Cross completes 13 passes in win over Mountianeers
The Parkland football team finished the regular season with nine wins, due in large part to an explosive rushing attack and a solid defense.
Both showed up in full force last Friday night, but it was another element that the Trojans utilized well to defeat Stroudsburg 35-21 in the Districts 2-11 4A Subregional quarterfinal at Parkland School District Stadium.
With teams realizing the weapons in the backfield, they will stack the box to slow down the strength of the Parkland (10-1 overall) offense. The Mounties did just that last weekend, so the passing game becomes a vital piece.
First-year starting quarterback Devante Cross looked sharp in achieving season highs of completions (13) and attempts (17). The sophomore finished with 164 passing yards and two touchdowns. The two scores came in quick succession, each on the third play of back-to-back drives that put the Trojans in front 14-0.
"They gave us a seven-man box and they didn't get out of it," said head coach Jim Morgans. "They were trying to take the inside zone away, and if you've got numbers you can take it away. So we went to the passing game. I'm confident in our quarterback and receivers that they can do that."
Jarey Elder (four catches for 83 yards) sped passed the Mounties cornerback and hauled in a 66 yard catch-and-run touchdown. Eli Redmond took a bubble screen and raced through the defense down field for 36 yards and the second score of the game.
Senior tailback Kareem Williams, who didn't see his first touch until the third drive of the game, added the first of his three rushing touchdowns late in the first quarter to give Parkland a three-score advantage after just one quarter. Williams added touchdown runs of 15 and seven yards in the final quarter to put the game away.
"It was a great performance," Williams stated. "The offensive line had another great game, I'm proud of them. I'm happy we're moving on for another week."
Parkland won its ninth game in a row after the week two loss to Easton. A rematch with second-seeded Whitehall awaits the third-seeded Trojans. Parkland was victorious 21-12 on September 27, the only defeat the Zephyrs suffered all year. The teams also split the Lehigh Valley Conference title this season.