It looks eerily similar to the team that beat Parkland two weeks ago. Easton brings a high-powered offense to Parkland School District Stadium this Friday night, one that the Trojans had trouble with against Whitehall two games before.
The Red Rovers put up huge numbers against the Zephyrs last Friday night, winning that game 63-49 to stay unbeaten at 6-0. It's something that head coach Jim Morgans knows his team can't afford to give up.
As the public address announcer read the starting lineup and coaching staffs, he finished by stating Parkland's undefeated record and No. 1 state ranking. To date, the Trojans (25-0-1) have not been challenged in the East Penn Conference.
But last Friday afternoon, Parkland was taken to the brink in the third game of its match against Emmaus. The Trojans came out victorious, taking the match 3-0 by scores of 25-20, 25-13 and 32-30.
A few years ago, Parkland played mostly smash-mouth football, running the ball over opponents in wing-T type formations. Over the past few seasons, with a dynamic quarterback under center, the Trojans have been using a spread read-option look.
But last Friday night saw a return to the running attack with speedster Nolan Ridgway. He ran for 175 yards on 30 carries, scoring on a 39-yard dash around the left end on the Trojans' third play from scrimmage, and Parkland withheld Liberty 31-10 at Parkland School District Stadium.
Once the Parkland football team reached the locker room Friday night after the 38-24 loss at Whitehall, the common theme was "don't look back."
Falling for the first time this season, head coach Jim Morgans told his team to learn from the mistakes, but let this one go. Next up for the Trojans (4-1) is a home game against Liberty (3-2) Friday night.
"The Whitehall game is over," Morgans said. "We brought the kids in Saturday like we usually do, and made some corrections. We are focused on Liberty now."
Earlier in the week, leading up to his team's anticipated rivalry showdown with Whitehall, head coach Jim Morgans stressed the "other guys" that the Zephyrs have. With all of the hype, and so deserved, going to senior tailback and Penn State recruit Saquon Barkley, Morgans noted that his defense would not focus solely on him, but will need to be on its toes for anyone and everyone else.
And, to the dismay of the Trojans, Whitehall showed just how much more they have in taking down unbeaten Parkland (4-1) 38-24 last Friday night at Whitehall High School to remain undefeated at 5-0.
To be the best you have to beat the best. That is a motto that Parkland head girls volleyball coach Mike Krause stresses every year with his team. That is why, besides playing a competitive conference schedule, Krause schedules opponents that will challenge his Trojans team, which currently sits at No. 1 in the state.
Last Saturday Parkland hosted a tournament featuring schools that had either won district championships last year, or were in the running for one.
When the Pocono Mountain West administrators asked for the game between the Panthers and the Trojans to be moved from its original Friday night kickoff to Saturday, the time of the game was still up in the air. It could have been an early afternoon kickoff, a late afternoon kickoff, or a night game.
Head coach Jim Morgans was adamant about what we wanted and his voice was heard. He wanted the game to be at 1:00 so his team did not have to wait all day to play, and can get any extra rest and preparation time they can for this weekend.
The Parkland field hockey team has been led by senior players on each facet of the field. The Trojans feature Sydney Cope in goal, Macy Talheim at defense, Hannah Pany in the midfield, and Avery Semler and Brooke Sherwin up top as forwards.
The senior leadership has been there as all five are on the field and leading Parkland (7-3-1) to some early season wins. But it was two sophomores that shone bright on the grass field at Parkland High School last Monday afternoon.
Clock is at zero. Tie score. That is a familiar situation to the Parkland and Nazareth girls soccer teams when they have met each other the last two years.
A year ago, the Trojans and Blue Eagles played two games that went into extra time. Tuesday night at Andrew Leh stadium was no different.
In a physical game that had a playoff-like atmosphere, Parkland (8-2-1) and Nazareth (8-1-2) wound up with a 1-1 draw, but both teams had their chances at winning it. They each still came away satisfied not having a game in the loss column.
The downside of not having a turf field to play home games is that when there is bad weather, the conditions on the field make it tougher to play.
That is what happened last Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School when rivals Emmaus and Parkland met.
It was a game that would have been a perfect fit for the turf of Emmaus High School's Memorial field, but it was played up the road at Parkland's grass field.