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Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout and Palmerton counterpart Chris Walkowiak always have a few tricks up their sleeves for every game.

Senior Cole Dorshimer is closing in on 1,000 passing yards this season despite making only four starts for Pen Argyl. © Rick Kintzel/Morning Call Senior Cole Dorshimer is closing in on 1,000 passing yards this season despite making only four starts for Pen Argyl.

Neither one is bashful about using them.

That is especially true when the Battle of Blue Mountain Trophy is up for grabs.

The Bulldogs and Blue Bombers’ annual gathering is Friday at Bulldog Stadium with the top seed in the District 11 Class 2A playoffs also the reward for the winner.

Neither coach will be saving much even though there is a chance the rivals could meet two weeks later in the postseason — just as they did last season.

“You want to win the game,” Tout said. “That’s your ultimate goal. Both sides are probably thinking we could play in two weeks. Yes, there is that chance and you may not want to show everything this week, but you also take it as you want to win this game and gain confidence moving forward.

Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout is hoping his team avoids another lackluster performance like the one it had last week in a win over Salisbury. © Monica Cabrera/The Morning Call Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout is hoping his team avoids another lackluster performance like the one it had last week in a win over Salisbury.

“We have a bunch of things that are game specific, but we both will keep some things in our back pockets.”

What both defenses are going to see is a slew of weapons being utilized all over the field.

Sophomore quarterback Matt Machalik is Palmerton’s anchor. He is the Colonial League-Schuylkill League’s only player with at least 1,000 yards rushing and passing.

Northern Lehigh's Trevor Amorim is a threat as a running back and receiver. © Rick Kintzel/The Morning Call Northern Lehigh's Trevor Amorim is a threat as a running back and receiver.

“They still have athletes all over the place,” Tout said, “but they are a little more explosive than they were last year. Last year, it was really two players who were a big part of the offensive success. This year, Machalik is the go-to-guy.

“He’s a year older, a year stronger. He was very good last year. He’s taken that next step. He’s more confident, had more reps doing it. We have to contain him.”

Danny Lucykanish, Lucas Heydt, Steven Jones, James Denicola, Harrison Dailey and Dalton Drake are other weapons who Northern Lehigh must account for. Ty Sander is another, but he missed last week’s game with Minersville with his foot in a boot.

Palmerton’s defense will have similar stress trying to keep track of Northern Lehigh’s many weapons, including Dylan Smoyer. The senior quarterback has evolved into a solid passer, which keeps foes from cramming the box trying to stop the Bulldogs’ running game.

Smoyer is closing in on several school passing records thanks to utilizing Trevor Amorim, Brett Misera, Nick Frame and other reliable receiving options.

“They are really good, physical up front,” Machalik said. “They have a good run and pass game this year. Smoyer can chuck the ball pretty good and their receivers make plays with Amorim, Misera and Frame.

“We have to stop them.”

Tout is happy with Northern Lehigh’s offensive evolution, which has produced 1,807 passing yards and 2,397 on the ground. Smoyer is the Bulldogs’ first 1,000-yard passer in 22 years.

“With the Jim Thorpe game [three weeks ago], finally our passing game set up our running game,” Tout said. “Matt Frame had a big game, but teams were still thinking that we were what we typically are, a heavy, heavy run team.

“That Jim Thorpe game set things up.”

Frame missed the second half of last week’s game. Tout said his senior bulldozing running back could have played, but felt the game was in hand and didn’t see a need to risk using him.

Frame was central to last year’s two meetings with Palmerton. He and Northern Lehigh’s running game was held in check in a 31-26 loss in the regular-season finale. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder then rushed for a career-high 259 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-27 playoff win.

Statistically speaking

Two more quarterbacks joined the 1,000-yard passing mark with three others well within striking distance entering the final week of the regular season.

Northwestern’s Justin Holmes and Machalik got there in victories. Holmes needs 27 yards to join Machalik as 1,000-yard passers with 1,000 rushing yards.

Palisades’ Jaden Newton, Jim Thorpe’s Brett Balliet and Pen Argyl’s Cole Dorshimer need fewer than 100 passing yards for 1,000. Dorshimer’s accomplishment would be impressive considering he has only started the last four games.

Marian Catholic’s Matt Martin, Bangor’s Kael Godshalk and Matt Frame have a chance Friday to reach 1,000 rushing yards.

Godshalk would join teammate Eric Striba if he can run for 133 yards in the 102nd meeting with Pen Argyl. It is believed to be the first Slaters tandem to do so in the same season. Striba can join Godshalk in the 100-point club with 12 against the Green Knights.

