East Penn Press

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hornets head to Nazareth

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

When the Emmaus football team walked off the field last weekend at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium, the Hornets knew they let one slip away. They dropped another one-score game, and one that could have went in their favor if not for a couple of plays.

“We have to eliminate penalties and play with consistent energy and effort,” said head coach Harold Fairclough. “We had over 420 yards of total offense, but we consistently shot ourselves in the foot. We had a touchdown called back and a first-and-goal from the 10 yard-line and ended up with fourth-and-goal from the 25.”

Emmaus (3-3 overall, 1-3 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South) has suffered three losses in their division on the season, all of which have come by just one touchdown.

“I have said this for years but I truly believe this league is one of the best in the state of Pennsylvania,” Fairclough said. “From the coaches down to the players, you face top-notch talent week in and week out. It’s a grind.”

Emmaus travels to Andrew Leh stadium to take on Nazareth Friday night. The Blue Eagles were 48-13 winners over Northampton last weekend and feature an electric wide receiver in senior Jahan Dotson. Dotson is the focal point of the offense and a UCLA commit.

“Dotson is awesome,” Fairclough said. “We can only hope to contain him. We will throw the kitchen sink at him. But he’s not the only playmaker they have so we have to play good, sound-team defense.”

The key for the Hornets’ defense will be to get to young quarterback, sophomore Anthony Harris and not give him time to find Dotson. But that will be harder than they think.

“Getting pressure on the quarterback is difficult because he gets rid of the ball so quick,” said Fairclough. “They throw a lot of screens and quick hitting routes. Pressure rarely gets there because the ball is out of his hands so quick.”