After outscoring Emmaus 8-1 in their two regular season meetings this season, it looked like the Eastern Pennsylvania semifinal matchup between the Trojans and Hornets was going to be somewhat lopsided when Parkland jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half.
Parkland is known for making adjustments at halftime that generate more goals in the second half, but this time it was different. In the end, Parkland grabbed a 3-2 win, but it wasn’t easy as the Hornets completely outplayed Parkland in the final half.
Mason Vogwill lived on the edge for the final two weeks of his high school golf career.
The Northwestern senior finished just two shots over the cut in a district qualifier to earn his spot in the championships. Then at last Wednesday’s District 11 Class 3A tournament, Vogwill found himself on the other side of the cut by a slim margin. He shot 82 at districts, which was held at Olde Homestead after a postponement Monday moved the event from Lehigh Country Club. He tied for ninth place and was one stroke short of moving on to the PIAA East Regional Championship.
After winning their first 17 games of the season, the Emmaus field hockey team went to Parkland High School for the final game of the regular season looking to remain perfect for the third straight season.
After giving Emmaus all it could handle in a 2-1 overtime game earlier in the season, Parkland was looking to end that streak of perfection. Parkland again gave Emmaus a strong effort last week, but came up short in a 3-0 loss to the Hornets.
Tough, hard-fought games are what Parkland had faced the last few weeks of the high school football season.
That was not the case last Friday night as the defending four-time district champs induced the mercy rule and beat Pocono Mountain East 49-0.
“We challenged the kids this week, “ said Parkland head coach Tim Moncman. “We’ve gone through a pretty rough stretch, but we wanted to see 48 minutes of football and that’s what we got here [against Pocono Mountain East].”
The Parkland football team has been unblemished through the first eight weeks of the regular season, and this Friday night, the Trojans have their final road game of the regular season when the visit Northampton’s Erdosy Field.
If the Trojans (8-0 overall, 6-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) take care of business and win Friday night, they will lock in the number one seed in the District 11 Class 6A tournament, which begins in two weeks.
Parkland enters this weekend’s contest coming off a 49-0 victory at Pocono Mountain East last Friday.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys soccer semifinal game between Parkland and Freedom was barely under way when the Trojans hit their first goal of the night that made it look like it might be a long night for the Patriots. Instead, Freedom kept Parkland at bay and it would be another 42 minutes until the Trojans scored again.
When all was said and done, Parkland advanced with a 2-1 win over Freedom in a game that got pretty testy at times, especially in the second half.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top two teams rolled to victories Friday night, while in the Colonial League Northwestern put a scare in once-beaten Southern Lehigh before falling to the Spartans.
Here’s a look at some of the action in the eighth week of the 2017 high school football season.
The Golden Hawks cruies to a 56-14 win over Whitehall.
Senior night is always a big night for high school teams and Parkland’s celebration on Tuesday turned out to have a couple extra highlights to it, including a 6-0 win over Northampton.
The usual game plan is to start some of the senior players who don’t get much playing time, or try to get them some significant playing time during the game. With a roster featuring 14 seniors, it was impossible for every senior to start, but that problem worked itself out when senior starters Bryce Evans, Andrew Luchansky and Owen Iacobelli came up with a plan.
Parkland spent much of the first half of its game against Northwestern attacking the Tigers goal, but came away empty thanks to some acrobatics by goalkeeper McKenna Amey. In the end though, the Trojans kept their undefeated record intact with a 3-0 win over Northwestern in Monday’s non-conference game.
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.