Palmerton’s Denicola (89) and Wilson’s Jackson Millen (85) have the best chances to join Pen Argyl’s single-season record holder Gian Greggo (118) in the 100 tackles group.

Jim Thorpe’s Noah Rosahac leads all area defensive players in tackles for loss. Northern Lehigh’s Brett Misera and Palmerton’s Machalik each have five interceptions. Palmerton’s Jeremy Mooney (5) is first in fumble recoveries.

Palmerton, Bangor and Jim Thorpe are tops in turnover differential.

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Colonial League-Schuylkill League stat leaders

(Entering Week 10 for those in The Morning Call coverage area)

RUSHING YARDS

Player, Team: Carries; Yards; Avg.; TDs

Matt Machalik, Palmerton: 109; 1,245; 11.4; 24

Eric Striba, Bangor: 130; 1,150; 8.8; 14

Justin Holmes, Northwestern: 131; 973; 7.4; 17

Matt Martin, Marian Catholic: 172; 915; 5.3; 7

Kael Godshalk, Bangor: 160; 867; 5.4; 13

Matt Frame, Northern Lehigh: 105; 823; 7.8; 10

Blaze Curry, Southern Lehigh: 143; 783; 5.5; 9

Nick Beck, Salisbury: 119; 645; 5.4; 3

Dante Mahaffey, Saucon Valley: 92; 634; 6.9; 9

Damian Simpson, Wilson: 79; 624; 7.9; 9

Elijah Soler, Catasauqua: 121; 614; 5.1; 4

Trevor Amorim, Northern Lehigh: 66; 558; 8.5; 6

Michael Pascoe, Panther Valley: 112; 517; 4.6; 2

Zander Coleman, Tamaqua: 51; 502; 9.8; 4

James Wisecarver, Southern Lehigh: 87; 500; 5.7; 6

Damian Garcia, Saucon Valley: 101; 497; 4.9; 8

Cameron Tinajera, Jim Thorpe: 99; 446; 4.4; 7

Warren Stewart, Tamaqua: 110; 438; 4.0; 5

Cade Christopher, Northwestern: 35; 420; 12.0; 6

Stephen Jones, Palmerton: 54; 403; 7.5; 7

Steven Lilly, Palisades: 78; 397; 5.1; 4

PASSING YARDS

Player, Team: Comp.; Att.; Yards; TDs; INTs

Collin Quintano, Notre Dame-GP: 122; 182; 1,773; 21; 4

Cayden Stem, Wilson: 93; 154; 1,603; 21; 6

Dylan Smoyer, Northern Lehigh: 83; 140; 1,473; 19; 5

Brady O’Donnell, Lehighton: 108; 201; 1,363; 10; 11

Justin Holmes, Northwestern: 56; 102; 1,092; 13; 5

Matt Machalik, Palmerton: 70; 125; 1,016; 7; 3

Dante Mahaffey, Saucon Valley; 64; 106; 1,001; 7; 3

Brett Balliet, Jim Thorpe: 80; 156; 931; 10; 8

Jaden Newton, Palisades: 86; 172; 930; 3; 9

Cole Dorshimer, Pen Argyl: 54; 103; 903; 10; 6

Christian Fye, Catasauqua: 50; 97; 858; 8; 5

James Wisecarver, Southern Lehigh: 46; 97; 711; 4; 6

Brad Rissmiller, Pen Argyl: 54; 103; 692; 6; 4

Nick Beck, Salisbury: 64; 133; 644; 2; 3

Eric Striba, Bangor: 52; 95; 636; 6; 9

Nate Gregoire, Tamaqua: 35; 79; 581; 5; 8

RECEPTIONS

Player, School: Rec.; Yards; Avg.; TDs

Kyle McGrath, Palisades: 47; 504; 10.7; 2

Ty Csencsits, Saucon Valley: 44; 642; 14.6; 3

Zack Gillen, Wilson: 44; 594; 13.5; 6

Nadir Sanders, Notre Dame-GP: 43; 430; 10.0; 2

Damian Tyminski, Pen Argyl: 42; 772; 18.4; 8

Trevor Amorim, Northern Lehigh: 38; 807; 21.2; 6

Tarif Muhammad, Notre Dame-GP; 36; 700; 19.4; 8

Derryl Fisher, Jim Thorpe: 36; 443; 12.3; 5

Zach Rudy, Pen Argyl: 32; 383; 12.0; 4

Gavin Gibbs, Notre Dame-GP: 32; 335; 10.5; 5

