NFF PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Each week the National Football Foundation – Lehigh Valley Chapter, selects a high school football player of the week from its 33 local high schools. Winners are listed below:
Week 1 - Christian Arrington, running back from East Stroudsburg South High School (28 carries for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns) in a victory over Whitehall.
Week 2 – (Co-Winners) Nahjee Adams, running back from Easton (19 carries 278 yards and 3 touchdowns) in a victory over Whitehall 46-28.
Week 4 of the poll features the most movement this season as teams settle into their identities. Freedom remains steadfast at the top, but face a hungry Nazareth squad looking for respect.
Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic will be in a battle this week, while Central Catholic and Whitehall are in desperation mode.
Southern Lehigh’s impressive romp over Notre Dame catapults them into the poll as well.
With three weeks of action in the books, Week 4 will continue to prove who belongs where.
1. Freedom (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Suburban Dart League
Salem UCC 2 1
Ebenezer 2 1
Emmanuel 2 1
Bath Luth 2 1
Star of Beth 2 1
Farmersville 1 2
Light of Christ 1 2
Dryland 1 2
Christ UCC 1 2
St. Paul’s 1 2
St. Stephen’s 0 0
Emmanuel (6-2, 5-0) at Christ UCC (5-3)
Em - Jim Hill 5-12 HR, Bob Bast 5-13 HR, Troy Haydt 4-12 HR, Bruce Danyluk 4-13, Dave Williams HR.
C - Keith Laudenslager 5-12 HR, Eric Yocum 4-12, Ron Wagner 4-13, Donnie Laudenslager HR.
Ebenezer (3-0, 5-4) at Light of Christ (4-2)
Friday’s severely dropping temperatures could be a hint that fall is on the way. As such, fresh water fish traditionally go on the feed as cooler water temps signal the feeding frenzy, says our local fishing reporters.
Willie, from Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon, reports Leaser Lake is the hot spot with customers picking up muskies on jumbo minnows while bass anglers are nailing largemouths on large shiners. As for Lehigh River, Willie said it’s dead of late although one avid angler picks up an occasional trout or two but no smallmouths, which is rare for this time of year.
Saturday afternoon, something has to give.
Seeking its first win, Catasauqua (0-2) travels to winless Pen Argyl (0-2) Saturday when the host Green Knights also will be looking for their initial win this year.
Last Thursday night, the Roughies dropped their second game of the season, a 51-20 decision at Northern Lehigh, which ran for 363 yards and amassed 423 yards overall.
Catty fell behind, 2-0, midway through the opening quarter when a fourth-down snap in their zone sailed out of the end zone. The Roughies eventually fell behind 38-6 at the half.
After two weeks of the regular season, we have an idea of where teams stand in the Lehigh Valley football landscape. Freedom narrowly escaped last week, but Bethlehem Catholic proved they are right up there with anyone, as long as Tavion Banks is running the ball.
The Pates follow up their city rivalry last week with a trip to Parkland, while the Hawks are back at BASD to tangle with the Hurricanes.
Easton is proving its hype train is overblown, while Central Catholic has become a team nobody wants to play.
The Catty girls soccer team got the fall season started on Friday morning with a game against Northern Lehigh.
Catty led 2-0 at halftime before the Bulldogs came back a bit. Haleigh Toto started the scoring with a goal on an assist by Katie Weiss. Kaylee Weidaw made it 2-0 for the Roughs when she scored on a pass from Brielle Davies. Toto would assist Weidaw on the team’s final goal.
Briana Ojeda and Shaina Mazzocca scored for the Bulldogs in the second half.
Madison Hicks made 13 saves for Catty to get the win.
With the archery deer hunting season set to kick off locally Sept. 21 in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, now’s the time to check your bows, bow strings, arrows and tree stands if you use one.
Riley Reinhard knew it had been a while since he scored three different ways in a football game.
It was likely in a youth game that he had scored three different touchdowns, and he hadn’t accomplished the feat in his previous three seasons as a Catasauqua Rough Rider.
Reinhard scored on a 78-yard kickoff return, caught a 33-yard touchdown pass, and recorded a two-yard rushing plunge as he accounted for all of the Roughies’ scores in their 51-20 loss to Northern Lehigh last week. He also intercepted a pass that stopped an early Northern Lehigh drive.
Bethlehem Steel FC scored two goals while down a man against Birmingham Legion FC who hadn’t given up a goal since June 29, but still fell 3-2. It was a very physical Sunday night at Talen Energy Stadium that resulted in 10 total cards and four players sent off early.