All they wanted to do was get back out on the field. Coaches and players alike were pumped up all week leading up to last Friday night’s game.
After losing to Liberty 14-6 the weekend before, not recording a touchdown in their first defeat of the season, the Parkland football team was eager to show that September 9 was just an off night in what the Trojans hope to be another long season.
The motivation was there, and it showed on both sides of the ball at Cottingham Stadium last Friday as the Trojans shut out Easton 28-0 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference showdown.
Parkland field hockey coach Lizzie Millen wasn’t very happy with her team’s play through the first 30 minutes of its game against undefeated Moravian Academy Monday night.
By the end of the game though, her players had made Millen very happy when they rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Lions 4-3 in overtime.
The Parkland girls volleyball team faced a rare situation last weekend. The Trojans did not come out on a top of a match.
Hosting the Parkland Invitational, which head coach Mike Krause is known to always schedule elite competition, Parkland was ousted in the semifinals by Bishop Shanahan (ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A) by scores of 25-19, 25-16. The Eagles were then beaten by Liberty in the championship match 25-17, 25-16.
Parkland boys soccer coach Patrick Birns has kept in touch with an old high school friend, Owen Finberg, who now heads up the soccer program at South Kent School in Connecticut. South Kent is the defending High School National Champions and Finberg is the reigning national Coach of the Year.
The two old friends met once before as coaches when Finberg was the coach at West Nottingham Academy in Maryland. In that previous meeting, Birns got the best of his old buddy with a win, but this time around, it was Finberg evening the slate when South Kent beat Parkland 2-0.
With a rekindled attitude and approach, Andre Williams came into Giants’ camp this summer looking to make an impact with a different twist. He usually has managed to take advantage of his chances on and off the field.
After bursting on the scene in his rookie season as New York’s fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft, the former Parkland High standout struggled through last season, as he gained 257 yards on 88 carries, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry. His playing time was affected when the team signed free agent Shane Vereen, often creating a three-to-four-back offense
The Parkland golf team is 11-2 this season with just over a week left in the season.
The Trojans host Bethlehem Catholic on Thursday and face Emmaus Tuesday in a match that could determine which team earns a place in the District 11 team tournament.
Parkland football head coach Tim Moncman described the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football league as “very balanced” and “a slugfest every week.”
That has held true as his 2-1 Trojans were knocked off by 3-0 Liberty last Friday night 14-6 in a battle of unbeaten league foes. During the same night, 2-1 Easton dropped previously undefeated Freedom 27-20.
“Every week is a battle in our conference,” Moncman said. “You have to be prepared and ready to play each game, or you could go down. That showed last weekend.”
Parkland’s boys cross country team will surely be a contender when late October rolls around. If anyone needed evidence that the Trojans’ are going to be a mighty team this fall, the DeSales Invitational results should prove it.
Parkland crushed the competition last Saturday on a sweltering day in Center Valley. The Trojans, with three runners in the top 10 of a strong 136-man field, ran away with first place. They scored 48 points as a team, well ahead of second place William Tennent at 70.
When the ball hit the court and the final point was scored, the Parkland girls volleyball team swept Dieruff in three straight games, 25-6, 25-9 and 25-13 to move to 2-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
But last Thursday night’s victory over the Huskies was an even bigger win for the program. The Trojans reached a milestone of 100 consecutive league match wins, dating back to the 2009 season. It has been a long time since Parkland last lost in the conference, it took head coach Mike Krause a few minutes to think of who was in his senior class when the streak started.
Last Friday night’s clash at Parkland School District Stadium set up to be a high-scoring affair between the undefeated Liberty and Parkland football teams. The Trojans were averaging 47 points through their first two games, and the Hurricanes had a 35-point average a game after two contests.
But that was far from the case.