Only 3 un­beat­ens left de­spite young sea­son

The Morning Call - - VARSITY - By Keith Groller Keith Groller can be reached at 610-820-6740 or at [email protected]

It’s only the third week of the football sea­son and just three un­de­feated teams re­main in the Colo­nial League.

Af­ter two Thurs­day night games and a Satur­day af­ter­noon con­test last week, most of the ac­tion is on Fri­day night this week.

Here’s a look at what to ex­pect:

3 things to know

■ South­ern Le­high’s Asher Smith is one of the top run­ning backs in the league and area, but he has also been a stand­out on de­fense for the Spar­tans. He had 10 tack­les last week against Palmer­ton and has a forced fum­ble, a pass breakup and am in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down.

■ Another big night by Deven Bollinger in a win over Sal­is­bury last Thurs­day pumped up his ca­reer num­bers to 5,615 yards pass­ing and 68 touch­down passes. Both are school records by a large mar­gin.

■ Notre Dame-Green Pond’s Matt Frauen Jr., was a mem­ber of a 3-7 team at Belvidere, N.J. , last sea­son, but Frauen did have sev­eral huge games for the County Seaters with 239 yards and four touch­downs against Day­ton and 229 yards and three scores against Manville. He fin­ished the sea­son with more than 1,000 yards. Frauen has ad­justed well to football on this side of the Delaware River. Through two games he has 246 yards rush­ing, av­er­ag­ing 9.1 yards per carry, and two scores. One of them was a 63-yard TD run against Ban­gor on which Frauen broke at least four tack­les.

2 play­ers to watch

Wil­son Area coach Chris La­batch saluted two guys af­ter his team broke through late for a 15-12 win over Pal­isades last week.

“Nick Gara and Dy­lan Goldsworth played all-out for us for 48 min­utes,” La­batch said. “Dy­lan had a touch­down for us in the fourth quar­ter on a pass re­cep­tion and Nick was all over the place for us de­fen­sively. He also threw a block for Alec Sny­der on the last-minute touch­down. They were both out­stand­ing.”

Goldsworth has five catches for 92 yards.

6 matchups

North­ern Le­high at Ban­gor: The Bull­dogs are 2-0 for the sec­ond straight year and get­ting bet­ter bal­ance on of­fense with quar­ter­back Zach Moyer throw­ing the ball ef­fec­tively and a ground game fea­tur­ing Joe Abidelli, Trevor Amorim and oth­ers. Ban­gor will find the North­ern Le­high of­fense more to its lik­ing af­ter get­ting buried by five first-half TDs by Notre Dame in last week’s 56-7 loss. North­west­ern at Pal­isades: The Pi­rates al­lowed one to slip away late against Wil­son Satur­day af­ter­noon and host a Tigers team still look­ing to shore things up de­fen­sively af­ter first An­drew Darno of Notre Dame and then Chad Par­ton Sal­is­bury reg­is­tered big pass-catch­ing nights. Pal­isades won last year’s over­time thriller 35-34 in New Tripoli when North­west­ern de­cided to go for two points, but couldn’t con­vert.

Notre Dame vs. South­ern Le­high at Quak­er­town: This matchup went into over­time and ended in con­tro­versy last year when Notre Dame pre­vailed 31-28. Collin Quintano has been out­stand­ing through two games at QB for the Cru­saders, com­plet­ing 40 of 60 passes for 496 yards, seven tou­chowns and just one in­ter­cep­tion. His 40 com­ple­tions have been spread around to eight dif­fer­ent re­ceivers who have caught at least two passes. South­ern Le­high and Notre Dame won’t meet go­ing for­ward with the new sched­ul­ing co-op.

Wil­son at Sal­is­bury: Through­out pre­sea­son, Sal­is­bury talked about hav­ing two qual­ity quar­ter­backs and both Tr­eyce We­ber and Quintin Stephens have had good mo­ments. When We­ber was in­jured at North­west­ern, Stephens came on to throw for 262 yards and two touch­downs. Par­ton has five touch­downs in two games for the Fal­cons. The War­riors have played two games de­cided by four points or less with the win­ning scores com­ing. “We told the kids we’re 30 sec­onds away from be­ing 0-2 and 30 sec­onds away from be­ing 2-0,” La­batch said.

Sau­con Val­ley at Palmer­ton: Brad Trem­bler got his first win as Pan­thers coach when Damian Gar­cia broke loose for two long TD runs in the sec­ond half of a 24-7 win over Pen Ar­gyl. Palmer­ton, mean­while, was with­ing 14-12 of South­ern Le­high at half­time be­fore the Spar­tans pulled away with two fourthquar­ter touch­downs in a 27-12 win over. “They’re go­ing to win a lot of games this year,” South­ern Le­high coach John To­man said of the Blue Bombers. Palmer­ton used three dif­fer­ent quar­ter­backs and got a TD pass from Jor­dan Nel­son to Ethan Recker.

Catasauqua at Pen Ar­gyl (Satur­day): There was a time not long ago when the Rough Riders and Green Knights were bat­tling for league and district ti­tles. Now both are try­ing to gain some trac­tion and get their first wins in a bat­tle of un­con­ven­tional of­fenses. Both teams showed some spunk in losses last week. Ex­pect a fast game since both teams will keep it on the ground.

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