North Schuylkill must watch out for Jim Thorpe
North Schuylkill head coach Wally Hall has every right to be wary of Jim Thorpe.
You can also bet that he's preparing his Spartans for the Olympians squad that stunned Tamaqua in its opener and not the one that was run over by Blue Mountain last week.
Jim Thorpe gave the Anthracite Football League its upset of the week by beating defending league champ Tamaqua, 34-14, but then followed it up with a 49-19 loss to the Eagles.
The Olympians' fortunes seem to rest on whether or not they can spring versatile quarterback Ryan Saunders in the running game.
Saunders ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns against Tamaqua, and had the Olympians within eight points at the half against Blue Mountain before the Eagles made some adjustments to shut him down.
Deonte St. Hill is a capable No. 2 runner for Jim Thorpe with 167 yards.
Jim Thorpe is just as susceptible to the run as it is likely to feature it.
Blue Mountain used an edge rushing game to amass 316 yards and six of their seven touchdowns against the Olympians.
The Spartans struck even more fear in their future opponents last week when quarterback Matt Smarkanic completed 6-of-9 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns.
He spread the ball around to four different receivers, but by far the biggest beneficiary of the air attack was junior John Rupinski. Rupinski caught three passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns