Goal number two for the Parkland football was accomplished last Friday night when it beat Easton 37-0, which was followed up by a 55-35 Wyoming Valley West victory over Liberty to give the Trojans the District 11 championship.
But they want more. They’ve been here before.
Now begins the quest for a PIAA state championship and all of its glory.
Parkland (11-1) opens up the state tournament traveling to Kingston Friday night to square off with District 2 champion and undefeated Wyoming Valley West (12-0).
Last Friday night was hyped up to be another typical Parkland-Easton clash in the Class AAAA subregional football tournament. But the Trojans quickly put that notion aside with dominant performances on both sides of the ball.
A 24-point second quarter put the game out of reach, as Parkland’s defense pitched a shutout in a 37-0 mercy rule win against the Red Rovers at Parkland School District Stadium. The Trojans move on to this Friday’s subregional final against
For a while now, it seems that the road to the District 11 championship always goes through either Parkland or Easton. This year is no different. For the fourth straight season, the Trojans and the Red Rovers will meet in the postseason. The winner will advance to the District 2-11 Subregional championship game.
“These are two great teams, two great programs,” said head coach Jim Morgans. “Ever since I’ve been here, Easton has been a constant in the district playoffs. We have formed a rivalry with them and both of us have won a lot of big games.”
The Parkland football offense has some dynamic playmakers. Many opposing defenses key in on quarterback Devante Cross and wideout Kenny Yeboah, who have connected for eight touchdowns this season. But last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium, senior running back Erik DiGirolamo did all of the scoring in powering the Trojans past Delaware Valley 28-10 in the quarterfinals of the District 2-11 Class AAAA tournament.
For two-and-a-half quarters, the Emmaus football team looked like ready to pull off an upset of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference favorite Parkland in the final game of the regular season.
The Hornets scored first and trailed by only two points with just over a minute left in the third quarter last Friday night in Orefield. And they needed a win for any shot at a District 11 playoff berth.
But the Trojans athleticism took over and was too much for Emmaus (5-5 overall) as the Trojans came away with a 35-12 last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
You can never count out a champion until the final whistle, or in this case the final point. Although it did not lose a game in the district championship match, the Parkland girls volleyball team was challenged by an upbeat Nazareth squad that jumped up and down and celebrated each and every point.
But in the end, the top seeded Trojans got the better of the Blue Eagles by scores of 25-17, 25-17, and 25-20 to win the District 11 Class AAA title for the fifth time in six years.
Even when they weren’t at their best, the Trojans found a way to win.
The Parkland football team bounced back nicely from a tough loss to Liberty a little over a month ago to finish the regular season on a high note at 9-1. The Trojans earned a co-championship in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. It’s their first title in the two-year old league.
With one goal achieved, Parkland has its eyes set on defending its district title when it opens the subregional playoffs Friday night against seventh seeded Delaware Valley. The No. 2 seed Trojans have faced Warriors several times over the last four years.
In a matchup of two of the top teams contending for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division, special teams play was a vital aspect last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
Parkland began three of its first four drives on Freedom’s side of the field, and they took advantage, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal in building a 17-0 lead right out of the gates.
The Patriots couldn’t dig themselves out of the early hole, dropping their first game of the season 38-7.
Three weeks ago the Parkland football team was in a bad spot. Getting beat by Liberty at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium, there seemed to be nothing good that the Trojans could do. It was the first loss of the season, and one that stings to this day.
“What happened to us a couple of weeks ago, we challenged the kids,” said head coach Jim Morgans. “They expect it to come from us, but our leadership, our captains, they were embarrassed by that. They stepped up their game.”
In Parkland’s loss to Liberty in week 6, the Trojans didn’t look like the same team that took the field the first five weeks of the season. The loss two weeks ago had ugly moments on both sides of the ball, but it was the Parkland defense that could not stop the Hurricanes when it needed to most.
Last Friday night was a different story. The Parkland defense showed up to play and dominated Easton, forcing five turnovers and not allowing the Red Rovers to reach the end zone in a 21-3 victory at Cottingham Stadium.