Ntoh scores 4 TDs in win over PMW
Sone Ntoh expected to be part of a backfield tandem at Emmaus this season. The Hornet coaching staff and fans expected that too. But with an injury to his running mate, Ntoh moved into a lead role as the feature back and has been Emmaus’ workhorse for the past three games.
Saturday the junior tied his career high with four touchdowns in a 63-13 win over Pocono Mountain West. He carried the ball just nine times for 136 yards.
“I care more about getting the win than my personal stats,” Ntoh said after the game. “If I have to do that to win games, then that’s what I have to do. If I have to rush for only two yards to win a game, then that’s what I have to do.”
While Ntoh is not concerned about stats, he’s been piling them up the past three weeks since the injury to Lubens Myers caused an increased workload. Ntoh rushed for 406 yards over the past three games on 52 carries with six touchdowns.
Along with his productivity, the Emmaus coaching staff likes the way Ntoh is developing on and off the field.
“Sone’s a great kid,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “No matter what the situation is he can get you to loosen up a bit. He’s a great kid inside the [school] building, which to me matters a lot. Teachers have nothing but great things to say about him. He’s part of a leadership council we’re starting at the school. Academics, he’s a 3.5-plus student. I can’t say enough about him.
“He’s a great teammate. Even though he’s a junior he’s showing some good leadership skills. When things aren’t going our way he’s starting to get a little more vocal and trying to get everybody on track and being positive. It says a lot about his confidence and his leadership ability. And I think the kids respond to it, which is good.”
Saturday’s win snapped a two-game losing streak for Emmaus (2-2), which fell to a pair of undefeated teams in Whitehall and Bethlehem Catholic on consecutive weeks.
The Hornets jumped out to a 21-0 lead Saturday against the Panthers as Ntoh scored on his first two carries on runs of 52 and 8 yards. Blake Reed connected with Deonte Castro for Emmaus’ third score of the first quarter.
The Panthers put together a 10-play scoring drive in which they gained all of their yards through the air to make it 21-7 with 17 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Hornets added three more touchdowns before halftime. Castro caught a 14-yard touchdown pass for his second of the game. Ntoh ran 14 yards for a scored and Isaiah McPherson returned a kick off 79 yards for a score and a 42-13 halftime lead.
Ntoh’s fourth touchdown came on Emmaus’ first possession of the third quarter, a 3-yard run that put the game in the mercy rule at 49-13 with 11:02 left in the third quarter.
The Hornets got their final touchdowns on a 4-yard Mekhi Flannigan run and a 6-yard scamper by Colton Scott.
While Fairclough was happy with the win, he was disappointed that at times his team struggled to slow down Pocono Mountain West’s passing game.
The Panthers completed 13 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
“It’s a concern,” said Fairclough. “Somebody throws for over 200 yards, even over 150 yards, it’s a concern. It’s one of our goals every week and I think we haven’t achieved it. It’s frustrating because we’re correcting mistakes and guys aren’t executing what we’re asking them to do. We made some tweaks scheme-wise, but it’s about executing when you’re on the field.”