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The Trojans’ Erik DiGirolamo gets past the Northampton defense on his way to a score.PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Copyright - DonHerb                                               The Trojans’ Erik DiGirolamo gets past the Northampton defense on his way to a score.PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Copyright - DonHerb

Trojans face unbeaten ACC

Friday, September 18, 2015 by CJ HEMERLYSpecial to the Press in Sports

After two weeks of play, as expected, the Parkland football team remains undefeated with convincing wins over Dieruff and Northampton. But on the opposing sidelines at Parkland School District Stadium this Friday night will await another unbeaten. Central Catholic is a suprising 2-0 team The Vikings took down Pocono Mountain East and Whitehall the first two weeks of the season.

This is a different Vikings team than the past couple of years. Parkland head coach Jim Morgans knows the Central Catholic program all too well.

“They have really good skill players,” Morgans said. “[Parkland transfer] Ethan Persa at quarterback, we obviously know him well. He’s a great quarterback and can really throw the ball. [Dallas] Kassis and [Alvin] Pacheco are talented kids at wide receiver and running back. They run the spread offense, so if these kids get into open space, they can be dangerous.”

Central has been able to put up points this year, but also prevent them as well. A big part of that has to do with Vikings head coach John Cupples, who played for Morgans on a state championship team in the 1990s at Central. Cupples has began to turn the program around.

“[John] Cupples is a great football coach,” said Morgans. “He is intelligent and knows the game of football. He is very good at knowing the defensive side of the ball. But most of all he is a great guy with the kids.”

Something has to give. One team will remain unbeaten after Friday night, and the other will have to bounce back from their first loss of the season.