Only 3 unbeatens left despite young season
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.
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.