After losing all-state player Cody Miller to graduation after last season, the Towanda Black Knights knew they were going to need some new people to step up this year.
The Towanda Football Hall of Fame recently inducted five members: Bob Chamberlain, Pat Griffin, Scott Dunn, Jake Kapson and Steve Vischansky.
It was one for the record books in Waverly and Tioga this football season. Both squads made it to the state semi-finals, the furthest in school history.
After leading the NTL in rushing with over 1,500 yards on the season, North Penn's Skye Stiner is the NTL coaches' large school all-star player of the year.
TOWANDA - After winning 35-20 in last week's first round playoff game, the Black Knights found themselves on the losing end of the same score last night as their season came to an end at the hands of the Bloomsburg Panthers, 35-20.
BLOSSBURG - There are games, moments, or single plays that define a team. With a 36-38 win in overtime over Tamaqua, North Penn might have used all three to define their team and season. And they earned the Eastern Conference Championship.
ATHENS - Lewisburg dominated all aspects of the game as they out played Athens both offensively and defensively during the opening round of the 2011 District 4 AA tournament. The Green Dragons had success both throwing and running the football. Camden Cassells, quarterback of the Green Dragons, went 4-8 passing for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Lewisburg ran for 346 yards on the ground against the struggling Athens' defense. Jared Liano led the rushing attack for the Green Dragons as he carried the ball 12 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. The Green Dragons would win the game, 35-7.
A 21-point second quarter doomed Canton as they fell to Line Mountain 38-0 in Class A, District Four football action Friday.
CATAWISSA R.R. - Sayre's first return trip to the District 4 playoffs since the early 90's didn't go in their favor as they fell to Southern Columbia 55-7 Friday.
TOWANDA - For 24 minutes, the number 7 seed Danville Ironmen took control and a 13-0 lead over the Black Knights in their District IV first round playoff game. But the combination of winning tradition, great half time adjustments and never-say-die-attitude allowed the Knights to turn the tables completely and come away with a 35-20 win.
BLOSSBURG - With the snow falling and temperatures dropping, North Penn turned up the heat on Hughesville and did the Island Park thing. While other local teams failed to win or even score, the Panthers lit up the scoreboard with 48-21 win over Hughesville to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
TROY - As the old adage says, "If the shoe fits-wear it." For the Warriors, it's a perfect fit for the sixth straight year, as Canton defeated Troy in the 57th version of the "Old Shoe Classic" last night at Alparon Park.
The Towanda Black Knights snared the Bronze Helmet for the tenth straight season over the Wyalusing Rams Friday night by cruising to a 41-6 victory. For Towanda Coach Craig Dawsey he was pleased with his team's effort but he was outspoken when it came to the mistakes on the field, "we were able to win today, but the mistakes - the fumbles, the turnovers, the penalties - those are going to hurt you next week when good teams come to play. It's been a cyclical run for us against them (Wyalusing.) Before they got us a number of years now it's been our turn."
SAYRE - The Redskins played host to their cross-town rivals, the Wildcats of Athens, in Friday night's Rusty Rail game. The result followed the trend of the previous ten games as Athens has won their 11th straight Rusty Rail game starting back in 2001. The Redskins have set their own trend. From 2001-2008, the Wildcats had blown Sayre out of the water, but the past three years, including last night's matchup, have all been close games.
MONTGOMERY - At the end of a football season, when two teams have little or nothing to play for in terms of the postseason, it's usually a toss-up as to how either team will play. Friday's South Williamsport-Montgomery season finale featured two teams that appeared out of contention for a game next week.