As the Parkland football team recently captured its second consecutive District 11 Class AAAA championship, Dominic Rossetti's journey to that level was a bit different than many of his Trojan teammates.
Rossetti, a senior left guard for the Trojans, was looking for a change after his junior football season. The thing is, he wasn't a member of the Trojans just yet.
It's funny how much things can change in the span of a couple of months.
After suffering its worst defeat of the season in a 24-0 week two loss to Easton, Parkland looked drastically different in a rematch of the two teams with much more at stake.
One major reason that the Trojans won in shutout fashion this time around was their superb play on both the offensive and defensive lines.
"Last time we played them, we couldn't run inside zone," Parkland head coach Jim Morgans said. "We didn't get anything with inside zone. But we were determined to run it and we did.
The Lehigh Valley is certainly aware what Andre Williams can do out of the backfield after watching him at Parkland High School.
Now the entire nation is getting a clear view of the Boston College senior running back.
While Williams continues to make history in the collegiate ranks at Boston College, in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision, he remains humble.
The duo of senior brothers Eli Redmond and Najee Redmond have played slightly different roles in Parkland's defensive secondary throughout the season.
While Eli, who was recently recognized as a Lehigh Valley Conference First Team All-Star, has been a regular starter at cornerback for the Trojans, Najee usually doesn't. However, Najee did start opposite his brother at cornerback in last week's subregional semifinal against Whitehall.
The read-option offense in football has made its mark at the collegiate and professional levels, and is now being utilized in the high school ranks too.
This type of offense entails getting the ball in the hands of the team's playmakers often, giving the quarterback a vast majority of freedom, and using a no-huddle approach that results in team's scoring at a high-rate.
In the Lehigh Valley Conference, no team is running the read-option offense as efficient as Parkland.
Over the course of five postseason gamestwo in leagues and three in districtsthe Parkland boys' soccer team hadn't allowed a goal.
When the Trojans opened up play in the state tournament, the defense kept District 1's Conestoga out of goal for nearly 78 minutes.
But with a little over two minutes to play in regulation, Conestoga was able to do something that neither of the Trojans' previous five opponents could.
Approaching Parkland's goal line, Kyle Pettican found Thijs Everts in front of the Trojans' goal.
Since the final game of the regular season, the Parkland boys' soccer team had not allowed a postseason goal in three matches heading into the district semifinal matchup against Pleasant Valley.
And while the postseason games continue to increase in meaningfulness, the Trojans put together another standout effort defensively against the Bears.
In Tuesday night's District 11 3A boys soccer semifinals at Emmaus High School, the No. 2 seeded Trojans used a 3-0 victory over the No. 3 seeded Bears to advance to the district finals.
Parkland girls soccer coach Al Haddad made a late first-half substitution during Tuesday's district semifinal match against Whitehall, putting freshman Lauren Madeira onto the field.
Little did anyone know the impact that would have minutes later.
Tied 1-1 late in the first half of play, Madeira connected on a goal with 1:02 left in the first half that gave the Trojans a one-goal lead. The No. 4 seedeTrojans went on to win by a score of 2-1 against the No. 9 seed Zephyrs on Tuesday in the District 11 Class AAA girls soccer semifinals at Emmaus High School.