Football heads to PMW on Saturday
Coming off last year’s league championship season, Emmaus had high hopes for this year’s Hornet football team.
After their first district playoff win since 2008, the Hornets wanted even more out of this season after going 9-1 in the 2016 regular season.
Despite two losses straight losses and a 1-2 record through three games, the team hasn’t changed its goals.
“I told the kids,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough, “that the most important thing after this loss is that we have to stick together and not let anybody outside this program tear us apart. We played two really good teams and had a chance in the fourth quarter to tie or win the game. Unfortunately we came up short. All three phases of the game had a hand in the loss. We just have to continue committing to get better everyday and control what we can control.”
After a seven-point loss to Whitehall in week two, Emmaus (1-2 overall, 0-2 EPC South) suffered the same fate last weekend at home against Bethlehem Catholic, as they dropped that one 28-21. Both games were tied in the fourth quarter and were decided by a late touchdown.
This week Emmaus heads to Pocono Mountain West’s new stadium for a Saturday game that kicks off a noon. The Panthers are 0-3 this season, but the Hornets have no intentions of looking past them.
“I think the have some big, athletic players on both sides of the ball,” said Fairclough. “Defensively they mix their schemes up a bunch, which could cause some problems for us. I think they are also very aggressive defensively. Offensively the are big up front and that size has given us some problems the last couple weeks.
“I definitely don’t think this is a trap game. We have no room for error or a let down any week of the season. We have to focus on getting better no matter who we play. The kids and staff are definitely hungry to get back in the win column.”
Emmaus came into the season expecting to rely heavily on the run game and the junior backs Lubens Myers and Sone Nto. But Myers suffered a leg injury early on in the Zephyrs game and missed the entirety of the Golden Hawks game last week. He’s day-to-dy according to Fairclough.
After this week’s trip to the Poconos, Emmaus returns home Sept. 22 to host Northampton.