On Friday night the Parkland football team will make the trek to the Poconos, its longest road trip of the season.
The challenge will be to stay motivated after a close 28-14 win overCentral Catholic last week, the Trojans first real test of the season after two blowout wins the first two weeks of the season.
Pocono Mountain West has lost its first three games by double digits to Whitehall, Stroudsburg and Bethlehem Catholic. The Panthers fell 54-6 to the Hawks last Saturday.
The Parkland girls volleyball team has not been tested yet in its Eastern Pennsylvania Conference schedule. Last Tuesday night was no different. In a clash between rivals and two of the better teams in the district, the Trojans easily dispatched of Emmaus 3-0 by scores of 25-11, 25-10, and 25-13.
The defending Class AAA state champion, Parkland is ranked No. 1 in the state and the Trojans showed why they are ranked so highly.
The Green Hornets never threatened as the Trojans used their height in front of the net to send down points and block anything coming their way.
On a special night for the Northampton community, opening night for the Kids’ new stadium, Parkland sent the fans and team home unhappy in a 35-0 win to remain unbeaten at 2-0.
All 35 points came in the first half to quiet a packed house at the brand new Al Erdosy Field, the team’s first true home game in three years.
After two weeks of play, as expected, the Parkland football team remains undefeated with convincing wins over Dieruff and Northampton. But on the opposing sidelines at Parkland School District Stadium this Friday night will await another unbeaten. Central Catholic is a suprising 2-0 team The Vikings took down Pocono Mountain East and Whitehall the first two weeks of the season.
This is a different Vikings team than the past couple of years. Parkland head coach Jim Morgans knows the Central Catholic program all too well.
When asked before the season about replacing eight starters on defense from last year’s team, head coach Jim Morgans was quick to note that there are still a lot of players back that have valuable experience and that this may be the most depth the Trojans have had in years.
The Parkland defense proved its head coach correct in shutting out Dieruff over the first half of last Friday’s season opener. The Huskies got their two touchdowns in the second half after Parkland’s first team had mostly been on the sideline.