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Parkland looks to take the next step vs. St. Joe's Prep

Friday, November 29, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Last year around this time, the Parkland football team headed off the field at Northeast High School in Philadelphia on the losing end of a 28-7 game against LaSalle College High School.

The Trojans find themselves in a similar position, this time staying in the Lehigh Valley with a PIAA quarterfinal matchup against Saint Joseph's Prep Saturday afternoon at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

Parkland (12-1 overall) heads into the game off a dominating performance last...

Line play leads PHS to 11 straight wins

Friday, November 29, 2013 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

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...

Williams runs for 308 yards, Parkland avenges loss to Red Rovers

Friday, November 29, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Boston College's Andre Williams leads NCAA Division I with over 2000 yards and 16 touchdowns through 11 games, claiming his candidacy for a Heisman trophy. His younger brother, Kareem, is putting together quite an individual season as well while leading the Parkland Trojans through a District 11 playoff run. The senior has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and has become the team's go-to back in the second half of the season.

"We both want to go out there and shine well for our family,"...

BC's Williams leads the nation

Friday, November 22, 2013 by TODD KRESS in Sports

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.

"I've been through my ups and downs at BC," Williams said. "I've been...

Redmonds' picks lead defense

Friday, November 22, 2013 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

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 two each had just as big of an impact...

Trojans top Whitehall

Friday, November 22, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland running game, and in particular senior Kareem Williams, broke out in a big way in the second half of last week's subregional semifinal football game.

The junior pushed the Trojans to a 27-10 win last Friday night at Whitehall High School. The win gives Parkland a chance at revenge against Easton in the District 11 Class AAAA final Friday at Parkland School District stadium.

It took a little while for the rushing attack to get going. If not for a 35-yard touchdown...

Revenge is up for grabs vs. Red Roveers

Friday, November 22, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

On Friday night the Parkland football team will line up across the field from a familiar opponent. Two of the areas prominent programs will battle it out for the District 11 Class AAAA championship and a spot in the state tournament.

Parkland and Easton squared off back in early September, and the Red Rovers dominated the Trojans, shutting them out 24-0. But don't expect the same outcome this time around. More than 10 weeks later, both teams are different, especially Parkland (11-1),...

Freedom grad helps Olympic swimmers prepare for 2016

Friday, November 22, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

You could say that Dr. Jason Batley has had a successful career.

The 1988 Freedom graduate grew up in Bethlehem and eventually went on to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Now, he's part of a new swim team located just outside of Charlotte, NC, that is preparing some of the top swimmers in the country for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Batley, who has lived in Davidson, NC, for the past five years, is the head team doctor for an organization called Team Elite, which is led...

A wealth of skill players makes the read-option perfect for PHS

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

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.

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Cross completes 13 passes in win over Mountianeers

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland football team finished the regular season with nine wins, due in large part to an explosive rushing attack and a solid defense.

Both showed up in full force last Friday night, but it was another element that the Trojans utilized well to defeat Stroudsburg 35-21 in the Districts 2-11 4A Subregional quarterfinal at Parkland School District Stadium.

With teams realizing the weapons in the backfield, they will stack the box to slow down the strength of the Parkland (10...