PHS beats Easton
Since even before the 2019 regular season started, the Parkland football team was playing shorthanded because of injuries to some key players. Well that all changed last week.
The Trojans were finally back to full strength after eight weeks and they used their depth and talent to take down Easton 27-9 last Friday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division game at Cottingham Stadium.
The win was the fifth straight for Parkland (7-2 overall, 5-2 EPC South).
“This is the first game that we had everybody healthy,” said Parkland head coach Tim Moncman. “It’s just nice to have a full roster out there after eight weeks. We are continuing to try and get better before the playoffs. The team has come together and is completely healthy.”
The four captains that have not been on the field at all together this season until last weekend were Luke Dauberman, Dante Medlar, Ja-lon Perkins and Nick Dawkins.
Parkland opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run by Isiah Rico with 3:47 left in the first quarter, but took control of the game in the second.
After an Easton (6-3, 4-3) 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter, the Trojans used their physical offensive line and talented backs to find the endzone twice in a span of 3:27 as Nick Johnston went in from 16 yards away and Ty Tremba tallied a one-yard touchdown run to put Parkland up 21-3 at halftime.
They then added a third touchdown in a row in the third quarter when Angel Santos ran in from two yards out and the lead grew to 27-3 with 7:23 left in the third.
“Offensively, the line did a nice job,” Moncman said. “Rico and Santos are two outstanding running backs.”
Easton managed to score just one touchdown and it came with 4:23 remaining when the game was already decided. The Trojan defense also played physically, limiting the Red Rovers to 175 yards of total offense and 69 yards on the ground. Ja-lon Perkins had a sack and Trent Perkins recorded an interception.
“We came to play tonight,” said Moncman. “I’m proud of the effort. Special teams did a heck of a job. I thought our offensive and defensive lines did a great job. [Easton running back] [Nahjee] Adams is a heck of a running back. We limited him a little bit. We got after the passer.”
Parkland will look for its sixth consecutive win when it hosts rival Emmaus on Friday night on senior night at Parkland School District Stadium.