Castro blows by Hurricanes
Emmaus senior quarterback Blake Reed and junior wide receiver Deonte Castro both had career-best performances in leading the Emmaus football team to a 28-13 victory over Liberty at East Penn School District Stadium on homecoming night last Friday.
Reed completed 11 of 20 passes for a career-high 195 yards, including three touchdowns. Castro caught five passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, both career highs. Castro’s second touchdown gave the Green Hornets (5-3 overall, 3-3 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) a two-score cushion in the third quarter, their largest lead of the game.
It was the second straight win for Emmaus, and an important one in the league and District 11 playoff picture with the Hurricanes (3-5) coming into the contest just one game behind in the standings.
“Deonte’s coming along and he’s an explosive player,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “He came through tonight. Blake has been consistent for us back there all season.”
Castro and Reed connected for the opening score of the game just two minutes in. Castro took a screen pass and darted down field behind a slew of blockers for a 36-yard touchdown.
“I saw a lot of blockers in front of me,” said Castro. “I wouldn’t have gotten in if it wasn’t for my line. They made the path, so I went along for the ride.”
Reed found Castro again in the third quarter for a touchdown that put the Green Hornets comfortably ahead by two scores late in the quarter for their biggest lead of the game.
After Hurricanes quarterback Todd Erney rushed in from a yard away to tie the game at seven midway through the second quarter, the teams struggled to find any rhythm offensively and they went into the locker rooms with the same score at halftime.
At the start of the second half, Castro turned a short pass into a 63-yard completion that set up the go-ahead Emmaus touchdown, a three-yard run by Noah Breidinger.
“Deonte really stepped up for us tonight,” said Reed. “Offensively it all starts up front with our offensive line. They played really well and gave me time to find the receivers.”
Erney connected with Javonte Haynes for a 10-yard touchdown, and even after the extra point attempt failed, Liberty trailed by just eight points, 21-13 early in the fourth quarter.
But another screen pass put this one away.
Reed threw to junior running back Lubens Myers, who raced 25 yards for the touchdown with 3:15 remaining.
Playing without Myers’ running mate Sone Ntoh, Castro felt like he needed to step up.
“We were stuck a little bit on offense for a while,” said Castro. “So it felt great to help out.”
Next up for the Hornets is the final home game of the regular season against Easton (6-2, 4-2) on Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium.