Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jim Thorpe High School to Become Road Warriors for 2011 High School Football Season

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Jim Thorpe High School's nickname is the Olympians, however, this season school officials may want to think about changing it to the Road Warriors.

Why you ask?

Well, the school and town, which bears the name of the Olympic great Jim Thorpe will not play an "official" home football game this year.

School officials have decided that the team will play all of its home games at nearby Panther Valley High School's football field in Lansford this year while the team's regular home field undergoes repairs.

The Olympians will play Friday night "home games" on September 9th against Line Mountain, September 16th against North Schuylkill and October 7th against Minersville.  There will be two Saturday "home games" on October 15th against Mahanoy Area and October 22nd against Schuylkill Haven.

The Jim Thorpe School District will spend approximately $260,000 to completely refurbish its current football field that has had a drainage problem since opening 10 years ago.

Hazleton Names Jim Drumheller as New Head Football Coach

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Huddle

After serving under four different coaches as an assistant, Jim Drumheller will get his chance to run Hazleton High's football program.

Drumheller, who graduated from Hazleton in 1979, takes over for Paul Marranca, who resigned due to health problems after one season on the job.  Hazleton was 3-7 last season, which was its first non-winning season since 1999.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ohio Routs PA in Big 33 Classic

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Ohio ran its win streak in the Big 33 Classic to three straight in Hershey Saturday night.

The Buckeye State stars routed the Keystone Staters 50-14 behind MVP Akise Teague of Youngstown Ursuline High School.  Teague, who will play his college ball at the University of Cincinnati, had 168 yards in total offense, averaging 16.8 yards per touch.

Teague scored two first quarter rushing touchdowns and then caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in the third.

Click here to read a game recap story from The Patriot-News.

The 50 points was the most scored by an opponent against the PA stars in the 54th Big 33 Classic.