Cade Christopher, Northwestern: 28; 569; 20.3; 9

Hunter Crum, Lehighton: 28; 338; 12.1; 6

Brayden Lutz, Lehighton: 26; 400; 15.4; 1

Danny Lucykanish, Palmerton; 23; 389; 16.9; 2

Ian Juica, Catasauqua: 23; 277; 12.0; 3

Wyatt Younes, Catasauqua: 20; 490; 24.5; 6

Cole Dorshimer, Pen Argyl: 20; 168; 8.4; 1

SCORING

Player, School: TDs; 2-PT; PATs; FGs; Points

Matt Machalik, Palmerton: 26; 4; 5; 0; 169

Justin Holmes, Northwestern: 18; 2; 0; 0; 112

Kael Godshalk, Bangor: 15; 5; 0; 0; 100

Cade Christopher, Northwestern: 16; 1; 0; 0; 96

Eric Striba, Bangor: 14; 2; 0; 0; 88

Matt Frame, Northern Lehigh: 13; 1; 0; 0; 80

Logan Castellano, Notre Dame-GP: 13; 0; 0; 0; 78

Damian Simpson, Wilson: 13; 0; 0; 0; 78

Hunter Crum, Lehighton: 12; 0; 0; 0; 72

Trevor Amorim, Northern Lehigh: 12; 0; 0; 0; 72

Brett Misera, Northern Lehigh: 6; 1; 34; 0; 72

Daniel Lucykanish, Palmerton: 9; 2; 0; 0; 58

Blaze Curry, Southern Lehigh: 9; 1; 0; 0; 58

Cameron Tinajero, Jim Thorpe: 9; 0; 0; 0; 54

Dante Mahaffey, Saucon Valley: 9; 0; 0; 0; 54

Wyatt Younes, Catasauqua: 9; 0; 0; 0; 54

Damian Tyminski, Pen Argyl: 8; 3; 0; 0; 54

Tarif Muhammad, Notre Dame-GP: 8; 1; 0; 0; 50

Lucas Heydt, Palmerton: 7; 3; 0; 0; 48

Stephen Jones, Palmerton: 7; 2; 0; 0; 46

Zack Gillen, Wilson: 7; 2; 0; 0; 46

Damon Simpson, Wilson: 7; 2; 0; 0; 46

Anthonie Hunsicker, Catasauqua: 7; 1; 0; 0; 44

TACKLES

Player, School: Tackles

Gian Greggo, Pen Argyl: 118

James Denicola, Palmerton: 89

Jared Rohn, Saucon Valley: 87

Jackson Millen, Wilson: 85

Ty Pfizenmayer, Saucon Valley: 76

Blaine Snyder, Northwestern: 74

Steven Lilly, Palisades: 73

Lucas Heydt, Palmerton: 73

Matt Martin, Marian Catholic: 71

Joey Walko, Marian Catholic: 70

Shade Klotz, Palmerton: 69

Ben Krauss, Salisbury: 65

Colton Keat, Pen Argyl: 64

Tyler Garcia, Notre Dame-GP: 63

Damian Tyminski, Pen Argyl: 63

Andrew Sabo, Northwestern: 61

Harrison Dailey, Palmerton: 61

Ty Csencsits, Saucon Valley: 60

Dalton Clymer, Northwestern: 59

Austin Hadley, Panther Valley: 59

Elijah Soler, Catasauqua: 58

Zakai Hendricks, Wilson: 58

Taylor Wikert, Northwestern: 57

Dominic Dengler, Palmerton: 57

Cole Dorshimer, Pen Argyl: 57

Matt Stauffer, Jim Thorpe: 56

Dominic Berger, Jim Thorpe: 56

Ethan Buchert, Lehighton: 56

Greg Campbell, Bangor: 56

Kai Stiansen, Palisades: 56

Bryan Bowen, Jim Thorpe: 54

Noah Rosahac, Jim Thorpe: 53

TACKLES FOR LOSS

Player, School: TFL

Noah Rosahac, Jim Thorpe: 17

Anthonie Hunsicker, Catasauqua: 14

Bryan Bowen, Jim Thorpe: 12

Joey Walko, Marian Catholic: 12

Shade Klotz, Palmerton: 12

Ben Krauss, Salisbury: 11

Jacob Weaver, Bangor: 10

Bryson Heydt Jim Thorpe: 10

Dominic Berger, Jim Thorpe: 8

Cameron Tinajero, Jim Thorpe: 8

James Rodino, Marian Catholic: 8

Dominic Dengler, Palmerton: 8

Austin Hadley, Panther Valley: 8

Anthony Scarcia, Salisbury: 8

Ryan Carroll, Notre Dame-GP: 7

Anthony Silfani, Notre Dame-GP: 7

Clayton Christman, Palmerton: 7

Ty Sander, Palmerton: 7

