Parkland pummels Hornets
Coming off one of its best games of the season, the Emmaus football team seemed ready to give an undefeated Parkland team a fight in the regular season finale last Friday night.
But the Trojans had other ideas. They capped their perfect regular season with a 42-7 win over the Hornets.
Parkland came out throwing the ball, with quarterback Michael Ruisch completing 16 of 23 first-half passes for 289 yards. He finished the game with 355 passing yards and three touchdowns.
“They exposed one of our weaknesses,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “It doesn’t surprise me that they came out and threw the ball. They executed, so why stop? We couldn’t tackle well. We couldn’t even line up right.”
Parkland scored on its first two possessions with Ruisch hitting three different receivers on the Trojans’ opening drive to set up a one-yard Jahan Worth touchdown.
Worth, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season in Friday’s game, got his second one-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to put his team ahead 21-0. The Trojans extended their lead to 28-0 when Ruisch hit Josh Wagner for a 13-yard score with 52 seconds left in the first half.
Emmaus, which had just two first downs on its first four possessions, answered with a seven-play drive when Blake Reed hit Ben Maehrer with an 8-yard touchdown pass.
But the Trojans put the game into the mercy rule quickly in the second half. Ruisch found Tyler Hays for an 84-yard touchdown just a 1:50 in the third quarter. After an Emmaus fumble, Worth ran in from 16 yards out to put his team ahead 42-1 with 8:50 left in the third quarter.
Emmaus turned the ball over three times in the game and had a few penalties stall first-half drives.
“We had a big play that got called back,” said Fairclough. “When you’re playing a good team like that you can’t make mental mistakes like that. You can’t turn the ball over. You can’t do all that stuff when you’re playing a good team this late in the season.”
Joe Barno (defense) and Sone Noth (offense) were named Emmaus’ players of the game in the annual rivalry. Ntoh led the Hornets with 49 rushing yards on 10 carries against Parkland, while Barno had three tackles, including one for loss. Ruisch (offense) and defensive back Juan Salas were named Parkland’s players of the game.
Emmaus managed just 150 yards of offense, while Parkland put up 477 yards, with 366 coming in the passing game.
Emmaus (6-4) still secured the No. 3 for the district tournament and will host No. 6 Freedom (5-5) Friday night.