All they wanted to do was get back out on the field. Coaches and players alike were pumped up all week leading up to last Friday night’s game.
After losing to Liberty 14-6 the weekend before, not recording a touchdown in their first defeat of the season, the Parkland football team was eager to show that September 9 was just an off night in what the Trojans hope to be another long season.
The motivation was there, and it showed on both sides of the ball at Cottingham Stadium last Friday as the Trojans shut out Easton 28-0 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference showdown.
The Parkland girls volleyball team faced a rare situation last weekend. The Trojans did not come out on a top of a match.
Hosting the Parkland Invitational, which head coach Mike Krause is known to always schedule elite competition, Parkland was ousted in the semifinals by Bishop Shanahan (ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A) by scores of 25-19, 25-16. The Eagles were then beaten by Liberty in the championship match 25-17, 25-16.
Parkland football head coach Tim Moncman described the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football league as “very balanced” and “a slugfest every week.”
That has held true as his 2-1 Trojans were knocked off by 3-0 Liberty last Friday night 14-6 in a battle of unbeaten league foes. During the same night, 2-1 Easton dropped previously undefeated Freedom 27-20.
“Every week is a battle in our conference,” Moncman said. “You have to be prepared and ready to play each game, or you could go down. That showed last weekend.”
When the ball hit the court and the final point was scored, the Parkland girls volleyball team swept Dieruff in three straight games, 25-6, 25-9 and 25-13 to move to 2-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
But last Thursday night’s victory over the Huskies was an even bigger win for the program. The Trojans reached a milestone of 100 consecutive league match wins, dating back to the 2009 season. It has been a long time since Parkland last lost in the conference, it took head coach Mike Krause a few minutes to think of who was in his senior class when the streak started.
Last Friday night’s clash at Parkland School District Stadium set up to be a high-scoring affair between the undefeated Liberty and Parkland football teams. The Trojans were averaging 47 points through their first two games, and the Hurricanes had a 35-point average a game after two contests.
But that was far from the case.
In the first road game for the 2016 Parkland football team, the young Trojans were tested. A feisty Nazareth team that lost its opener was looking to pull off a big upset. And the Blue Eagles came close.
The Eagles (0-2) were right there with the Trojans (2-0) for 36 minutes, but over the final 12 minutes Parkland got it together and scored 21 straight points to leave Andrew Leh stadium last Friday night with a 38-13 win.
If the Parkland football team plays like it did the first 24 minutes of last Friday night’s win against Nazareth, the Trojans will surely struggle with Friday night’s opponent. Penalties, a turnover and lackluster defense at times kept Nazareth in last week’s game until the final quarter.
If Parkland starts this week’s contest the same way, Liberty could very well earn its second victory in two years over the four-time defending district champs.
The Trojans had everything going for them during the 2015 season. They were 12-3-2 heading into the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, with their only losses coming to top league opponents.
Five wins later the Trojans were crowned EPC champions and were playing for the District 11 title. But rival Emmaus ended their season with a 2-0 victory and the district championship.
There were a lot of new faces on the Parkland School District Stadium field last Friday night during the opening weekend of football.
From the players on the field, to the coach on the sidelines, the 2016 Parkland football team looked completely different from the last time it stepped on the field on December 12 in Hershey.
But just like those 2015 Trojans, this year’s squad opened up their campaign with a victory, taking down Allen 56-6 to give former defensive coordinator Tim Moncman his first win as Parkland head coach.
The 2016 Blue Mountain League championship series had a lot of familiar faces for Lehigh Valley baseball fans. Former local high school players ranging in age from 17-40 laced up their cleats in what proved to be what former Parkland baseball standout Nick Rabasco called “déjà vu.”
The Limeport Bulls came back from a 2-1 series deficit and took the final two games to win the BML title in a dramatic 1-0 game 5 last Saturday night at Limeport Stadium. It was the second year in a row these two teams met for all of the marbles, and the second consecutive league trophy for the Bulls.