Trojans visit Whitehall on Friday
The Parkland football team is off to its best start in years with wins in its first games to start the regular season.
A difficult five-game stretch was placed in the middle of the schedule. So far the Trojans (5-0 overall, 4-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South) are three-for-three, with victories over Liberty, Easton and Freedom the last three weeks.
Next up is another challenge, a trip to Whitehall (4-1 overall, 3-1 EPC South) on Friday night.
“Being undefeated is great, but the enjoyment in it is short-lived with the Whitehall game coming up this weekend,” said head coach Tim Moncman. “This game has a different feel to it. Both teams and schools certainly want to beat the other more so than any other team. It’s fun to be a part of.”
Parkland committed three tunrovers on its first three possessions last week and was fortunate its defense was able to stop Freedom until the offense got rolling.
“Up until last week we were able to create turnovers and not give any up,” said Moncman. “Last week we turned the ball over and we were fortunate to get a win. We need to continue to control the ball and not turn it over. Defensively we have to eliminate the big play.”
Whitehall is coming in with a chip on its shoulder. Not only were the Zephyrs beaten soundly at the hands of Easton last weekend, 56-28, but they are looking for revenge against Parkland after losing to the Trojans the last two seasons.
Whitehall’s offense has been dynamic. The Zephyrs entered last week averaging over 47 points per game.
Quarterback Ethan Parvel has completed 56 passes for 898 yards and 11 touchdowns. His favorite target has been Dez Boykin, who leads the team with 29 catches for 373 yards and four touchdowns.
“Offensively they are fast-paced,” Moncman said. “They have a huge offensive line and great skill players. Their quarterback is a great dual-threat player. Defensively, they are big up front and the defense is very aggressive and tackle well.”
The Trojan defense has allowed just 27 points all year. Parkland’s offense has become more balanced since the opening three weeks.
Senior running back Jahan Worth, who was the stalwart of the offense during the first three games of the season, has rushed for 437 yards and seven touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Michael Ruisch has completed 50 passes for 795 yards this season.
The Joe Gerencser Trophy is always on the line in the annual regular season meeting between these two teams.