After a tepid first quarter, the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks (3-1, 2-2) pounced on, and all over, the Parkland Trojans (2-2, 1-2) in a 44-7 mercy-rule rout at BASD Stadium. The defeat raised many questions for the Trojans.
Four games into the season, the Trojans are a .500 team and heading in the wrong direction.
The Parkland football team has relied heavily on its defense over the years. That defense was needed for a final stand against unbeaten Freedom last Friday, but was unable to stop a fourth down attempt and the clock wound down in a 21-18 loss to the Patriots last week in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference showdown at Parkland School District Stadium.
Freedom’s powerful offensive line and skillful backfield took the stage and came through when they needed to most and killed off the final 6:38 off the clock to hang on for the victory.
The Parkland football team came one fourth down stop from getting the ball back with a chance at defeating Freedom last week, but the Trojans could not make the stop. Now Parkland (2-1 overall, 1-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South) will look to bounce back and start another win streak when it travels to take on Bethlehem Catholic (2-1, 1-1) on Saturday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
The Golden Hawks’ only loss of the season also came against the Patriots, who beat Beca and Parkland in back-to-back week.
The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams have a penchant for playing close games that go until the final whistle. That was once again the case in their matchup last Wednesday.
Emmaus’s Andrew Gaines followed up on a rebound off of a direct kick from about 40-yards away from net and broke a 1-1 deadlock when he scored a golden goal 3:06 into overtime to help the Green Hornets take down the Trojans 2-1 at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
The day before the Parkland girls tennis season, head coach Mike Hingston said his team would likely be - if nothing else - consistent in its approach to the sport. If things went well, he hoped Parkland would be among the top three or four teams in the East Penn Conference.
Nine games into the season, the Lady Trojans have made Hingston a prophet. With a 9-0 record, they certainly have been consistent and they definitely are among the top three or four teams in the EPC.
A positive attitude goes a long way.
Stephen Ott says this early and often when he’s coaching his athletes at Parkland High School.
“I want my student-athletes to be good people,” Ott says. “Their attitudes are very important to the success they have on and off the course. I remind them that whether they think they can, or think they can’t, they are right.”
Ott is a go-getter. You have to be taking over the Trojan cross country and track field programs from a coaching legends in Loretta Dodson and Scott Levan. But if anyone could, it would be Ott.
After an emotional setback to Central Catholic last Tuesday night, the Parkland girls volleyball team had to face rival Emmaus two nights later.
The Trojans, coming off their first loss of the season, were fired up in front of their home crowd. They took care of the Hornets in four sets by scores of 25-18, 24-26, 25-21 and 25-22 last Thursday night at Parkland High School.
The Parkland field hockey team was able to ease into the season with its first game being at home against Pocono Mountain West.
The Lady Trojans showed themselves to be a superior team and opened the season with a convincing 10-0 win, getting goals from eight different players in the game.
In all, Parkland managed to get 70 shots on goal and 22 corners against Pocono Mountain West. While the number of shots was great to see, Trojan head coach Lizzie Millen did find one area that she would like to see her players improve upon.
It is a matchup that the Parkland football team has had circled on its calendar for almost a year. Friday night, the Trojans square up against Freedom, the defending District 11 Class 6A champions, and the only team other than Parkland to win the district title since 2011.
The Trojans (2-0 overall, 1-0 EPC South Division) scored just 14 points last week and were a fingertip away from dropping the contest with the Vikings as a pass into the end zone went through the hands of a Central receiver as time expired in a 14-8 Parkland win last Friday night.
The adage is football is a game of inches.
In both the Parkland and Central Catholic football teams’ perspective, that was never more true in their most recent meeting.
On an attempted pass into the end zone on the final play of the game as time expired, the ball went through the hands of a leaping Vikings wide receiver for an incomplete pass. A couple of inches lower, that ball may have been caught.