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Friday, September 21, 2018

Emmaus football faces winless Bears

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

There hasn’t been much pleasant in Pleasant Valley’s 2018 football season.

The Bears’ 63-0 loss to Northampton last Friday night is an example of what they’ve endured already during the 2018 season. But before your write off the Bears for the season keep in mind they have some young talent and are capable of improving as the season progresses.

First-year head coach Matt Kosciolek acknowledges his team is taking their lumps, but adds the team is making progress. He vows the Bears will be fired up for Emmaus (3-0) when they meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Pleasant Valley High School in the season’s fourth game.

The Hornets will need to be sure not to take the Bears lightly this Friday night.

“A sign of a good team is not playing down to the competition,” Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough says. “We’ve played very well, but there are ton of things that we need to improve on. Some of those mistakes are going to kill us down the road.”

Offensively, Pleasant Valley has respectable statistics. However the Bears have only reached the end zone twice in three games. Taking snaps is quarterback Jack Stephens, who has connected on 16 of 34 passes for 120 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Pleasant Valley’s rushing game is led by Nasai Moon, who has gobbled up 230 yards on 36 carries for a 6.4 average and one touchdown. Gabe Masker also carries the rock in the Bear offense, gaining 73 yards on 18 carries this season. Stephens also is a featured runner, although his 22 runs have gained but 25 yards. Top pass receivers include Ahmad Wyatt, Doug Haines and Chase Parascando.

The Bears have surrendered 46 points per game.

Fairclough is challenging his players this week “to get better each week” and “work on things” to become the best player they can. That motivation is what the coach hopes will prevent any possible let down against Pleasant Valley.