Schuylkill-Colonial Preview and Predictions for Week-7 !

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Written by: Daniel Reed on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022


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Week-6 Review:

Notre Dame-GP took down the Spartans of North Schuylkill 36 to 24 last Friday night behind their leader Danny Darno, AJ Lozano and Josh Ludlow. Quarterback Darno finished the game with 368 total yards of offense, with 261 through the air, and 4 touchdowns, and 107 via the ground. Lozano recorded 6 receptions for 133 yards and 3 scores, while Ludlow ended with 8 receptions for 116 yards and a score. Tri-Valley stayed unbeaten by taking down Shenandoah Valley 48 to 0, recording their 3 shutout of the season and what many would call an upset, Pen Argyl took down Minersville 29 to 12. Leading the way for the Green Knights was Damian Tyminski(jr) who finished the game with 162 yards on 20 carries, and 2 touchdowns. Finally, in a record breaking preformance, (jr)-(QB)Matt Machalik of Palmerton went off last Friday night in their victory over Pine Grove 53 to 28, throwing for a school record 347 yards, 6 touchdowns, and rushing for 117 yards on 11 carries, scoring 2 more touchdowns in the process for a total of 8 on the evening. Senior Kendall Robinson led the way on the receiving end with 145 yards, on 5 receptions, scoring once.

Week-7 Preview and Predictions:

Schuylkill-Colonial *Game of the Week*
Notre Dame-Green Pond Crusaders(5-1) at Northern Lehigh Bulldogs(5-1)
Last Meeting: Crusaders won 34 to 27(2021)
Streak: NDGP have won the last 4 dating back to 2015

Key Player(s) to Watch:
NDGP – AJ Lozano(jr)-(wr/db), James Wisecarver(jr)-(ss)
Northern Lehigh – Bailey Smith(jr)-(ILB/WR), Alexander Jimenez-Wittong(sr)-(RB/DE)

The Crusaders come into this matchup winners of their 4 games against the Bulldogs, also, enter the game riding a 4 game win streak, taking down a very good North Schuylkill squad 36 to 24. NDGP forced the Spartans into committing 5 turnovers(4 int, 1 fumble). Notre Dame-GP can score with the best of them, putting up an average of 41 pts per game. Northern Lehigh isn’t too bad either putting some points, coming in averaging 35. Offensively, both teams are very solid with the Crusaders averaging roughly 415 yards a game, while the Bulldogs average about 350. This should be a classic offensively.
MY PREDICTION: Crusaders by 9

Schuylkill-Colonial *Game of the Week*
North Schuylkill Spartans(4-2) at Jim Thorpe Olympians(3-3)
Last Meeting: Spartans won 28 to 7(2021) and again 40 to 7(2021 DXI Playoff)
Streak: Spartans have won the last 6, including playoffs dating back to 2018

Key Player(s) to Watch:
North Schuylkill – Neekoli Carabello(jr)-(T/DE), Robbie Weitz(sr)-(G/DT)
Jim Thorpe – Justin Yescavage(so)-(WR/FS), Noah Rosahac(jr)-(G/DT)

Spartans enter the contest following a loss to Notre Dame-GP last week 36 to 24, while the Olympians enter on a two game win streak, defeating Tamaqua last week 42 to 6 behind a dominating performance by the Jim Thorpe defense. Noah Rosahac and Cole Lazorick both recorded a pick-6, with Lazorick adding another interception late in the fourth. If the Jim Thorpe defense plays like they did against Tamaqua last week, this game could go either way, as the Jim Thorpe offense has been picking up speed as of late, scoring 185 points in their last 4 games. North Schuylkill’s offense has been just as good offensively, scoring 152. Both teams are very solid defensively as well, but the Spartans have the advantage, playing a much tougher schedule, recording 3 shutouts in the process. I like both teams in this one, so I’m going to bring out the magic 8 ball and test its skills.
PREDICTION: In a mild upset, Olympians by 2

