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Liberty has two-game win streak

Friday, October 13, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

This Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium a matchup of two Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division football teams come into the game after wins last weekend, and both teams could use another victory to improve their District 11 playoff standing.

Emmaus (4-3 overall, 2-3 EPC South) bounced back from a one-score loss to Freedom with a high-scoring 55-42 win last weekend at Nazareth. Liberty (3-4, 1-4) comes to Emmaus riding a two-game win streak with victories over Dieruff and Northampton the last two games.

The Hurricanes opened the season with losses in four of their first five games. Hornets head coach Harold Fairclough isn’t looking at Liberty’s win-loss record.

“We expect this team to come out swinging,” said Fairclough. “They have always been a physical program that takes pride in what they do. Both of our games last year were tough, physical battles and I don’t expect anything less this year.”

Liberty has struggled offensively through the air. It averages fewer than 100 yards passing a game, one of only two teams in the division with that mark.

The Hurricanes like to rely on its run game. Junior running back Nasir Legree has been the go-to guy and has topped 100 rushing yards in three straight games.

“They are a pretty balanced team offensively,” Fairclough said. “From what we saw they are physical up front, which allows them to mix it up. They have a physical running back who runs hard and has the speed to take it the distance if we are not disciplined with our assignments. In the passing game they get the ball out quick and try to take advantage of their matchups. They have a few skill kids that they try to get the ball to and can take it the distance. They have big play ability in both the run and pass game.”

The Green Hornets offense has scored at least 35 points in five of their seven games this season. Liberty has tallied at least 35 points three times, but twice in the last two games (35-7 vs Dieruff, 35-14 vs Northampton).

“Our offense has been clicking of late and it would be nice to keep it going,” said Fairclough. “[Running backs] Sone [Ntoh] and Lubens [Myers] have been playing really well, we’ll have to keep giving them the ball and letting them do their thing.”