Damian Tyminski, Pen Argyl: 7

Toby Linn, Salisbury: 7

Rawlin Melendez, Marian Catholic: 6

James Denicola, Palmerton: 6

Reid Holden, Pen Argyl: 6

Josh Back, Salisbury: 6

SACKS

Player, Team: Sacks

Jacob Weaver, Bangor: 9

Austin Hadley, Panther Valley: 6

Bryan Bowen, Jim Thorpe: 5.5

James Denicola, Palmerton: 5

Shade Klotz, Palmerton: 5

Dominic Berger, Jim Thorpe: 4

Logan Castellano, Notre Dame-GP: 4

Anthonie Hunsicker, Catasauqua: 3.5

Gabe Toth, Catasauqua: 3.5

Andrew Sabo, Northwestern: 3.5

Logan Castellano, Notre Dame-GP: 3.5

Michael Cordes, Saucon Valley: 3.5

Cael Markle, Saucon Valley: 3.5

Paul Burkholder, Bangor: 3

Bryson Heydt, Jim Thorpe: 3

Ty Sander, Palmerton: 3

Gian Greggo, Pen Argyl: 3

Dalton Clymer, Northwestern: 3

Damian Garcia, Saucon Valley: 2.5

Blaze Curry, Southern Lehigh: 2.5

INTERCEPTIONS

Player, School: INTs

Brett Misera, Northern Lehigh: 5

Matt Machalik, Palmerton: 5

Wyatt Younes, Catasauqua: 4

Jack Robertson, Saucon Valley: 4

Ian Juica, Catasauqua: 3

Elijah Soler, Catasauqua: 3

Nick Frame, Northern Lehigh: 3

Jacob Peters Northwestern: 3

Jayden Becker, Notre Dame-GP: 3

Dalton Drake, Palmerton: 3

Zach Rudy, Pen Argyl: 3

M.J. Siu, Bangor: 2

Landon Uhler, Bangor: 2

Derrick Zamorsky, Bangor: 2

David Fiorito, Jim Thorpe: 2

Matt Stauffer, Jim Thorpe: 2

Derryl Fisher, Jim Thorpe: 2

Andy Baran, Marian Catholic: 2

Izaiah Ramos, Northern Lehigh: 2

Taylor Wikert, Northwestern: 2

Kyle McGrath, Palisades: 2

Lucas Heydt, Palmerton: 2

Danny Lucykanish, Palmerton: 2

Anthony Orlemann, Saucon Valley: 2

Adam Linkhorst, Tamaqua: 2

Zack Gillen, Wilson: 2

FUMBLE RECOVERIES

Player, School: Fumble recoveries

Jeremy Mooney, Palmerton: 5

Luke Chidsey, Bangor: 3

David Fiorito, Jim Thorpe: 3

Ty Pfizenmayer, Saucon Valley: 3

Mike Styka, Tamaqua: 3

Kael Godshalk, Bangor: 2

Jacob Weaver, Bangor: 2

Dylan Pacheco, Catasauqua: 2

Dominic Berger, Jim Thorpe: 2

Trevor Amorim, Northern Lehigh: 2

Nick Frame, Northern Lehigh: 2

Sam Frame, Northern Lehigh: 2

Ben Walters, Northwestern: 2

Tyler Garcia, Notre Dame-GP: 2

Dalton Drake, Palmerton: 2

Chase Fenstermaker, Salisbury: 2

Toby Linn, Salisbury: 2

Cayden Stem, Wilson: 2

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL

Team: Caused; Lost; Differential

Palmerton: 27; 9; plus-18

Bangor: 21; 11; plus-10

Jim Thorpe: 22; 12; plus-10

Northern Lehigh: 23; 14; plus-9

Catasauqua: 19; 12; plus-7

Northwestern: 15; 10; plus-5

Wilson: 13; 11; plus-2

Notre Dame-GP: 14; 14; even

Saucon Valley: 13; 12; plus-1

Salisbury: 12; 13; minus-1

Southern Lehigh: 12; 14; minus-2

Tamaqua: 11; 15; minus-4

Palisades: 9; 14; minus-5

Panther Valley: 4; 11; minus-7

Pen Argyl: 8; 15; minus-7

Marian Catholic: 10; 20; minus-10

Lehighton: 9; 20; minus-11

Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/high-school-football-northern-lehigh-and-palmerton-are-in-a-similar-scenario-to-last-season/ar-AAQ1e06

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