Football takes on Mounties in districts
The Parkland football team earned its second consecutive Lehigh Valley Conference championship a week ago with a narrow victory against Emmaus. Once again, the Trojans came a long way after an opening league loss at Easton, reeling off eight straight wins.
"These are just great kids we have here at Parkland," said head coach Jim Morgans. "They do an outstanding job and work hard in the offseason just doing everything we ask them to do. They really want to succeed and do well, and football is really important to them."
The Trojans received the number three seed in the eight-team District 2-4-11 Subregional tournament, which begins this weekend. First up for Parkland (9-1 overall, 8-1 LVC) is a matchup against number six seed Stroudsburg (8-2) Friday night at Orefield Middle School Stadium.
Morgans and his staff did not see much of the Mountain Valley Conference this year, but there are some aspects of the Mounties team that Parkland may be familiar with.
"They run a 3-4 defensive formation, and the last two teams we played (Emmaus and Central Catholic) run a 3-4 scheme," said Morgans. "So we are familiar with that."
Morgans highlighted the nose guard in the defensive line, and the two middle linebackers, along with Stroudsburg's quarterback and running back as athletes the Trojans will be keying in on.
Preparations for a second straight District title began even before their opponent was determined.
"We knew of a couple different scenarios, but the two we thought would have happened were Pleasant Valley or Stroudsburg," said Morgans. "We came in on Saturday and practiced and just prepared them for the game."
Parkland was victorious over the Bears in last year's District 11 final. The next run begins on Friday.