PHS football wants to bounce back
It was a different end to a season than anyone around the Parkland football program was used to. The conclusion of the 2018 District 11 football season saw Freedom High School win the district championship over Emmaus. The previous six years Parkland had won every district gold, a run unseen for quite some time.
But the Trojans now look toward a new year and new added motivation to get back to winning trophies.
“I would say there’s some extra motivation for our program heading into the season,” said head coach Tim Moncman. “We didn’t get the job done last year. It was the first year in a while we didn’t win it all. This senior group wants to leave by bringing Parkland back to the top.”
There is a large senior class and all of those players were part of the first Trojan team to not win a district title since 2011. There is a lot to play for in 2019.
Some seniors that will be looked upon to contribute include Angel Santos, Richard Kerrick, Josh Mede, Angel Ramos, Tanner Lewis, Nick Johnston, Dante Medlar, Luke Dauberman, Chris Lessel, Ja-lon Perkins and Nick Dawkins.
“I think we’re going to get some strong contributions out of our seniors,” Moncman said. “This group has been through it all; - district championships, losses. They want to win. They’re motivated.”
Parkland is always stout defensively, especially with Moncman, a defensive mind and former defensive coordinator there, but with talent on the offensive line and at the skill positions, it’s going to come down to who gets the call behind center. Last year the Trojans deployed a two-quarterback system, and there could be some of the same this season as Moncman noted that there are three, maybe even four quarterbacks in the mix to get snaps.
Along with Lewis, there is Michael McCarty, Connor George and Ty Tremba all battling to run the offense.
Offensive coordinator Chris Kinane is back on the sidelines, ready to put points on the scoreboard.
“I think with Chris back, he knows the system and he knows my expectations,” said Moncman. “I think you’ll see some firepower on offense.”
Parkland kicks off its 2019 season at Northampton this Friday in the season-opener. The Trojans have their home opener against Central Catholic the following Friday night.
Some other big games for the 2019 season include Friday, Sept. 6 at home against Freedom; Saturday, Sept. 14 at Bethlehem Catholic; Friday, Oct. 4 at Whitehall; Friday, Sept. 18 at Easton and the season finale Oct. 18 at home vs. Emmaus.