Emmaus shuts out Bears
The Emmaus football team recorded a win Friday as it swarmed the Pleasant Valley Bears during a lopsided Sept. 14 contest, scoring 42 points in the first quarter en route to a convincing 56-0 win and a 4-0 record.
Hornet head coach Harold Fairclough told anyone who would listen that good teams do not play down to their competition. Clearly his troops got the message, eradicating any hopes the struggling Bears (0-4) may have had of pulling a massive upset or even making the game competitive.
The Hornets scored on their opening possession, culminated by 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ethan Parvel to wide receiver Izaiah McPherson. The touchdown was the first of two on the night for McPherson, who also hauled in a 36-yard pass for another six points later the in the quarter.
“Izaiah is one of our playmakers,” Fairclough says. “He was struggling after the Nazareth game and we decided to get him more involved in the offense.”
Offensive coordinator Matt Senneca devised a plan to do just that and it paid off during the Pleasant Valley game, as McPherson caught four passes for 74 yards.
Emmaus’ special teams forcing a fumble on the opening kickoff and later blocked a punt, which was recovered for a touchdown to end Pleasant Valley’s first offensive drive.
“We pay a lot of attention to special teams week in and week out,” Fairclough said, adding that special teams coordinator Keith Brader has players “excited about playing on special teams.”
The Green Hornets’ defensive line made life miserable for Pleasant Valley quarterback Jack Stephens, who went 2-for-10 for just 18 yards. The defense also throttled the Bear rushing attack and limited the Bears to 92 yards on the night. They managed to convert just one of eight third down opportunities and moved the chains only three times.
“The defensive line played well collectively,” Fairclough says. “They are getting off the ball well and using their hands to get off their blocks.”
The 42-0 lead after the first quarter allowed Fairclough to watch some reserves. Back-up quarterback Alex Lanzone replaced Parvel and completed all three of his passes for 22 yards. Running back Cole Scott registered a two-yard touchdown run once the outcome was no longer in doubt.