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Football routs Central Catholic to stay unbeaten

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

The Allentown Central Catholic Vikings did their best to hang around against the Emmaus football team during the first quarter of their Oct. 6 clash at J. Birney Crum Stadium. After Emmaus scored on its first possession to take a 8-0 lead, the Vikings responded and cut the deficit to 8-7.

But throughout the season the Green Hornets have displayed a penchant for going for the jugular. They used the rest of the game to pull away from the Vikings.

On the ensuing kickoff, Lubens Myers used good blocking and great speed to dart 76 yards all the way to Vikings’ 1-yard-line. Moments later, Sone Ntoh did the honors, ramming his way in for a touchdown. The Green Hornets scored 27 unanswered points before the Vikings late touchdown made the final score 49-14.

The win kept Emmaus undefeated (7-0, 5-0 EPC) and dropped Central to 3-4, 1-4 on the 2018 campaign.

“We really focused on special teams going into the Central game,” said Hornet coach Harold Fairclough. “They (kickoff return unit) did a great job putting a hat on people and sticking with their blocks. I was really impressed.”

On the kickoff team, the coach was pleased with how his players “flew down the field” with a focus for destruction.

Emmaus has proved to be a dominant football team this season for many reasons.

First, the Hornets have exception skill position talent. Quarterback Ethan Parvel, running backs Brandon Camire, Myers and Ntoh, who missed games due to injury, along with wide outs Izaiah McPherson and Deonte Castro simply are too much for most teams to handle.

Camire has improved with almost each game and last Saturday night he was tremendous, scoring on a 96-yard touchdown run. He also scored on a 23-yard run and finished with 127 yards on five carries.

Ntoh carried the pigskin only twice on the evening. He scored touchdowns on both carries. The second was on a nice 33-yard run to push the Emmaus lead to 28-7.

“He just does what we ask of him. I don’t hear a peep out of him,” Fairclough said of Ntoh. “He’s running hard and also doing a good job defensively for us.”

Late in the first half and already in a precarious state trailing 28-7, the Vikings lined up for a field goal. However, the snap was bad and McPherson scooped up the ball and took off on a 76-yard touchdown run to push the Green Hornet advantage to 35-7 with 1.5 seconds left on the clock.

Castro caught three passes for 68 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown was a nice grab of a Parvel pass in the back of the end zone in the third quarter to push the bulge to 42-7.

Parvel completed six passes on nine attempts for 118 yards and one touchdown. Throughout the season, Parvel has used his weapons wisely and displayed a guile befitting of a good field general.

“He did a good job,” Fairclough say. “He makes the right reads on running plays and is very efficient passing the football.”

The Green Hornets have received tremendous offensive line play for most of the season, a pleasant surprise. Their defense has also proved to be physical and at times dominant. Each week the Green Hornets receive quality play from all of their defenders, although some particularly stand out.

Against Central, Jacob Weider shed blocks with regularity and registered seven tackles and seven assists. Adam Heiserman continued his outstanding play this season, making six tackles, four assists and registering two tackles for losses. Timmy Higgins also got in the on the action, making five tackles and one assist. Matt Butz also had a good night, claiming four tackles and three assists.

“They just had a really good game,” Fairclough said.