Season finale holds playoff implications
Having already clinched a spot in the District 2-4-11 Subregional playoff bracket, Parkland's week 10 game is still crucial as a win guarantees at least share of the Lehigh Valley Conference title.
The fact that it is against archrival Emmaus makes it even bigger.
The Trojans (7-1 in LVC, 8-1 overall) host the Green Hornets (6-2, 6-3) Friday at Parkland Football Stadium at 7 p.m. in a regular season finale that has a lot riding on it for both teams.
At stake for the Trojans is at least a share of the LVC title as they are currently tied with Whitehall. The Zephyrs face winless Northampton this week. If Parkland and Whitehall both win Friday, the Trojans get a share of the conference title. A loss from either team would give the other sole possession of the LVC crown. A win would alos boost Parkland's district standing.
Emmaus is on the outside looking in at the subregional and a victory over Parkland would nearly guarantee admission to the party. A loss would essentially eliminate the Hornets from subregional contention while also severely hurting their Eastern Conference hopes as well.
It is a must-win for both squads.
"They are a good football team," Parkland head coach Jim Morgans about Emmaus. "I saw them against Nazareth. They are very good offensively and defensively they are solid. They know what they are doing and they have some real good athletes like Kyzir White and Wyl Miller. It is going to be a challenge like it always is."
Parkland's high-scoring offense is facing an Emmaus defense that has held opponents to 20 points in six of its last seven games. While the defense will be dealing with skill players like White and Miller, they also will be facing some hard-nosed runners in Andrew Davidson and quarterback Logan Kober.
Morgans believes Emmaus' defense won't hinder his team's offensive production.
"Although we run a spread offense, we want to run the ball," he said. "We want to get our running game going and if too many people are in the box then we have confidence in our quarterbacks to be able to get the job done."
Along with the multiple postseason scenarios and outcomes that stem from this matchup, the rivalry between these schools is heated enough to melt an igloo. The atmosphere will be unlike any other as both schools gear up for this game with week-long celebrations in preparation.
"It is going to be a heck of a football game because Parkland-Emmaus in any sport is always a big rivalry," said Morgans. "We are looking forward to that and our kids are going to be excited to play."
The Trojans have the postseason to look forward to after this week, but they aren't overlooking this week, this game, the LVC title or the Green Hornets.