Trojans hand Rovers first loss
The Parkland football team is always looking to get better.
While wins over Allen, Nazareth and Liberty put the Trojans at 3-0, their fourth win over the season might have made the biggest statement.
They accomplished their first goal in winning week one of the regular season against Allen, but they heard that ‘it was just Allen.’
Senior quarterback Michael Ruisch went 16-of-28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns last Friday night and the Trojans dispatched of previously-unbeaten Easton 42-7 at Parkland School District Stadium.
Parkland has won its four games by an average of 31-plus points. The win marked the sixth straight win for the Trojans over the Red Rovers.
Senior running back Jahan Worth, who came into the game leading the league in rushing touchdowns with seven, did not record a rushing touchdown, but found the end zone via a fumble recovery.
With their top overall threat being contained, the Trojans found other ways to put points on the scoreboard.
“It was awesome tonight,” Ruisch said. “That was in the game plan tonight, to open it up with the pass. We knew they were going to stack the box. We saw it on film. It’s nice having Jahan in the backfield. Teams are focused in, keying on him. We got to spread it out to four great wide receivers tonight.”
Wide out Cole Wetherhold had a career day, snagging three catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
The Trojans (4-0 overall, 3-0 EPC South Division) trailed 7-0 early in the game before scoring 42 unanswered points.
The tide shifted on defense. Parkland’s Josh Wagner intercepted a pass from Scott Poulson to give Parkland the ball at midfield. Ruisch and Wetherhold hooked up for touchdown passes of 27 and 52 yards in Parkland’s 21-point second quarter. The second of those scores gave Parkland the lead for good at 14-7.
When Worth recovered a Poulson fumble, he scooped it up and took it back 37-yards for a 21-7 lead heading into halftime.
“We really wanted this one,” said senior wide receiver/cornerback Juan Salas. “Everyone was talking about this one and how both of us were undefeated. We wanted to show the type of team that we were, and we were able to do that on both sides of the ball.”
Salas had five catches for 41 yards and was a big part of the Trojans’ stellar defensive effort.
Deep threat Tyler Hayes also had six catches for 116 yards.
“We made a couple adjustments and we started doubling, and that helped us out,” head coach Tim Moncman said. “We started flying to the ball. We gave up a little bit in the first half, but I’m proud of the whole team effort.”