con­fer­ence Di­vi­sion 4A-3A cross­over game

WHEN/WHERE: 7, tonight; Joe Ga yewski Memo­rial Sta­dium, Hanover Town­ship

LAST YEAR: Crest­wood 28, Hanover Area 20

THE COACHES: Crest­wood: Greg My­ers (12 th sea­son ,14th over­all ;78-69);

Hanover Area: Mike McCree (3rd sea­son, 6-21)

KEY PLAY­ERS: Crest­wood: With rush­ing leader Nick Grosek out last week, Pat Rother picked up slack with 170 rush­ing yards and 2 TDs on of­fense, and a 37-yard blocked punt re­turn for a score in 42-18 win at Tunkhan­nock. Hanover Area: Se­nior RB David Fe­dor­czyk ran for 235 yards and 2 TDs in last week’s 55-22 loss to North­west.

STATS-N-STUFF: Crest­wood: Comets are cur­rently fifth in District 2 Class 4A rank­ings. ...Crest­wood look­ing for third straight win. ... QB Gar­rett Swank threw for 163 yards and 2 scores last week, one each to Bran­don Brozena and Kevin Kluse­witz. Af­ter step­ping in for in­jured starter Chase Pass­man in Week 4, Swank has com­pleted 28-of-50 passes for 299 yards, with 6 TDs and 4 INTs. ...Bro zena (22-298, 4 TDs), Kluse­witz (16-171, 2 TDs) and Bran­don Niemen­ski (14-152, 4 TDs) are team’s re­ceiv­ing lead­ers. ...Kluse­witz has 2 INTs on de­fense.

Hanover Area: Hawkeyes have been outscored 282-77 on sea­son and shut out twice. ...QB Aaron Hum­mer com­pleted 7-of-18 passes for 83 yards last week, in­clud­ing 3 for 57 yards to WR Sean Cole­man. ...Aug­gie Ge­orge booted 27- yard field goal against North­west last week.

NEXT WEEK: Wy­oming Val­ley West at Crest­wood; Hanover Area at GAR

ERIC CONOVER / CON­TRIBUT­ING PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Ta­maqua run­ning back Nick Breiner picks up yardage against Blue Moun­tain in their Week 5 game at Ta­maqua. The Blue Raiders host un­de­feated Jim Thorpe tonight.

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