Mid-Season Football Report Card

By Tyler Trumbauer
Palmerton Offense: D Defense: B Special Teams: C Overall: C Comments: The Blue Bombers are a young, struggling team. Coach Walkowiak sees their defense as a positive however, “Our defense has been giving us numerous opportunities to compete and win games.” Offensive woes are the killer for Palmerton, but they are still searching for that first win. Northampton Offense: B Defense: C Special Teams: B Overall: B Comments: Northampton has somewhat surprised the LVC world as they have amounted a 2-3 record under first year coach, Jeff Brosky. The K-Kids’ fate is still up in the air as they haven’t found consistency on the field. Brosky told me on the phone last week that he wants equal improvement all around his roster. If Northampton can do just that, they can be serious contenders when it is all said and done. Parkland Offense: B Defense: B Special Teams: B Overall: B Comments: Head Coach, Jim Morgans, football team has gone through a roller coaster first half of the season. The 3-2 Trojans have had some trouble with ball security, but they are improving. Morgans continued to say, “I think limiting our turnovers and stupid penalties, will allow us to get better throughout the season.” Parkland does have some tough battles coming up, but if this group matures, they should be able to notch more wins.   Northwestern: Offense: C Defense: B Special Teams: B Overall: B Comments: Inconsistency is plaguing the Tigers this season. Surprisingly, Northwestern’s special teams are above average for a Colonial League school. With all that being said, head coach Josh Snyder, praises his defense, “Our offense hasn’t helped out our defense much this season...Our defense has been fairly inconsistent as well, but I think our defense is fine. We have done a lot to tweak it and improve it as we go.” Northwestern is 2-3 after the first half, but they are now facing their back-loaded schedule that consists of Pen Argyl, Catty and Bangor. That road will be tough, but it will show a lot about this team.   Northern Lehigh: Offense: B Defense: C Special Teams: D Overall: C Comments: The Bulldogs have a back-loaded schedule of their own that consists of Catty, Pen Argyl and Bangor. The Bulldogs have said that they don’t need to rebuild, but just reload every season. This season seems like the weakest team in recent history. This roster has potential and at times, they play some great football, but they aren’t as dominant as years past. I expect them to lose to some of the Colonial League elite and fall in the standings as the playoffs draw near.     Lehighton: Offense: D Defense: D Special Teams: D Overall: D Comments: The Indians are led by first year head coach, Tom McCaroll. This young squad is going through learning curves and growing pains right along with McCaroll as the season progresses. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much production on the field.  The defense has had major troubles containing opponents and the offense can barely muster any points. That lackluster combination makes the special teams almost obsolete. 2012 isn’t the year of Lehighton.