Panther Football Panorama at Lehigh Shootout

Panther senior safety Alstan Wolfe attacks the ball at its highest point for an interception against William Allen High School.

The Saucon Valley High School varsity football program was hard at work on Saturday as they participated in the 16th annual Lehigh University Passing Camp Shootout.

The Shootout is a 7-on-7 pass scrimmage in which opponents compete against one another under a format that allows both the offense and defense to accumulate points for their team.  For example, the offense is awarded 1-point for a short pass completion, 3- points for a completion over ten yards and 6-points if the receiver manages to go untouched all the way into the endzone.  Comparatively, a defense is awarded 1-point for an incomplete pass, 2-points for a deflected pass and 3-points for an interception.  There is also potential for a defender to get 6-points for intercepting a short pass and returning it untouched to the endzone.

Many teams from the Lehigh Valley participated in the Shootout, but there were also teams from southeast Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.  The teams were divided into two divisions with two pools in each division. After pool play, the top winners of each division advanced to a playoff round to determine a division champion.

The Panthers won their pool by defeating William Allen 32-30, Notre Dame Green Pond 35-33, Bogata (Bergen County, New Jersey) 59-28  and Whitehall 36-28.  Saucon Valley then advanced to the playoff round where they came up just short to Archmere Academy (Delaware) 46-41.

Scroll down to check out our photos of Saturday’s action!

The Panther defense doing their jobs against Allen.

Panther junior, Patrick Morrissey, gets behind the Allen defense and high-points the ball.

Saucon Valley offensive coordinator, Ed Chromczak, reviewing the good, bad, and ugly at the Lehigh Shootout.

Alstan Wolfe, Chris Smith and Gavin Medei relax during a short break at the 2017 Lehigh Shootout.

The Panther receivers did a good job attacking the football.

Saucon Valley junior, Ian Csicsek gets behind the Notre Dame defense.

Panther inside-linebackers Jared Harka and Christian Alling deny the Notre Dame completion attempt.

Curtis Clifford gives chase and helps prevent a big gain by the Notre Dame Crusaders.

Zach Petiet playing a little “chin music” for the Panther defense.

Senior Chris Smith secures the catch for the Panthers against Bogata in the 2017 Lehigh Shootout.

The Panthers Alstan Wolfe looking very comfortable at the quarterback position as his teammates and coaches look on.

The Panthers proving they are hungry for the football.

Senior Erik Sundlof running stride for stride with the Bogata receiver.

Saucon senior Zach Petiet proved to be a deep threat against Whitehall.

The Panther defense keeping good shape.

The Panthers were a little too elusive for Whitehall.

Coach Sams (center) watches closely as his Panthers battle Archmere Academy.

Senior Steven Rose battles for the ball against Archmere Academy.

It looks like another needle threaded for the Panthers.

Chris Smith creating a big play for the Panthers in the Playoff Round.

The Panthers came up just short against Archmere Academy in the Playoff Round.

Saucon Valley came within inches of advancing to the championship game with this spectacular grab by Alstan Wolfe.


UP NEXT:  The Panthers will continue their off season training in preparation for the upcoming 2017 season.

Key Dates:

  • Heat Acclimation practices begin the week of Aug. 7.
  • Home scrimmage v. Fleetwood, Aug. 19 (10 a.m.)
  • Colonial League Home Opener v. Bangor, Aug. 25 (7 p.m.)


Good Luck Panthers, the Source is with you!

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