On the field, this season has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for Andre Williams. Off the field, however, life is good for former Parkland High School and Boston College standout who is in his second year as a New York Giants running back.
As far as football, Williams is one of four running backs who have handled the Giants’ ground attack. Williams hasn’t been in the limelight much since last year when he was the team’s leading rusher with 721 yards and seven touchdowns on 217 carries.
When the final seconds ran off the clock at Wyoming Valley West High School last Friday night, Parkland walked away with a 63-21 win that probably wasn’t even as close of a game as the score indicated. And that was mostly the result of the Trojan defense shutting down one of the state’s top offenses.
Besides a pick-six touchdown, and a late score in the fourth quarter when the game was already wrapped up, the Parkland defense allowed just seven points against a team averaging more than 30 points per game.
Last Wednesday, Parkland quarterback Devante Cross celebrated his 18th birthday, the point in one’s life that enters a boy into adulthood.
Two days later, Cross flexed every muscle of his 6-2 frame when the Trojans needed it most.
Goal number two for the Parkland football was accomplished last Friday night when it beat Easton 37-0, which was followed up by a 55-35 Wyoming Valley West victory over Liberty to give the Trojans the District 11 championship.
But they want more. They’ve been here before.
Now begins the quest for a PIAA state championship and all of its glory.
Parkland (11-1) opens up the state tournament traveling to Kingston Friday night to square off with District 2 champion and undefeated Wyoming Valley West (12-0).
The much awaited and anticipated rifle deer-hunting season is upon us. The traditional post-Thanksgiving Monday deer season opener includes antlered and antlerless deer in most parts of the state. It’s a time when 750,000 orange-clad hunters head to state game lands, big woods country and small local woodlots in search of a big buck and some venison for the freezer.
Last Friday night was hyped up to be another typical Parkland-Easton clash in the Class AAAA subregional football tournament. But the Trojans quickly put that notion aside with dominant performances on both sides of the ball.
A 24-point second quarter put the game out of reach, as Parkland’s defense pitched a shutout in a 37-0 mercy rule win against the Red Rovers at Parkland School District Stadium. The Trojans move on to this Friday’s subregional final against
The journey might be over, but the memories will last a lifetime.
Four years ago the players that are now seniors on Parkland’s girls volleyball team came into the program hoping to uphold a legacy of success. They didn’t just uphold a tradition of greatness, they took it a step further.
Playing from behind isn’t something the Parkland girls volleyball has to do often. But that didn’t concern the Lady Trojans went they fell into a two-game deficit in Saturday’s state championship match against Hempfield.
When the stakes were at their highest, the Lady Trojans played their best, coming back to win the match 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-16, 15-12) and earn their second straight state championship.
The Lady Trojans opened up their PIAA first round game against Cumberland Valley with a three-goal barrage in the first 10 minutes of the game, but remarkably, it wasn’t enough.
The Eagles came back with four second-half goals and a 4-3 win. The loss eliminated Parkland from the state tournament.
For a team that allowed just five goals all season coming into the game, the offensive outburst by Cumberland Valley was certainly unexpected.
For a while now, it seems that the road to the District 11 championship always goes through either Parkland or Easton. This year is no different. For the fourth straight season, the Trojans and the Red Rovers will meet in the postseason. The winner will advance to the District 2-11 Subregional championship game.
“These are two great teams, two great programs,” said head coach Jim Morgans. “Ever since I’ve been here, Easton has been a constant in the district playoffs. We have formed a rivalry with them and both of us have won a lot of big games.”