Pates visit Orefield in Week 3
It is a matchup that the Parkland football team has had circled on its calendar for almost a year. Friday night, the Trojans square up against Freedom, the defending District 11 Class 6A champions, and the only team other than Parkland to win the district title since 2011.
The Trojans (2-0 overall, 1-0 EPC South Division) scored just 14 points last week and were a fingertip away from dropping the contest with the Vikings as a pass into the end zone went through the hands of a Central receiver as time expired in a 14-8 Parkland win last Friday night.
“It was a great win for us,” said senior Nick Johnston. “We knew they were going to come in here and give us their best shot, and they did. They’re a good team. We might have been looking ahead [to Freedom] a little to next week, but it just feels good to be able to hold on for this one.”
The Patriots (2-0, 1-0) are coming off an emotional crosstown win over Bethlehem Catholic last weekend. They are led by an athletic senior quarterback in Jared Jenkins. He completed 12-of-20 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Gabe Caton, who caught nine passes for 153 yards and a score. Jalen Stewart had 13 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in the final seconds against the Golden Hawks.
“Freedom is a great football team and we need guys to step up with the injuries that we have and play at their highest level,” Moncman said. “It’s unfortunate having to be down a couple of key guys, but every team plays banged up. It’s just a matter of how we respond.”