Lewis, Dauberman lead PHS to win
Junior quarterback Tanner Lewis had been splitting time with senior quarterback Andrew Lee while each were getting their feet wet as first-year varsity contributors through the first half of the regular season.
Last Friday night, Lewis had the best night of his young varsity career, completing 9-of-13 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns and running for 68 yards and a score in helping lead Parkland to a 45-35 come-from-behind Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division win over Nazareth at Andrew Leh Stadium.
The Trojans are now on a two-game win streak.
While Lewis’s stats shine bright in the victory for Parkland (4-2 overall, 4-2 EPC), classmate Luke Dauberman may have had the most pivotal play of the game.
The Blue Eagles (2-4, 1-4) led 28-21 early in the fourth quarter and was poised to take a two-score lead as quarterback Anthony Harris threw an apparent touchdown to Nathan Stefanik. But a block-in-the-back penalty erased the play.
Two plays later, Dauberman blocked Harris’ punt, setting the Trojans up with a first-and-10 at the Blue Eagles’ 24.
“Coach put me there because I’ve kind of been the blocker throughout the season,” Dauberman said. “I was over the right tackle. He saw a weakness and put me there and I got through and did my job. I saw Harris struggle with the snap and went for it.”
From there, Angel Santos tied the game for the Trojans with a one-yard TD run.
“They were having some trouble,” head coach Tim Moncman said. “They were a little slow with everything all night and Daubs came through. He made the play. It’s big-time play in a situation where we needed it. It was a game-changer.”
Devin Bartholomew continued his accurate kicking with a 35-yard field goal to give Parkland the lead at 31-28.
Dauberman then iced the game with a 21-yard touchdown catch from Lewis and a two-score lead at 38-28.
“I told our kids at halftime it’s a 48-minute war,” Moncman said. “Peaks and valleys. Let’s see how we react. We could’ve quit and we didn’t. We bounced back. We’re still a young football team. They’re pretty good. Their quarterback is phenomenal and we came out with the win because we kept plugging away.”
Parkland, normally reliant on its rushing attack, had three players run for over 50 yards. Dominic Nelson led the way with 80 yards on 19 carries and a second quarter touchdown. Lewis added 68 yards and a score and Santos had 53 yards and two touchdowns.
Christian Hudson caught two passes for 62 yards and a score.
The score was deadlocked in every quarter in a back-and-forth game.
Nazareth’s big-play threat, quarterback Anthony Harris, kept the Blue Eagles in the game. He completed 22-of-42 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns, and adding 159 rushing yards with a 75-yard touchdown run on 13 carries. His favorite target Nick Viva had four catches for 115 yards and two scores.
Parkland will host Whitehall on Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.