Schuylkill League quar­tet look­ing for play­off runs

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Keith Groller

Per­haps only a few high school foot­ball fans in the heart of the Le­high Val­ley pay at­ten­tion to what’s go­ing on in the Schuylkill League, at least un­til play­off time.

That will change in 2020 when a new foot­ball-only merger will take place be­tween the Colo­nial League and Schuylkill League that will place teams in di­vi­sions based on en­roll­ment size.

The Schuylkill League fea­tures big-time foot­ball in small towns. The at­mos­phere on Fri­day nights in most venues is elec­tric and the qual­ity of play on the field of­ten re­flects that ex­cite­ment.

One of the Schuylkill League’s proud­est mo­ments came last year in the Dis­trict 11 3A fi­nal when North Schuylkill avenged pre­vi­ous dis­trict losses to Notre Dame with a re­sound­ing 36-0 win over the Colo­nial League cham­pion Cru­saders in the wind at Le­high­ton High School.

North Schuylkill is ex­pected to be one of the league’s top teams again this sea­son.

At a pre­sea­son me­dia event at the Schuylkill Coun­try Club on Aug. 7, North Schuylkill came out on top of both the coaches and me­dia poll for Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion I. The Spar­tans were fol­lowed in both polls by Tamaqua, Pottsville, Jim Thorpe, Le­high­ton and Blue Moun­tain.

The Di­vi­sion II polls were headed by Schuylkill Haven with Marian Catholic fin­ish­ing fourth in the coaches poll and third in the me­dia se­lec­tions.

Here’s a closer look at four teams Schuylkill League teams in The Morn­ing Call cov­er­age area: rusher. His ex­ploits are one of the many sto­ry­lines that will cre­ate ex­cite­ment and make the Olympians a team to watch in the league and in Dis­trict 11 3A. with games against Jim Thorpe, Le­high­ton and Schuylkill Haven within the first five weeks?

The Colts have ex­pe­ri­enced line­men but lack ex­pe­ri­ence with the skill­po­si­tion play­ers. “We need the young kids to de­velop and con­trib­ute early,” Mor­gans said. “We have 11 se­niors on the team and they have to step up and take a lead­ing role. The line has to carry us and our young skill-po­si­tion guys must get used to the speed of var­sity foot­ball.”

KEITH GROLLER/THE MORN­ING CALL

Tom Mc­Car­roll's Le­high­ton team will try to bounce back from last year's 4-7 fin­ish. Mc­Car­roll said '4-7 is not what we ex­pect.'

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