Catasauqua Rough Riders(3-3) at Minersville Battlin’ Miners(4-2)
Last Meeting: Battlin’ Miners won 43 to 27(2021)
Streak: Minersville has won 1

Key Player(s) to Watch:
Catasauqua – Jyzaiah Bonilla(jr)-(RB/OLB), Ian Juica(jr)-(WR/DB)
Minersville – Lorenzo Yourey(jr)-(WR/FS/CB), Cade Schultz(jr)-(T/DT)

The Rough Riders are coming in hot, winners of 3 straight, giving up just 24 points in those games while scoring 23, 30, and 35 in their last victory, over the Hurricanes 35 to 12. Senior quarterback Christian Fye threw for over 200 yards in the win with 2 touchdowns, going 8 of 14 in the process. Five different players scored for the Rough Riders, and Bonilla had a big interception for a 40 yard return. Minersville on the other hand, had won four straight before suffering their second loss of the season in what some would call an upset, to the Green Knights 29 to 12. I for one was surprised the Battlin’ Miners only posted 12 points, but when you give up four turnovers, its tough to come back from that. Freshman quarterback, Dante Carr did record another passing touchdown, giving him 8 on the season thus far. On paper, Minersville looks better but there is some bad blood between these two programs from last season when Minersville beat up the Rough Riders 43 to 27. The hits were hard and the words were spoken… this years game should be a dandy ! As in most games, the team that commits the less turnovers will win…
MY PREDICTION: Minersville by 12


Northwestern Lehigh Tigers(5-1) at Pottsville Area Crimson Tide(3-3)
Last Meeting: Tigers won 22 to 14(2021)
Streak: Northwestern Lehigh has won 1
PREDICTION: Tigers by 7

Pen Argyl Green Knights(2-4) at Palisades Pirates(4-2)
Last Meeting: Pirates won 27 to 0(2021)
Streak: Palisades has won 1
PREDICTION: Pirates by 8

Wilson Area Warriors(0-6) at Blue Mountain Eagles(3-3)
Last Meeting: Warriors won 41 to 12(2021)
Streak: Warriors won at least 1 since 2004
PREDICTION: Eagles by 24

Salisbury Twp. Falcons(0-6) at Palmerton Blue Bombers(4-2)
Last Meeting: Falcons won 28 to 14(2019)
Streak: Falcons have won 1
PREDICTION: Blue Bombers by 35

Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes(1-5) at Panther Valley Panthers(2-4)
Last Meeting: Hurricanes won 30 to 6(2020)
Streak: Hurricanes have won last 10 dating back to 2009
PREDICTION: Panthers by 6

Pine Grove Cardinals(1-5) at Tamaqua Blue Raiders(2-4)
Last Meeting: Blue Raiders won 38 to 26(2020)
Streak: Tamaqua has won at least 1 since 2004
PREDICTION: Blue Raiders by 17

Saucon Valley Panthers(2-4) at Southern Lehigh Spartans(5-1)
Last Meeting: Spartans won 31 to 17(2021)
Streak: Spartans have won 1
PREDICTION: Spartans by 17

Williams Valley Vikings(4-2) at Mahanoy Area Golden Bears(4-2)
Last Meeting: Vikings won 6 to 0(2021)
Streak: Vikings have won 5 in a row dating back to 2004…
PREDICTION: Vikings by 11

Tri-Valley Bulldogs(6-0) at Nativity BVM Green Wave(2-4)
Last Meeting: Bulldogs won 42 to 17(2021)
Streak: Bulldogs have won the last 6 dating back to 2010
PREDICTION: Bulldogs by 14

Lehighton Indians(1-5) at Bangor Slaters(4-2)
Last Meeting: Slaters won 50 to 14(2021)
Streak: Bangor has won 1 since 2004
PREDICTION: Bangor by 14

Shenandoah Valley Blue Devils(1-5) at Marian Catholic Colts(3-3)
Last Meeting: Blue Devils won 26 to 9(2021)
Streak: Shenandoah Valley has won 1
PREDICTION: Colts by 6


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