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Rival Zephs visit Orefield Friday

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by CJ HEMERLYSpecial to The Press in Sports

The Parkland-Whitehall rivalry has been a fierce one for a long time. In football the last two years, the teams have split their meetings with the Trojans winning two years ago and the Zephyrs taking the latest game last year at home.

But this year seems a bit different. Whitehall is struggling after losing 20 of 22 starters and has started the year 2-2. Parkland is coming off a dominant performance last Friday in a 63-20 win at Pocono Mountain West to remain undefeated at 4-0.

“It’s been a good start to the season for us,” said head coach Jim Morgans. “We’ve been able to get a lot of younger players some valuable experience, and our regular players have done a good job of taking care of business and winning football games. I’m happy with the way we’ve played thus far.”

Whitehall’s wins came in nonconference games against PM West and Pleasant Valley, and this game won’t have as much hype around it as in the last few years, but Morgans knows what to expect every year from the Zephyrs.

“They will play us differently than any other team we’ve played so far this year,” said Morgans. “Because it’s a big rivalry and they always play us tough. Our kids know not to look past them.

“They still have a good quarterback (Gianni Sinatore) who is very athletic, and the offense runs through him. Their wide receiver [Desmond] Boykin is a play maker. And they have a stout line.”

Boykin was a bright spot in Whitehall’s offense last week in a loss to Liberty. The sophomore caught six passes for 87 yards.

Even though the Trojans haven’t truly been challenged outside of their 28-14 win over Central Catholic, this team always gets up for the annual rivalry game with Whitehall.