Hornets top Zephs
The Emmaus Green Hornets play football like commandos jumping through skylights with machine guns blazing.
The third game of the season saw Emmaus dismantle Whitehall 56-21 to go 3-0 behind an explosive offensive and nasty defense. The Hornets have excelled in nearly every facet of the game.
Last Friday night running back Lubens Myers was a one-man wrecking crew for Emmaus, gaining 165 yards on 27 carries and hitting paydirt twice. Quarterback Ethan Parvel was 8-for-11 for 98 yards and two touchdowns through, while running for another 70 yards on just six carries. Brandon Camire also proved to be a factor on the ground, racing for 85 yards on four carries, highlighted by a 65-yard touchdown jaunt.
Great runs and passes start with great blocking up front. Hornet head coach Harold Fairclough has been pleased with the offensive line, somewhat of a question mark coming into the 2018 campaign.
“The offensive line is definitely getting better,” Fairclough said. “There were a lot of hat-on-hat plays. We’re just doing a much better job up front. The thing is really about being consistent.”
No one has been able to stop the Hornets’ offense through three games and last Friday night they gobbled up 443 yards of total offense. During the Whitehall game pulling guards unleashed solid trap blocks while weak side guards and tackles sealed off the middle by pushing defenders into the backwash of the play. They have been creating holes Lubens and protecting Parvel for most of the season.
Defensively, the Hornets played smart football, keeping the Zephyrs off balance most of the night. Fairclough noted defensive lineman Sam Goodge may not be the biggest player at 5-10, 205, “but he gets off the ball quick.”
Adam Heiserman notched six tackles and assisted on five others, while Chad Newhard, Timmy Higgins and Justin Chandler joined in the party, belting Whitehall ball carriers and receivers most of the night.
“There was a lot of good stuff from the guys up front,” Fairclough said of the defensive line. “When we looked at the video we saw guys flying to the football.”
The coach said Higgins is steady, and “our go-to guy.” Newhard is “smart and athletic and coachable,” while Chandler is “the most physical guy” on the team, according to their head coach.
The most thrilling moment defensively was a 65-yard interception return for the game’s opening touchdown by Carlton Lovett, who read a Whitehall slant pattern and timed his move perfectly, arriving at the ball in nearly full stride and taking the pick to the house. The theft was courtesy of excellent scouting during the week by Fairclough’s staff breaking down Whitehall’s tendencies. It gave Lovett a heads up and he made them pay.
“That’s awesome for Carlton,” Fairclough said. “He’s put a lot of time into getting better.”