Trojan defense stifles Emmaus
The Emmaus football team did not have a lot of answers for the Parkland defense in its most recent rivalry game. The Trojans (8-2 overall) used their stout front seven to stifle the Green Hornets (5-5) offensive attack in winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division regular season finale 24-3 last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
It is the sixth straight victory for Parkland, which, as in plenty of years past, is playing its best football at the end of the season.
Emmaus running back Brandon Camire entered the contest leading the conference in rushing yards with 1,494 yards, but was held to a season-low 38 yards on 17 carries. Parkland also caused fits for freshman quarterback Jacob Fotta, making just his first varsity start. Fotta finished 10-of-17 for 109 yards.
“We knew coming into the game that their running back (Camire) was going to be a problem,” said senior defensive end Ja-lon Perkins. “We couldn’t play selfish. We had to play as a unit. It wasn’t about stats. It’s a team game and we played as a unit tonight and it worked out.”
The Hornets, whose only points came on a 22-yard field goal by Alex Orlando just before halftime, were put in difficult situations all nigh. Parkland’s pass rush and run defense both made it a tough night for the offense, which had 16 plays of zero or negative yards accumulated. That field goal was set up by a Jameel Sanders interception, which he returned to the Parkland 26-yard line.
The Trojans also have a solid running back of their own in their backfield. Isiah Rico rushed for a game-high 145 yards and a touchdown. Ty Tremba finished 9-of-13 for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Parkland took the lead on Tremba’s first TD pass Luke Dauberman, who left the game early due to injury. Rico added his score in the second quarter to give the Trojans a 14-3 lead heading into the locker rooms. Dauberman, who like Perkins and several others, were forced to miss time earlier in the season as well.
“It’s tough, senior year, having to miss three games,” Perkins said. “For the greater good of the team you have to do what you have to do. Times like these are why taking that time off benefited us as a whole. You have to think about the team.”
Parkland put the game away a few minutes into the second half when Tremba found J.T. Siggins for a 59-yard touchdown pass to push the score to 21-3. Humza Imam connected from 35-yards out to complete the scoring.
The Trojans are riding plenty of momentum into the District 11 6A Tournament, where they are the three seed and will host Stroudsburg, the sixth seed on Friday night.
“It’s a tough blow losing Luke [Dauberman] tonight, but moving forward we feel strong as a whole,” said Perkins. “We’ve only just started having a full team the last two weeks, so we’re just starting to gel. We’re going into the postseason confident but just taking it week-by-week. Anybody could be beat in any given week.”