Last season, the Parkland football team dropped the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division championship in the final week of the regular season, on the very last play.
This year, the Trojans made sure it didn’t come down to something like that again.
Senior running back Jahan Worth rushed for two touchdowns and senior quarterback Michael Ruisch threw for three scores, including two to his favorite target Tyler Hays, as Parkland remained undefeated and took down Northampton last Friday night 48-6 at Northampton High School.
A lot of the goals at the beginning of the season have been met, the boxes have been checked.
Through nine weeks of the regular season, the Parkland football team has won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division title and secured the number one seed in the upcoming District 11 Class 6A tournament, which begins next weekend.
But there is still one more feat to be accomplished.
Everyone inside and outside of the Trojan football program remembers what happened in the regular season finale last year.
Once again, the Liberty girls volleyball team got the better of Parkland in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament. This year, it was one round sooner than last time.
The Hurricanes and Trojans went the distance with Liberty winning 25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25 and 15-12 last Thursday night in the EPC semifinals at Allen High School.
The Parkland football team has been unblemished through the first eight weeks of the regular season, and this Friday night, the Trojans have their final road game of the regular season when the visit Northampton’s Erdosy Field.
If the Trojans (8-0 overall, 6-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) take care of business and win Friday night, they will lock in the number one seed in the District 11 Class 6A tournament, which begins in two weeks.
Parkland enters this weekend’s contest coming off a 49-0 victory at Pocono Mountain East last Friday.
Running back Jahan Worth has been the focal point of the Parkland offense since week one. With opposing teams stacking the box to stop him and the surge of senior quarterback Michael Ruisch, Worth has shared the workload in some recent games.
But last Friday night, the Trojans leaned heavily on Worth and the senior was at his best.
When the Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams last took the court against each other two weeks ago, the Green Hornets accomplished a feat that not only was long coming for them, but also every other team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.
Emmaus swept the Trojans in straight sets, ending a 120-match win streak for Parkland, dating back to 2009.
But beating a team twice in the same season, let alone in a two-week span is tough, and Parkland had even more motivation this time around.
With the parity that exists in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division in 2017, every win is a big one.
After five mostly convincing wins to open the season, the Parkland football team came from behind for the first time this year, and held on for a 31-21 win last Friday night at Whitehall High School.
This week the Trojans host an undefeated Bethlehem Catholic in a battle between the last two unbeaten teams in the EPC.
The Parkland football team is off to its best start in years with wins in its first games to start the regular season.
A difficult five-game stretch was placed in the middle of the schedule. So far the Trojans (5-0 overall, 4-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South) are three-for-three, with victories over Liberty, Easton and Freedom the last three weeks.
Next up is another challenge, a trip to Whitehall (4-1 overall, 3-1 EPC South) on Friday night.
The Parkland football team is always looking to get better.
While wins over Allen, Nazareth and Liberty put the Trojans at 3-0, their fourth win over the season might have made the biggest statement.
They accomplished their first goal in winning week one of the regular season against Allen, but they heard that ‘it was just Allen.’
Senior quarterback Michael Ruisch went 16-of-28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns last Friday night and the Trojans dispatched of previously-unbeaten Easton 42-7 at Parkland School District Stadium.
After an impressive 42-7 victory over then-unbeaten Easton (3-1) last Friday night, the Parkland football team does not have much time to celebrate.
This Friday night the Trojans (4-0 overall, 3-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) welcome Freedom (3-1, 1-1) to Parkland School District Stadium in another test.
This is a rematch from the District 11 Class 6A championship game last season, which was won by Parkland.
The Patriots are coming off a 26-13 win over Northampton and looking for a marquee victory after losing to Easton two weeks ago.