Parkland wins seventh straight game
Parkland's Devante Cross rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and threw for 123 yards and one touchdown going 6-for-10 passing last week.
The sophomore only played two and half quarters.
Cross and the rest of the Trojans offense had a quick night getting out to a 35-0 lead in the third quarter that allowed Parkland (7-1 in LVC, 8-1 overall) to defeat Allentown Central Catholic (1-7, 2-7) by a final score of 35-6 at J. Birney Crum Stadium last Saturday night.
Head coach Jim Morgans is not surprised by Cross's production.
"He is capable of doing that every night. He is an outstanding athlete. He is a heck of a basketball player and a football player. He has a great supporting cast around him as well with Eli [Redmond], Kareem [Williams], Ryan Hunt and Jarey Elder. All those kids really make his job a little bit easier."
After allowing Central Catholic to drive the majority of the field, the Trojans defense forced a punt that had them set up shop on their own 11-yard line. Ten plays later, Williams (13 carries, 63 yards, 1 TD) got the Trojans on the board with a 15-yard rush to make it 7-0 with 2:55 remaining in the first.
Following an interception by Nick Zambelli, Cross scored his first touchdown with his legs with a nine-yard run up the middle. A Jacob Bissel extra point, he made all five on the night, made it 14-0 with 8:13 left before halftime.
Now up 21-0 thanks to a four-yard rush by Redmond (4 yards on 1 carry and 3 catches for 32 yards) on the previous drive, the Trojans had the ball with 1:47 remaining in the first half. Cross stepped up with a 10-yd run, a 24-yd pass to Elder and 9-yd pass to Legend Boyesen in the corner of the end zone with 31.7 seconds on the clock to make it 28-0 heading in to the much warmer locker room.
"That was big," Morgans said of that late touchdown against his alma mater. "We wanted to get that and we knew we were going to get the ball to start the second half. We wanted to get in position for the mercy rule so we could get some of our other kids in to the football game."
After the game Cross talked about going home with a win.
"Just coming in here and playing like we practiced was big. We wanted to keep that momentum as we go for the Lehigh Valley Conference title."
Second drive of the second half for the Trojans put that mercy rule into effect with a 7-yard run by Cross with 6:51 left in the third quarter.
Central managed a score with time expiring in the game as Mason Kholi found Jean Lee Baez in the back of the end zone from seven-yards out to make the final score 35-6 as the extra point need not to be attempted.
Cross and the rest of the Trojans starters may have only played a little more than half of the contest, but their impact secured the win and their spot in that two-way tie at the top of the LVC.