Parkland Press

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Football team looks to bounce back vs. Becahi

Thursday, September 12, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland football team came one fourth down stop from getting the ball back with a chance at defeating Freedom last week, but the Trojans could not make the stop. Now Parkland (2-1 overall, 1-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South) will look to bounce back and start another win streak when it travels to take on Bethlehem Catholic (2-1, 1-1) on Saturday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

The Golden Hawks’ only loss of the season also came against the Patriots, who beat Beca and Parkland in back-to-back week.

“I felt that we battled for 48 minutes, but we just made too many crucial mistakes against a very good opponent to win,” said Parkland head coach Tim Moncman. “We have to look to correct those mistakes and move on to this week with another big game.”

Following its 24-21 loss to Freedom, Becahi was victorious against Liberty 27-22 last weekend. Once again, Moncman and his staff will have to prepare against a team that will be tough to stop on both sides of the ball.

“Becahi has a very big offensive line and a running back (Tavion Banks) that is one of the best in the state,” Moncman said. “They always have athletes on both sides of the ball and this year is no different. It will be a challenge for us.”

Banks, a senior, rushed 28 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns against Freedom. But the Hawks have new faces all around him, with four new starting offensive lineman and a sophomore quarterback in Jared Richardson. They have also been starting a freshman at wide receiver.

Parkland on offense, meanwhile, is looking to be able to help out its rushing attack of Isiah Rico, Tanner Lewis, and company.

“We have to get more consistency up front and get the passing game going,” said Moncman. “We can’t be reliant on the run game and that be our main point of focus on offense. We have to get more of a balance to be successful.”