Trojans make statement
Statement wins don’t often come in September, but the victory Parkland earned last weekend was one.
Trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter, the Parkland football team scored 14 unanswered points to secure an important come-from-behind 21-17 win over previously undefeated Nazareth last Friday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division action at Parkland School District Stadium.
Playing in just his second career start, sophomore quarterback Ty Tremba made some plays to help lead his team on top. Tremba kept the ball on the run-pass option play and then found an open Nick Johnston in the corner of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown that gave the Trojans (4-2 overall, 3-2 EPC South) their first lead at 21-17 with 44 seconds remaining.
It was one of several different plays that Tremba put together for Parkland, which rallied for 14 points over the final 5:11 of the game.
“I was just trying to keep every play alive and drive down the field and get a touchdown,” said Tremba. “Coach always tells me to just be a baller, so I had to run around a lot and had to make some plays. It feels awesome on my first home start to get this win. It’s a great feeling.”
Tremba made his first start a week earlier at Liberty. The sophomore is now 2-0 and his head coach has been thrilled with the sophomore.
“He is the type of kid that nothing seems to faze him,” said head coach Tim Moncman. “He can run, and he did it when he had to and put the ball to our receivers when he had to. That’s a tough situation for a sophomore to drive that far in less than two minutes and he did it. Then the offensive line did a phenomenal job. And you’ve got Nicky Johnston and Isiah Rico making plays.
“Kudos to our defense too. To keep them to 17 points is quite an accomplishment.””
Tremba did it with his legs as well, creating time and space for him to throw and for his receivers to get open. A 39-yard pass play to Johnston, where Tremba eluded several Blue Eagles (5-1, 4-1) defenders, set up the winning touchdown on the final drive.
“He ran the two-minute [offense] perfectly,” Moncman said. “He’s a sophomore. He’s going to make some mistakes, but he bounces back. He doesn’t seem to hang his head.”
Tremba finished 10-for-17 for 159 passing yards and a score through the air.
Isiah Rico recorded 20 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Tied 7-7 at halftime, the Nazareth defense forced two quick turnovers on Parkland’s first two possessions of the second half. It cashed those in for 10 points and led 17-7 with 10:54 left.
But the Trojans answered on their next possession with a 79-yard drive capped by Rico’s second touchdown of the night.
The Blue Eagles needed to pick up a few first downs to run out the clock, but Parkland’s defense stepped up and forced a punt to get the ball back with 1:41 to go. Tremba then led his team down the field and hit Johnston for the winner. Trent Perkins came up with an interception of Anthony Harris on one last attempt.
Parkland will be at Whitehall (0-6, 0-5) Friday night.