Parkland Press

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Trojans look to beat Zephs, win three straight

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

It hasn’t been done yet this season through six regular season games, but the Parkland football team will try to win its third consecutive game on Friday night when it hosts Whitehall at Parkland School District Stadium in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division rivalry game.

Coming off victories over Nazareth and Liberty the last two weeks, the Trojans (4-2 overall, 4-2 EPC) will look to make it three straight against the Zephyrs (1-5, 1-5), who are facing a down year and a first-year head coach.

“It doesn’t matter how they’ve played up until Friday, this is a rivalry game and they’ll be up for it,” said head coach Tim Moncman.

Parkland’s most recent win, a 45-35 triumph at Nazareth last Friday night, came in come-from-behind fashion. Trailing 28-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Trojans rattled off 17 straight points to take control and ultimately win the game.

Whitehall has had a tough time through six weeks, losing its first three games, and then after a surprising blowout win at Central Catholic, have lost its last two.

The Zephyrs are coming off a 56-21 defeat to Bethlehem Catholic at home last Friday. They scored 21 points in the second quarter, but were shut out the rest of the way.

Whitehall quarterback Anthony Nanoah finished 12-of-17 for 160 yards and two touchdowns through the air and rushed for the other Zephyrs score. His favorite target, Allen Negrete, caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

Parkland will not take Whitehall lightly, even in a down year.

“Every one is huge now,” Moncman said. “We’re not last year’s team. We’re going to have to earn everything we get. We’re 4-2 and like I told the kids, let’s keep plugging away. It’s just one game at a time. Other teams are undefeated and we don’t care. We just have to win the football games in front of us each week.”