Efficient offense leads to win over Kids
On a special night for the Northampton community, opening night for the Kids’ new stadium, Parkland sent the fans and team home unhappy in a 35-0 win to remain unbeaten at 2-0.
All 35 points came in the first half to quiet a packed house at the brand new Al Erdosy Field, the team’s first true home game in three years.
The Kids seemed to be feeding off the energy of the large crowd in the first quarter. After a first down, Northampton faced a fourth-and-five from its own 43-yard line. Catching the Trojans off guard, Northampton faked the punt and ran up the middle for a first down. But the Kids punted four plays later, and then Parkland and senior quarterback Devante Cross took over.
Cross threw for 219 yards, completing 19 of 26 passes and four touchdowns. He led the Trojans to five touchdowns on their first five possessions, with the last one coming with just 24 seconds to go until halftime.
His number one target, 6-foot-6 wide receiver Kenny Yeboah, was a mismatch for the Northampton cornerbacks. Yeboah caught 10 passes for 119 yards and two scores.
“He’s a gifted kid,” said Parkland head coach Jim Morgans. “He’s got great size, and he’s been doing that for us for two years. It’s a nice thing to have. And he’s a great kid.”
The Trojans scored on their first drive in a quick two minutes and 58 seconds. Their other four scoring drives lasted even less, going 2:01, 2:27, 2:06 and 1:13, while starting on their own side of the field each time.
With Northampton controlling much of the possession to start the game, running a 12-play drive, Parkland only had one possession in the first quarter. But it resulted in the first score of the game when Cross connected with Zach Bross from 13 yards out.
Nolan Ridgway caught a 23-yard touchdown, and Erik DiGirolamo rushed in from 16 yards out midway in the second quarter sandwiched between Yeboah’s 8-yard and 13-yard touchdown receptions.
“I think we could’ve ran the ball a bit better, but everyone did their jobs and the passing attack was great tonight,” DiGirolamo said. “The offensive line really did a good job giving Devante time and our running backs space. It was a nice win and a good environment. The kind we love playing in.”
DiGirolamo, Mario Delles and the Parkland defense held the Kids to just 101 yards of total offense, just 28 rushing yards.
“I was really pleased with our defense,” said Morgans. “It’s really starting to come around. [Defensive coordinator] Timmy Moncman, he does an outstanding job with our kids. They’re very aggressive and they run so well to the football.”
Cross also rushed for 75 yards, and Bross finished with 43 receiving yards.