With just a two-score game at halftime, the Parkland football team knew it needed it more, and didn’t want the same kind of close call it had against Liberty two weeks ago.
So the Trojans erupted for a 28-point second half on their way to a 52-10 victory over Easton last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A semifinals at Parkland Area School District Stadium.
The District 11 Class 6A championship game will have a similar look to it this season as it did in 2016.
First-seed Parkland (12-0 overall) and sixth-seeded Freedom (7-5) will meet Friday night at Northampton High School for the second consecutive year. Last season, the Trojans beat the Patriots 24-14 for their fifth straight district title.
For three quarters, it looked as if the Parkland football team and its seniors would be playing in their final game of the 2017 season. But just as champions do, the Trojans fought until the very end and came for the win.
The Nazareth volleyball team was playing some of its best volleyball all year heading into the District 11 Class 4A final last Thursday night at Whitehall High School. The Blue Eagles won three straight district matches, including against top Eastern Pennsylvania Conference members Emmaus and top seed Liberty. But, they met an even hotter team in postseason play.
Third-seeded Parkland defeated the fifth-seeded Blue Eagles in four sets by scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22.
Parkland and Easton in the District 11 football playoffs. That’s nothing new, and it’s music to the ears of Trojans and Red Rovers fans, along with unbiased high school football fans in the Lehigh Valley.
These two teams have met in each of the last five district tournaments, with Parkland coming away as the victor in every one of them.
Each game has been close, however, and the two teams battle until the very end in this rivalry of two of the most successful programs in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.
The Parkland girls volleyball team made quick work of Freedom last Tuesday night in the District 11 Class 4A semifinals at Allen High School’s Sewards Gymnasium, and now they find themselves one match win away from another district championship.
The Trojans dispatched of the Patriots in straight sets, winning 25-14, 25-15, 25-15.
After No. 7 seed Freedom beat second-seeded Delaware Valley in the quarterfinals, it met a Parkland program that is seasoned and vastly experienced in the postseason.
Both the Parkland and Liberty football programs have come a long way since their last matchup, back on week 3 of the regular season on September 8.
The Trojans (10-0 overall) have improved their passing game and overall defensive play, and the Hurricanes (4-6) have played better than their record indicates, winning on the last day of the season over rival and sixth-seeded Freedom.
The two will face off in the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal round Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
Any time the Emmaus and Parkland ice hockey teams are on the same ice for a game, it is intense and usually comes down to the third period in deciding the victor.
But when these two teams met for the first time during the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League on Monday, Oct. 23, one team came out and dominated the score column.
The Trojans scored four times the first two periods, then totaled that number in the third period alone in taking down the Hornets 8-0 at the PPL Center in Allentown.
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.