Running back Jahan Worth has been the focal point of the Parkland offense since week one. With opposing teams stacking the box to stop him and the surge of senior quarterback Michael Ruisch, Worth has shared the workload in some recent games.
But last Friday night, the Trojans leaned heavily on Worth and the senior was at his best.
Parkland didn’t come out showing its best against a tough Northampton team in field hockey. Northampton seemed to be picking up some momentum throughout the first half and was working through the rugged Parkland defense to get some scoring opportunities, but goalkeeper Brie Barraco turned away shots to keep the game scoreless until the Parkland offense could figure things out. The result was a 2-0 win for Parkland (9-5-1 EPC, 9-7-1 overall).
Just one team remains unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after the seventh Friday night of the 2017 high school football season. Several games on this week’s card have District 11 Class 6A playoff implications. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s action.
The Trojans won a battle of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams with a 38-24 win over the Hawks.
Parkland didn’t get off to the best start last Friday night against Whitehall. But the way the Trojan football team finished gave the rest of the Lehigh Valley a glimpse as to how difficult they might be to knock off.
Tied at 21-21 in the fourth quarter, Parkland scored the final 10 points to hand the Zephyrs a 31-21 loss on Friday night at Whitehall High School. The Trojans (6-0) rallied from two early one-touchdown deficits in the first half.
The win awarded Parkland with the traditional Joe Gerencser trophy, given to the winner of this annual rivalry game.
The Parkland boys soccer team played perhaps its best game of the season against rival Emmaus, beating the Hornets 3-0 to take both regular season games against the division foe.
As it turned out, the game went much like the first meeting between the two teams, with Parkland getting an early goal to make things tough on Emmaus. The Parkland defense was so stifling that it didn’t allow a shot on goal in the game.
Three Parkland golfers competed in Monday’s District 11 qualifier at Olde Homestead Golf Course.
The Trojans’ Jake Nimeh and Ava Sweeney earned a spot in next Monday’s district championship tournament at Lehigh Country Club.
Nimeh shot 84 to tie for 10th-place in the 39-player boys field. Sweeney shot 100 for second place in the girls qualifier, which had six participants.
Parkland’s Trevor Grimm also played in the event, shooting 101 for 35th place in the boys field.
When the Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams last took the court against each other two weeks ago, the Green Hornets accomplished a feat that not only was long coming for them, but also every other team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.
Emmaus swept the Trojans in straight sets, ending a 120-match win streak for Parkland, dating back to 2009.
But beating a team twice in the same season, let alone in a two-week span is tough, and Parkland had even more motivation this time around.
With the parity that exists in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division in 2017, every win is a big one.
After five mostly convincing wins to open the season, the Parkland football team came from behind for the first time this year, and held on for a 31-21 win last Friday night at Whitehall High School.
This week the Trojans host an undefeated Bethlehem Catholic in a battle between the last two unbeaten teams in the EPC.
For 40 minutes Monday evening, Parkland was shut out against rival Emmaus. One could even argue the host Hornets edged the Trojans in possession and key chances on goal in the first half.
The final 40 minutes was a completely different story. And Parkland got a boost from a familiar source.
Parkland remained one of two undefeated teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win over Whitehall Friday night. The other EPC unbeaten, Bethlehem Catholic, plays a Saturday evening game.
Palisades is still the only Colonial League team without a loss after rolling to a win over Salisbury.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action. For more see this week’s Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The Trojans overcame an early deficit to beat Whitehall 31-21 and remain undefeated.