Football hosts Red Rovers Friday night
The Emmaus football team could not have asked for a better way to end its 2017 regular season home part of the schedule.
Looking for their fourth win in the five home games this year, the Hornets (5-3 overall, 3-3 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) host a tough matchup against Easton (6-2, 4-2) Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium.
Both Easton and Emmaus, who sit at third and fifth, respectively, in the EPC South standings, are coming into the game off of two consecutive victories.
The game is also important in seedings for the District 11 Class 6A tournament, which begins Nov. 3. The Hornets are fourth in the district rankings through eight games.
Easton (6-2) currently occupies the second spot in the district rankings, behind Parkland (8-0) and ahead of Stroudsburg (7-1).
After winning its first three games of the season, Easton lost two of three before its current two-game win streak.
The Rovers defeated Northampton 42-7 on the road last Friday night.
“Easton has been pretty consistent all year,” said head coach Harold Fairclough. “They had some bumps in the road just like everyone else. They are very physical in all three phases of the game. I think they have gotten better in all three phases. Offensively they are running the ball well with [Harold] Reynolds and [Israel] Selassie.
“Their quarterback [Scott Poulson] has a ton of good targets to throw to. [Eddie] Olsen and [Jakob] Herres are all making big plays off of their play action and special teams are always solid for them.”
Easton is a very experienced team, with four of the five names Fairclough mentioned being seniors, and Reynolds is a junior. The offense has averaged 51.5 points the last two games.
“Offensively they throw the ball well,” Fairclough said. “They get you with play action because they run the ball so well. Their quarterback is one of the best we have seen all year.”
Hornets senior quarterback Blake Reed is coming in off a big game last Friday night against Liberty. Reed threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns.
Reed, along with junior running backs Lubens Myers and Sone Ntoh will have their work cut out for them against a stout Easton defense that has allowed just 7.5 points the last two contests.
“We are going to run the game plan and try to put up some points to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Fairclough. “But it is going to be tough.”