Parkland Press

Monday, September 24, 2018

PHS hosts Pates

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

After an impressive 42-7 victory over then-unbeaten Easton (3-1) last Friday night, the Parkland football team does not have much time to celebrate.

This Friday night the Trojans (4-0 overall, 3-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) welcome Freedom (3-1, 1-1) to Parkland School District Stadium in another test.

This is a rematch from the District 11 Class 6A championship game last season, which was won by Parkland.

The Patriots are coming off a 26-13 win over Northampton and looking for a marquee victory after losing to Easton two weeks ago.

“[Freedom coach] Jason Roeder has done an outstanding job with the program,” said Parkland head coach Tim Moncman. “I am especially proud of him since I coached him at Moravian in college. They have good schemes on both sides of the ball and are always a disciplined football team.”

Patriots quarterback Jared Jenkins had a big night against the Kids. He threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns.

“We have not face a passing attack like Freedom’s,” Moncman said. “So our secondary will be tested. We cannot give up big plays in the pass game and our defensive line must do a good job of getting pressure in the pocket.”

Outside of Jenkins, Freedom features a dynamic rushing attack. Senior running back Abdul Beasley had 12 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown last weekend.

But Parkland’s defense should be up for the challenge.

They come in limiting teams to just 67 yards rushing per game. They have also only given up seven or fewer points in each of their first four games.

But with teams looking to take down the prohibitive “giant” in the five-time defending district champs, the Trojans must be ready every single week.

“Every game is big right now if you want to compete for the South title,” said Moncman. “The league is very balanced and anyone can beat you any given week. So our prep in practice is vital to staying unbeaten.”