PHS beats Mounties, advances
In the eighth week of the 2019 regular season, the Parkland football team made quick work of Stroudsburg. Three weeks later in a postseason game, the Trojans did the same thing to advance their season.
Third-seed Parkland went into halftime ahead 35-0 in bringing in to play the mercy rule, and beat the sixth seed Mounties 35-7 last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal round at Parkland School District Stadium.
Much like in their regular season matchup, the Trojans jumped out to an early lead (ahead 42-0 at halftime of that game), and were able to rest up their starters ahead of another week. Mission accomplished once again.
“We always want to play ahead,” said Parkland head coach Tim Moncman. “We never want to take anyone for granted, no matter what happened in a game prior. We wanted to take care of business on our home turf and keep playing football.”
The Parkland offense won the game on the ground, amassing 300 yards rushing. Isiah Rico led the way with 125 yards on 10 carries and had three touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Ty Tremba tallied 85 yards on seven carries, and senior Angel Santos rushed four times for 46 yards and had Parkland’s other two scores.
“We knew that we could run the ball effectively and that’s how we like to run our offense,” Moncman said. “The offensive line did its part, and the backs just found holes.”
Rico accounted for three straight touchdown runs in the first 19:43 of the game, including runs of five, 13 and 36 respectively to stake the Trojans (9-2 overall) to a commanding 21-0 lead.
The defense had allowed just one first down and only eight Stroudsburg plays that accounted for positive yards in the first half as they were able to build upon their lead.
“We wanted our defense to set the tone and they did that,” said Moncman.
Zion Johnson recorded a sack, four tackles and two tackles-for-loss to pace the defensive unit. Ja-lon Perkins had a team-high five tackles and one for-loss.
Santos contributed two scoring runs of seven and 32 yards late in the second quarter to cap the Trojans scoring.
Parkland will hit the road and take on second seed Freedom on Friday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.