PHS football faces tough test
Head coach Jim Morgans and the Parkland football team is checking the weather channel and hoping for a better environment on the turf as it travels to Bethlehem Area School District Stadium to face Liberty (4-1) Friday night.
Last Friday the Trojans had to come from behind for the first time all year, due in large part to sloppy conditions in the rain and wind to take down rival Whitehall 42-28.
Like Whitehall, Liberty’s offense runs through its senior quarterback. Doug Erney threw for four touchdowns last week as the Hurricanes held on to defeat Emmaus 34-31.
“It’s really the same thing two weeks in a row,” Morgans said about the offenses his team is facing. “Erney has a lot of experience. He looks to throw first, but can still run and beat you. He scans the field well and has good vision and speed from the backfield.”
Liberty has some speed on the outside that gives Erney options in the passing game. Victor Santiago and Darian Street both caught touchdown passes against the Green Hornets. Santiago’s was for 66 yards and Street had two that combined for 20 yards.
“They have very quick and athletic receivers that can get open,” said Morgans. “Erney has several different receivers to throw to, but those are two of his favorites. It could be a long night with their offense and ours putting up points. It’s going to be a challenge.”
Even with the conditions the way they were last Friday night, the Trojans put up 42 points in a rivalry game thanks in large part to the play of Cross.
“Devante loves to throw the ball,” said Morgans. “He has great receivers to throw to, but he can also run. He is a dual threat just like [Whitehall’s Gianni] Sinatore and Erney. We’re absolutely looking forward to this match up. We faced adversity for the first time last week, and I’m so happy with the way the kids fought back to get the win.”