Eagles present a challenge
The Parkland football team got some confidence and momentum back with a 35-7 win last Friday night at Liberty. The victory halted a two-game slide. It may have come at just the right time as the Trojans (3-2 overall, 2-2 EPC South) welcome undefeated Nazareth (5-0, 4-0) Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division showdown.
The win was a welcoming sign to the players and coaches and all around the program.
“We played a complete game for the first time in a while,” said head coach Tim Moncman. “Our special teams came up big and blocked two punts for touchdowns. We need to use this win and keep pushing forward.”
Last Friday night’s win was also special because the Trojans were able to welcome back some of their injured players that they have been missing for a few weeks, and another that is very close to getting back on the field. These student-athletes surely will benefit Parkland toward victories.
“It was great to get Nick Dawkins back on the field and we find out about Luke Dauberman [this week],” Moncman said. “These kids will help us both on and off field. They bring it in both practice and in games. They are leaders and we need them around to be successful.”
The Trojans defense forced three turnovers and also blocked two points that were recovered for touchdowns last week. That unit will certainly be tested against the Blue Eagles.
“They do everything well,” said Moncman. “They are the most complete team we have seen this season, and maybe in a while. They are athletic on both sides of the ball.”
It all starts with their quarterback, senior Anthony Harris. He threw for 188 yards and a touchdown on 16-of-26 passing and ran for 99 yards on 10 carries in a 27-13 win over Bethlehem Catholic last weekend. His favorite target, Nathan Stefanik, caught nine passes for 103 yards and a touchdown last week.
With some reinforcements back, and in front of its home crowd, Parkland will be ready for this one.