Trojans take down BC
Running back Jahan Worth has been the focal point of the Parkland offense since week one. With opposing teams stacking the box to stop him and the surge of senior quarterback Michael Ruisch, Worth has shared the workload in some recent games.
But last Friday night, the Trojans leaned heavily on Worth and the senior was at his best.
Worth, who was celebrating a birthday last Friday, had a career night. He rushed for 243 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 38-24 victory over Bethlehem Catholic in a battle of unbeaten teams at the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division.
Parkland (7-0 overall, 6-0 EPC South) amassed more than 300 yards on the ground and 458 yards of offense against a Golden Hawks (6-1, 5-1) defense that came in giving up just 220 yards per game.
“Nobody has really run the ball on Becahi all year,” said Worth. “It was a pretty huge motivation, not only for me but for the offensive line. Everybody won their battles one-on-one and that made us successful. It created huge holes.”
Joey Guida and Dominic Nelson, who relieve Worth each game, also had good performances. Nelson ran for 63 yards on 11 carries.
“We stressed it all week that we’ve got to get back on track with the running game,” said Parkland head coach Tim Moncman. “That’s a team (Becahi) that doesn’t usually let you run the ball on them. It’s kudos to our offensive line. They just came out and dominated the line of scrimmage. It’s nice to have Jahan and two other backs to give him a little spell. That’s the mix we want to try to have. We want to be able to run it and throw it. I thought tonight was very impressive by our kids.”
The offensive line included senior Kobe Thomas, Michael Novak, Adam Piston, Jake Correll and Will Kroboth. The unit helped with the rushing attack and giving Ruisch time to throw for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
Parkland began quickly as it scored on its first two possessions of the game.
After an interception during Becahi’s opening drive, the Trojans found the end zone on just two plays, capped by a 33-yard touchdown run by Worth. Then they went 97 yards on their next possession, with 67 yards coming on a touchdown throw from Ruisch to Tyler Hays.
The Golden Hawks, on the other hand, could not really find a rhythm or getting anything going early on.
Quarterback Javon Clements completed seven of 19 passed for 113 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Starting running back Tavion Banks was out due to an injury, so it was a running back by committee with Zaheer Seabrooks (39 yards), Paul Carreras (29) and Matt Bisko (73) all contributing while they tried to replace Bank’s production.
Senior kicker Brian Hanton had a first-half field goal, and when Ruisch connected with senior wide receiver Juan Salas for an 11-yard score, it was 24-3 early on in the third quarter.
Down 24-3. Becahi kept battling. It scored three touchdowns in the final quarter-and-a-third to make things interesting.
Bisko and Daizhun Rhodes each had touchdown runs of one yard and 21 yards respectively. Shamus Williams caught a 42-yard pass for a touchdown from Clements for the game’s final score.
But the Trojans answered with two more touchdown runs by Worth, and the Golden Hawks never got closer than two touchdowns the remainder of the way.
“It means everything,” Worth said. “I’ve been thinking about this game all year. Ever since we lost last year, this has been in the back of my mind and I’ve been ready for this game the whole time. You can ask the team: six weeks ago, we were talking about this football game. I’m just so happy we won tonight.”
Parkland looks to stay unbeaten as they travel to take on Pocono Mountain East Friday night.