Getting better was a theme in Freedom's postgame huddle Friday night.
How that will translate in week two is something that all the Freedom aithful comes to fruition this week.
The Patriots played hard, but couldn't muster enough consistency on both sides of the ball to pull out a victory over a visiting East Stroudsburg South squad at home last Friday night.
A 21-point second quarter helped Bethlehem Catholic start their 2013 campaign off with a bang, as the Golden Hawks breezed by Pocono Mountain West 35-7 last weekend.
Becahi used three key turnovers to build the lead and never looked back, as Ryan Johnson, Chris Figler and Will Ward each returned defensive picks for touchdowns.
Running back Michael McDaniel added two scores and 130 yards on the night to snap a five-game losing streak for the Hawks dating back to last season.
It couldn't have been a better start for John Truby's tenure as Liberty head coach.
The Hurricanes knocked off a talented State College team 14-10 Saturday night at Frank Banko Field to give the rookie head coach his first win in as many attempts. Liberty also did it without the services of their top player, senior wide receiver, defensive back, KJ Williams.
Williams sat out with a minor knee injury and it gave plenty of skeptics ammunition to write off Liberty's chances last weekend to open the season with a win.
So, what did we learn from week one of football. Well, one thing for sure is that there are a lot of bad teams out there. On the bright side, Dieruff has actually improved and that should give everyone on the East Side a feel good story. Whitehall came away with the most surprising win last week, while Liberty kicked off the John Truby era with a big win.
Major showdowns across the board in the LVC and Colonial League this week, which makes for an interesting poll.
1. Parkland (1-0)
Last week's rank: 2
Is amazing how quickly time flies by that it's time for another top ten.
It's clear who the top teams in each conference are this year, but who will creep up to challenge teams like Easton, Parkland and Catasauqua in their respective conferences should be clearer after week one.
So without further a do, here's the opening poll for 2013.
Rovers start at the top of the poll this year, basically because it's Easton. They are always tough and physical and bring back a healthy Shane Simpson this year.
The Pick: Easton 35, Pennsbury 24
Bethlehem Catholic is looking to take steps forward this football season. Liberty features talent and a new head coach in John Truby that hope to bring the Hurricanes back to the district playoffs.
Freedom, on the other hand, is looking to restore their program after an inconsistent 2012 campaign that left a sour taste in everyone wearing black and gold.
Pates head coach Jason Roeder opens the season on Friday night at home against East Stroudsburg South, where they hope to avenge last year's loss and start this season off on the right foot.
Finally, the Lehigh Valley Conference and Mountain Valley Conference appear to be joining forces.
During an LVC meeting on Wednesday morning, Aug. 14, league officials formally ratified their constitution to allow expansion.
It was the final hurdle from an LVC standpoint in order to move forward to join forces with the MVC to form the proverbial "super conference" that folks in the Lehigh Valley have been hearing about for months.
The 2013 Lehigh Valley Keystone State Games Junior Division baseball team won the silver medal by going 3-1 in the KSG pool play last weekend. That 3-1 mark qualified the LV squad for the gold medal game against an undefeated West team, which proved to be the end of the road for the LV, as the West team proved to be the tournament champion with an 8-2 win over LV to claim the gold medal.
Despite the finish, LV assistant coach Ted Plessl was happy about the end result for the LV team.
The summer basketball season is over for all local schools and that could be a sigh of relief for many coaches. For Bethlehem Catholic's Mike Frew, that could be easily said.
Becahi played over 40 games this summer and it culminated last week when the Hawks fell to Parkland in the first round of the Cedar Beach summer league.
It ended a roughly 10-week summer gig for Becahi, which found themselves playing in Forks Township, Cedar Beach, North Catty Men's League, Stellar, Sportsfest and multiple shootouts.
Monday may have been the first official day of practice for teams across the state of Pennsylvania for fall sports, but many football programs got a head start on their heat acclimation period, dating back to last Wednesday.
That meant teams that started their program last week could begin Monday's practices with full contact.
It was a motivating factor for teams ending last week's practices on Friday to start the week in full pads and Liberty's football program was no different.