It’s not often that the Parkland girls volleyball team loses an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference match, let alone a single game in a best-of-five match. But Tuesday night’s clash against Emmaus was a hard-fought match.
The Trojans were nearly taken to the brink, and could have easily lost the first two games, but made the plays when they had to and put the Green Hornets away in the fourth game to win the match 3-1 by scores of 28-26, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-19 at Emmaus High School.
With the rain coming down and a chill in the air, the Parkland football team headed to the locker room at halftime down 14-13 to visiting Whitehall. A couple of touchdowns by Zach Gilbert and a few key defensive stops helped the Zephyrs to the early lead.
But as the third quarter began, senior running back Frank Guida and junior back Jahan Worth put their games into a new gear and awoke the Trojan offense.
It had been 130 minutes and 35 seconds since the Parkland football team has allowed an opponent to score. Since they gave up two early touchdowns in a 14-6 loss to Liberty three weeks ago, the Trojans have shutout Easton and Freedom’s dynamic offenses in back-to-back weeks.
Parkland defenses have had dominant performances through the past couple of years, under Tim Moncman, the team’s current head coach who was in charge of the defense before taking on the top job this year.
The Parkland football team is getting a lot of attention because of its defense. But there’s another Trojan team that has just as impressive of a run.
Parkland followed its Week 3 loss to Liberty with a road over a one of its biggest rivals. Trojans met Easton head on and shut them out on their home field 28-0 to go to 3-1 in an important Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory..
The running game was again was a focal point of the offense, and led by senior Nick Suriel (64 yards, TD) and junior Jahan Worth (172 yards, 2 TDs), Parkland put in a complete game effort and will need another this week against another team with just one loss on its record.
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.