Boney, EHS run over Millionaires
In Randy Cuthbert’s first season as Emmaus’ head football coach, the Hornets reached the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Last season, Cuthbert’s second at the helm, the Hornets stuck around a week longer by reaching the title game.
This year, the team wants to keep up the progress by winning the EC title.
With a 61-22 win over Williamsport last Friday night, the Hornets earned a place in this week’s championship game. They will host Reading, which beat Pleasant Valley last week to get into the EC title game.
“When you consider where we came from it’s kind of amazing,” he said. “We were 1-4 and now we’re 6-5. We’ve played very well and continue to get better. Those are positive things.
“It would be a step forward to win this and get seven wins, which hasn’t been done in a while here. I think our kids realize that. It’s a good opportunity and if you get to end on a win, that doesn’t always happen, so that’s a good thing if we can pull it off.”
Emmaus beat Williamsport with another huge day from senior running back Kyle Boney, who became the program’s all-time leading rusher with his 311 yards and seven touchdowns on 30 carries. He now has 2,313 yards and 36 touchdowns this season.
“As great a player as he is, he’s a better person,” said Cuthbert. “He’s an awesome kid. He can run around you or run over you and he has moves. He’s a unique player.
“We felt they were kind of giving us the C gap area and outside a little bit. We just kind of exploited that. Our tight end and our wing did a really good job of picking up stunts and getting on the blocks and getting him some space.
Emmaus tolled up 438 rushing yards on 47 carries against the Millionaires.
Sal Pagano got Emmaus started with a 10-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the game.
After Williamsport answered with an 80-yard touchdown on its next offensive possession, the Hornets scored the next two on Boney runs of 4 and 16 yards for a 19-7 lead with 11:55 left in the first quarter.
The Millionaires closed the gap to 19-14 before Boney’s next touchdown, an 11-yard run that made it 26-14 with 7:57 left in the first half.
Williamsport found the end zone for the last time with 7:04 left in the first half to get within 26-22.
Boney scored two more times in the second quarter on runs of 11 and 16 yards, giving Emmaus a 40-22 halftime lead. He added two more in the third quarter on runs of 47 and 1 yard to put his team ahead 54-22 with 10:20 left in the game.
“It felt great,” said Boney. “Me and my team we worked really hard for this. We’re trying to end the season on a positive note so we can take the underclassmen into a good offseason.”
The Hornets capped the scoring on a 35-yard touchdown run by Lubens Myers with 3:50 left in the game.
Boney, who was recently names the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division Offensive Player of the Year, has one more game left in what’s been a remarkable senior season.
Because of his size, Boney didn’t play youth football as he couldn’t make weight. He took up the game in seventh grade and was used mostly as a fullback until high school.
Last season he missed a few games with an injury and when healthy, he shared backfield time with Andy Davidson, who is now playing Division I football at Army.
While Boney piles up the numbers and enjoys a lot of the accolades that go with it, he is quick to point out that each win is a team win and each loss is a team loss.
Even when the Hornets were 1-4, there was no finger pointing, no blame game. The team stuck together and climbed out of that hole.
“These guys have been great and they showed a lot of character and they stuck together,” said Cuthbert. “Sometimes when you get in situations like that it drives people apart and you have all kinds of problems. But that hasn’t been the case with these guys. I think it made them a little bit closer and pulled the team closer. That shows up on the field.”
“When you’re 1-4,” said Boney, “you find out a lot about people and you find out about yourself.
“We had a team meeting and the seniors realized we had only five games left. We didn’t want to go out like that. We wanted to try and do something special, the best we could do.”
If the team can stick together for one more win, it will leave the field as an Eastern Conference champion Friday night.