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2022 Class 1A District XI Championship Preview: *Battle of the Bulldogs* Tri-Valley vs Northern Lehigh !!

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Written by: Daniel Reed on Monday, November 7th, 2022

 

2022 Class 1A District XI Championship Preview:
*Battle of the Bulldogs* Tri-Valley(10-1) vs Northern Lehigh(10-1) !!

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PREVIEW: Here come the Bulldogs folks !! That’s right, both teams squaring off this Friday night at Lehighton’s Multi-Purpose Stadium are named the Bulldogs. Tri-Valley and Northern Lehigh, the Battle of the Bulldogs should be one heck of a game as both teams come into this game sporting 10-1 records. This is the first meeting between the two teams in football. Tri-Valley enters the contest winners last weekend in the District XI Class 1A Semi-Final against a very tough, gritty Minersville team 24 to 13. Northern Lehigh comes in winners of their last 6 games, including their victory over Mahanoy Area last weekend 30 to 7. Northern Lehigh held the Golden Bears, who averaged over 275 yards a game, to just 83 total yards. Can the Bulldogs, Northern Lehigh do it again against another gritty, tough team in Tri-Valley ? We shall see as Tri-Valley comes into the game averaging 332 yards a game, 118 passing and strong 214 rushing. Northern Lehigh is no slouch either though as they too put up some impressive numbers with 352 yards a game, 91 passing and 261 rushing. As far as points scored, these two programs are pretty much equal as shown below.

TEAM SCORING AVERAGES BY QUARTER:

TEAM STAT COMPARISION:

214.5
Rushing Yards Per Game
261.6

118.2
Passing Yards Per Game
91.2

332.7
Total Yards Per Game
352.8

68.6
Tackles Per Game
31.8

2.0
Sacks Per Game
1.8

31.1
Points Per Game
31.2

Look for both teams to try and stop the run game. Tri-Valley’s Kameron Wetzel has been a beast as of late piling up some decent numbers going for 161 yards on 27 carries, scoring twice last week. Northern Lehigh’s QB/RB-Nick Frame is the leader of the team, racking up 210 total yards, 161 on the ground on just 16 carries, scoring once. Tri-Valley QB-Kole Miller has put up good passing numbers thus far going 68-159-10=1300 yards, 10 TDS in 11 games, while Northern Lehigh’s QB-Nick Frame is more of the runner from the position, but can throw when needed going 52-118-4=907 yards, with 8 TDS. Frame accounts for 1732 yards in total including his 825 yards on the ground on 99 rushing attempts, scoring 5 touchdowns. Others that run the ball for Tri-Valley are Jacob Scheib and Reece Huntzinger adding another 1076 yards rushing, scoring 17 touchdowns between the two. For Northern Lehigh, it is Alexander Jimenez-wittong helping Frame by rushing for 575 yards on 126 carries, scoring 12 touchdowns.

COMMON OPPONENTS:

Tri-Valley
            1-0

Northern Lehigh
             1-0

Defensively Tri-Valley’s Reece Huntzinger leads the way with 111 tackles(46 solo), with Jacob Scheib and Noah Porter close behind with 165 tackles between the two. Huntzinger has recorded 5.5 sacks on the season, Scheib with 5. Jolten Flory, Layne Yoder, and Jake Tietsworth combine for 14 interceptions for Tri-Valley, Flory leading the team with 7. For Northern Lehigh, it’s a team effort tackling the opponent as there are a slew of players with 30+ tackles each. Austin Smyth leads the team in sacks with 6, and Jimenez-wittong follows close behind with 5. In the secondary, Nick Frame and John Abidell combine for 7 interceptions.

RECORD BREAKDOWN:

10-1

Overall

10-1

6-1

League

9-1

3-0

Non-League

0-0

0-0

Head to Head

0-0

1-0

Common Opponent

1-0

4-1

Home

6-1

6-0

Away

4-0

My Outlook: Whoever can stuff the run and limit their turnovers will win this game.

My Prediction: Tri-Valley wins 27 to 22

Video Highlights for Both Teams:

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