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Trojans welcome unbeaten Easton

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

This Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium, two undefeated teams will clash in a pivotal Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football game that could go a long way in deciding the conference champion and district playoff seeding.

Parkland (3-0 overall, 2-0 EPC South) and Easton (3-0, 2-0) have traded punches in regular season and district games the last couple of years, but the Trojans have won the last five meetings.

Even with prominent coaches from each school leaving the sidelines each of the last two years (Jim Morgans at Parkland in 2015 and Steve Shiffert in 2016), the new head coaches have been around the game and know what the other school can bring.

“It is always a very physical game and has become a bit of a rivalry over the last couple of years,” said Trojan head coach Tim Moncman. “Both teams have had success and usually are evenly matched. It’s going to be another good game.”

The Trojans are coming off a 24-7 win against Liberty last Friday night, and the Red Rovers defeated Freedom 13-10 last weekend.

Easton had success on the ground versus the Patriots, running for 212 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Both teams will likely try to establish a rushing attack Friday night.

Parkaldn senior running back Jahan Worth has rushed for 303 yards and seven touchdowns so far this season. He is the work horse in the back field and senior quarterback Michael Ruisch’s safety net.

“We always want to establish the run and try to stop it,” Moncman said. “We are going to have to put the ball in the air with how good their front seven is.”

The Trojans offensive line has been solid, led by senior Kobe Thomas. Ruisch has not had to win any games with his arm yet. But if need be, he as the tools and weapons at his disposal to do so.

Senior Tyler Hays has two long touchdown catches on the year, and junior Connor Bernecker also was on the receiving end of a Ruisch touchdown pass. Senior Juan Salas is also a threat in the slot.

Despite Shiffert leaving the Easton sidelines after more than two decades, the Red Rover offense hasn’t seen an overhaul just yet.

“The system is still very similar to the Shiffert teams, with a few wrinkles,” said Moncman. “They are still Easton kids and that means it will be a physical game.”