PHS football hosts Mounties in districts
The Parkland football team is playing its best football of the 2019 season to date. Following a 24-3 victory over rival Emmaus last weekend in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference regular season finale, the Trojans (8-2 overall, 6-2 EPC South Division) are riding a six-game win streak heading into postseason play.
Parkland opens the District 11 Class 6A tournament as the three seed and will host Stroudsburg, the sixth seed, this Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
“We have discussed this being the second season and the loser goes home,” said head coach Tim Moncman. “So our mentality is there is no tomorrow. You have to go out each week now like this could be it. You have to earn each new week.”
The two teams met three weeks ago and it was a one-sided game with the Trojans coming out on top 49-0. Parkland jumped out to leads of 28-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at halftime. But Moncman knows his team can’t think about that game and that team anymore. It’s a different week with different stakes.
“We do not get complacent and [we] block out what happened last time,” Moncman said. “Our intensity has to remain high. Anybody can be beaten by anybody on any given night.”
Parkland’s offense has found a groove over the last five weeks with sophomore quarterback Ty Tremba and junior running back Isiah Rico. Wide receivers Nick Johnston and J.T. Siggins have also been a part of game plans.
The Trojans defensive unit, once again remains the backbone of the team. Their play last weekend against the Green Hornets helped fuel the win, allowing just three points and keeping in check the league’s top rusher.
The Mounties (6-4) enter Friday on a two-game win streak, with their last loss coming at the hands of Parkland. They put up 48 points in their regular season finale against Pleasant Valley, and Moncman believes it will be a different team than the one that was shutout in Orefield a few weeks back.
“They have several players back from a suspension, including their running back, so we will be geared up to stop the run,” said Moncman. “They will come in here and play us tough.”
The winner will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of Freedom and Emmaus the following weekend.