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Hornets visit PHS for season finale

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Everyone around the Emmaus and Parkland football programs remembers the last matchup between these two rivals that ended the 2016 regular season.

A goal-line stand on fourth and one propelled the Green Hornets to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title in 2016, finishing the regular season 9-1 overall.

It is a new year and a different venue as Emmaus and Parkland will once again meet in the season finale Friday night, this time at Parkland School District Stadium.

“We’re all excited and we can’t wait to play them,” said Hornet senior wide receiver Josh Artis. “It’s going to take everyone playing at 110 percent and going all out. It is going to be a real physical game just like last year.”

The Green Hornets (6-3 overall, 4-3 EPC South Division) enter the game playing their best football of the season, winning their last three games, including a 30-20 victory over Easton last weekend.

The Trojans (9-0 overall, 7-0) come in undefeated and have already clinched the EPC championship and number one seed in the upcoming District 11 6A tournament that begins next weekend.

Both teams are riding a ton of momentum, and the win over the Rovers last Friday night may have come at just the right time for Emmaus.

“This [beating Easton] builds our confidence a lot,” Artis said. “This win really helps us. We’ve just got to focus throughout the week and not get ahead of ourselves and we’ll be fine.”

While Emmaus showed a balanced offense last week, the Trojans will likely look to shut down the running game and force the Hornets to beat them through the air.

Defensively, the Trojans have given up less than nine points per game, the lowest in the EPC.

On the opposite side of the ball, Parkland’s offense scores 36 points per game.

“It’s going to take everything that we have,” said head coach Harold Fairclough. “They are a very good football program. We need to play mistake-free in all three phases of the game.”