Hornets hammer Dieruff
It says a little something about the expectations of this year’s Emmaus High School football team that after a 62-19 opening-night win, the focus immediately after the horn sounded was on getting better for next week.
The Hornets routed Dieruff in front of a home crowd to open the 2017 season. Seven different Emmaus players scored touchdowns and the mercy-rule clock was running the entire second half.
But 10 penalties in the game were the first thing quarterback Blake Reed talked about after throwing three touchdown passes in the win.
“Like coach told us,” said Reed, “we had 10 penalties tonight and that just won’t get it done against better teams. We’re back at it tomorrow, getting film. Then Monday we’ll work on getting better.”
The defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champions scored on their first three possessions of the game and took a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Lubens Myers (6 carries, 131 yards, 2 touchdowns) went 35 yards on three carries to set up Izaiah McPherson’s 16-yard touchdown reception.
Running back Sone Ntoh (12 carries, 73 yards, 2 TD) got in the end zone on Emmaus’ next drive, carrying seven times on a 10-play drive capped by his one-yard run for a touchdown.
Myers got his first touchdown of the game on the first play of the Hornets’ third possession, scampering 54 yards for a score with 2:44 left in the first period.
Dieruff got on the board with a 56-yard touchdown reception by Shaijzon Frnaklin. The Hornets answered with a nine-play drive that ended with Ntoh’s 15-yard run to pay dirt early in the second quarter.
Dieruff hit on another big pass play in the second quarter when quarterback Quidanie Vega hit Jahsiah Underwood for a 23-yard touchdown to bring the score to 28-13 with 7:54 left in the first half.
Emmaus added three more touchdowns before halftime.
Reed connected with Josh Artis for a 37-yard touchdown with 5:18 left in the second quarter.
The Hornet defense then forced a three-and-out but had to get right back on the field after a penalty for roughing the punter gave Dieruff a fresh set of downs. Emmaus’ defense was up the challenge, stopping the Huskies to get the ball back near midfield.
Three plays later Reed ran 19 yards for his first rushing touchdown of the season with 1:45 left in the first half.
Emmaus’ defense propelled it to another score before halftime. After forcing another three-and-out, the Hornets took advantage of a bad punt snap, forced a fumble and got the ball back at the Huskies’ 13-yard line with 30 second left in the half.
Reed hit fullback Noah Breidinger with a swing pass that went for a touchdown and a 49-13 lead heading into intermission.
Myers scored on a 45-yard run to start the second half. Cody Gross capped the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run.
Gross marked the seventh different Hornet to get into the end zone in the game.
“We’ve got a lot of weapons,” said Reed. “Everybody’s just got to do our job. It starts with the front five. When they get a hat on a hat, they let us do big things. I thought [the offensive line] played great.”
Emmaus will need another great effort this Friday night at Whitehall. The Zephyrs dispatched of Pocono Mountain East 55-12 last week and will be looking for a statement win against the defending league champs this week.
One key to winning this week will be cutting down on the penalties. Another key for this week and the entire season is for the team not to worry about outside expectations.
“It’s just a matter of managing the expectations,” said Fairclough. “We set some realistic short-term goals that we’re going to focus on instead of everybody’s else’s expectations. We know what our goals are. We know where we want to be at the end of the season. We just have to take it week by week, one game at a time, one practice at a time. If we can commit to doing all that, we are going to be fine and the expectations shouldn’t get to us.
“The expectations around here that we place on our players is high enough. I hope we can commit to getting better next week, watching film. That’s what it’s about. If we can block out the outside noise and the hype. This game next week is going to be hyped up big time. If we sit and listen to what everybody is saying then we’ll be in trouble. If not we’ll be all right.”