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.
Good teams want to be tested during the regular season, and there are different ways a team can be challenged.
The Parkland girls volleyball team, ranked second in the state in 4A, has seen its fair share of challenges.
With the front portion of their schedule back-loaded with teams from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference North division, the Trojans have come out of those games with wins in convincing fashion.
Bringing in a new group of players is something that the Parkland girls volleyball team and head coach Mike Krause have been accustomed to doing for the last decade.
The Trojans said goodbye to another decorated senior class last year. But Krause has players waiting in the wings to step up and lead Parkland back to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 title games, where they appeared last season.
Seniors Kirah Dreisbach and Mia Jago, and junior Grace Steurer are returning starters, and each had a big hand in last week’s season-opener.
This Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium, two undefeated teams will clash in a pivotal Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football game that could go a long way in deciding the conference champion and district playoff seeding.
Parkland (3-0 overall, 2-0 EPC South) and Easton (3-0, 2-0) have traded punches in regular season and district games the last couple of years, but the Trojans have won the last five meetings.
The last two years, the Liberty football team had success against Parkland. The Hurricanes had beaten the five-time defending District 11 champs in each of the last two regular seasons.
But last Friday night was a different story.
Turnovers and penalties terrorized the Hurricanes as they fell to Parkland 24-7 in their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference home opener at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
At the beginning of last week, Parkland football head coach Tim Moncman was focused on slowing down Nazareth’s electric wide receiver Jahan Dotson.
Friday night, his team accomplished that goal and it severely limited the Blue Eagle offense.
The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams have been putting aside their heated rivalry, and instead have been coming together of late to play for a good cause.
For the fifth straight year, the Green Hornets and Trojans met on the field the Red Card Cancer Game, showcasing awareness for the illness and helping out a local family in need.
The teams wore uniquely colored shirts in pregame warm-ups, and posed for a photo following the game with the words ‘Fight Cancer.’
The meaning of the game was a win, and the outcome was just as good for Parkland.
Week one of the high school football scene was a good one for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South division. All nine teams were victorious, and won their respective games by double digits. Only one of nine cross-division game was decided by fewer than 31 points.
Parkland shutout Allen 49-0 and now prepares for a Nazareth team that surprised many by their dismantling of Pleasant Valley 50-10 in the opener last Friday night.