EHS routs Liberty
The Emmaus Green Hornets’ ground attack took the wind of the Liberty Hurricanes during a dominant 34-6 victory on Sept. 28 at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium. The win kept Emmaus undefeated (6-0, 4-0 EPC) and kept the Hornets in a first-place tie with Freedom (5-0, 4-0 EPC) in the East Penn Conference South Division.
Statistics never tell the entire story of any football game, but they do tell some things. The Hornets ran the ball early and often in the first half (23 times for 254 yards) and put Liberty’s defensive line and linebackers on notice to buckle up their chin straps.
Emmaus finished with 398 rushing yards, 512 yards of total offense and 25 first downs for the game.
While the Hornets’ rushing attack was formidable, it wasn’t a focus going into the game, according to coach Harold Fairclough.
“We were trying to be balanced,” Fairclough says. “We are reading what the defense gives us.”
Sometimes Emmaus made it look it easy. Running back Lubens Myers ran for a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter untouched after making two nifty cuts and following his blocks. The run gave Emmaus a 14-0 lead after quarterback Ethan Parvel darted for a 41-yard touchdown run to open the scoring.
Whether it was between the tackles, off guard or the power sweep, the Hornets’ talented running backs consistently had running room. Leading rusher Brandon Camire finished with 117 yards on just 12 carries, scoring a touchdown on a 3-yard run to push his team’s lead to 21-0 in the second quarter.
Myers had 102 yards on seven carries, with more than half his yardage coming on a 53-yard run.
It was another superlative Friday night in a season of superlative Friday nights for the Emmaus offensive line. As recent as six weeks ago Fairclough was uncertain how the unit would perform. Six games into the season, a weekly Green Hornet report includes another solid performance up front.
Against the Hurricanes, the line was dominant. Jared Kish, Dmitri Garcia, Jaden Vazquez, Lance Hoch and Owen Minnix for paved the way for running backs and gave Parvel time in the pocket.
“They were great,” the coach says. “We played one of our best games of the season up front.”
It was a different story for the Hurricane offense, which never truly got on track. Liberty (2-4) couldn’t keep a drive going and its defense couldn’t stop one. The game was over by halftime, by which time the battered and bruised Liberty defense surrendered four touchdowns, two in a less than a four minute span, to trail 28-0.
The Emmaus defense played another physical game, nearly pitching a shutout until Liberty’s Nasir Legree hit pay dirt on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter. Junior Adam Heiserman was a particular menace for Liberty, running all over the field and running over anyone in a Hurricane jersey. At the final gun he had registered nine tackles, one assist and one sack.
“Adam played his best game of the season,” Fairclough says. “He did things that didn’t show up in the stat sheet.”
The tenacious Heiserman was taking on and shedding blocks from guards while pursuing running backs and receivers from sideline-to-sideline.
The defense also forced Liberty into a 4-for-11 night on third down conversions.
“It was a total team defensive effort,” Fairclough says.