SAYRE — Sayre senior Tylor Belles was named NTL Small School "Player of the Year" and "Co-Offensive Player of the Year" and his classmate Brandon Paris was named "Lineman of the Year" in recent voting by the division’s coaches.
ATHENS — Athens senior Kalen Keathley was named the NTL Large School "Offensive Player of the Year" in recent voting by the league's coaches, and Keathley and Athens junior Zach Jayne were first-team all-star selections on both offense and defense.
COAL TOWNSHIP — Chalk a big one up for Southern Columbia's defense.
SAYRE — Coming in Sayre knew they had to be consistent on offense if they were going to win the game.
MANSFIELD — One for the ages? Game of the year? Or maybe just WOW! In a seesaw battle that came down to the last second, South Williamsport edged Wellsboro 28-24 in the district semi-final game.
Quinn Henry ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more en route to Wellsboro's 49-26 win over Hughesville on Friday night in the first round of District IV AA playoffs. With this win, Wellsboro advanced to the AA semi-finals where they will take on South Williamsport next Friday at Mansfield University.
JERSEY SHORE — Athens traveled to Jersey Shore for the opening round of the District 4 playoffs and dropped a 31-7 decision to their host. The Wildcats had their opportunities throughout the game but could not overcome miscues on both sides of the ball.
The Muncy Indians held the Wyalusing Rams to just two offensive possessions in the second half of the District Four Class A semi-final game on their way to a 27-18 victory.
The District Four playoff game between the North Penn-Mansfield Panthers and the Line Mountain Eagles was as gripping as any game can be as Line Mountain ended North Penn-Mansfield's season after stealing the win in an overtime thriller, 34-28.
CATAWISSA — There's not much anyone can do or say after a game like Friday's Towanda-Southern Columbia contest. After Southern compiled 582 yards of offense, 490 of which came in the first half alone, en route to a 69-34 win over the Black Knights in the first round of the District 4 AA playoffs, Towanda coach Craig Dawsey stated the obvious.
SAYRE — Chalk up another first for the Sayre football program.
BLOSSBURG — With the irony of the lights going out at a football game in Mansfield — home of the first night football game in history — and the NTL Championship still undecided, North Penn-Mansfield and Wellsboro packed their buses and headed to Island Park Saturday to settle the score.
ATHENS — Smashmouth football. That's been Sayre's strong suit all season long. Friday night, Athens was able to trump that with its own version of smashmouth football on the way to a 28-0 win.
The Cowanesque Valley Indians wrapped up their season with a 55-15 loss at Penns Valley on Friday night.
MANSFIELD — Ready for the NTL championship showdown — Brock vs. the Mighty Quinn — and the Morton Jones Trophy, fans went home in the dark after the lights, literally, went out at Van Norman Field at Mansfield University, temporary home for the Wellsboro football squad. The Hornets will have a 20-0 lead over North Penn-Mansfield as the game resumes at noon Saturday at Island Park in Blossburg.