Parkland looks to avenge 2016 loss to EHS
A lot of the goals at the beginning of the season have been met, the boxes have been checked.
Through nine weeks of the regular season, the Parkland football team has won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division title and secured the number one seed in the upcoming District 11 Class 6A tournament, which begins next weekend.
But there is still one more feat to be accomplished.
Everyone inside and outside of the Trojan football program remembers what happened in the regular season finale last year.
When Emmaus stopped Parkland on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line, the Hornets clinched the South Division title and number one seed in districts. It also stopped a long-standing win streak by the Trojans over Emmaus.
Parkland is not only going for revenge this season, it is looking to become the first EPC South team to go undefeated during the regular season since Easton in 2014.
“They’ve put themselves in this position with the hard work and just the way they practice,” said Trojan head coach Tim Moncman. “Here we are. We’ll see what happens.”
The Hornets (6-3 overall, 4-3 EPC South Division) enter the game playing their best football of the season. They’ve won their last three games, including a 30-20 victory over Easton last Friday night.
“They have really rallied and come together of late,” Moncman said. “They are playing well on both sides of the ball and are very dangerous right now.”
With Easton’s defensive focus on stopping the junior running back duo of Lubens Myers (63 yards) and Sone Ntoh (65 yards), Emmaus’ senior quarterback Blake Reed threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns last week.
Look for a similar approach by the Parkland defense in stopping the run.
“Both [running backs] are as good as anyone we have seen,” said Moncman. “They both have their own style and are very impressive. [Emmaus] uses the run/pass option very well and [Reed] can beat you both ways. We have to keep him in the pocket and not let him get loose on any scrambles or zone read plays.”
Defensively, the Trojans have given up less than nine points per game, which is the lowest in the EPC.
Emmaus’ offense comes in scoring at a rate of almost 39 points per game.
Parkland’s offense scores 36 points per game, while the Hornets’ defense has been prone to some high-scoring games this season. They are giving up 22 points per game.