The fate of the Salisbury girls’ soccer team, at least regarding its Colonial League playoff hopes, rested on the final game of the regular season. A win against rival Southern Lehigh on senior night could have punched the Lady Falcons’ ticket to the league tournament.
A loss, however, would be heartbreaking as Southern Lehigh would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker for the fourth and final playoff spot. The Lady Falcons felt just how heartbreaking it was to be so close to one of its goals and come up short.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top two teams rolled to victories Friday night, while in the Colonial League Northwestern put a scare in once-beaten Southern Lehigh before falling to the Spartans.
Here’s a look at some of the action in the eighth week of the 2017 high school football season.
The Golden Hawks cruies to a 56-14 win over Whitehall.
Coming after arguably its best performance of the season, Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco and his coaching staff will likely address the possibility of an upset when the Falcons host Northern Lehigh on Friday night.
Northern Lehigh (0-7) is the only remaining winless team in the Colonial League through seven weeks. Pen Argyl defeated the Bulldogs two weeks ago in a battle of winless teams, and last week’s 54-6 romp against Saucon Valley has Northern Lehigh in the cellar of the league standings.
One of the more underrated aspects of Salisbury’s football team may be the ability of players to shift around when necessary for the betterment of the team. When a couple of players moved around prior to Saturday’s game against Pen Argyl, head coach Andy Cerco wasn’t surprised at the success his team endured.
Salisbury (3-4) erupted for over 400 yards of offense on the ground en route to a 48-14 victory over the Green Knights (1-6) at Pen Argyl High School. The win, which featured a number of players at new positions, ended the Falcons’ four-game losing skid.
Just one team remains unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after the seventh Friday night of the 2017 high school football season. Several games on this week’s card have District 11 Class 6A playoff implications. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s action.
The Trojans won a battle of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams with a 38-24 win over the Hawks.
University of Connecticut red-shirt freshman wide receiver Mason Donaldson saw the field on select special teams plays for the Huskies’ football team through their first two games this season. But heading into a late-September game against East Carolina University, the Salisbury High School graduate was in store for a bigger role offensively.
And when UConn’s top wide receiver, Hergy Mayala, left that game after just three plays, Donaldson was due for an even large role unexpectedly. He rose to the occasion and ran with his chance on the Division I stage.
With only a little more than a week of soccer left in the regular season, the goal is for teams to be playing their best as the postseason nears. And while Salisbury head coach Rick Babyak sees room for improvement, it’s hard for him to complain when his squad picks up another victory, remains near the top of the Colonial League standings, and has recently qualified for the district tournament.
Over a few plays, Salisbury had a potentially tight game with undefeated Palisades suddenly change into a one-sided affair.
The Falcons (2-4) were victims of three turnovers (a blocked punt, an interception, and a fumble) in a three-minute span that resulted in 21 points and they eventually fell to Palisades, 49-0, Friday night at Salisbury High School.
Salisbury’s Vivian Rogers had little trouble advancing to the championship match at No. 2 singles of the Colonial League Tournament last week. But standing in the senior’s way was an opponent she had little success against in the regular season.
It turns out that didn’t matter one bit to Rogers. In an eight-game pro set match, the second-seeded Rogers defeated No. 1 seed Michelle Li of Southern Lehigh (8-3). It was Rogers’ first win in three matches against Li, and it couldn’t have come at a more rewarding time.
Parkland remained one of two undefeated teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win over Whitehall Friday night. The other EPC unbeaten, Bethlehem Catholic, plays a Saturday evening game.
Palisades is still the only Colonial League team without a loss after rolling to a win over Salisbury.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action. For more see this week’s Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The Trojans overcame an early deficit to beat Whitehall 31-21 and remain undefeated.